Many dog lovers can relate to this funny quote, “Mess with me? I’ll make karma do its job. Mess with my dog and I become karma.” You certainly don’t want to experience an angry dog lover’s wrath. That’s the worst thing you could possibly do. In this scenario, a man quickly jumped to his dog’s rescue when a reptile pulled the poor creature into the water. This may be another “guy saves his dog” story, but it is really touching (even to the toughest guys).
A Guy Saves His Dog From a Hungry Alligator
A Florida man recently made the news when he gave an alligator a good beating for pulling his dog into the water. You may not believe it at first, but it is, in fact, a true story. According to Trent Tweddale, he was just walking on the Wesley Chapel farm in Pasco County, Florida, when a big alligator suddenly appeared, reached out of the water and grabbed his canine. That would be surprising for anyone. And if a regular person were to experience that situation, it’s hard to tell whether he’d be like this guy with instant reflexes.
According to Tweddale, his 6-year old dog Loki, was grabbed by the front arm before being dragged back into the water. It was almost like a fast nightmare-come-to-life. The man tried to save his dog by pulling him back with the collar, but he ended up in a vicious tug-of-war match with the alligator. He knew that the alligator was not letting go, and if he continued the match, he was bound to lose his dog.
He decided to let go of the collar so he don’t hurt his dog more. Eventually, he got knee-deep into the water and gave the reptile a good beating. It serves the animal right for hurting his best friend! He wasn’t going to let that animal mess kill his dog. He pounded the alligator’s head non-stop until he eventually let go of Loki.
The Situation Was Bad, But At Least Loki Was Now Safe
After Tweddale gave the alligator a good beating, he said he ended up with minor scratches. If you think about it: a guy saves his dog in a fight against an alligator, and he doesn’t get killed… that’s pretty awesome! Unfortunately for Loki, his front leg was nearly severed and had to undergo an emergency surgery. Loki’s bones were already visible and out, and it seemed as if his arm was just hanging by a shred. It was horrible, to say the least. Tweddale rushed him to the hospital, and the doctors had to put some metal plates and screws in. They used that to reconstruct Loki’s arm, and they are hoping that he could still use his paws after the alligator attack.
When asked about his protective measures, Tweddale said that a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper helped him set a trap for the alligator on his property. The trapper does not have any bait yet, so he just grabbed one of his roosters [as bait] for the trap. They have yet to see if that will yield any results. He hopes he can lure the alligator soon so his problem would be solved. If that doesn’t work, he said he is ready to use his six more roosters in his freezer as bait. Talk about a mad love for Loki! But if you were in that position, you’d probably do the same thing to ensure the safety of your beloved furry friend.
This Guy Saves His Dog, but Can All Florida Owners Do That?
Florida is actually in the midst of alligator mating season, and this is usually the time when these wild animals behave more aggressively. If you’re from the area, you better be careful too. Some members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or FWC say that alligators begin courting in April. On the other hand, the mating continues through May and June. The female alligators typically lay their eggs in late June and July.
You will obviously love this “guy saves his dog” story. Tweddale is determined to catch the bad alligator to avenge his dog. He says “We love our dog a lot and I’d fight tooth and nail for him.” Isn’t that what we’re all thinking?
Well, This Isn’t the First Story of a Man Saving His Dog From an Alligator
Back in 2019, a 75-year-old Palm Harbor man also fought off an alligator after it came out of a pond behind his home. The alligator grabbed his daughter’s golden retriever Osi from his backside. The dog immediately squealed when the alligator grabbed him. Despite the man being a nervous wreck during that encounter, he still mustered up the courage to save the dog. He was also in a tug-of-war match with that alligator, and he kicked the predator hard in the hopes of freeing Osi. His move was a success and the dog got loose. The next day, some trappers came and recovered the alligator. According to the 75-year-old man, he was just thankful that Osi wasn’t a “bite-sized” dog. Otherwise, he might not have been able to rescue him from the big alligator.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s constant reminder is for all residents to be cautious with their pets. They say that the dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators, so they are also the usual targets. If you have a pet dog, do not let them swim or drink in or near waters that may have alligators. It’s also a bad idea to swim with them in the waters because you might be hurt as well.
Hey, if you want a funny dog story, you should read this interesting article on a brawl between a K9, a cow, and a police officer.