Pit Bull Faithfully Guards Fallen Companion

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As Michael Mason left his Atlanta church, he noticed a very morose-looking dog standing in the street.  Below him, his friend, who may have been struck by a car.  The fallen dog did not make it, but her very faithful friend Herman has been rescued and is now in need of a home.

Mason snapped a photo of the lugubrious pup and his injured pal and shared it, asking for help.

“The look on his face. ‘Can someone help me?’ He was watching over him like a guard dog,” Mason said.

The photo made its way to The Walking Dead actress Kylie Szymanski, who shared it on her Facebook fan page.

“I never thought it would happen to me (going viral). I wasn’t thinking about it. I was thinking about the dog,” said Mason.

The guardian dog was taken in by Fulton County Animal Services and named Herman.  A veterinarian was unable to save his friend.  But now Herman needs a home where he can make happy new memories.

“We are grateful someone stopped and cared enough to take a picture and share it to demonstrate the power of a dog’s love. And this sweet animal didn’t leave his friend when she was injured,” said Cicley Gay with LifeLine Animal Project, who works with FCAS.

“They do feel that companionship and when somebody is gone, they miss them,” explained Kerry Moyers-Horton, a staff member with FCAS.

Local reporter Craig Lucie met Herman and learned that not only is the Staffy very kind and loyal, but also smart – he has already figured out how to open the back gates at the shelter!

Lucie says the staff believes based on his friendliness, Herman likely once belonged to a family.  He also asked Mason if he would consider adopting the dog, and he said he would if it was ok with the missus.

But if the Masons do not adopt Herman, he will be needing a home.  If you’re interested, please click here.


3 thoughts on “Pit Bull Faithfully Guards Fallen Companion”

  1. We are here in ATL and this is all over the news. This name of his BFF was Starr and it was probably his mate of sister. She did not make it and died of her injuries.
    His real owners came forward and want him back but they have to pay Fulton County Animal Shelter for the expenses of vet bills. The owner said they ran out when she opened the door.
    If they cannot pay the bill by Friday and provide proof of ownership he will be put up for adoption where as of the news last night they are over 60 people who want to adopt him.
    According to the shelter he is very smart and affectionate but is also very scared. This sweet boy has been through alot. We even considered taking him in.
    While we can’t assume his situation many are wandering if he needs a new home where he will be cared for.
    We rescued are pit Grace in December. I am amazed every single day at the capacity this special breed has to love and be loved unconditionally as well as how smart they are. Grace does not meet a stranger, man or animal and has never shown any hint of a mean bone.
    All of us, especially us Pit Parents are pulling for this boy.

  2. Bill and Kelly Hogue, thank you so much for the information on these two beautiful dogs. I am also a Pit Parent and I appreciate the fact that you rescued your girl Grace. They dogs are so loving and loyal and it so heartbreaking seeing Star lying there with Herman protecting her. How on earth did both dogs get out, did the family put up flyers, call the shelters and search around the neighborhood for both of them…these are questions that need to be answered before Herman goes back to the family. He is a typical loving and loyal bully breed and he will go back to his family even if he was abused or discarded. I hope Mason does adopt him…since Mason’s photo got Herman the attention he needs to to survive the dreaded shelter. If I weren’t in Florida I would love to meet Herman and introduce him to my two fur girls to see if they wanted to except him as a brother. I hope there is a follow up on the handsome boy…I would love to know his real name.

  3. I’ve had my share of pitbulls and can honestly say that they are – by far – some of the most loving souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. It’s no wonder they were called “The Nanny Dog”, being a most beloved dog in England and the United States, left to protect children, back in the day – and WWII War Dogs, when we were smart enough to see the heroes within them. The amount of people they saved – and continue to save today! – is astounding… They were even given medals! On the rare occasion you will find someone willing to post from the many accounts of current day pitbull heroes saving lives, not just in war, but amongst the general masses; but what man has done – and continues to do – to exploit this incredible breed is horrendous. And even with all that has been done to them, the majority of pitbulls still have that amazing capacity to love that simply can’t be bred out of them, as much as so many have tried so hard to do with horrific abuse. Of course, you rarely hear about their capacity to love nowadays – even though they continue to prove it over and over again. We are a truly sorry lot as we continually strive to destroy and corrupt the beauty in front of us, and then insanely blame the ones broken down for what we have done to them, instead of placing the responsibility exactly where it belongs – on us.


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