This is Reid Roberts. He's a 46-year-old physical education teacher in Prince George, British Columbia. He's also an avid trail runner.
And this is his guardian angel, Pacer, who saved Roberts from an angry black bear last week.
Roberts and Pacer were out for a run in the Forests for the World provincial park. They had only made it about 50 metres from the parking lot when a black bear stormed out of the bushes and into their path.
Roberts said he tried to stay calm, slowly walking backward while yelling and waving his arms. But the bear swatted at him and he tripped, falling onto his back.
But Pacer wasn't about to let some pissed-off bear kill his owner. The dog barked and bit the bear from behind until she turned her attention away from Roberts.
"I remember looking down and seeing blood just spurting out. She must've hit a pretty major artery." His left hand was injured and he left blood all over a tree and on the ground.
He called 911 and got rushed to the hospital. He ended up getting 16 stitches in his hand, and there may have been nerve damage. But he knows it could have been much, much worse without his trusty sidekick there.
Roberts said he would love to know what his furry friend was thinking at the time of the attack, but he'll settle for just knowing he's there for him.
"Without any question whatsoever, he is a hero beyond belief."
Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B
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