Pets Who Almost Became Lunch
Hannah Marie and Pat Bringol
A hawk in Louisiana liked the looks of Hannah Marie, a 10-pound miniature dachshund playing in her backyard. He had been perusing the menu in Hannah Marie’s neighborhood for a while, hanging out in nearby trees. One day in January 2011 he decided to make his move, swooped down, and grabbed the dog.
The hawk hadn’t reckoned on Pat Bringol. Bringol, a grandmother, chased the hawk. When she caught up with him, she says, “I had to reach on my tippy-toes and grab [Hannah's] hind legs. And, it took everything I had to pull her. I said, ‘You’re not getting my dog!’ I was so mad I was shaking.”
Bringol dragged her dog out of the hawk’s talons, which sliced into Hannah’s skin in three places.
Since then Bringol accompanies Hannah whenever the dog goes out.
Smokey and Becky Bennett
In Minnesota later that year the hungry menace was a coyote. He snatched 18-year-old Smokey from her backyard. Smokey’s yelp brought her person, Becky Bennett, running. Bennett did exactly what experts advise to scare off a coyote: “I just came out the door and started running and yelling and screaming and being as big as I possibly could — waving my hands and screaming at it to drop her.”
Drop her the coyote did. Smokey suffered some large wounds from the coyote’s teeth and needed 10 days’ recuperation before she could walk again, but she made it through.
Tucker and Dawn McCarty
Another midwestern coyote took a shine to a small dog in Illinois last November. Chihuahua Tucker is 12 years old, diabetic and nearly blind. His person, Dawn McCarty, was outside getting her newspaper when she heard Tucker yelping. In her back yard she discovered a coyote with Tucker’s leg in its mouth. A second coyote stood close by. McCarty dispatched of both of them, yelling and using her newspaper to shoo the animals away. The coyotes ran.
Tucker suffered a bleeding foot and shock, but thanks to McCarty, he survived.
When so many people abuse and exploit animals around the world, it is a much-needed comfort to know that many others love animals so much that they risk their own safety to save them.
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