Most people who want to get a dog have a common problem—convincing loved ones. We go through all sorts of lengths to persuade them: we talk about how loyal and cute they are, and how we’ll completely take care of them all on our own.
Sometimes none of that works, but if we had told our loved ones about the devotion of this real-life Lassie, it might have just talked them into having a canine.
Timber Elliot realized that her 3-year-old daughter and the family dog were missing.
At around 8:30 p.m. on June 14, Qulin, MO, resident Timber Elliot noticed that something was amiss. Her daughter, 3-year-old Remy Elliot, had been playing outside their home earlier, but now was nowhere to be seen.
“I looked for her by myself thinking maybe she’s just in the woods,” Timber told ABC News. “I was calling for her and calling for her, and when she wasn’t calling back, I realized I don’t think I was going to find her on my own.”
Not only was Remy gone, but her Yorkshire Terrier, Fat Heath, was gone, too.
But Timber had nothing to fear—a little, four-legged hero was on the case.
Though Remy might have been lost, she was not alone. As the girl wandered away from her home, Fat Heath followed her into the cornfield, intent on staying by her side to keep her safe.
Still, no one realized that Fat Heath was taking care of it—and what could a lap dog do, anyway? Timber immediately asked for help, but as she did so the whole town turned up to assist with the search.
“It went from five to about 75, maybe 100 people out here by the time we were done,” Timber said.
The search and rescue effort even enlisted the assistance of two airplanes and a helicopter with infrared sensors that searched for Remy from the air. However, as the hours dragged on, and the search proved unsuccessful, police and friends reluctantly decided to resume the rescue the next morning.
After 12-hours of searching, Fat Heath led the rescuers right to the girl.
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Nothing seemed to be working—over 100 people had been scouring the countryside, and three aircraft were in the air, but they could not seem to find this 3-year-old. Worse, Remy had already been missing for nearly 12-hours—quite a long time for a young girl.
“It was stressful and emotional,” John Copp, a family friend, said. “We were all out there walking back and forth, from one end to the other just yelling her name.”
But that was when they got their big break, in the form a tiny ‘yelp.’
“One of the dogs barked and a weaker bark was returned,” Clark Parrott, a sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said. “We came to find out it was [Remy] and her Yorkshire Terrier Fat Heath down beneath the corn stalks.”
Even lap dogs can be heroes.
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Fat Heath, the little pup, had led the entire town to Remy’s rescue. But not only did the cute pooch show incredible loyalty to his owner, he did something far sweeter.
Remy had never been scared and when asked why, she had a simple answer.
“Fat Heath was with me,” Remy told ABC News.
Apart from being a little thirsty and a having couple of mosquito bites, Remy was fine. And for his heroism and loyalty, Fat Heath got a reward, too—a free grooming by Posh Paws in Poplar Bluff.