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Dog Saves Owners From Mountain Lion
cbsnews. ^ | May 6, 2009

Posted on 05/06/2009 12:52:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono

A mountain lion attacked and nearly killed a dog that defended its owners Tuesday on a trail in the Santa Ana Mountains.

The dog was severely mauled in the stomach area and rushed to a veterinary hospital for surgery, according to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. The 5-year-old black Labrador mix named Hoagie underwent a four-hour operation and was expected to survive, he said.

William Morse was hiking with his wife near a campground in the Cleveland National Forest, about 10 miles from Lake Elsinore, when a 120-pound mountain lion approached.

"Out of nowhere, a mountain lion just charged us, attacked us. And my dog saved our lives," Morse said.

He said the attack lasted less than 10 seconds and left the dog with deep wounds.

But, Amormino said, the dog put up a "vicious fight. I'm sure that lion was hurt, too."


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: california; dog; doggieping; mountainlion

Hoagie, a Labrador mix, was mauled by a mountain lion while defending its owners in the Cleveland National Forest.


1 posted on 05/06/2009 12:52:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 05/06/2009 12:53:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

3 posted on 05/06/2009 12:56:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I have a Labrador German Shepard mix. Smart, sweet and very protective. His only fault is that he is the biggest racist Ive ever known.


4 posted on 05/06/2009 12:57:24 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: WVKayaker

Man’s best FRiend, next to S&W Ping


5 posted on 05/06/2009 12:57:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: JoeProBono

Doggy BUMP!


6 posted on 05/06/2009 1:01:11 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: JoeProBono

Good boy, Hoagie!!! Your family sure loves you, boy!


7 posted on 05/06/2009 1:05:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A dog doesn’t ever jam. It may eat jam. And generally it doesn’t run out of ammo.


8 posted on 05/06/2009 1:06:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono

Awwwwwwwwwwww. Great story.


9 posted on 05/06/2009 1:09:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: DogBarkTree
"His only fault is that he is the biggest racist Ive ever known."

Interesting that you should mention that. We had a beautiful Collie years ago. She had a sweet, friendly disposition to everyone until....one day a "door-to-door" religious group arrived at our front gate. There was a black lady among them and the Collie reacted in a way that I've never seen before.

I don't think that it's racism on the dog's part. It is that they are seeing a human being that's very different from what they're accustomed to.

10 posted on 05/06/2009 1:11:21 PM PDT by davisfh ( Islam is a very serious mental illness)
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To: JoeProBono

Tearing up. Good boy Hoagie. R.I.P.


11 posted on 05/06/2009 1:18:44 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Sanford/Palin in 2012)
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To: JoeProBono
A dog will save your life. A cat will watch you die and then eat you.
12 posted on 05/06/2009 1:28:34 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: JoeProBono

Good Boy!


13 posted on 05/06/2009 1:31:40 PM PDT by Harry Pothead (Go Sarah!)
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To: NormsRevenge; JoeProBono
Man’s best FRiend,...

All Spot's ever done is chase a black bear down the mountain when I was hiking. I keep the TownCar just for him!


14 posted on 05/06/2009 1:32:44 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.- Arth. C. Clarke's shortest story)
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To: JoeProBono
Is a pitbull mix. As you can see by the picture the dominant breed is pitbull. The only labrador signs are the color and the tail. But i guess Labrador mix sounds better.
15 posted on 05/06/2009 1:33:59 PM PDT by Celso
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To: MattinNJ
Hoagie underwent a four-hour operation and was expected to survive
16 posted on 05/06/2009 1:36:03 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: JoeProBono

I saw this story on last night’s local news and do not have any sympathy for the dog owners. First of all, why are pets allowed on hiking trails in the forest? Or, are they? And, if they are allowed, they should be on leash.

This dog was off leash and chased the big cat, whose habitat the forest is. The big cat then defended itself. Okay?

These are irresponsible dog owners who place their own dog in jeopardy, not to mention other hikers who might be surprised by their dog.

