Dogs and children often seem to have a special bond – and that may have helped save the life of a 2-year-old in Stearns County last week.
The boy wandered away from his home near Cold Spring in the evening, leading to a search that involved the sheriff's office, a few fire departments, and the Minnesota State Patrol.
After a few hours both the sun and the temperature had gone down and State Patrol Lt. Craig Benz told WCCO the situation was getting dire.
“If you throw in any mist, any condensation, now you got a wet skin which just makes that body temperature drop and so it is an emergency situation,” Benz said.
The State Patrol said a breakthrough in the search came when a helicopter crew – using an infrared camera that detects heat – spotted a figure moving around.
It turned out to be the family dog, who had found the boy before anyone else did. In the State Patrol's video the dog can be seen pacing next to the boy, who had plopped down near to a cornfield.
The helicopter crew directed ground searchers to the boy – and the dog.
The toddler was cold but otherwise OK and was soon reunited with his family. He told his rescuers he had been counting corn but was ready to go home, WCCO reports.