BLACK MOUNTAIN, SC (WCMH) – A true hero — that’s how one North Carolina family is remembering their dog after he died protecting them from a bear that broke into their home.
Tiffany Merrill said she opened her sliding glass door to let her dog, Pickles, out Friday morning. When she turned around to call the dog back inside, a bear waltzed through the door.
“I thought I was gonna die,” Merrill told WLOS. “I started yelling for my kids, ‘Shut your doors! Shut your doors! There’s a bear in the house!’”
Realizing his humans were in danger, Pickles confronted the bear.
“My dog came out, started barking and got the bears attention, and got the bear outside and he saved my life,” Merrill said, choking back tears.
The bear turned his attention to Pickles and went outside. Tragically, the small, 5-pound dog with a big heart was outmatched.
“There was nothing I could do,” Merrill told WLOS. “I wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog.”
Now, Merrill and her young daughter, Emily, are in mourning, but they are trying to remember the good times and the love Pickles brought into their lives.
“The most thing [sic] I liked about Pickles was how he would put us to bed, and if someone was here, he would just lay next to us,” Emily recalled.