June 13, 2018 Photos by: Wave 3 News/Facebook
They say dogs are man’s best friend, and while that may be true, for a Kentucky family, it turns out their dog was their 2-year-old daughter Charlee’s best buddy too. Charlee and her pittie Penny went missing for nearly two days–lost in the dense woods near her grandmother’s house in a suburb of Louisville.
Charlee’s family searched endlessly, as did the local sheriff’s office. As is often the case when a child goes missing, extensive interviews were conducted with several members of the family, and the FBI was also involved.
After nearly two days of tears and heartache, Charlee’s grandmother saw Penny come up to her house. As that was happening, Charlee was found not even a mile away at the house of local resident Wayne Brown. Charlee and Penny were both dehydrated and had multiple tick bites but were otherwise safe and healthy.
Brown had spent three hours of his own searching for Charlee, and says that he was convinced she was led to his porch by God. Charlee’s grandmother, Beth Campbell said that she believed a little help in that department also came from Penny.
Campbell said Penny is the best girl, and she knows that when Charlee got lost, Penny wouldn’t dare leave her until she could help lead her to safety, and the community is hailing Penny as a hero who stayed by her girl’s side the whole time she was gone.
The Bullitt County Sheriff’s office released a statement on Facebook and said that it was amazing that Charlee just walked up to the porch of Wayne Brown. They said it was ironic that her dog returned home just a few minutes before Charlee approached the residents of the home, and they really can’t believe she survived because there are hills, copperheads and rattlesnakes in those hills.
Then again, when you’ve got a loyal dog protecting you…you’re in good hands.
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!