A North Carolina family is mourning the loss of their beloved dog, who died a hero as he protected them from a bear that broke into their home.
An unbearable couple of seconds felt like an eternity for Tiffany Merrill.
“I thought I was going to die,” she said. “I started yelling for my kids, ‘Shut your doors, shut your doors, there’s a bear in the house.’”
Moments later, her five-pound dog, Pickles, appeared.
“My dog came out, started barking and got the bear’s attention and got the bear outside and he saved my life,” Merrill said.
Pickles lost his life while protecting his family.
“There was nothing I could do. I wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog,’ Merrill said.
As Merrill and her daughter, Emily, were grieving for their dog, they were also reflecting on all the good times they once shared with their beloved pet.
“He was always with me. If I stayed up late, he stayed up late. If I wanted to go somewhere, he wanted to go somewhere,” Merrill said.
“The thing I liked most about Pickles was how he would put us to bed and if someone was here, he would just lay next to us,” Emily added.
Although Pickles won’t be able to lie next to them anymore, the Merrills hope their story makes their neighbors more cautious the next time they see a bear.
“They’re way more dangerous than what you think they are,” Merrill said. “After what happened to me this morning, who would have ever thought that’d happen? Not me.”