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Brave Dog Dies Defending His Family From A Bear Attack-Lets Show Our Respect

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Brave Dog Dies Defending His Family From A Bear Attack-Lets Show Our Respect

Pete, an English Setter, is being hailed a hero, after losing his life protecting his human family and the family’s other dogs. The brave dog had been adopted from Our English Rescue Setter shelter just 18 months before the tragic incident.

The dog was out hiking with his family in northern New Jersey when he and some other dogs surprised a bear.

The black bear started attacking the dogs but instead of running off, Pete stood up to the bear and held him off while the other dogs were rushed to safety.

Announcing the heartbreaking loss on twitter, a family friend wrote, “So our friends lost their sweet setter Pete today …He and some other dogs surprised a black bear while on a hike.

“Pete bravely protected the rest of the crew who got to safety. Pete later succumbed to his injuries. He was an older guy and went out a true hero. RIP PETE THE HERO!”

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The touching post quickly went viral with thousands of people sending messages of condolence to the family and lots of praises for this selfless and loyal dog.

One commenter wrote, “We don’t deserve dogs!”

The Independent. reports that the dogs were out with Me & My Shadow Pets daycare service.

 

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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. ❤️💔❤️

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In a heartbreaking Instagram post, the family explained what happened, “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. 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.”

They say a dog is the most loyal friend, this story proves just that and beyond. Rest in Peace poor Pete.

Please share to send love and strength to a family who has lost a very special furry friend and family member.

 

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