Tiny Daschund sacrifices life to save owner from 400-lb black bear

Bradley, a miniature Daschund, weighed only 4 lbs.

Diminutive though he was in size, Bradley had the heart of a lion and the stature of a giant.

John Force holding the heroic 4-lb. Bradley

Samantha Edwards reports for Cottage Life that one Saturday afternoon, John Force and a friend went for a ride on a golf cart in the woods behind his Michigan house, taking his pup Bradley with them.

While in the backwoods, the trio came across a 400-pound black bear and her cubs. The two men had never seen a bear before and knew they were in grave danger as the protective mother glowered at them.

But before the men could react, Bradley leapt from the golf cart towards the bear. He attacked the massive animal who outweighed him by a hundred times. A scuffle followed. Although the bear was scared by the attack, she managed to bite Bradley during the brawl.

The tiny dog then ran back to the golf cart and the men quickly drove away.

Tragically, Bradley’s wounds were too severe and he died an hour later.

“I think he went out the way he would have wanted to go out,” Force says. “He was a little fighter, a little scrapper, and he didn’t think twice about attacking the bear, I guarantee you. He would have done it again.”

Tears . . . .

H/t Daily Mail and FOTM’s Joseph


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What a wonderful little creature!


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God Bless you, little Bradley; Hero Dog.


Hero dog in heaven now, sniff, sniff…


Brave dog.


Yes, yet another amazing story –albeit w/a sad end– of a small dog w/a huge heart saving his human companion. It gives me pause when I reflect upon how often we humans mistreat them! I subscribe to several animal alert groups that work to reduce terrible things done to mostly dogs and formerly wild animals, such as bears, kept captive for really disgusting purposes, such as bear bile. I think it was Fyodor Dostoevsky who said “One can gauge a nation’s civilisation by how it treats its animals.” This is why it’s always so heart-warming when good people act on… Read more »


Guardian angel with a dog collar…awesome story. RIP little guy.


Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most beautiful post. This little dog, a creature without sin, is a complete hero and an example to all of us! I hope St. Francis gives him a hug tomorrow, on Francis’ Feast Day!