A viral photo depicts a pit bull dog standing guard over his fallen friend after being hit by a car. The forlorn look on his face is all you need to see to know what is on the dog’s mind.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the news about pit bulls has been both uplifting and horrifying lately. For example, a video of a dancing pit bull cannot help but tug at your heartstrings. But then there is the case of the man who dragged a pit bull puppy behind his truck for miles in exchange for being given drugs and alcohol.
There was also the case of a four-year-old boy who was mauled and killed by pit bulls that he’d been around “numerous times” before. This has some wondering whether the media purposefully singles out pit bulls in order to make these so-called “nanny dogs” in to an unreasonable threat. For example, there is the case of the heroic pit bull who saved a deaf boy from a deadly fire.
Michael Mason managed to capture a moment in time where you can’t help, but feel grief alongside the poor canine. Mason was leaving church earlier this month when he noticed a stray dog standing beside the curb on the side of the road. When the man looked closer, he realized the pit bull was standing guard over an injured friend:
“The look on his face: ‘Can someone help me?’ He was watching over him like a guard dog.”
The photo went viral after “The Walking Dead” actress Kylie Szymanski passed the pic around on Facebook and asked that the dog be saved:
“Pit bulls are always the first to be killed in a shelter but I know they are the best.”
Unfortunately, the pit bull’s friend did not survive, but the dog was rescued by the Fulton County Animal Shelter, where he was nicknamed Herman. As for Mason, he says his pit bull photo was not intended to gain attention or fame for himself:
“I never thought it would happen to me. I wasn’t thinking about it. I was thinking about the dog.”
The animal shelter says Herman is waiting for a caring home to adopt him, although they do say that the pit bull “is very afraid here at the shelter and needs someone as loyal to him as he was to his friend in the street” to adopt him.
[Update] Szymanski has posted new information on Herman’s adoption status:
“So many new likes and requests for status updates on my friend Herman who is still desperately awaiting a new home. He has gotten so much publicity thanks to some new friends who have jumped in to help. It is more than I can handle on this fan page so please send serious inquiries to either Randy Lillquist or Johanna Falber. Herman only has one more day and there is at least one rescue willing to pull him. We just need a foster or even better an adopter! You all are the absolute best and I can’t thank you enough for spreading the word!”