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A North Carolina family reports that their five-pound dog, Pickles, lost his life protecting them from a bear who broke into their house.

Tiffany Merrill was at home with her children and miniature poodle Pickles when a bear entered their home, leaving Merrill scared for her life.

However, as she shouted for her children to hide in their rooms, Pickles appeared.

Rescue

The small barking dog ran into the family’s yard, leading the bear out of the house.

While the family believes that Pickles may have saved them from injury or death, their pet lost his life in the process.

‘Always with me’

Tiffany – who says pickles was always by her side – and her daughter Emily spoke fondly of Pickles, after recounting the story to ABC.

Emily said: “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.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination....