Heroes of the Week: Buddy and Hartley

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

In Michigan, a two-year-old girl named Thea was outside with her two dogs, Buddy, the Rottweiler, and Hartley, the springer spaniel. She was watching her uncle power wash the outside of the house, but when he noticed little Thea had no shoes on, he told her to go inside and put some on.

Thea’s uncle assumed she did that, but when her mom Brooke came out of the house to check on her, Thea was nowhere to be found. The family started yelling for her. They noticed that the two dogs were gone, too. So, they began yelling for the dogs as well and ran through the wooded area near their home searching for Thea and the dogs. After 30 minutes, they called local police who put together a search grid to quickly try and locate the little girl. It was 7:30 at night when she wandered off, so they were in a rush to find her.

Thea was missing for five hours when an ATV rider discovered her about three miles from her home, sound asleep on her dog Hartley, while Buddy stood watch. In fact, it was Buddy, the Rottweiler, that caught the ATV rider’s eye because of his size. When the rider went to wake Thea up, Hartley gave a growl to not touch her. The ATV rider called the rescue team and told them that he’d found her, and she was okay.

Thea’s mom, Brooke, said she is happy to have her daughter back safe and sound. She said those dogs have been by her side since Thea was born and she’s glad they kept her safe. Despite Thea having no shoes and walking three miles, she didn’t have a scratch on her!

Learn more about this story as featured by Michigan’s WLUC-TV6.

Kix’s Response:

Wow… Of course, the rescue team and the Michigan State Police get a shout out as heroes in this story, but how about those dogs – Buddy and Hartley – for never leaving Thea’s side!

We salute these two canines as our ACC Heroes of the Week!

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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