Skip to comments.Lost Boy Survives Cold For 14 Hours By Cuddling His Dog
Posted on 02/19/2014 6:00:38 PM PST by nickcarraway
Dominic Jeffries (pictured left of center) was missing for over 14 hours after he got lost taking his shih tzu, Coco (pictured right of Jeffries), for a walk last Wednesday. The 7-year-old told WREG-TV how he survived the bitter cold and damp Cordova, Tenn., temperatures by cuddling with his furry pooch all night.
While walking Coco, the dog pulled Jeffries down a ditch and into some bushes behind a retainer wall near his home. When Dominic could not climb out of the hole, he cuddled with Coco for warmth. Even though the second-grader told WREG he felt warm, he thought his dog was not so he removed his coat and draped it over the canine. Dominic also removed his gloves and placed them on his feet.
Robbyne Manning (pictured above center), who had been a contestant on the famed reality show, Americas Top Model is Dominics and his 6-year-old sister, Chastidys (pictured left of Manning), guardian. She summoned police after the boy did not return home. Watch a news report about Jeffries and Cocos ordeal here:
As police scoured the area, Dominic told WREG that he saw their flashing blue lights but was afraid to call out to them, thinking that hed be in a heap of trouble when he returned home. Police could not clearly see him from street level in the area hed fallen.
Dominic eventually decided to release Coco to see if the dog could get help. The boy later fell asleep and as family, friends and police continued to search the neighborhood for him, officers eventually spotted his big furry hat peeking up from the ditch. Manning is amazed that Dominic managed to bear the frigid temps, telling WREG, I dont know where this kid gets his survival skills from but its just amazing.
Meanwhile, Dominic has learned the hard way a few lessons he has taken to heart, one of them being that blue flashing lights are not always a bad thing. The young boy discovered that police are not scary; they even presented him with a badge.
Manning, who says she will never let Dominic out of her sight again, says he has a newfound respect for law enforcement, telling WREG, They gave him the car number and everything. So, he said now when people need help, I got to go help them because I got my badge on.
That’s awesome. My cat would never do anything like that.
He’d be more likely to tell me he was going for help, and then check into a Motel 6 for the night.
Believe me, I know about cats!
From the story it appears he is an inner city kid who has been taught to fear/hate the police.
I heard a similar story years ago about a little girl trapped in the cold, who was trying to save her puppy’s life, who, as a result, returned the favor.
I’m very glad everything turned out OK. 7 years old is too young to go out for a walk by yourself.
you find that strange I fear and hate the police too as of late
As the police become more militarized in weapons and tactics, they become less like public servants. My little town has a SWAT team and an armored vehicle. Why?
Maybe he was armed.
Most liberty loving folks are starting to as well as they see more wannabe Soldiers.
I AM impressed that the kid and the dog survived the encounter with the police.
Now that’s an instance of good police public affairs work!
This is a perfect response. Nice choice:)
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