Dachshund heroine survives wolf attack

The Duluth News Tribune reports:

Jada is a 15-pound hero. The eight-year-old dachshund hurled herself at a wolf June 9 to save a fellow canine, Lana.

As the dogs’ owner, Dana Lundeen, tells it, she was sitting on the front porch of her South Range home that afternoon when first Lana, then Jada, ran barking around the house. Suddenly, she heard an awful bark. Rounding the corner of the house, she saw a wolf about 75 yards away.

As Lundeen watched, it kicked aside the one-year-old Lana and grabbed Jada in its mouth. She ran toward them, yelling.

“I was screaming my lungs out, hoping he would drop her and he did,” Lundeen said.

As the wounded dog ran back toward the house, she said, the wolf took a few steps in Lundeen’s direction, than padded away.

“It happened so fast,” she said. “I was more worried about my dog than anything.”

Lundeen wrapped the bleeding dog in a blanket and called her 17-year-old son, Devin, home from Northwestern High School to help.

“I didn’t know if I’d have to shoot her,” Lundeen said. “I mean, her stomach’s hanging out. [Devin] says ‘Well, Mom, is she alive?’”

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For a city slicker like me, the part about shooting the dog was a bit of a shock, but them I remembered my mother’s former neighbour at our country house. When our old dog Lucy got sick, he offered to take her out behind the barn and shoot her. We declined.