The stories we usually hear are about the level of loyalty that dogs have towards their humans. This is a story of a man who was resolute in displaying his loyalty to his dog, and stories like these truly touch our hearts. We’re positive that anyone who would lay their life down for their pet can sure to relate to this. This is what happened when Jody Ackerman left for vacation and placed her dog in the abled care of her dear old dad.

Osi loves her father very much, and both he and Buddy are the best of friends. Jody left the dog with her father in his Florida home and thought nothing of it, knowing nothing of what was going to happen next. Osi and Buddy kicked off their time together by taking plenty of walks, and Buddy having a pond outside of his home, decided to take the dog there one morning for a stroll.

Since it was dark when they arrived, Buddy couldn’t see what was taking place, and Osi decided that he wanted to do his morning business by the pond. At this moment, disaster struck. Buddy, seeing the water start to ripple, knew that Osi was in very big trouble. He compared it to an explosion, and when he saw a massive alligator lunging out of the pond to attack poor Osi.

Osi was terrified and did not know what had hit him. Can you just imagine how scared you’d be if an 8 foot gator jumped out of the pond like this? The gator caught the dog’s backside, and Osi whimpered in pain. Buddy was definitely not going to stand idly by and let any harm come to his good buddy, and he found himself in one of the most terrifying tugs of war that a person could ever possibly experience.

This was quite literally a life or death situation for both Buddy and Osi, and after a couple of strong kicks to the snout, the gator was finally willing to let go of Osi. We can’t fathom the level of bravery this man displayed going up against that kind of animal. He was keen to go toe to toe with an eight-foot alligator, a life or death situation, all in the name of saving Osi, and fortunately, the dog was not severely injured during this peculiar encounter.

Buddy contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife Services and they were able to safely relocate the gator, and he also let his daughter know about what had happened. Jody was just happy to hear that both her dad and dog were ok, and to be quite honest, so are we.