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Dog protects missing boy: Loyal dog stays with missing boy for 7 hours

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A dog protects a missing boy for seven hours, keeping him safe until rescuers could reach him. According to Huffington Post, the 3-year-old boy was found safe and sound in a knoll near his home. Carson Urness went missing around 7:30 p.m. and about 200 people set out to look for him. Carson's mother, Courtney Urness, was worried sick -- but she knew that their dog Cooper was gone, and it gave her hope.

"You think of the worst, but then I knew Cooper was gone. If anyone was going to find him, they'd just have to find Cooper," Courtney said. And she wasn't wrong.

Turns out, the dog protected the missing boy and even shielded him from a passing thunderstorm. Carson was "huddled" underneath Cooper, about one mile away from the Urness' North Dakota home. The two were spotted after 2 a.m. by someone searching on an ATV. Cooper was spotted first, and as Carson's mom expected, her son was with him. The toddler was taken to a nearby hospital but checked out fine.

"We’re very thankful for the police and local fire department here and all the people with horses and four-wheelers and the walkers. We’re very grateful that they all came and looked and helped us," said Carson's father, Brock Urness.

The dog that protected the missing boy is certainly special and many believe that Cooper was solely responsible for Carson's safety.