English Setter Sacrifices His Life to Save Dad From Deadly Bear Attack

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The owners of New York pet-sitting company “Me & My Shadow” posted a heartbreaking post about their English Setter Pete, who lost his life for his human when a bear attacked them while on a daily walk.

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A bear approached Stephen Parisi as he was walking the dogs, though initially not to attack, Parisi believes. Parisi thinks that the bear didn’t hear or smell the pets because of the murky weather and felt threatened. According to the touching tribute, Pete stepped in and held the bear off while his owner got the rest of the dogs to safety.

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 was injured severely, and his doggy Cathi Parisiaand dad and a friend were able to get Pete to a hospital as quickly as they could. Unfortunately, the injury to Pete’s spinal cord would leave the elderly dog unable to walk, and as Pete may not even make it through the surgery, they decided to let Pete go in peace.

Their memorial post went viral, and has had people all over the world sending their condolences for the brave Pete, and Pete’s parents hope that people are inspired to adopt elderly dogs as they did, saying there is so much love and life in every dog and no one is too old to be loved. Well done, sweet Pete. Rest in peace.

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