Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on April 3, 2011
Time for a feel-good story, and when it’s a dog-saves-child feel-good story, it doubles the goosebumps for me.
The family dog, a mid-size black Labrador retriever mix, is credited with saving the life of 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson by keeping him safe and warm. The boy had reportedly wandered out of his home on Friday night wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. The night temperatures in the nearby wooded area dropped to the 40’s — little Tyler wasn’t found until the next day by search teams.
WIS News 10 in South Carolina reports on what could have been a tragedy — Family dog kept watch over missing 2-year-old overnight:
ELGIN, SC (WIS) – A missing 2-year-old boy in Elgin was found Saturday morning after Kershaw County deputies say the family dog kept him warm and safe all night.
Sheriff Jim Matthews said 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson was reunited with his family after he was found across the street behind a neighbor’s home when someone reported hearing crying in the area.
Tyler was reported missing around 8:00pm Friday from a residence on Ashley Creek Drive. Matthews said the boy’s mother, 25-year-old Jacklyn Marie Jacobson, and her boyfriend Jose Gloria told investigators Tyler went to get some juice and didn’t come back.
Kershaw County deputies used a bloodhound tracking team and a SLED helicopter with infrared capabilities, but called the search off around 12:30am Saturday. The search resumed around 7:45am, and the boy was found shortly thereafter. “Just thinking that a dog would watch a baby over the night, it’s kind of like a movie instead of real life,” said Emily DuBose, who lives in the house outside which the baby was found.
DuBose had no idea a story of devotion and survival was playing out right outside her door. “When we saw the choppers last night, we just assumed a criminal was loose, so I locked the door,” said Linda Harr, who also lives at the house. “The last thing I was gonna do is go outside.”
“I heard some barking early in the morning, but I didn’t really think about it, I just heard dogs barking,” said DuBose.
But during the night, Jacobson’s dog was keeping watch over his 22-month-old master in temperatures that got down to the 40s. “I just wish I’d have known, I could have warmed him up, called the cops,” said Harr.
Now, words of praise for the dog who likely helped save little Tyler’s life. “Since he belonged to them, he must have followed them the whole way, so that’s very special,” said Harr.
And so this story has a happy ending, thanks to the special bond of a child’s best friend.
From AOL News, Family Dog Credited With Keeping Missing Boy Alive:
When 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson wandered off into the dark woods surrounding his South Carolina home, he was wearing only his T-shirt and a diaper.
Rescuers using a bloodhound tracking team and an infrared-equipped search helicopter scoured the woods for the missing boy, but high winds and deep darkness forced them to call off their search until daylight Saturday.
When 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson wandered off into the dark woods surrounding his South Carolina home, he was wearing only his T-shirt and a diaper.Thankfully, the toddler had someone looking after him. One of his family’s dogs had apparently tagged along and stayed at his side through the night, keeping the boy warm and safe as temperatures dropped into the 40s.
After wandering away from home, 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson made it through a cold night in the dark South Carolina woods thanks to his family dog, the local sheriff said.
Thankfully, the toddler had someone looking after him. One of his family’s dogs apparently had tagged along and stayed at his side through the night, keeping the boy warm and safe as temperatures dropped into the 40s.
“I believe that dog being with him is what kept him alive,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews told AOL News in a telephone interview today.
“I was with one of my officers talking to the helicopter crew when we got the call, ‘They found him.’ And I was like, ‘Is he alive?’ We worried there was no way, because of the coldness and because he had been out there all night.
“When they said, ‘He’s fine,’ I’m thinking, Wow. How did that happen? And the answer is because of that dog.”
From The State, Sheriff: Dog kept missing child safe:
…The searchers checked a nearby stream, and the above-ground pool in the Jacobsons’ backyard, to no avail.
The search resumed Saturday morning with about 75 police, fire department and civilian volunteers. A man walking down the street alerted some searchers that he thought he heard crying in the woods.
A crying Tyler, and his dog, was found about 200 yards from the road, a quarter-mile from his home. Cold but otherwise, apparently, OK. He was examined by emergency personnel on the scene and taken to a local clinic for evaluation.
The boy’s biological father was flying home from his military assignment in Hawaii on Saturday night. Matthews said the state Department of Social Services had been notified that the living conditions in the boy’s home were “deplorable.”