Dante Berry, a 2-year-old Australian boy, and his German Shepherd, Dasher, had disappeared before, but nothing like what happened one night last week.
Dante and Dasher had been playing in Dante's yard when Dante's mother, Bianca Chapman, noticed that the pair had gone missing.
Chapman called for help, and authorities set up a search party that grew to be more than 100 people strong. Rescuers followed foot and paw prints through some brush near Dante's home, and when they saw a discarded diaper, they knew they were on the right path.
More than 12 hours after Dante disappeared, authorities heard a loud cry come from the brush. They saw Dasher come running, and he led the rescuers to Dante. The boy and the dog had traveled roughly 2.5 miles from their home.
"You could just imagine what was going through his little mind -- lost (and) dark," Department of Sustainability and Environment tracker Will Hannah told the Herald-Sun. "Lucky he did have his dog to keep him warm overnight."
After a long night of thunderstorms, Dante was found dehydrated but with no serious injuries.
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