Dachshund Saves Hunter's Life: "He came out of the forest like a rat on crack".

The inscription on the monument reads: “To all the small heroes with big hearts.”
The temperament and body language of a dachshund give the impression that they do not know or care about their relatively small size.

Anyone who has ever been owned by a dachshund can attest to the fact that they are indeed a brave, fearless and highly protective breed.

Leo is one such dog whose bravery probably saved a life.
When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed attacked a 10-year-old girl, Leo fearlessly jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength.

Leo paid with his life, but the citizens of the northern Serbian town have not forgotten. A life-size bronze statue of Leo was put up next to a children’s playground in Pancevo’s city park, honoring the dog and teaching kids about animal friendship and sacrifice. An alert-looking Leo, his head raised above his stretched paws, now rests proudly on a white base surrounded by flowers.

Vucetic, now a skinny 12-year-old, recalled returning home from a friend’s house when the neighbor’s guard dog came down the street, jumped at her from behind and grabbed her arm. The dog nailed the girl to the ground, pulling her left and right with his jaws. “I screamed and Leo rushed out barked and ran around, biting him on the leg,” Vucetic said, showing the scars from the attack. “When the dog let go of me, he looked around and then stormed at Leo.” Leo didn’t stand a chance. Despite efforts by veterinarians, his injuries were too severe and Leo died two days later.

Owner Biljana Ilic said Leo was a “funny, happy dog,” who liked most to jump straight into the lap of whoever came into the house, happily licking the guest.

In the Pancevo park, children have been flocking around Leo’s monument, patting the dog’s head and his big ears. Some have taken pictures next to Leo, laid flowers or left dog treats by the statue. The inscription on the monument reads: “To all the small heroes with big hearts.” But Leo certainly is not the only dachshund whose bravery made a difference.

Bradley - or Brad as he was known to his loved ones - died tragically
from wounds he sustained fighting off a black bear that was preparing to pounce on two Force family friends. The Force family will forever remember their little dachshund Bradley as being larger than life. "He was only four to five pounds, but in his mind I think he thought he was 100 lbs," Lisa Force told 7&4 News.

The two men were riding in a golf cart through the woods by the Forces' Oscoda County, Michigan, house, when they suddenly encountered a mama bear and her cubs. As the 400-pound bear "stared the men down," they readied themselves for the worst. And that's when Bradley leapt into action.

"Brad jumped off the golf cart and attacked the big bear, they got into a scuffle," John Force told UpNorthLive. Though he managed to scare the bear away and return to the men, Bardley's bite wounds proved too severe, and he passed away an hour later.

"I believe honestly the outcome would've been different if Brad had not been with him," John said. "If the bear had attacked Brad, It certainly would've attacked the men who were bigger than Brad." Being "fearless" was in Brad's nature, said Lisa, who noted that he often outshines the family's two other, much larger dogs.

"I would expect him to protect me before the rottweilers probably," she said.
While Leo and Brad lost their lives in the line of duty, our next hotdog hero was more fortunate.
When two boys in a small Russian village were being attacked by a large black bear, Tosya, a small dachshund, came to their rescue and started barking to scare the bear away. Stas Nagornov, eight, and Nikita Nikonov, 12 had left a small village in east Russia when the bear decided to pounce. The boys told The Siberian Times that the bear first attacked Stas. "The bear threw him to the ground, began to trample him, bite him. He grabbed his head, then shoulder and back. I watched - and ran at the bear. I didn't think about myself or what would happen. I just wanted to save my friend."

Trying to help save his friend, Nikita did whatever he could to distract the bear, even throwing a stone at its head. Once the bear let go of Stas, that's when the muscle arrived, Tosya the dachshund. According to the Siberian Times, the dog successfully diverted the bear's attention from the boys and started to chase the dog into the woods. Luckily, the dog was able to dodge the bear and made it home without a scratch.

Our final wonder wiener story is from Sweden where a hunter was saved from a huge bear by his ferocious hound - Birk, a long-haired dachshund. Lying in hospital with 65 stitches in his face, and 100 in wounds to his arms, legs and stomach, Gran Ryman, 49, said: "I saw the ground swaying as the jaws of the bear dripped with my blood ... Then I heard Birk barking and I couldn’t believe what I saw next."

The David versus Goliath battle took place deep in a forest where Mr Ryman was hunting for elk. Foresters in the small town of Rattvig told Mr Ryman how the tiny dog was found by his owner’s body with tufts of bear fur in his mouth. Lying in intensive care, Mr Ryman recalled: "I came through a clearing and saw this bear - he was massive, around 500kg. There was no time to turn, run, climb up a tree, nothing. He was a wall of pure brute force and I didn’t even have time to raise my gun. "I just thought to myself: ‘My God, what a way to die.’

The bear attacked Mr Ryman, inflicting several severe blows. "Birk, who weighs about three kilos, came bounding out of the forest like a rat on crack. He ran straight past me and lunged straight at the bear. "He bit it in the leg and the bear raised himself on two legs and let out a terrible cry of pain. Then I saw Birk bit him in the stomach as the bear tried to swat him away. Just before I passed out, I saw my little friend bite him right where it hurts most - I saw him hanging off his bearhood, if you will."

Ryman came to 20 minutes later to find Birk standing guard over him and the bear gone. He called for help on his mobile phone.

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