Dog dies saving family after bear breaks into home

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A North Carolina family is mourning the loss of their beloved dog, Pickles. 

They say Pickles died a hero, as he protected them from a bear who broke into their home. 

“I thought I was gonna die,” said Tiffany Merrill. 

An unbearable couple of seconds that felt like an eternity. 

“I started yelling for my kids. ‘Shut your doors! Shut your doors! There’s a bear in the house,” said Merrill. 

Moments later, the small five-pound pooch appeared. 

“My dog came out, started barking and got the bear’s attention, and got the bear outside and he saved my life,” said Merrill. 

But sweet Pickles lost his while protecting his family. 

“There was nothing I could do,” said Merrill. “I wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog.”

As Tiffany and her daughter, Emily, grieve, they also reflect on all the good times they once shared with their beloved pet. 

“He was always with me. If I stayed up late, he stayed up late,” said Merrill. “If i wanted to go somewhere, he wanted to go somewhere”

“The most thing I liked about Pickles was how he would put us to bed and if someone was here he would just lay next to us,” said Emily Merrill. 

And although Pickles won’t be there anymore to lie next to them, the Merrills hope their story makes their neighbors more cautious the next time they see a bear. 

“They’re way more dangerous than what you think they are,” said Tiffany. “After what happened to me this morning, like, who would have ever thought that’d happen, not me.”

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