Police feared for the worst when a mother reported her little boy and the family pit bull missing, but something surprising happened when a neighbor went searching.
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It's safe to say that dogs are one of the world's most popular pets.
via: Getty ImagesThese lovable and loyal companions make the perfect household pets, and it also helps that they’re so damn cute.
They are truly man's best pals.
In fact, it's basically what unites the internet.
And the latest doggo to become an internet sensation?An adorable pooch named Buddy.
Buddy has been hailed a hero.He was found protecting his three-year-old owner.
He helped officers find the boy.Buddy stood guard of him after he wandered off into the woods.
The officers received a distressed call.The boy's mother declared both the boy and the dog missing.
Luckily the Sheriff's office received another call.A neighbor had found the pair.
But he was unable to get to the boy.
via: GettyBuddy was so protective of his little owner that he wouldn't let anyone near.
Video footage shows the officers being lead by Buddy.
via: GettyOfficers can then be seen bringing the pair back home.
The police have confirmed they are both doing well.
via: FacebookBoth the little boy and Buddy were not hurt during the process.
Sheriff Sam St. John thought it was a great story.
via: WCTV"It was such a good ending to something that could have been tragic. We’re all the time putting out tragic news. I’m telling you, it feels so good, so good to tell a good story."
The Sheriff's office made a Facebook statement.It received over sixty four thousand shares!
It praises "mans best friend."
via: FacebookAnd also the alert neighbor for finding the pair when he did.
The post has received lots of comments.
via: FacebookMostly people wanting to praise Buddy for his protective nature.
Some people have even shared their own stories.
via: FacebookIt's a perfect example of how kind and gentle pit bulls can be.
One person commented...
via: Facebook"He looks like a pittie or a pittie mix. And that breed is awesome with kids. Very protective. Anyway, I’m so glad this story has such a happy ending. Bless that pup’s heart for keeping that baby safe."