Dogs truly are man's best friend, and in this story, man can sure as hell be a dog's best friend too.

Why's that? Well because this guy's pooch got into a spot of bother with a 350 pound bear but the doggo's owner risked his life to save his best friend by punching and tackling the gargantuan bear.

Keep scrolling to check it out.

Dogs are truly man's best friend.

Whether they’re causing mischief, giving us those puppy eyes when they want a treat, or taking up the whole sofa, many of us couldn’t live without our furry friends.

In fact, it's basically what unites the internet.

There’s one thing it seems we can all agree on – our canine pals are too good for this world.

They are part of the family.

Once you’re a dog parent, it’s hard to imagine a life without having a pooch to come home to.

And they remain one of our nation's favorite pets.

Admit it, all of us pestered our parents for a pet dog at some point during our childhoods… or adulthoods…

But, it's no secret that dogs aren't for everyone...

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And that’s fair enough. But what isn’t fair enough is when people neglect and abuse dogs, or any animal, for that matter.

Too many people still hurt and abandon innocent and defenseless animals...

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Shockingly, about seventy million stray animals are living in the U.S. alone - proving that alarming numbers of people think it's acceptable to dump or abandon their pets.

But of course, there is hope.

Many of these animals are rescued so they can be adopted and find their forever homes.

All a dog needs is a second chance...

And for someone to care for them.

But some people just don't get this.

And so many doggo's are abandoned every single year.

One such heartbreaking story emerged a few months back.

via: I Paw'd It Forward

When one doggo was seen wagging its little tail as its owners walked the golden retriever towards woodland before running back to the car.

Thankfully this dog was rescued.

And it is currently in the care of I Paw'd It Forward in Portland - who also shared the video and story. Here you can watch the video of the pooch being rescued too!

Those at I Paw'd It Forward were disgusted.

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And posted a large rant on Facebook, addressing just how bad it is to abandon your pets.

And thankfully, those responsible were caught.

via: I Paw'd It Forward

Writing about the ordeal, I Paw'd It Forward said:
Before you start reading, I would like to update everyone on the status of this case. We believe we have identified the owner. Through the incredible tips we have received, we are pretty confident we have identified her. We have provided her information to Law Enforcement/Animal Control and they will be following up on this. We will not be sharing her information at this time.

"Thank you to EVERYONE."

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Everyone that called in tips, that tried to make out the plate, that spent hours reviewing the video to put things together. Thank you to Alyssa and Brandon for not standing by and letting this play out. Thank you to them for stepping up for this pup, for being his voice.

"We need more people like you!"

We cannot provide additional details, yet. We need to let the enforcement agencies do their job. Please don't be involved in muddying the waters. Let us let them work.

But many people love their dogs and will do literally anything for them.

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And one such owner is Californian man, Kaleb Benham, who risked his life to save his beloved pooch.

Kaleb was inside his home in California when he heard a noise outside.

He heard a growl and when he went to investigate he saw his beloved pit bull being mauled by a 350 pound bear.

"I heard a growl, looked about 75–100 feet down, and the bear was dragging him by his head, had his head in his mouth."

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"Honestly the only thing I could think of was ‘save my baby", he told Sacramento's CBS station.

"I just ran down there, plowed into the bear, tackled it and grabbed it by the throat and started hitting it in the face and the eye until it let go."

My first thought was that I was going to lose him...
But miraculously they both survived the horrific attack and are recovering well...

But there is bad news too.

As the bear has been back on the property since, and Kaleb is worried the bear wants 'its food' back... But Kaleb says he's willing to risk it all all over again...