Black Mountain woman says bear walked into her home, killed her dog

A Black Mountain woman says a bear walked right into her home and killed her dog. It happened early Friday morning on Lake Eden Circle. (Image: WLOS)

A Black Mountain woman says a bear walked right into her home and killed her dog.

It happened early Friday morning on Lake Eden Circle.

Tiffany Merrill says she woke up, walked over to her sliding glass door, opened it to let the dog out and when she turned around to call for the dog, a bear walked into her house.

"I thought I was gonna die," Merrill said.

It was an unbearable couple of seconds that felt like an eternity.

"I started yelling for my kids. 'Shut your doors! Shut your doors! There's a bear in the house,'" she said.

Moments later, her small five pound pooch named "Pickles" appeared.

"My dog came out, started barking and got the bears attention, and got the bear outside and he saved my life," said Merrill as she choked back tears.

Sweet Pickles lost his life though while protecting his family.

"There was nothing I could do," said Merrill. "I wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog."

As Tiffany and her daughter, Emily, grieve .they also reflect on all the good times they once shared with their beloved pet.

"He was always with me. If I stayed up late, he stayed up late. If i wanted to go somewhere, he wanted to go somewhere," said Merrill.

"The most thing I liked about Pickles was how he would put us to bed and if someone was here he would just lay next to us," said Emily Merrill.

Although Pickles won't be there anymore to lie next to them, the Merrill's hope their story makes their neighbors more cautious the next time they see a bear.

"They're way more dangerous than what you think they are," Merrill said.

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