11/09/2012 05:53 pm ET Updated Nov 11, 2012

Missing Australian Toddler, Dante Berry, Found With Loyal Dog At His Side (VIDEO)

When 2-year-old Dante Berry wandered out of his home and into the Australian bush he was lucky to have his faithful dog, Dasher, at his side to survive the long, rainy night.

According to Yahoo News, Berry left his front yard in Mildura, Australia, on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. with his German Shepherd at his side.

Berry's parents, who claim that the little boy often wanders away from the house, immediately called authorities when they couldn't find him. Over 100 people helped the frantic couple look for their missing son, but no one found any clues as to his whereabouts that night.

The next morning, around 8:30 a.m., Berry's diaper was found -- covered in paw prints -- about a mile and a half into the state forest near his residence.

"From our information he's renowned for pulling off his nappies," Senior Sergeant Stephen Phelan told the Herald Sun.

The diaper was the essential clue police needed to uncover the little boy's whereabouts.

Police followed what they believed to be Berry's path into the forest, when suddenly Dasher ran up to them barking and lead authorities to the crying toddler. Berry, who was wearing only a long-sleeve t-shirt, had wandered two miles from his home.

"He had very grubby feet and legs," Senior Constable Carol Rigby told the Herald Sun. "I was a bit surprised that he was in as good a condition as he was."

She added, "There was a bit of rain overnight and some thunderstorms, which must have been a bit nerve-racking for the child, but he was in pretty good nick considering."

Sgt. Phelan said that with the thunderstorms, Berry "picked one of the worst nights to go missing."

According to the Adelaide Now, by studying the footprints police confirmed that Berry and Dasher had been together the whole night, walking in circles. They were missing for a total of 14 hours.

"You could just imagine what was going through his little mind -- lost (and) dark. Lucky he did have his dog to keep him warm overnight," said Department of Sustainability and Environment tracker Will Hannah.

Berry's family released a statement saying how grateful they are to the officials who found their little boy and to their loyal dog who stayed with him: "We were happy, but not surprised, to learn that his faithful dog, Dasher, stayed by his side and was also found safe and well."



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