February 26, 2007, - 12:45 pm
CATARACT, Wis. (AP) — Jason Schindler says he wouldn’t be alive if it were not for his dog, Dude.
The 27-year-old rural Cataract man said the 8-year-old mixed-breed hound jumped between him and an attacking black bear Thursday night, saving his life but giving up his own.
The animal sustained at least 28 puncture wounds to his chest and neck, he said. . . .
He said he heard the dog yelping loudly Thursday after dark and went out to see what was happening.
Suddenly, “all I saw was this dark thing lunging at me,” Schindler said.
But his dog jumped between the two and was quickly snatched up in the bear’s jaw, he said.
“If not for the dog, I wouldn’t be standing here,” Schindler said.
The bear, estimated at being between 400 and 500 pounds, dragged the dog to his nearby den under a thicket of downed trees. . . .
“In a way he was a miracle dog.”
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