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Hero Chihuahua Finds Missing Girls in the Woods

Hero Chihuahua Finds Missing Girls in the Woods

A 3-year-old chihuahua named Bell is an unexpected hero after finding three young girls who became lost for hours in the woods in Newnan, Georgia, on Monday.

CBS Atlanta reports that, on Monday, 8-year-old Carlie and 5-year-old Lacey Parga went for a walk with their dog Lucy down a cul-de-sac on trails near their neighborhood.

What started as a casual stroll became an unintended, and at times frightening, experience. As Carlie tells CBS, ‘”We tried to find our way out of the woods. We kept following paths and stuff and we got lost.” Indeed, they became scared that they were only to get more and more lost.

Carlie’s father, David Parga, noted that it wasn’t characteristic of them to wander off and, after searching for them but not hearing them respond, he contacted police and firefighters. Neighbors joined them including Carvin Young who thought to take Bell, who plays with the girls every day and knew their scent. Bell was able to lead searchers to the girls.

As Young tells CBS, “Bell sniffed them out. She smelled them, her tail went to wagging and she kept running and running until she got to them. She started jumping up on me and I knew we were close.”

The girls were scared but no one was hurt.

One small dog who lives near Atlanta can now be called a rescuer, and a successful one at that — plus, Bell’s finding the missing children is a reminder of why it’s not a bad idea for kids to get to know the neighborhood dogs.

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4:17AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

Good for you Bell!

11:45AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014


10:58AM PDT on May 31, 2014

Ah ... the face of a hero. :0) Cute pic. Good for her.

1:26AM PDT on May 30, 2014

What a brave little soul !

5:17PM PDT on May 28, 2014


1:40PM PDT on May 28, 2014

So glad this worked out well, but in today's world, I wouldn't have my 8 and 5 year olds out alone walking in a woods, sorry.

10:39AM PDT on May 28, 2014


5:27AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Can the mankind be so helpful to them as well?

5:15AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Little dogs have very BIG hearts!

1:33PM PDT on May 27, 2014

A wonderful dog. Goes to show that size doesn't always matter. A good nose is sometimes better than size. You are right, knowing the neighborhood dogs is a good idea. Hopefully you won't need their help, but as Bell shows, a good friend is always helpful.

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