joshua-childersMother’s Day was a very special day for one Missouri mother as she welcomed her 3-year old toddler, Joshua Childers, home from the hospital after his harrowing ordeal.  Missing for 52 hours, 2 nights and 3 days, 40 degree temps and rain, it was amazing the little boy survived but his survival is being credited to the family dog, a 120-pound Great Pyrenees.

“One of our initial concerns was how could a 35-pound child could stay alive in forty degree weather in the rain for two nights and three days,” said Steven Crawford, Childer’s doctor. “That may be the answer, and he was telling about being with the dog at night.”

Than family dog also disappeared about the same time and Joshua talked about being with the dog.

The little boy decided to do a little adventuring last week while his father was sleeping from working all night and his mom was on the phone for about 5 minutes. By Wednesday morning, the family was beginning to lose hope after searchers had no luck for several days, especially with the poor weather, rain and cold.

Then one searcher who was separated from his party practically stumbled across the little boy when he saw a couple of dogs sniffing a certain area.

“I think (the boy) was laying there asleep,” Donnie Halpin, a construction worker in Fredericktown, said. “I said, ‘Hey, buddy,’ and he just sat up. I said, ‘You want to go home?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ And I just reached down and picked him up and just put his arms around me and we hiked on down the mountain.”

So, a couple days in the hospital, slightly dehydrated, covered in scratches and bug bites, Joshua is now at home safe and sound. When asked what he was doing, Joshua said he was going to visit his grandmother.

Josh’s dad said that they were going to keep a much better eye on the little guy and joked, “I think somebody mentioned low-jack for a kid.”

So it looks like finding and saving the boy can be all chalked up to the dogs, the family dog that stayed with him and help him warm and the two dogs that led the rescuer to him. Gotta love it!

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