Feb 22, 2010 12:43 PM by Jamie Smith

Family dog keeps lost toddler safe during night in desert

A family pet is being hailed as a hero after keeping a wandering toddler safe in the Arizona wilderness.

3-year old Victoria Bensch disappeared Thursday night while playing outside with her dog "Blue." After apparently getting lost, she spent the night outside in 30-degree weather.

Early Friday morning she was found by a helicopter crew and reunited with her parents. "We have to give a lot of credit to Blue, the dog," said Kim Rayfield, Victoria's aunt. "He pretty much stayed with her all night and I'm hoping that's what kept her warm and safe."



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