Luvs a happy ending!
From Daily Mail: A faithful Yorkshire Terrier named Fat Heath stayed by the side of a frightened toddler over the weekend after she went missing in rural Missouri.
The ordeal began around 8.30pm Thursday with a 911 call that three-year-old Remy Elliott had wandered away from her home near the town of Qulin, 175 miles south of St. Louis.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Clark Parrott says a search began that included an airplane, but the girl was not found overnight, according to KFVS 12. More than 100 people joined police in the rescue operation and set out to search a cornfield Friday morning, according to ABC 7 News.
Just after 8am, search dogs began barking – and a tiny dog started yapping in response.
Searchers found the girl with her tiny terrier, whose name was later revealed to be Fat Heath. The child had several mosquito bites but was otherwise unharmed. She was examined by the Black River Medical Center in Poplar Bluff and returned home with some medication for the bites.
Following the successful rescue mission, the Missouri State Highway Patrol lauded the effort in a tweet.
‘This is what #Community looks like. Law enforcement, 1st Responders and community volunteers coming together to find a missing child. Her dog stayed by her side all night. #StrongerTogether,’ the post read.
Elliott’s mother was overjoyed to have her daughter back, telling CBS affiliate KFVS 12 that she’s relieved to have found her daughter. ‘I feel a lot better, especially since we know she is okay. She is back to her normal self now,’ said Timber Merritt, Remy’s mom.
‘I looked for her by myself thinking maybe she was just in the woods or somewhere where I just couldn’t see her,’ Merritt said. ‘And I was calling for her and calling for her, and when she wasn’t calling back I realized I don’t think I’m going to find her on my own.’
Merritt’s brother, Quinlin, made the 258-mile drive from western Kentucky to help in the search and was credited with finding Remy and her dog about half a mile away from the house.
‘They said that she was asleep when he picked her up,’ Merritt said. ‘She was definitely exhausted, hot, really sweaty and it took a while to drink anything. She said she wasn’t scared because Fat Heath was there. If he wasn’t I think she would’ve been terrified.‘
One of the volunteers, Makayla Hardcastle, told KFVS that parts of the search was challenging but was happy her community is whole again.
‘The corn feels like razor blades cutting you, especially for a child,’ Hardcastle said. ‘And you don’t hear well in the corn either, so when somebody is yelling your name you can hear them but you don’t know where it is coming from.’
Merritt says that she wants to raise awareness in her small community so other parents never have to go through the same experience. ‘Hopefully put a fence around the yard, or keep her inside,’ the mom said with a laugh.