Let us introduce you to Darby, who saved her owner from a pretty severe looking shark attack in California.
Fisherman James White was enjoying a fun day on the shore at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County California when he got a nibble on his line. He spent 10 minutes reeling in his sea monster, which ended up being a 180cm long sevengill shark.
Seemingly impressed with his catch, he held it up to unhook it, but the shark twisted and fell onto the ground.
Probably realising it had one fight left, the shark sank its teeth into James’ leg and held on for dear life.
“Immediately there was blood everywhere, the first bite punctured an artery,” he told NBC.
“The pressure was intense.”
James started yelling to nearby fishermen, however they were a couple hundred metres away and time was of the essence.
Darby, the 45kg pit bull was in James’ car and when she heard the commotion, she leapt through the gap in the window and came to it’s owner’s aid.
The pit bull decided to fight fire with fire and sank her teeth into the shark’s gills.
“And I told her, ‘No back off’ and then [Darby] repositioned and grabbed it by the tail,” said White. “She literally ran up the hill with it and pulled it off my leg.”
Eventually, the shark let go and James flicked it back into the ocean and it swam away.
“If it wasn’t for her I would have been a lot worse…She’s been a part of the family from day one. Just now a little more,” James added.
If you needed another reason why dogs are man’s best friend then this is as close as you’ll probably come. What a bloody legendary effort from Darby. No doubt she’ll be getting all the good treats for the next few months.