If you want your dog to enjoy off-leash freedom, do it in your own backyard.


17 posted on 05/06/2009 1:39:51 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (don' need no steenkin' "new america".....)
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To: SIDENET; MattinNJ
Hoagie underwent a four-hour operation and was expected to survive


18 posted on 05/06/2009 1:41:03 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.- Arth. C. Clarke's shortest story)
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To: La Enchiladita
This dog was off leash and chased the big cat, whose habitat the forest is. The big cat then defended itself. Okay?

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No. Not according to this story:

William Morse was hiking with his wife near a campground in the Cleveland National Forest, about 10 miles from Lake Elsinore, when a 120-pound mountain lion approached.

"Out of nowhere, a mountain lion just charged us, attacked us. And my dog saved our lives," Morse said.

19 posted on 05/06/2009 1:44:40 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
I saw an interview with Mr. Morse last night and he clearly stated that his dog took off after the mountain lion. That was what started it.

The mountain lion may have appeared first but did not "charge" first. The dog chased, as is dog nature. Dog chases cat, it happens every day.

20 posted on 05/06/2009 1:48:17 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (don' need no steenkin' "new america".....)
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To: JoeProBono
Already posted here.
21 posted on 05/06/2009 1:49:31 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: La Enchiladita
Sorry, but if my choice is between believing your recollection of the story and this article, I'm going with this article.
22 posted on 05/06/2009 1:50:06 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: WVKayaker
The biggest thing we ever saw here was a raccoon and opossum.. mostly squirrels these days. There is little forest on our side of the valley so we don't get lions and such fortunately..

Our poodle and Spot are both pampered it seems.


23 posted on 05/06/2009 1:52:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: BubbaBasher

That’s a different source, though.


24 posted on 05/06/2009 1:52:08 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Fine with me. I live in SoCal by the way and know these mountains. Do you?


25 posted on 05/06/2009 1:56:43 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (don' need no steenkin' "new america".....)
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To: WVKayaker; SIDENET
D'oh.

Really have to start reading the whole article.

26 posted on 05/06/2009 2:09:18 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Sanford/Palin in 2012)
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To: latina4dubya

Check the pics.


27 posted on 05/06/2009 2:15:22 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: La Enchiladita

What does that have to do with this story?


28 posted on 05/06/2009 2:26:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MattinNJ

see my #14


29 posted on 05/06/2009 2:42:44 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.- Arth. C. Clarke's shortest story)
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To: NormsRevenge
Our poodle and Spot are both pampered it seems.

I walk 5-19 miles 4-5 days a week. Spot goes along to run. He runs,and runs, and runs. I have not found his limit. He has run 30+miles and was not ready to stop.

Tonight he had the trimmings from my NY strip, and some noodles w/ sauce. His bowl of Lamb and rice dog stuff is untouched! At least I don't have to share the Shiraz!

That's Spot in the middle...

30 posted on 05/06/2009 2:49:07 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.- Arth. C. Clarke's shortest story)
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Lil Sweets is a sniffer and doesn’t walk well, except run away if you unleash her. she will eat her food but she enjoy cheerios and whatever else she can beg off of her master. She’s small which is good and full of pep. amzingly, the cat gets along fine..


31 posted on 05/06/2009 2:55:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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32 posted on 05/06/2009 2:58:14 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.- Arth. C. Clarke's shortest story)
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To: WVKayaker

never saw any fur fly so far here and the cat is a 10 y-o stray we raised from a kitten, she has always been a ‘handle with care’ critter.. amazing, they seem to have been bonded albeit slipping in a harried state occasionally.. then I just stay out of the way. glad to see the cat moving that quick.. lol


33 posted on 05/06/2009 3:07:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: MattinNJ

Don’t cry! Hoagie’s alive!


34 posted on 05/06/2009 9:01:46 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (...Mohammedanism...the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog...)
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To: scripter

oh! bucket head!


35 posted on 05/07/2009 8:57:06 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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