It is widely recognized that dogs are incredibly faithful and defensive animals, particularly when it comes to young children. This is only one of several situations where youngsters have disappeared from their residences but have been recovered with their devoted canines at their side.
A 5-year-old child who had gone missing was discovered safe and secure thanks to his protective German Shepherd.
One day, the Houston police responded to a report regarding a small child walking alone along the railroad tracks with his dog.
The 5-year-old child, who had Down Syndrome, was discovered around half a mile from his home by Sgt. Ricardo Salas from the department. He also discovered that the boy was being guarded by Alejandro, his German Shepherd, who had been following him to ensure his safety.
Sgt. Salas wrote on Twitter, “Witnesses told me the dog was with the little boy when they found him. As I walked away with the boy, the dog followed. This dog was his protector and his angel.”
“He was very protective and wouldn’t take his eyes off the child,” he said to the Houston Chronicle. “It appears to us that the dog knew something was wrong. He knew that the child wasn’t supposed to be wandering off, and he ended up following him.”
Alejandro remained watchful, never letting his little human out of his sight, even after the officers arrived to help him.
“The dog followed me everywhere I went. It didn’t bark or get scared,” Salas said. He also stated that when he put the boy in the car, the dog “jumped inside the driver’s seat with him.”
Shortly after, the police received a second call informing them that the missing child was Jose.
According to Jose’s mother, Jasmine Martinez, she and her 5-year-old son took a nap together, and when she woke up, she discovered that Jose had disappeared.
Thankfully, the outcome was positive, and the child only suffered minor scratches. The family is grateful but not surprised that their loyal canine intervened to protect Jose during his time of peril.
“Ever since we acquired Alejandro as a puppy, he has always been an overly protective dog. Thus, I wasn’t astonished to hear that he stayed by his side the entire time,” remarked Jose’s sister, Samantha Muñoz, in an interview with Click 2 Houston.
Jasmine Martinez is taking measures to prevent a recurrence of this incident by installing locks to protect children in her home.
TSgt. Salas expressed his admiration for the “remarkable devotion this dog demonstrated toward the child,” and he emphasized the importance of the dog’s vigilance due to the frequent use of the nearby railway tracks.
He penned a message of gratitude to God, stating, “Thank you, God, for safeguarding this child.”