Sometimes, our pets surprise us with their presence of mind and their love for us. Dogs, in particular, have always been man’s best companion and we have heard the tales of brave dogs jumping in to rescue their master in need. Such is the tale of a one-year-old Pitbull when his owner faced death by a deadly shark.
According to People, the Pitbull, Darby came to the rescue of its owner James White when he was bitten on the leg by a shark. “He’s been a part of the family from day one. Just now a little more. If it wasn’t for him I would have been a lot worse,” said the owner to NBC News.
The incident took place on July 2019 when James was fishing on the shore at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. The man who parked his car a few yards, away left his 100-pound pitbull in the car.
“It was about 10 minutes. The only way I think I was able to get the line back is because it was swimming towards me,” told White. The owner, however, was not expecting a 6-foot long seven gill. White, who realized he caught a shark wanted to remove the hook from it. But the shark fell on to the ground and unexpectedly bit White’s angle.
“Immediately there was blood everywhere, the first bite punctured an artery,” he said. “The pressure was intense.”
The owner, who was in intense pain struggled to get the shark off his angle. He even reached out to fishermen nearby for help. However, before anyone could arrive to his rescue, his little pitbull came out of nowhere. The brave dog, who heard his master struggling to save himself from the deadly predator, had managed to get out of the car.
The dog then launched at the shark and bit into its gills, which made it worse for White. “And I told him, ‘No back off’ and then [Darby] repositioned and grabbed it by the tail. He literally ran up the hill with it and pulled it off my leg,” said the owner.
White, who was relieved to have the deadly predator away from his body, put the shark back into the water. He cannot imagine what would have happened if it was not for his dog. He said he is proud of Darby and believes he saved his leg from further damage. However, he says he was not aware of his little dog was capable of such a thing until the incident occurred.