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Loyal dog protects missing toddler

Missing boy found with his Lab

By Vetstreet Sep 27, 2013 2:56PM

Brandi Mumaw sits inside her home in Woodstock, Va. with her son Jakob Heintzelman & their family labrador dog, Chance (Rich Cooley/Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com)It was dinnertime on Tuesday when Brandi Mumaw realized her 2-year-old son Jakob Heintzelman had disappeared from his Virginia home with their dog Chance. Mumaw immediately called the police because she knew it would be getting dark soon.

After a 10-hour search, at 4 a.m. a sheriff's deputy and his bloodhound located the boy and yellow Labrador Retriever, who had stayed by Jakob's side the whole time. Because the two were only about half-mile from their home, Mumaw believes Chance could hear her calling for him but didn't want to leave little Jakob.

"He was indeed protecting him," she said.

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Photo: Brandi Mumaw sits in her home in Woodstock, Va., with her son Jakob Heintzelman and their family Labrador retriever Chance (Rich Cooley/Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com)


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Oct 2, 2013 5:10PM
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omgosh the same thing happened to my 4 year old and my 1 year old box/bulldog!!!! just about a month ago! i had called the police and we were looking for him and found him about 2 miles away from home with my dog who is horrible walking on a leash!
Oct 2, 2013 1:37PM
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Service 88 and Roxy2011,

 

I have a child, I used to be a preschool teacher and have had 3 dogs.

 

I know what children do and I also know that they tend to be sneaky. I just don't understand how society has trained people to not take responsibility for their actions or lack there of. They make child safety locks and they are relatively inexpensive. Unrolling a whole roll of TP is very different then leaving the house and no one noticing. She probably had the tv doing her job for her.

 

 

 

If the toddler happened to be hit by a car this would be a different story. I am well aware of the purpose of CPS as well. If only they didn't wait for children to be wrecked beyond saving before they make any real attempts to curtail the parents, we would have a better society. You would be shocked of the things parents and care workers ( of elderly and disabled) can get away with before the state steps in. We have a broken system and a broken society.

 

As for the dog being loyal... that's part of any dog's make up that has not been abused. Animals are innately attentive to injuries and young ones. I don't see what the big deal is.

 

But I don't know what I'm talking about apparently... Maybe I should go through my days with my eyes closed as well. Have a splendid day :)

Oct 2, 2013 1:55AM
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Animals are wonderful....better than a lot of people :-(
Oct 1, 2013 11:45PM
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I have a son who, at that young age, was a disappearing magician. I don't care how closely I watched him, unless I tied him to me, he could split out in a quick second. Luckily, our black lab was always with him. Thank  God, my son is still around, at the age of 50, despite his antics. My other 3 never gave me that problem. 
Oct 1, 2013 11:10PM
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What was this lady doing that she forgot to watch her child? TV? internet? Why is the dog babysitting?

Oct 1, 2013 11:04PM
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My dog has since passed. 

 

When I leave the house, she cries...........................still.  I think she misses her

buddy.  So do I  =^.^=

Oct 1, 2013 10:10PM
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How sweet, that is what you call loyalty....
Oct 1, 2013 9:33PM
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Significantly, what's missing from the story is how long the little guy was missing before Mom noticed.  5 or 10 minutes I can see how the little boy might have gotten out.  If it was 2-3 hours, then what was Mom doing not to know where her child was?  Thank goodness for the dog!

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