A dog is a man’s best friend, and at times, dogs would risk their lives for us. Meet Pete, a 14-year-old English Settler who were the best four-legged companion that one could ask for.
Pete lived in New York with his parents, Cathi Henn and Stephen Parisi. The adorable senior is reportedly from Ohio. When he got too old for hunting, the loving couple decided to adopt him.
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The day Stephen went out with Pete and his other two dog siblings for a hike at Monksville Reservoir, New Jersey, was a life-changing day for all of them. The dogs wandered around and explored the area until they came across a black bear.
While the dogs stood on the bear’s way, it came over Stephan and his protective dogs. Brave Pete didn’t think twice and fought off the bear so the others could escape. Stephen took the dogs to safety and came back to rescue Pete, but he was injured by then. Cathi and Stephen carried him and rushed to the hospital.
When they arrived at the vet, they discovered a horrible thing. They received the bad news, which was that Pete’s spinal cord was extensively traumatized so he could never walk again. The fact that Pete was old made the whole situation worse. Having a series of extensive surgery on that age makes it unlikely to succeed. The loving couple didn’t want their beloved companion to end his life suffering, and so, with an aching heart, they decided to put him down.
So our friends lost their sweet setter Pete today. He and some other dogs surprised a black bear while on a hike. 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! pic.twitter.com/a3W5q9DHbc— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) 12 בפברואר 2018
His parents were heartbroken. They wrote on Instagram: “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.. Love you Petey. Save me some cheese for when we see each other again.”
Pete was a hero. He sacrificed his life for his beloved ones. Rest in peace, dear hero.