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Puppies Save Three-Year-Old Boy Lost In Freezing Virginia Woods

This article comes to us from the NYDaily News.

A toddler lost in the Virginia woods was back home safe Sunday thanks to two puppies who kept him warm through a harrowing night of freezing temperatures.

Jaylynn Thorpe, 3, wandered away from his baby-sitter at 4 p.m. Friday and was missing for 21 hours as hundreds of friends, family and law enforcement officials searched for him in the thick woods of Halifax County, fearing the worst.

“The only thing we wanted to do was just keep searching until we found him,” Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin told reporters.

Jaylynn’s frantic family knew time was not on its side.

“We didn’t forget the issue that 17 degrees was almost unbearable,” said his father, James Thorpe.

“People all over the State of Virginia was down there looking for that child. For a while there, one time, I didn’t know whether they would find him or not,” said the child’s grandmother and guardian, Katherine Elliot.

Officials said the lost little boy and the two family puppies wandered up to a mile in the dark, even across a highway, but it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that members of the search team found him sitting by a tree, the two puppies nestled against him.

The little boy didn’t say anything, according to rescue team member Jerry Gentry, but instead “just opened his arms up like, ‘I’m ready to go.'”

“When I first saw him, he was like, ‘Momma, I got cold. I slept in the woods last night. The puppies kept me warm.’ He told me that … the dogs slept up against him. And I’m sure the body heat kept him warm,” said his mother, Sarah Ingram.

Billie Jo Roach, another member of the search party that found the boy, said the puppies refused to leave his side.

As the child was placed in an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital for examination, “The puppies were watching where he went.

“Where he went, they went,” Roach said.

As word went out that the child was alive and well, family members cheered and cried for joy.

“Praise the Lord! Welcome home, Jaylynn!” yelled his aunt, Amy Zimmerman.

Close to 300 people from North Carolina and Virginia joined in the search to find Jaylynn.

“I love you! God bless you,” Ingram told the rescue teams.

“I think I just said, ‘Thank you Lord’ … for us to have another chance!” said the child’s father.

The boy spent Saturday night under observation at Halifax Regional Hospital and chowed down on a double cheeseburger, a hot dog, strawberry ice cream and French fries.

Meanwhile, the furry heroes, their tails wagging, were rewarded with food.

“I definitely call this a miracle,” said Noblin.

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wizard1974uk
wizard1974uk
11 years ago

That's a nice heart warming story, thanks for sharing.

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Really heart touching story. i appreciate the work and the puppies also 😀

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11 years ago

An awesome post that two puppies are really great.

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11 years ago

I am really very angry at the baby sitter, where the hell was she! thanks God the kid and the puppies are alright! I would be interested to know whether that baby sitter got fired or not after all this!

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11 years ago

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11 years ago

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11 years ago

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11 years ago

Nice blog .appreciate your work..Officials said the lost little boy and the two family puppies wandered up to a mile in the dark, even across a highway, but it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that members of the search team found him sitting by a tree, the two puppies nestled against him.

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Financial_companies
11 years ago

God has helped the little boy ..he should be really blessed.. its an awesome work by the little dogs to rescue him from the danger!! Thanks for sharing this nice snippet..

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11 years ago

no way?! Is this for real!? a kid saved by a dog? I'llget rid of my cat then.

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9 years ago
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keep the cat, they are loyal if you love, but a dog too would be another blessing…

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11 years ago

but you know, kidding aside.. it really must be true that dogs really are man's best friend… do you noticed it that every time his boss arrives from work, dogs are excited to see him?? while cats… well, they are just too darn lazy

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11 years ago

no way?! Is this for real!? a kid saved by a dog? I'llget rid of my cat then.

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11 years ago

but you know, kidding aside.. it really must be true that dogs really are man's best friend… do you noticed it that every time his boss arrives from work, dogs are excited to see him?? while cats… well, they are just too darn lazy

Dogs
11 years ago

Talk about putting the stamp on the cliche ‘Man’s best friend’. Dogs and puppies are so unbelievably loyal and loving. Great story.

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Benbeacats
9 years ago

Thank goodness this had a happy ending. What in the sam was up with the sitter?

Dee
Dee
9 years ago

THIS is a great story with a happy ending, Dont know this family has, but if this was my boy, and those pups, those pups would be with me till death do us part

Kenn Bell
9 years ago
Reply to  Dee

I agree!

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