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Family Dog Finds, Protects Missing Toddler Until Help Arrives

Family Dog Finds, Protects Missing Toddler Until Help Arrives

Tyler Jacobson

The Daily Mail

April 04, 2011

ELGIN, SC – When two year-old Tyler Jacobson went missing for 12 hours in bitterly cold temperatures – there was one best friend he could count on.

In this case, however, his faithful companion had four legs and a very waggy tail.

Police found the toddler being guarded by the family Labrador after he wandered out the back door of his home in Elgin, South Carolina.

Tyler disappeared from his home while wearing nothing more than a diaper on Friday evening after his mother said he went to get some juice.

Police launched a huge search with dog teams and a helicopter but called it off in the small hours of Saturday morning.

Temperatures were around 40F as they abandoned the search.

They also questioned mother Jacklyn Jacobson, and her boyfriend Jose Gloria.

They started looking again early on Saturday and found Tyler behind a neighbor’s home.

He was accompanied by the unnamed family pet who apparently stayed by his side all night.

‘Just thinking that a dog would watch a baby over the night, it’s kind of like a movie instead of real life,’ neighbor Emily DuBose, told WIS TV.

‘I heard some barking early in the morning, but I didn’t really think about it, I just heard dogs barking.’

Fellow neighbor Linda Harr told WIS :Since he belonged to them, he must have followed them the whole way, so that’s very special.’

Sheriff Jim Matthews said: ’ Everybody was hollering for the kid and calling the baby’s name and never once did we hear a cry.

‘His mum was worried and the child upset and bringing them back together was just a joyful sight.’

Tyler’s father is serving in the U.S. Army but is on his way back to Elgin after the drama.

Neigbors said they didn’t go outside during the search because they thought officers were looking for a criminal.


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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    There is nothing better than a good dog story with a hapy ending. Give that dag a belly rub and a steak dinner.

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    RexRizzo

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    there is nothing nicer then the unquestionable loyalty of a dog.

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    Kutison

    about 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    Now that is a family member.

    "Neighbors said they didn’t go outside during the search because they thought officers were looking for a criminal." "Wouldn't the LEO's have been canvasing, saying they wore looking for a child?

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    OlympicJoy

    about 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Good dog.

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    Gombino

    about 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    The mother should have been watching the baby. Give the dog a steak every day.

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    bluebrother

    about 3 years ago

    768 Comments

    Dog is man's best friend. Thank God for the recovery of the baby.

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    sgt_gl

    about 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    Give that dog a bone -- a T-Bone!!! Always nice to see good news!

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    denise65

    about 3 years ago

    2680 Comments

    What an amazing story.......What an amazing dog......Thank God this little one is safe.

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    sigmachimarine

    about 3 years ago

    300 Comments

    What a wonderful story! How great it is that this dog is so much better of a parent than the "Mum"!

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    jalexander

    about 3 years ago

    122 Comments

    DOGS ARE AWESOME and pretty darn loyal. Glad it turned out well

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    mbrick

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    good dog... gotta love it.

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    Roblewis

    about 3 years ago

    7802 Comments

    Great dog.

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    MIKIESPLACE

    about 3 years ago

    1366 Comments

    GOOD DOG-you get a cookie.

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    CPD2073

    about 3 years ago

    176 Comments

    Great story with a happy ending...some good news for a change

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    10922 Comments

    "Unnamed family pet", huh ?? How about they name him "Hero" ?? It fits .....

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