Max is 17-years-old, deaf and kind of blind.
He is also a very good dog.
The blue heeler stayed at the side of the preschooler in his family who was lost outdoors for an agonizing 15 hours near Warwick, Australia as officials and volunteers searched from the ground and the air for the little girl.
They were eventually found just 2 kilometres from their home.
“At about 3pm on April 20, the 3-year-old girl was reported missing along with the family dog from a property at Cherry Gully, 30km south of Warwick,” police said.
SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX! He stayed with his 3-year-old human who was lost near Warwick last night while we frantically searched for her. For keeping her safe, you’re now an honorary police dog. 🐶https://t.co/QiszGFP4gg via @ABCNews pic.twitter.com/xxRc6ndeaK
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) April 21, 2018
Ian Phipps, of State Emergency Services, told ABC a family member spotted 3-year-old Aurora and old Max.
“The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she’d travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her,” he told the broadcaster. “The search was actually quite hard where the volunteers and the police were, amongst the very steep slopes full of lantana and other vegetation.”
Aurora suffered only minor cuts and scrapes.
And Max is now an honorary police dog.
Photos Queensland Police Department/Twitter