RIP Pete: Hero dog dies after run in with a bear during hike

Written by on February 12, 2018 in Critter Love, Critters vs Humans vs Critters - No comments

Pete was a very good dog.

So good, in fact, he took on a bear to protect his humans and a brood of other pooches while out on a walk.

Proof that not all heroes wear capes.

Pete belonged to the folks who run Me & My Shadow Pet Sitting in Greenwood Lake, New York.

It was on Sunday when Pete was out for a pack walk when the group encountered a black bear.

“Today we lost our brave, old man Pete,” Pete’s family posted on social media.

The entire ordeal is recounted on Instagram.

“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.”

They got Pete to the vet, but the injuries were too severe.

Pete was pushing 14 years old. And had been with the couple for 18 months first as a foster pet and then as a full-fledged member of the family.

“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.”

Pete was indeed brave.

Below is an account from my husband of yesterdays 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.” 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. ❤💔❤

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I’m not crying. You’re crying.

In fact, the entire internet is wrecked.

These images will lift your spirits.

Dogs are just the best.

Crisp fall day makes for happy rowdy dogs. #mmspets #packrules

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Sunday fun day!!! #mmspets #barerock #gwl #findyourwild #packrules

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Petey is definitely bounding over the rainbow bridge.


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Dawn Walton

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