A 3-year old toddler who went missing from her rural Missouri home is back home, safe and sound, thanks to her best friend, the loyal little dog that stayed by her side all night.
Three-year-old Remy Elliott wandered off from her rural southeast Missouri home around 8:0o Thursday night. When the toddler didn’t respond to mom Timber Merritt’s calls, the mother of three called 911 for help.
Although more than 50 volunteers, first responders, and two helicopters searched the area, there was no sign of little Remy and police called off the search for the night. By 6:00 Friday morning, volunteers – including Merritt’s brother, Quinlin, who drove through the night from western Kentucky to aid in the search – spread out and began searching through the vast cornfield surrounding the home.
About 8am, search and rescue dogs began barking – that’s when Quinlin heard a little yapping bark in response. The family’s dog, Fat Heath, a Yorkshire terrier, had stayed with the toddler through the night and was now leading rescuers to the little girl.
“They said that she was asleep when he picked her up,” Merritt told KFVS. “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.”
The toddler was checked out by a local medical center and given a clean bill of health and some cream for the dozens of mosquito bites covering her little body.
We’re sure Fat Heath is getting lots of love and extra treats for keeping Remy safe through the night and leading rescuers to her location. Good boy!