T he brave efforts of a small dog is being credited with saving the lives of two Oscoda County men.
A four pound dac h s hu nd named Bradley stood up to a four hundred pound black bear and fought it off so it wouldn't attack his human friends.
" I believe honestly the outcome would've been different if Brad had not been with him ," John Force, Bradley's owner said. "I f the bear had attack ed B rad , It certainly would've attacked the men who were bigger than Brad ."
S aturday afternoon , a group of friends visiting the Force residence ventured into the woods and took Bradley along for the ride.
" They came across the mama and her cubs on the trail and they were a bit surprised, none of them had ever seen a bear before," Force said.
T he large bear stared the men down. T hey instantly knew they were in trouble. B ut they didn't realize they already had protection by their side
" Brad jumped off the golf cart and attack ed the big bear , they got into a scuffle ," Force said.
A fter the bear released Bradley, he ran back to the men. Unfortunately, the bite wounds were too severe and an hour later Bradley died.
" He was only four to five pounds, but in his mind I think he thought he was 100 lbs," Lisa Force, Bradley's Owner.
T he force family says this small wiener dog had a history of being fearless and even though they have two dogs that are much larger than Bradley.
" I would expect him to protect me before the rottweilers probably," Lisa Force said.
T hey are glad he was the one tasked with saving their friends lives.
" I think he would went out the way he wanted to go out you know he was a little fighter a little scrapper and he didn't think twice about attacking a bear I guarantee you, he would have did it again ," John Force said.