In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a terrifying nightmare became reality in the house of Priscilla Epperson. An unwanted intruder in the form of a curious bear took advantage of her unlatched door and got into their house. The bear wandered through at his leisure, eventually ended up in this children's bedroom. As the massive bear continued to bustle around and make noise, it drew the attention of the owners. Suddenly, from upstairs Coco the family dog came barreling down the stairs and charged right at the bear, closely followed by her owner Priscilla Epperson.
Priscilla Epperson recounted the experience to local news teams, stating:
"I have a spastic little dog and she went nuts. I came down there and she had chased the bear outside and freaked it out. She was running circles around the bear. She was running so fast, it looked like the bear got confused and just took off running up the driveway.”
This was a true David and Goliath tale where the small animal topples the massive one, with both smarts and speed. Coco did not stop after the bear had been ran off, she continued to give chase until her owner managed to snag her attention and call her back.
After the dog returned home, she was heartily energized. Epperson described her as sitting by her bedroom door with every hair on her back standing on edge like a porcupine. Clearly, Coco recognized both the danger and her duty; fulfilled it with commendable bravery.
Coco was originally an abused dog that was adopted from the streets, which proves that every dog can be a hero or at least has the potential to be one. It just takes a little bit of love and good care to build a dog into a beloved family guardian, one that will even take on a bear if it happens to barge right into their house.