Dogs are the most loyal creatures on Earth, there’s no doubt of that, but a four-legged companion to sacrifice for its owners?…Well, it’s hard to imagine! Yet, this brave dog decided to sacrifice himself to save his owners from a bear encounter
On February 11, 2018, Stephen Parisi and Cathi Henn, a married couple from New York went for a hike at Monksville Reservoir in New Jersey with their three dogs, the BBC reported. It was when their 14-year-old English Settler named Pete, saved their lives.
“The bear’s only exit was a 180-degree turn and the bear was never going to turn its back on something that it was scared of, so it came for Stephan and the dogs,” Cathi told BBC.
It’s when the brave Pete stepped in and confronted the massive bear, while Stephen was trying to put the other two dogs, who were only pups, to a safe place. But at the time he returned to the scene, Pete was badly injured. That was the price he paid to chase the bear away.
The couple took the brave dog to the hospital, but the vets told them tge injuries are too serious for him to survive, and after long thoughts and with heavy heart, the couple took the right decision: to put their hero dog down.
However, they took the Instagram to pay a heartbreaking tribute to the one who actually shield them from the angry wild creature.
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Below is an account from my husband of yesterdays pack walk. “Today we lost our brave, old man Pete. The dogs surprised a black bear just off the trail while we were hiking this morning. It must not have heard or smelled us with the pouring rain. It felt threatened and turned around. Pete stepped up and held off the bear until I could get the other dogs to safety. Once I was sure they were safe, I went back and scared the bear off, but Pete was gravely injured. I was able to get him back down to the main trail and, thanks to Cathi and Kate, we were able to get him in a car and to the hospital pretty quickly. He held on like a real trooper the whole time, and he was never alone in his pain. The x-rays revealed some pretty bad spinal damage that would mean he could never walk again, if he survived all the surgeries (not a certain thing at his age). We decided it was best to let him go this afternoon. Run free Pete, you no longer have all those aches and pains of old age. You had a great 18 months with us running the days away like you loved.” Please light a candle for Pete and remember that fostering and rescuing a dog can sometimes save you. Senior dogs have so much to give. Love you Petey. Save me some cheese for when we see each other again. ❤️💔❤️
“Run free Pete, you no longer have all those aches and pains of old age. You had a great 18 months with us running the days away like you loved.. Love you Petey. Save me some cheese for when we see each other again,” the post reads.
“I want to remember Pete as the happy-go-lucky dog he was. I want to remember him running through the woods, always with his tail wagging,” Cathi told BBC.
The story proves us once again, if necessary, just how incredible creature dogs are! However, this isn’t the first time a loyal dog is protecting his owner with his own life!