Lost Autistic Toddler Was Found Taken Care Of By Family’s Dog

They might not be able to talk to us, but their actions definitely speak a lot, and their compassion and gratefulness are shown in their eyes!

A missing 3-year-old autistic Florida boy was found safe and sound after being guarded by his family’s pooches.

Marshal Butler, a non-communicative autistic, child wandered off from his family’s home Wednesday in Ponce de Leon, Florida, prompting a neighborhood search.

The local police department put out a message on Facebook that the boy had last been seen wearing only a diaper, and that a search party was being assembled that included a K9 team.

Local news affiliate WJHG/WECP reported that members of the Walton County, Holmes County, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation were all a part of the team looking for Marshal, who is autistic and non-verbal.

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

“We were panicked,” Kayla Stewart, Butler’s aunt, told local NBC affiliate WJHG. “All sorts of worst-case scenarios are running through their heads.”

The family, along with neighbors, local and country police, as well as officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for Marshal for several hours before finding him a mile away near a river, unharmed and flanked by the family dogs, Buckwheat and Nala.

Little Marshal is autistic and can’t speak, which could’ve made the search even more difficult

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

But he was found later that same day, thanks to his loyal dogs

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

“Both of his dogs were right there with him. … [We’re] thankful that the pups kind of guided him along. I guess they kept him safe,” a neighbor told the TV station.

Image credits: WJHG

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

Both the neighbors, who quickly split up and searched the area, and the sheriff’s department, which posted about the case on Facebook, were trying to find the toddler. “Our expectations going into a search of that magnitude are always to get as many agency members on the ground as possible to aid in the search,” Corey Dobridnia, the Public Information Officer at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, told Bored Panda. “Minutes are precious when it comes to the search of a child.”

Neighbor Carol Shelton saw the boy later that afternoon about a mile away from his home. And I wouldn’t even call it a miracle, rather, an outcome that Marshal’s very earthly guardian angels ensured. Throughout it all, Nala and Buckwheat were by the toddler’s side. “[His] dogs were right there with him,” the neighbor recalled. “[We’re] thankful that the pups kind of guided him along, I guess they kept him safe.”

Dobridnia said everyone at the Sheriff’s Office are grateful for the family friend who was able to locate the child, adding that one of their captains was able to bring the child back to his mother.

“Marshal was in good spirits when found. A little dirty from the walk through the woods, but unharmed and happy,” Dobridnia added. “Dogs are loyal creatures. I feel like they probably knew to stay with him when they saw he was alone. Their instincts kicked in. They stayed with the boy and watched over him until he was located.”

Marshal’s family were beyond happy to see their precious little boy back home safe. They were also very proud of their canine family members. “They’re doing their job,” the boy’s mom said.

Facebook was really happy to learn about the happy ending

Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

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1. For those with golden heart

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My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.

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3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament

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4. Important Memories On Google Maps

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5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again

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6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement

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He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!

 

7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back

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8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me

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9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture

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10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer

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11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better

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12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting

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13. Best Neighbours

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14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off

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16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me

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17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year

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Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!

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19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes

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20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais

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The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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