Dachshund Sacrifices Life and Saves Men from Bear Attack

PetMD Editorial
Updated: January 30, 2018
Published: September 27, 2013
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Dachshunds, once bred to hunt badgers, have to be fearless. A Michigan dachshund named Bradley was no exception.

A carefree afternoon turned tragic when John Force and a group of friends took a ride on a golf cart into the woods. Bradley went with his dad.

When the men saw the 400-pound bear bear on the trail with her cubs, the bear stared them down, which made Bradley, who was only 4-5 pounds, jump off of the cart and go after her. The two got into a scuffle and the bear even threw Bradley, who didn’t give up in the fight. Eventually the bear grabbed the dog and took off into the woods.

The group of men finally scared the bear away and Force rushed his brave dog to an emergency vet. Unfortunately, Bradley’s wounds were too severe and he died an hour after the attack.

The Force family says Bradley had always been dominant in his pack, which included two Rottweiler brothers. "I would expect him to protect me before the Rottweilers, probably," Lisa Force said.

The Forces believe the situation may have ended much differently had Bradley not been with them. One of the men had suffered a stroke only days before the incident and most likely couldn't have run away from the bear.

While the family was very sad over losing their little hero, they apparently were given a gift in remembrance of Bradley just days later.

A woman who identifies herself as “Tammy” on the 9&10 News site wrote in the comments section, “John now has a new furry friend. My husband and I were contemplating rehoming one of our dachshunds because we had two that just would not get along (dominance issue) . When we seen [sic] this news clip we knew exactly what we had to do. Last night John came over and we sent Buddy, our male black and tan mini dachsund [sic] home with him. And Buddy looks just like Bradley. We will miss Buddy but it warms my heart to help someone. Hoping it works out well for them all.”

In that same comments section, Lisa Force replied, “Tammy your [sic] an angel! We can’t thank you enough! He snuggled right in with us last night didn’t make a peep and is now napping on my lap. Your kindness will not go unnoticed!!”

Editor’s Note: Photo of Bradley submitted by the Force family to 9&10 News.