Stephen Parisi went on a hike with his dogs through the New Jersey’s Monkville Reservoir. It was a normal hike with the rain wearing them out when a bear suddenly charged them. Stephen says that the bear acted out of fear- “It felt threatened and turned around.”
Stephen’s senior dog Pete bravely fought the black bear till he could bring 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.” Stephen and his wife, rushed Pete to the animal hospital. He had a severe spinal injury and the doctors were not sure if he would survive. This is why the couple collectively decided to end his miseries and put him to sleep.
Research shows that there have been around 92 bear attacks on dogs in the last three years in Northern America and they have mostly happened when the dogs were not leashed. Please do your research carefully before you plan a trek with your pooch. Learn about the wildlife that is in and around the area. Bears and dogs usually don’t get along and bears usually attack to protect their food or territory. The added rain may have been another reason why the black bear charged at Pete.
Our heart goes out to Pete, the brave English Setter, and the rest of his family. Stephen requested others to “light a candle for Pete and remember that fostering and rescuing a dog can sometimes save you. Senior dogs have so much to give.”