Dogs are so lovable as well as protective that we can even trust little kids with them. This story of a family dog guarding and protecting an autistic child will surely warm your heart, and make you realize that we don’t deserve dogs.
This family from Ponce De Leon has experienced something truly heartbreaking on Wednesday morning, and this is probably one of the worst things that can happen to parents. That is, their three-year-old autistic son, Marshal, went missing. He was only wearing a diaper when he was lost, and to make matters worse, he can’t speak. However, he didn’t disappear alone. Their two family dogs, Nala and Buckwheat, were with him, giving his parents some sort of comfort.
“We were panicked. All sorts of worst-case scenarios were running through their heads”, said Kayla, Marshal’s aunt to WJHG/WCEP.
But fortunately, the little boy was found later that day itself, thanks to the loyal and protective family dogs.
Neighbors, along with the Sheriff’s department, did their best to locate the boy by splitting up and searching the neighborhood, and by posting on social media. According to Corey Dobridnia, the Public Information Officer at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, they were trying to get all possible agency members to join the search, as minutes are precious when searching for a lost child.
However, one family friend located the child the same afternoon, and a captain at the Sheriff’s office bought the child back to his mother.
According to Dobridnia, Marshal was in good spirits, unharmed, and happy, but a little dirty due to walking through the woods, when he was found. She emphasized on how loyal dogs are, and how they knew that they should stay with, and watch over the boy, by instinct.
Marshal’s family members were over the moon upon the return of their precious son. The were also very proud of their four-legged friends. “They’re doing their job,” the boy’s mom said.
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