They were out hiking when they surprised and then were subsequently attacked by a Black Bear.
According to the Independent, Pete and his fellow canine friends were out hiking with Me & My Shadow Pets daycare service in Northern New Jersey when they surprised a Black Bear which then started to attack the dogs. Instead of running off with the other dogs to safety, Pete stood his ground and held the Bear off.
A senior dog, Pete had been adopted by his family only 18 months ago from Our English Rescue Setter shelter. He has now been hailed a hero for protecting his fellow dogs and also his humans.
A friend of the family sent out a tweet regarding the heartbreak that Pete’s family were going through.
“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,” the post read.
“So our friends lost their sweet setter Pete today …He and some other dogs surprised a black bear while on a hike,” he wrote.
“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!”
“The bear 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.”
The post went viral with thousands of people sending messages of condolence for this wonderfully brave and loyal dog.
One person simply wrote: “We don’t deserve dogs!”
For those of us who adore our four-legged companions, we appreciate the loyalty and unconditional love we get from our dogs.