Pete, a senior foster dog, gave his life while fighting off a bear to protect his family. The incident took place when the family was on a hike in New York and came across the wild bear.
Me & My Shadow Pets is a pet daycare service who had adopted an English Setter, Pete. The daycare service, Pete, and all his other dog friends went for a hike in New York State wilderness. They were spotted by a bear who turned on the pack – and Pete stepped forward to protect everyone!
The owner of the dog-sitting service described how Pete fought really hard with the bear and held him off. This gave the owner time to shepherd the rest of the dogs to safety.
Me & My Shadow Pets shared an Instagram post about the incident. It read:
“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.”
In the end, the post said:
“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. ❤❤”
Many have sent well wishes to Pete after hearing his heartbreaking story, saying the adopted English Setter died a hero.
Rest in peace, Pete.