Forest, VA - It was two weeks ago, when two dogs ran off from their Forest home. It was then, that something terrible happened, but also something quite remarkable.
The Uttleys are a family of four boys. Five, if you count Muzzy, their 18-month-old coon Hound.
But one boy in this family is missing; Cowboy, the Uttley's nine-year-old yellow lab.
"We let the dogs out before bed; they saw a deer and they chased the deer through the yard and we didn't see them after that" said the oldest of the Uttley kids, Ben.
Muzzy and Cowboy, inseparable, ran from home and didn't come back. The family searched for the pair, but couldn't track them down.
"It was sad losing two of your best friends," said Uttley.
Until a phone call, from police "They were out by the train tracks and had been found. And they thought that Cowboy had been hit by a train" said Ben's Mom, Ruth Uttley.
One week into their adventure, two miles from home, Cowboy had been hit and killed by a train. Ever since, Muzzy stayed at Cowboy's side, guarding his friend.
"We got there as quick as we could and we were just like wow. For that long of a time, he stayed there, and people say he never went more than 100 yards" said Dad, Dan Uttley.
Muzzy only left to get food and water; always returning to check on Cowboy.
"I was very proud of Muzzy for sticking with him and protecting him like he did" said Ruth.
Police say they had to pepper spray Muzzy to even get close enough to see his collar.
Muzzy, now skin and bones from lack of food, has taught this family a lesson.
"Friendship, loyalty, stick by your friends. It's just pretty humbling and amazing" said Dan. "A lot of humans can learn a lesson from this, about sticking with your friends even when the situations aren't the best" said Ben.
The Uttleys say they're just happy to still have a pet. They say Muzzy is their hero.