Dog Saves Woman From Fatal Attack

Bear is truly a lifesaver.

This six-year-old, 150-pound wolf-mastiff cross saved the life of his owner’s fiancee.

Elann Moren was being attacked with a machete by her fiance’s son. Bear stepped in and attacked the man and was able to hold him off, so Moren could run into the bathroom and call 911.

Bear, described as “big as a human,” either drove the man off or scared him into running.

Bear did suffer a 6-inch gash that required stitches and lost a tooth in the struggle with the man. Besides that, he is doing well and recovering after saving Moren’s life.

Moren is out of the intensive care unit and will need rehabilitation for her injuries.

Source: Anchorage Daily News

(Thanks Rebecca)

10 Responses to “Dog Saves Woman From Fatal Attack”

  1. Nancy G. says:

    Good thing the cops didn’t show up and shoot the dog for being “vicious.” Or will he be seized and a judge condemn him to death for this “attack”? Or will he be treated as the hero dog he is? Maybe someone should send this to the judge in the other case, just to remind him of one reason we have dogs– to protect us.

  2. Jane Anderson says:

    This is the second time I have heard of a wolf-hybrid cross saving a life. It was a year ago almost to the day that the news reported the marvelous heartwarming story of Shana the wolf-dog and Norman and Eve Fertig. The elderly couple ran a rescue animal sanctuary and took in a sick 2 week old half wolf, half German Shepherd puppy. The story is still up on Fox News:,2933,234599,00.html

  3. Micah says:

    I’m not surprised by this or the earlier story at all- if raised well, wolf hybrids are very loyal and protective friends.
    I have a big sweet wolfy dog now, he’s 11 and I’ve had him since he was a pup. He is the second one I’ve lived with, and contrary to the image people may have, he’s not a big wild ferocious beast. He’s gentle and shy, he’s not a good guard dog of my property or yard at all.
    But he has protected my person on several occasions, as did the first wolf I knew. I’ve lived in some bad neighbourhoods, and both wolves have protected me from sketchy people, growling and standing ground between me & the weirdos. With a 110-pound dog, that’s all it took, but I have no doubt that my buddy would do anything to protect me, even if the situation got violent. He’s just that way, fiercely loyal and intensely pack-oriented.
    Wolf-dogs are not for most people, they are a lot of work and can be rather uncivilised. They need special understanding, love, and structure to be happy and not a disaster, but I am so glad to have lived with two of them, and I will always consider them my friends.

  4. Michelle says:

    Of course, i have to say way to go Bear, but I’m also completely appalled by this story. This woman was attacked by her fiance’s SON with a MACHETE?? That’s a little insane. I’d like to know what’s going on with the son, and if he’ll be locked up for a long time. He most definitely deserves it.

  5. Susan says:

    I sure hope they have a Congo’s law in this dog’s state (see Congo’s story elsewhere on Itchmo), or that poor dog may be seized by animal control and condemned to die by some idiot judge who decides the dog is “vicious” and “dangerous.”

  6. Don Earl says:

    This is the first story I’ve seen in months where a dog going into attack mode is fully justified.

    RE: “one reason we have dogs– to protect us”

    Read the whole story. The dog’s owner was killed, the owner’s fiancee is in ICU, and the perp went on to kill another person and wound two more after chopping the dog’s leg half off. In the hands of a responsible person, dogs are wonderful pets and cherished members of the family. In the hands of an armed and highly trained professional, dogs are suitable for specialized security work.

    For the average person, getting a dog “for protection” is about the worst motive for pet ownership in the world. In most cases, dogs acquired “for protection” by the inept end up amounting to little more than a neighborhood nuisance, and a false sense of security for the owner.

    If a person needs protection, get an alarm system and a gun. There isn’t a single situation where a dog attack would be justified, where shooting would not be an equally justifiable response to a real threat. Among other things, a dog is a poor defense against a determined attacker. If, as in a police application, you’re willing to put the dog in harm’s way long enough to bring a weapon to bear, I guess that’s your call. Otherwise, the only good reason to get any kind of pet is because of a pet’s unique ability to make you smile even on days where there doesn’t seem to be much to smile about.

  7. Jeanie says:

    I second Michelle’s comments. There seems to be A LOT missing from this story. I’m assuming the son had some severe mental problems, but that’s just an assumption.

  8. kathy says:

    Don Earl, where is the whole story? I would like to read it. Also, please, hold on a minute……My personal protection IS one of my dogs’ jobs, but I don’t try to train them to do it. All I do is let them love me, if I were to need protection I’m sure they would try. As a single woman beyond middle age I have learned that all they really need to do to protect me is exist. If they don’t like someone I make sure that person doesn’t come to my house again—I will take the dog’s word for it. Most people who are up to no good won’t come around where there is a dog, much less 4 of them. If I was not home, you could probably walk in here and take everything, the dogs would take advantage of the open door and take themselves for a walk! Or slurp your face right off you. I agree, they would be no protection against a loose maniac, unless the maniac could avoid them or take them out. For things like that I do have a gun and I do know how to use it! And in reality, in Colorado, my dogs in such a case would probably be labeled vicious and put down, while our “make my day” law would actually allow me to kill them if I felt threatened.

  9. kathy says:

    Micah, I so agree with you about the wolves. I have lived with several, talk about a high-maintainance companion: that’s putting it mildly. My own was my sister, she was a lot of work, had to go everywhere with me or she would eat the door and come find me, not to mention carpet cleaning expense (it took 4 houses to housebreak her!)But the love we shared, the mutual respect, and my admiration for her exquisite intelligence were enough to make her more a sister than anything else. Her mate could not really be contained, his owner didn’t really try as everyone in town (a very small town) knew him anyway, if he saw a woman walking alone at night he would escort her to her door, any woman! Like you, I don’t recommend them to anyone, I know how much I was willing to give her and just don’t imagine most people would be willing to do that. They can be trained, they can even be obedient if they want to (key words), but mostly they don’t and and you aren’t smarter than they are!!

  10. Don Earl says:

    RE: “where is the whole story?”

    Just below the Itchmo version is a link, next to “source”. It’s not a pretty story.

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