“He told us what he was going to do to us both (not going to repeat it) and I had pretty much resigned myself to it, too beaten to fight and for whatever reason. It wasn’t in me to beg, either. I just went cold and numb. I couldn’t even feel the physical hurt. Mentally, I just…left.“
Domestic violence occurs way more often than we think. In fact, it is estimated that more than 10 million people experience it in the U.S. solely each year.
Sadly, in most cases, the victim feels insecure and way too scared to report the abuse. There are also situations where those affected by this type of violence are unable to come to terms with what is happening to them and decide to hide it from their family and friends.
One woman is sharing her friend’s story with Love What Matters and speaks of how the family dog saved them from the hands of the abuser.
Namely, her friend was trying to put up with her boyfriend’s violent behavior for way too long, and when she finally gathered up courage to leave him, things turned really bad.
“While he was beating her,” the friend told Love What Matters, “she managed to get away from him, and drove the short distance to my house to be safe. My house wasn’t safe, though. He followed her, kicked through the glass on the french doors, and unlocked the bolt from the inside.
I wish I could say that either of us made a valorous stand against him, but we didn’t. She had already gone a few rounds with him and neither of us had any kind of self-defense training. He cornered us quickly and used his fists and my scarves to subdue us.
He told us what he was going to do to us both (not going to repeat it) and I had pretty much resigned myself to it, too beaten to fight and for whatever reason. It wasn’t in me to beg, either. I just went cold and numb. I couldn’t even feel the physical hurt. Mentally, I just…left.“
But just when these two helpless and terrified women lost all the hope of ever getting away from that crazy man, they heard another smash.
The other woman’s family dog Camie could sense her human mommy was in danger and came to her rescue.
“Now, Camie is a sweet, loving, goofy dog. She was as gentle as can be with all of the neighborhood kids and had never so much as snarled. She was even kinda dumb…a silly, sweet girl. But when Camie got a hold of this guy, she was a different animal.
She was wild-eyed and foaming at the mouth, bleeding from all of the cuts she’d gotten from the glass and not giving a single f**k. She was on top of him in the blink of an eye, and I can’t even describe the sound coming out of her. I counted down in my head until the moment when she ripped that f***er’s face off.“
Although that didn’t happen, Camie still prevented the lunatic from hurting the women any further, and as she was fighting with him, the garage could be heard opening. It was the woman’s father getting home.
“The guy tried to take advantage of the moment and get away from her but Camie backed him into a corner and barked and snarled her head off. My dad must have understood something about that sound because he was in that room in no time flat, with a gun in hand.“
Luckily, police came in no time and was able to arrest the violent abuser. As this wasn’t his first time to commit an assault, he was quickly put in prison where we hope he stays for a very long time.
“Camie’s cuts healed, and so did ours,” the woman explained. “We no longer have french doors.
“She’s an old girl now. An old, sweet, loving girl. Her mind is starting to go, and so are her hind legs. She may not remember what she did for me (and my friend), but I won’t forget.
She may be nearing the end of her days, but I will never see a weak, useless old dog. She’s my dog. I don’t know what all my friend’s crazy boyfriend might have done. I don’t even know what I owe her, and that’s the beauty of it.“
Dogs truly are the best friends humans could ever ask for. Their loyalty and courage can’t be compared to anything in this world.