Newly Adopted Dog Repels Intruder

In Ohio, a 135-pound Saint Bernard named Hercules had only been in his new home for about six hours, when an intruder tried to enter illegally. It isn’t clear if the criminal intended to only rob the home, as he also cut phone and cable lines before attempting to break in. Whatever the malicious design was, Hercules was having none of it and bolted right at the strange man, causing him to run away. The loyal canine was able to bite the man once, but he got away.

The dog’s new owner said, “The guy must have just come up out of the basement when he heard me open the door. Anyway, Hercules jumped off the back porch, over the stairwell, and I see this guy running toward the fence (maybe 15 or 20 feet away). (Hercules) ran up and grabbed the guy by his ankle as he was going over the fence.” (Source:

In a sense, Hercules was merely repaying the compassion both of his new owners who saved him from the shelter, and the two men who found him immobile a month before while hiking. In those moments Hercules was bleeding and unable to move on his own. Later a vet speculated he had been attacked by coyotes. Left there with no defense, he might have died. One of the men who found him did the right thing and drove him to the vet where he was attended to and recuperated enough to go to the shelter.

Hercules apparently is now well enough to chase away the criminal element, which is a very good thing, because reportedly the same man may have broken into several other homes in the same area.

Image Credit: Sloberdog / Wiki Commons

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Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

You go Hercules!!!!!! Don't anyone say that an animal who has been treated with love doesn't know and want to reward you for caring for him. The sooner he lets you know how much he is thankful the better.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

I'll bet the owner is ever-so-glad he adopted Hercules!!
Thank you for a great story about a great dog.

Erika M.
Erika M.4 years ago

Hercules is aptly named. Way to go big guy!

Mary Beth M.
Mary Beth M.4 years ago

Beautiful dog, wonderful story!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.4 years ago

Greatful have a new home ! Thank you !

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths4 years ago

Great story. Wonderful dog. Hope they are all together for many years.

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths4 years ago

Handsome dog, wonderful story. Hope they're together for many years.

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths4 years ago

What a great story. Hope they have many years together.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.4 years ago

very touching, what a dog!

Maria Papastamatiou

Great dog!