Max’s persistent barks in a Texas park eventually guided rescuers to him and his human, stranded for days.
A brave Labrador retriever named Max might’ve been the difference between life and death for his owner. They were lost for three hot and rainy days in a Texas park. Early one Friday morning, the sound of Max’s bark pointed the search team in the right direction.
Based on KHOU, Sherry Noppe, diagnosed with dementia, went missing with Max in 7,800-acre George Bush Park in Katy, a place she was familiar with.
As storms brewed over Houston, search parties were on high alert. A Facebook group sprung up, buzzing with thousands hoping for a positive update on Sherry’s whereabouts. Many shared leads and tips.
At about 3 a.m. that Friday, Max’s bark caught the attention of a K-9 officer. Michael England, a family friend, said, “And we knew when that dog barked—there should be no dogs out there—that was her. She wasn’t severely disoriented or severely out of it, but definitely lost, and didn’t know what to do.”
Post-rescue, Sherry was a bit banged up but otherwise okay. And as for Max? He was muddy and could use a bath. “With Max, that dog had no leash, no collar, and stayed by her side for three days,” Justin Noppe, Sherry’s son, told KHOU. “And that just shows you the loyalty the dog has.”
In honor of Max’s heroic actions, local firefighters dubbed him an “official” fire dog and are organizing a ceremony in his honor. Oh, and a steak dinner’s on the menu for this hero pup.
Courtney Noppe put it best: “I feel like he’s the community’s hero.”