Stephen Parisi along with his dog Pete was hiking through New jersey’s Monkville Reservoir when they were attacked by a black bear.
Facing the bear head on, the brave dog took it upon himself to rescue Parisi and the other dogs that were with them.
According to an Instagram post dedicated to Pete, Parisi said that and the other pups ran to safety where he tied them up before returning so that he could help Pete.
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. ???
“Once I was sure they were safe, I went back and scared the bear off, but Pete was gravely injured,” Parisi and his wife, Cathi, wrote.
With the help of his wife, Parisi was able to get Pete to an animal hospital, where he “held on like a “trooper.” However, despite the fast response, Pete’s injuries were too severe.
The dog had received bad spinal damage and looked unlikely to survive. The coiple decided to let him go.
Ending the heart-wrenching tribute, the couple wrote: “Run free Pete, you no longer have all those aches and pains of old age.
The couple then asked followers to “light a candle for Pete and remember that fostering and rescuing a dog can sometimes save you.”