Duke (Jack Russell)

Duke is a seven year old Jack Russell. There was an ad in the paper, and my Mom and I went to look at the puppies. The lady said that Duke had not been sold, and she was asking less for him because he did not look as good as the other puppies. We knew immediately that he was the dog we wanted. I couldn't stand the thought of all the puppies being adopted and Duke being left behind because he was different.


Duke loves to play with the cat, Squeaky. We do have to keep an eye on him because he is at least 10 lbs. overweight. He doesn't realize how much bigger he is than the cat, and he gets a little rough sometimes. He loves to chase any cat or dog that doesn't belong out of the yard with zeal! He is very smart and was easy to train to stay in the yard without a fence. He also loves to sneak in the house and sit in Dad's recliner. His favorite thing is to take a walk to the pond with Dad.

Duke belongs to my Mom and Dad, but I always say he is part mine because I take care of him for my parents when they travel. They do not have a computer and wanted me to enter Duke, because he had saved me from being attacked one night.

Duke is a very brave and protective dog. I was up at Mom and Dad's checking on things because they were out of town. The only time we put Duke in a fence is when they go out of town and don't take him with them. I had let him out and was standing outside with him talking to my sister on my cell phone.


While I talked, I noticed 2 young men walking up the road. I thought this odd because it was dark and after 7 pm. There is a big light outside and it shines to the road, so that is why I was able to see the young men pass by. They walked up the road to my parents top drive, turned around and walked back down the road to the bottom drive. At that point, I noticed they had split up and I only saw one man. I then heard the other man running toward me up the yard in the darkness, and the young man at the bottom of the driveway started to run up toward me also.

When he did, Duke went into protection mode and jumped as high as the man's chest. When he did this, I made a dash for the door and locked myself in the house. I heard Duke growling and it sounded like he was tearing someone up. It got quiet after a few minutes, and Duke came to the patio door. I looked around and didn't see anyone so I let him inside.


I called the police and gave the best description that I could considering that it was dark. I thought that I had seen one of the young men before, but I wasn't sure so I just gave a description. The policeman told me that he knew by my description exactly who I was talking about. He said that this person had outstanding warrants and that they had been looking for him.

The policeman had received a tip about where this person was, and was going there after he got my report to try and make an arrest. He also said that, if not for Duke, it could have turned into a very scary and dangerous situation for me. I had never been scared to go out at night at my house or my Mom's house. We live less than 1/4 mile from each other and it took me a while to get over being afraid.

Duke should have received a medal that night for being my hero and saving me from something that could have been really bad.

By Melissa

March 20, 20110 found this helpful

Duke is my hero. I'll never forget how he saved me that night from being attacked by two men. Don't let his looks fool you, had he had not intervened that night I shudder to think what would have become of me. Up until that night, I had never been afraid to go up to my Mom's(she only lives 1/4 mile from my home) or walk my dog after dark, but after that night fear engulfed me and I had to work very hard to get back my self confidence & overcome the fear.

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Dogs are so amazing!

Duke is such a handsome fellow, and his personality, is so sweet and loving. (I can tell by his picture) But when you needed him, he turned into a dynamo and came through for you. Thank Goodness!

Duke is truly a Hero!

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Good for you, Duke! He certainly deserves a medal! I'm glad you are safe and thanks for sharing your wonderful dog!

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Wonderful dog. I have a Jack Russell too. He's my fiercest bodyguard.

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March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Your story gave me goosebumps all over! What a scary situation you were in & how lucky you were that Duke was there. What a brave boy he is, I'm so glad they didn't hurt him! Did you ever hear if they caught those guys?I'd be curious to know if Duke got a few bites in!

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

My Jack Russel is very protective of me also. Although she's a bit uncomfortable from too much weight. 6 pounds over. J.R's rule!

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March 25, 20110 found this helpful

Everytime I read my story about Duke I get choked up and think about what could have happened that night. I thank God that Duke was there and I was able to get to a safe place. It has been a while since it happened but every once in a while when I go out at night, I hear a noise & I think my heart is going to beat out of my chest because I get so nervous. I wasn't attacked and I am so thankful for that, but that night took some of my confidence that I have never got back. I can't imagine how hard it is for someone who has been through an attack to overcome it. I only hope that they have God and a good support system to help them get through it.

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