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Tiny dog chases bear out of New Jersey home

Joe, a 6-pound Yorkshire Terrier, isn't afraid of a bear that entered its owner's house uninvited.

By Vetstreet Jul 29, 2013 2:31PM

Deborah Epstein was sitting on the porch of her New Jersey home on Tuesday recovering from a recent car accident, when the phone rang. She went inside to get it, leaving the door open.

Joe the Yorkie dog may be little, but he managed to scare a big bear from his owner's home. / CBS New YorkWhile she was talking, she heard her 6-pound Yorkshire Terrier, Joe, barking furiously. That’s when Epstein turned around and saw a bear in her house. When the animal thought it would help itself to the dog’s food, Joe stepped in.

“Basically, the bear was heading for his food dish bowl, and you don’t touch Joe’s food dish bowl. And he actually got the bear to turn around and chased him out the door,” Epstein said. “I saved him from the pound, and he saved me from a bear. We’re even.”

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Photo: Joe the Yorkie may be little, but he managed to scare a big bear from his owner's home. / CBS New York

Aug 2, 2013 1:22AM
They say that little dogs don't know they are little and big dogs don't realize they are big.  They are just dogs.
Aug 2, 2013 12:37AM
Poor bear!  Not only did it miss out the dog food, but all his friends will never let him live it down!! Scaredy   Bear, Scaredy bear.....naa naa naa naww!!!!
Aug 1, 2013 6:34PM

Joe is so cute.  Hope the bear told his friend's to stay away from that house!

Aug 1, 2013 6:18PM

My poor dog would have tried to play with the bear! She's supposed to be a hunting dog, but apparently didn't get the memo... lol


Aug 1, 2013 6:18PM
A steady does of arf, arf, arf, arf, arf, arf, barky barky arf, has always been known to be un-bearable.
Aug 1, 2013 5:28PM
That's serendipity.  Good things come in small packages.  Kudos to Joe.
Aug 1, 2013 5:02PM
That bear must be a Justin Bieber fan.  He's spineless like that ballless wonder Biebs.
Aug 1, 2013 4:17PM
Little dogs have alot of spunck. I feel bad or the bears. Humans are taking over and the bears have nowhere to find food. Too many damn people.
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