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The story of Steven Mason, “Mason” to his friends, the rescued Husky-Lab-Rottweiler that saved his guardian and three other pups from a wolf is one that can only be described as both heart-breaking and beautiful. I will warn you, this is a tear-jerker so go grab some tissues now. After his epic death, his guardian created a photo storyline on Imgur to share his story with the world.

After 16years of eagerly following at the heels of  his guardian through countless adventures conquering mountain tops and hiking trails, Mason was beginning to lose his hearing and eyesight, his owner feared she would have to put him down. Despite his old age and growing frailty, Mason never missed a step, hike, or a hug, delighting in the chance to go adventure with his best friend.

  Brave 16-Year Old Dog Saves his Guardian's Life (PHOTOS) Imgur
 

On their final walk together, Mason, his guardian and three other dogs set out for a quick hike around the property but were met on the trail by a hungry wolf. Mason’s guardian remarks she hadn’t seen a wolf around the for 15 years, and made sure to give the animal ample space and respect, expecting it would be scared off by the sight of a human and four dogs.

Brave 16-Year Old Dog Saves his Guardian's Life (PHOTOS) Imgur
 

The wolf, however, was not. Mason’s guardian quickly realized the wolf’s hunger outweighed any sense of fear and a fateful tussle between the wolf, Mason and his guardian. Mason’s guardian attempted to ward off the wolf with her ski poles, but was unsuccessful. As the wolf lunged for one of the smaller dogs, Mason sprung into action seemingly forgetting all the trappings of his age.

Brave 16-Year Old Dog Saves his Guardian's Life (PHOTOS) Imgur
 

Sacrificing himself to save his life-long friend and guardian, along with three other young dogs, Mason is remembered with the utmost fondness. Although she laments the loss of her companion, Mason’s guardian does not begrudge the wolf, but knows she only did what was necessary to survive.

Brave 16-Year Old Dog Saves his Guardian's Life (PHOTOS) Imgur
 

Rest in peace, Steven Mason.

Image source: Hannah / Imgur

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47 comments on “Brave 16-Year Old Dog Saves His Guardian’s Life (PHOTOS)”

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Estie
7 Months Ago

Love never dies! Your spirit soars, and your love surrounds your guardian and animal friends, Mason.


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Sunshine
7 Months Ago

There is no companion to be found that is more faithful than a dog. And Mason leads the way. May his spirit follow and protect you... What a beautiful dog he is!


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Corrine Desembrana
7 Months Ago

Heartbreaking.... RIP mason...


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Traci Prince
7 Months Ago

This is why the animals deserve more respect and kindness.


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Helen Duvall
7 Months Ago

Mason may God give you everything you deserve and more


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Alicia Cole-Cook
7 Months Ago

♡♡♡♡♡


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Fatima Hazilah Haron
7 Months Ago

truly a hero n sacred animal


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Elissa Rinaldo Cimino
7 Months Ago

An angel.


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Justin Moore
7 Months Ago

the dog probably and or might have thought it was saving its guardian but its guardian had a minimum of 99% not being in danger. Wolves attacking humans are ( not wolf killing but attacking) more rare than any steak i've ever seen. i believe there are inly 2 cases ever recorded or known of that a wolf or wolves have killed a man.


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Lotta Nygård Mattsson
7 Months Ago

Love you


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