For many Americans, a special bond exists between their loved ones and the family pet, and every now and then a story comes along that completely reiterates this reality.
This week, such a tale comes to us from Louisiana, where a pair of young sisters found themselves in a sticky situation.
A golden retriever is being praised after he protected two young girls for four hours after they got lost in the woods.Advertisement - story continues below
Sisters Abigail and Cecilia Bourgwent decided to go on a walk with their family dog, Artemis, in a wooded area behind their home in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, in November.
However, the girls wandered off too far and became lost. They were then reported missing by their worried parents, who had last seen them at around 5:00 p.m.Trending:
“I just start like running around the whole property — six acres — and that’s when I called [my husband] and said, ‘They’re gone,’” Mary Bourg told CBS News.
This is where Artemis acted the hero.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deployed several resources to find the sisters, including drones, ATVs, and K9s. They even sought help from the Louisiana State Police and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, who deployed one of their helicopters.
The seven-year-old and four-year-old wandered for approximately a mile and had been gone for four hours until one searcher heard Artemis barking.
The search team had thankfully found them, but when the team tried approaching the three, Artemis started growling at them and would not let them get close, according to Marry Borg.
While Artemis was likely responsible for the girls’ trouble to begin with, his owners say that his work in protecting the young sisters will keep him out of trouble.