Dog Saves New Family Six Hours After Being Adopted

11/14/2011

hercules saves family from burglarThe. Best. Dog. Story. Ever.

A gentle giant named Hercules proved his worth as a loyal canine companion only six hours after being rescued from an animal shelter and brought home by Lee & Elizabeth Littler last Wednesday.

Just as the Littlers were preparing to take Hercules outside for a walk Wednesday night, the 135-pound Saint Bernard, who had not made as much as a peep since being adopted that afternoon, started growling, plowed through their screen door and charged after an intruder trying to get into their house through their basement door!

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Brave Hercules even managed to chomp on the man’s ankle as he climbed a fence and got away. Police say the home’s phone and cable lines had been cut. They have not yet found the man that Hercules chased away.

Kindness Repaid

"When I saw Hercules for the first time, I fell in love with him," Elizabeth Littler told ABC News. "He's 75% underweight and just, he looked awfully beat up."

The Littlers initial intentions were to foster Hercules and find him a good home to keep him from being euthanized. But Hercules has officially earned himself a permanent home with the Littlers, his new forever family.

"To have adopted a dog 6 hours before the incident and have him already defending you with that resolve, it's amazing. If you show care and affection to your animals, they will return it," Lee told ABC News.

Yay for the Littlers for giving Hercules a new lease on life and what a wonderful testimonial to the innate loyalty of our canine companions.

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