Hero Dog Dies Protecting His Owner and Dog Friends from a Bear

They gave him a home and he saved their lives in return.

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This story is bound to cause heartbreak at anyone who loves dogs and understands their loyalty for their humans.

Pete was an English Setter who got adopted by Steve and Cathi when he was 12 years old. Although it’s not that common for dogs Pete’s age to find a forever home, he was lucky to had stumbled upon the people who loved him to the moon and back during those 18 months he spent with them.

The family is running a dog sitting and walking service, Me & My Shadow Pets, and would always take Pete in the woods where they were taking the dogs they look after.

One day, the dog pack and Steve were hiking and looking for a fun day in Greenwood Lake, New York, not knowing a tragedy would struck.

Namely, it was pouring and the visibility was low so Steve had no idea he and his dogs were going straight to a black bear which was hidden behind a rock.

Realizing the danger of getting face to face with the wild animal, Pete blocked the path in order to allow Steve and the rest of the dogs to get to safety.

It was Cathi who shared the whole story on her Instagram.

“Below is an account from my husband of yesterday’s 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.”

This touched us to the core, and we are beyond saddened for the family’s lose.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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Pete’s bravery will never be forgotten. It will stand as a reminder that dogs’ love for their humans can’t ever be measured. Rest in peace, Pete, you are a true hero!

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