Cathi and Steve adopted Pete, an English Setter, 18 months ago when he was 12 years old. The couple run a dog walking and pet sitting service. They regularly take Pete along with the dogs they take care of, for walks in the woods near their house in New York.
The couple shared the account of how their loyal old dog protected Steve and his pack of dog friends from a black bear.
Steve was taking the pack along with Pete on a hike in Greenwood Lake, New York when they spooked a black bear just off the trail. It was raining and the bear was hidden by a rock so he wasn’t visible to Steve.
Pete sprung into action immediately taking the bear head on. He blocked the path so that Steve and the other dogs to get to safety.
Cathi wrote on Instagram:
‘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. 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.”
Luckily, Steve was able to get him back down to the car and to the hospital quickly.
He was a fighter… he hung on the entire car ride. The x-rays showed heavy spinal damage that would leave him paralyzed, if he survived the surgery.
“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 share for Pete and remember that fostering a senior dog can sometimes save your life!
Rest in Peace, Pete. You are a true hero.