A Black Mountain woman said her family dog saved them from a bear Friday.

Tiffany Merrill said she looked outside before letting her dog out and leaving the door open, not seeing anything unusual.

Seconds later, however, she saw a bear walk into her house.

Merrill said she yelled for her children to shut their doors. That's when 'Pickle,' the family dog, ran in.

Pickle distracted the bear, leading it outside and away from his family.

The brave five pound dog unfortunately lost his life.

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