An 8-month-old cockapoo (cocker spaniel-poodle mix) scared three bears out of his back yard this past Sunday. The mere 15-pound puppy named Pawlee was let out for his normal morning rituals and immediately started to bark his tiny little head off.
With all the fuss the dog was causing, the family’s 9-year-old son went to investigate the commotion. He quickly ran back into the house to report two bear cubs and a mother bear wandered into their yard.
Fortunately, the pup’s bark chased the two cubs up a tree and kept the mother bear at bay. After a few minutes, the cubs climbed down, hopped a fence, and the three bears eventually took off into the woods. Pretty courageous for a pint –sized pup. The mother bear could have easily wiped the grass with the wanna-be guard dog, but decided to let this dog have his day.
Local officials report that while bears are not uncommon in the Wyckoff, New Jersey area, this family has not seen any during the 10 years they have lived there until now. Good thing Pawlee was on patrol.
Anyone living in an area where bears may frequent would benefit from having some Guard Alaska or Mace Pepper Spray for Bears handy. Just like that story the other day when the lady was mauled by a bear while tending her garden, you just never know what a wild bear is thinking. Even trained bears can go postal for no apparent reason.
Be Safe, Be Prepared.
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