Pickles was a toy poodle who weighed just five pounds. According to his owner, he died trying to save the lives of his human family from a bear. This past Friday morning, Tiffany Merrill had opened the door to let her pup out into the yard of her Blue Ridge Mountains home, and in walked a bear.
I would say he was about 150 to 200 pounds ― very aggressive [and] not scared at all.
She jumped behind a couch and screamed for her children to shut their doors as the bear invaded her home. Merrill explained that the bear was about to charge at her when Pickles started barking at it. The bear went outside, following the noise, which is where Pickles and the bear got into a tussle. She was able to get her dog back inside, but Pickles died later from his injuries.
Merrill posted on Facebook:
The caption reads:
My hero died saving me from a bear that came in my house. We lost a big part of our family. Heartbroken..
People offered their condolences:
— Nanette Chezum (@couragecentral) September 3, 2018
— Barbara Jensen (@bjens2749) September 3, 2018
— Connie Nowak (@ConnieNowak3) September 3, 2018
Others commended Pickles’ bravery:
God bless this dog, Pickles was a brave soul! This breaks my heart. I believe my little dog Zha Zhy would have done the same had she been faced with a bear in the house; she was the bravest dog I’ve ever known. ✨
— Lisa Goodman (LEG) (@ayosilver1) September 3, 2018
what a very brave and protective fur baby. I pray that fur baby is having a blast at the rainbow bridge, waiting for her human! Praying for the owners peace. I hope they know and take comfort in the fact, it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later precious friend.
— Ashley Paige Alsup (@alsup_paige) September 3, 2018
What a fierce and brave dog, protecting his family against a bear. I'm so very sorry for this family's loss. May Pickles rest in peace.
— Natalie_Jones (@Natalie123xyz) September 3, 2018
What a very brave and loyal dog. I can't help but shed a tear reading this story! Liberals have no conscience and values.
— Josh Smith (@WinningContinue) September 3, 2018
God bless little Pickles, what a giant of a hero this little guy. Thoughts and prayers for this family.
— sarah elizabeth k (@sidebar_sarah) September 3, 2018
Our thoughts are with the Merrill family.