3-Year-Old Boy Lost During Thunderstorm, Kept Warm by Family Dog


Image from The Daily Mail

Lost for 7 hours outside at night during a thunderstorm, 3-year-old Carson Urness survived the ordeal thanks to the warmth provided by his family dog, Cooper.

Image from The Daily Mail

An inseparable duo, Carson and Cooper set off into the woods early Monday night

during playtime. The motivation for their late night trek is believed to have started with his father, who rode out of sight on his tractor, Carson following not far behind. Luckily, Cooper abandoned his training to not leave the yard and followed after Carson into the fields, keeping him safe and warm throughout their trials.RELATED STORY: The Best Dogs for Children Carson-and-Cooper-2
Image from The Daily Mail

Carsonโ€™s mother noticed he was missing when she called him in for dinner, but he was nowhere to be found. After calling 911, the Urness' 10-acre farm was quickly swarming with over 200 volunteers and search dogsย --ย some on horseback, ATV, and even one in a plane.

The search lasted until 2 a.m., when a lucky firefighter happened upon Carson around a mile outside their house, lying face down in the dirt with Cooper laying on top of him. โ€œCarson was in tall grass but when they shone lights down to sweep it, the dog stuck its head out,โ€ said Urness.

Image from The Daily Mail

Throughout their plight, Cooper refused to leave Carson, instinctively laying atop the shivering child to shield him from the rain and the near freezing temperatures. Also, if ย not for Cooper, it is unlikely that the search team would have ever found Carson, since it was the dogโ€™s head they spotted above the tall grass. Without Cooper, Carson may not have made it through the night.

Image from The Daily Mail

โ€œHe saved him. If they would have called it off and couldn't find him last night, Cooper would have at least kept him warm,โ€ laments Urness.

Luckily, no injuries were sustained during Carsonโ€™s time away from home, minus his cold feet - the only body part Cooper had not managed to sit on.

Want more awesome rescue stories like this one straight to your inbox? Sign up for the Paw Prints Newsletter today!

Sources:ABC News - Lost 3-Year-Old Boy Found with Family Dog Protecting HimHuffpost - Loyal Dog Protects Missing Boy by Refusing to Leave His SideCBS Minnesota - Dog Protects Missing Toddler From ThunderstormThe Daily Mail - Lost North Dakota Toddler Cuddled with Farm Dog to Stay Warm OvernightNews Channel 4 - 'He Saved Him,' Family Dog Credited with Protecting Missing Child During Storm
Was this article helpful?