Rescued Pitbull pair save owner’s life in an attempted robbery

They are rescues. Unwanted dogs. They saved my life.

a man and a dog looking at the camera

How would you react if a group of thugs suddenly approached you and unlawfully demanded you to surrender your car keys?

Do you say no and risk being beaten or worse? Or, do you hand them over and pray that’s enough to just make them go away?

Well, one man recently encountered this situation but, fortunately for him, he didn’t have much say in what happened after.

But his Pitbull pups sure did.

Meet Ellabelle and Ladybug — two beloved pit bulls for whom life wasn’t always so kind. Earlier in their lives, both dogs were neglected and unwanted. That is, until they were adopted from shelters by their new owner, Robert McGowan. He could see the sweetness in them.

They’re very docile and timid,” McGowan told The Dodo. “They’re not aggressive at all.”

Each day, the dogs return the favor with their friendship. But recently, when McGowan needed it most, they did far more than that.

a dog lying on a bed

During the evening the other week, McGowan was sitting out in his garage next to his car with the garage door up when something alarming happened. Without warning, four strangers rushed inside and began to attack him.

“One just punched me straight in the eye,” McGowan said. “I was knocked off my chair.”

The assailants then demanded that McGowan hand over the keys to his vehicle. Injured and dazed, he responded that the keys were inside the home. Unbeknownst to the would-be thieves, however, so too was McGowan’s backup.

McGowan only suffered a left black eye from the would-be thieves.

a man looking at the camera

When one of the assailants opened the door into the home, Ellabelle and Ladybug were there to meet them.

“They chased them out,” McGowan said. “My girls ran into the garage and stood over me. They stood there barking, making it clear that no one was going to hurt me anymore. The four people took off.”

Ellabelle and Ladybug had saved the day.

a dog sitting in a room

McGowan suffered a black eye in the attack, but thanks to his dogs, he wasn’t further injured and nothing was stolen. Ellabelle and Ladybug, meanwhile, were richly rewarded for their heroism.

“They got toys and treats,” McGowan said. “They got good stuff.”

He’s sure many dogs would show the same bravery for their beloved owners.

a man with a black seat sitting in a chair with a dog

Though McGowan has long known that his deep love for Ellabelle and Ladybug is returned tenfold by his pups, he hopes the incident will inspire others to open their homes to a dog in need, too. After all, shelters are filled with other pups who’d no doubt do the same.

“They are rescues. Unwanted dogs. They saved my life,” he wrote. “Please consider adopting a rescue. They might save your life too.”

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