Family dog kept missing North Dakota toddler warm, dry

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There's nothing like the bond between a boy and his dog.

That was evident early Tuesday morning when officials found 3-year-old Carson Urness after he'd been missing for nearly six hours.

Officials said they found Cooper, the family's golden shepherd, lying on the toddler, keeping him warm and shielding him from the rain about a mile from the family's Cooperstown, North Dakota, farm, according to reports.

Griggs County Sheriff Robert Hook said the boy's parents, Courtney and Brock Urness, reported their son and dog missing around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Forum News says.

State, county and city officials on foot, horseback, ATVs and in the air assisted in the search to find the boy, WDAY says. Officials also used bloodhounds in the hours-long effort to track down the child.

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, those searching on foot were sent home because of heavy rain while officials continued looking for Carson on ATVs, WDAZ in Grand Forks reports. Not long after that, a Cooperstown fireman riding an ATV spotted the dog southeast of the family's farm.

Hook said the dog was lying on Carson, who was asleep, to protect the boy from the cold and rain, according to reports. Hook noted that Carson didn't even cry when rescuers found him, KFGO says.

Carson was reunited with his family and taken to the Cooperstown Medical Center to be checked out. He was treated and released, Valley News Live reports.

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