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Last month, two young girls went missing in the small parish of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana which sparked a wide search by the local police department.

Thankfully, sisters Abigail, seven-years-old, and Cecilia Bourg, four-years-old, had their golden retriever along with them as they got lost for four hours in the nearby woods, according to Breitbart.

The girls went missing at around 5 p.m. on November 28 when their parents lost track of them when they wandered off leading to the worried couple contacting the authorities.

“I just start like running around the whole property — six acres,” Mary Bourg told CBS News, adding, “and that’s when I called [my husband] and said, ‘They’re gone,'”

“The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has resources (drones, ATVs, K9s, and the JPSO helicopter) and numerous deputies in the area of N. Willie Road near Folsom,” the local police said in a Facebook post used to rally the community in search of the girls.


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The police, neighbors and the parents searched for hours in hopes of finding the lost girls when they suddenly heard the family dog, Artemis, bark over a mile from their family home.

When the search party finally reached the girls, Artemis wouldn’t let them get near the seven and four-year-old. “He was circling them, growling at the people to protect them,” Mary Bourg said, adding that Artemis “wasn’t letting them by the girls.”

The family was happily reunited when they learned that it was actually Artemis himself that got the girls lost in the first place. “He kept running ahead of us,” the seven-year-old explained. “We were trying to follow him, but we couldn’t keep up.”

Even though Artemis started the whole fiasco, at least he was willing to protect the girls along the way. Ultimately, the head of the household, Justin Bourg, was just glad that they were safe and he didn’t blame the dog for the mishap: “He’s got a free pass for a while. I won’t be fussing at him for chewing up blankets and shoes.” 

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