Loyal family dog stays with little girl lost in Queensland bush

The little girl had Max a 17-year-old Blue Heeler by her side throughout the night. Source Facebook Kelly Benston

A deaf, partially blind dog was made an honorary police pooch after helping rescue a three-year-old girl who got lost in the Australian bush, in Queensland.

The blue heeler dog, named Max, stayed with three-year-old Aurora, who had been reported missing on Friday afternoon.

She was found on the property more than a mile from the family home emergency services coordinator Ian Phipps told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Leisa Bennett was eventually reunited with her granddaughter, Aurora Kyle.

Rescuers, including the girl's relatives found her almost two kilometres (1.2 miles) away from her house in hilly and rugged terrain, Queensland State Police Inspector Craig Berry told reporters.

When her grandma Leisa Bennett realized she and the dog were missing, strangers and indigenous trackers joined in on the search.

She first found Max, who led her to Aurora, who was fine other than a few minor bruises.




The girl was lost on a property seven times the size of Monaco, with several dams and one steep, woody mountain.

Queensland Police tweeted: "SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX!"

"The dog kept pulling her towards the lights, and she said, 'I held him and we slept together, ' and she slept with the dog".

"I think [Aurora] was a bit overwhelmed by the tears and the howling, but I explained to her how happy those tears were", she said.

"The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in", Bennett's partner Kelly Benston told the news channel, "so she'd travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her".

"With the weather last night it's quite lucky she is well because it was cold, it was cold and raining".

At 17, Max is totally deaf and partially blind, which makes his heroism all the more remarkable.

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