- A 5-year-old boy was able to leave his home unnoticed.
- When his mom realized he was gone, she called the police to search for him.
- The boy was with the family’s German shepherd when he was found shortly after.
Jose Munoz’s wandered away from his Houston home on Saturday, causing concern and a frantic search. Luckily, his best buddy was with him the whole time.
That afternoon, Jose and his mother, Jasmine Martinez, took a nap. Jose, who is five years old, was gone when Jasmine awoke a short time later, according to Houston’s KPRC. She looked around the house but couldn’t find anybody. So she called the Houston Police Department after figuring Jose had pushed open the door and strolled away.
After witnesses reported seeing Jose going along the train tracks in the neighborhood, he was found around a half-mile from his home a short while later. Alejandero, the family’s 1-year-old German shepherd, was walking by the kid’s side when HPD found him.
Jose’s sister, Samantha Muoz, told KPRC that Alejandro has had a great bond with them since he joined the family.
“We got [the dog] when he was a baby. I was not surprised when they said he was walking with him the whole entire time.”
This isn’t the first time dogs have saved children who have gone missing, and it’s nearly certain that it won’t be the last, especially considering the unpredictable nature of young children and the reality that dogs are arguably the finest thing in the universe. Because German shepherds are herding dogs, Alejandro’s impulse to follow along and keep with Jose kicked in when he observed one of “his” herd members was wandering away.
HPD Sgt. Ricardo Salas told KPRC:
“The dog knew he had to go with him because he was doing something he was not supposed to do.”
Alejandro stayed by the boy’s side even after HPD arrived and provided him with water and a cool spot to sit inside the patrol unit.
Jose is now safe and sound, due to the swift response of HPD and a very faithful doggo. According to HPD, no charges will be filed, and Jose’s mother informed KPRC that she is considering installing child safety locks on her doors.
Source: Daily Paws