This is the incredible story of a 3-year-old named Victoria. She disappeared from her home in Cordes Lakes, Arizona on a cold February evening. She thought her dog, Blue, had disappeared, and went to look for him.
But by the time the little girl's parents discovered what had happened, it was already too late. Victoria had gotten lost in the woods behind her house and was nowhere to be found.
The entire community of Cordes Lakes combed the woods for Victoria as a helicopter search from above. Then after 15 long hours, the helicopter spotted something down on the ground—a little girl lying in a ditch.
It was Victoria, and next to her lay her dog, Blue.
Blue had stayed by Victoria's side all night, even as the temperature dropped below freezing. When the rescue crew found her, Victoria had frostbitten hands, but otherwise managed to survive the night in the frozen woods unharmed. And according to police, Victoria's injuries could have been much worse if Blue hadn't kept her warm all night.
Victoria's parents were thankful to have their daughter back after an agonizing night apart.
"I am very thankful that I'm able to hold her now and talk to her and everything else. She's just all smiles right now, and she's talking very good and is very happy. She loves that dog," Victoria's father, Ernest Bensch, told CNN.
What a hero Blue is! His unconditional love for Victoria saved her life. This is indeed proof that dogs truly are man's best friend.
Watch a CNN report about the story here:
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