When Brandi Murnaw realized that her 2-year old son Jakob and his Labrador Retriever Chance were missing from their home in Woodstock, Virginia, she immediately called 911. It was already around 6.00 pm and there was no time to waste.
“I didn’t even wait 10 minutes before I called 911,” said Murnaw. “Because I knew it was going to get dark soon and I knew they needed daylight.”
Soon more than 250 people were searching for the toddler and his Lab: on land, on water and in the air. After 10 long hours, at around 4.00 am, Master Deputy Chris Snyder from the Fauquier County Sherriff’s office and his bloodhound Judge found the missing pair in the woods, half a mile from home. When Snyder and his dog Judge got close to the lost toddler and his dog, Chance started barking.
Jakob was checked out by the doctor, but was unharmed by the ordeal.
Chance, the faithful Labrador had been with his buddy Jakob the whole time, watching over him. Both Jakob and his protector Chance are safely at home, where they belong.
Murnaw is convinced that Chance had heard her calling, but he did not leave Jakob on his own. “ He stayed with him,” said Murnaw. “It’s not like him not to listen. He was indeed protecting him.”
A very relieved Murnaw is thankful for all the help from the police and all the hundreds of volunteers. “It’s really refreshing to know that people will stop their lives so I can continue mine,” she said. “It’s truly remarkable.”
Murnaw’s BIGGEST thanks is undoubtedly for Chance, a yellow Labrador Retriever and the faithful protector of her son.
Article source: WHSV.com