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When 3-year old Carson Urness of Cooperstown, North Dakota went missing from his front yard around 7:30pm, it wasn’t long before his family noticed their dog, Cooper, a Shepherd/Golden/Lab mix, was missing too.
After frantically searching for an hour, the boy’s parents called 911 and a search party of 800 family, friends, and police and fire department officials began.
The search party continued well into the night, while temperatures in the North Dakota town dropped to a frigid 40-degrees.
Around 2:30 am, during a final property sweep before calling off the search for the night, officials sent out one last 4-wheeler to search a field on the Urness’ property – that’s when Cooper, the family dog, poked his head up above the tall grass.
When they got closer, they found that Cooper was laying on top of Carson, protecting him from the cold.
It was Cooper’s devotion to the boy that may have kept him alive and well during the ordeal. The Urness’ say that Cooper never leaves the yard, but that he must have followed little Carson to keep him safe.
The Urness family rescued Cooper 3 years ago after they found him wandering along the side of the road. It seems this grateful boy was returning the favor by becoming the rescuer.