A Texas woman who was missing for days in George Bush Park is now safe thanks to her loyal dog, Max.
63-year-old Sherry Noppe, of Katy, was recently diagnosed with dementia, and although she normally knows her way around the trails, she ended up getting lost while on a walk with Max.
Deputies and Texas EquuSearch, along with Noppe’s family and friends, had been searching the 2,700-acre park on ATVs as well as on foot for days on end, to no avail.
Friends of Noppe’s children formed a group to search for their friend’s mom. Finally, they caught a break when they heard Max barking.
As soon as they heard the bark, they knew that it was her, since there was most likely no other dogs out there at that time.
Thankfully, Noppe and Max were both OK. Although she wasn’t disoriented, she was very lost and unsure of what to do.
If it weren’t for Max alerting rescuers, they may have never found her.
“With Max, that dog had no leash, no collar, and stayed by her side for three days,” Noppe’s son, Justin told KHOU 11. “And that just shows you the loyalty the dog has.”
Max was their brother’s dog, who passed away two years ago.
“He’s the last thing that we really have of him,” Justin said. “To get them both back is a silver lining.”
Max went to the veterinarian to be evaluated and received a much-needed bath.
Noppe was brought to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she was a little shaken up with some cuts and bruises, but is expected to make a speedy recovery.
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