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Dog protects missing boy: Dog rescued by family saves 3-year-old missing son

A dog protected a missing boy during a stormy night in North Dakota. Three-year-old Carson Urness went missing from his home around 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening. After seven hours, the toddler was found safely underneath his loyal dog Cooper. According to a May 7 ValleyNewsLive report, Cooper is a golden retriever/german shepherd mix.

Dog protects missing boy: Dog rescued by family saves 3-year-old missing son
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Toddler Carson and his loyal dog Cooper are both three years old, and when the two went missing on Monday night from their family farm in Cooperstown in North Dakota, the pair’s worried mom and dad, Courtney and Brock, called for help. According to Courtney, around 200 people from their surrounding area responded to help in the search for the missing boy and his dog. According to Sheriff Robert Hook, the volunteers participating in the search included law enforcement officers, neighbors, business owners, and bankers.

For nearly seven hours, people on foot, horseback, and ATVs combed through a 2,000-acre area looking for Carson and Cooper. As the hours passed by without any sign of the boy or the dog, it began to rain and a thunderstorm filled the night air. By 2 a.m. it was raining and the hope of finding the two diminished.

Just as the search for the missing boy and his dog was about to be called off, one of the volunteers happened to be driving over a hill only a mile away from the family’s home and caught an amazing sight in her vehicle’s headlights – “Carson lay underneath his dog, as Cooper kept the boy dry and warm.”

As the sleepy toddler was taken home on an ATV, Cooper followed it all the way back to the house. Other than torn jeans, a ripped jacket, muddy shoes and socks, and cold feet, the three-year-old boy was unharmed. In the above video, the toddler’s mom says that her son told her that he was really scared during the night, but that Cooper kept him safe and warm – “but not his feet.”’s video reports that the family rescued the golden retriever/german shepherd mix when he was just a little cub wandering at the side of the road. Now – “the faithful pooch was paying back the family.”