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Steve Gustafson with his dog, Bounce
When an alligator attacked and grabbed his dog, Bounce the West Highlands Terrier, Steve Gustafson leaped into action! The 66-year-old grandfather jumped into the water and saved his beloved Bounce from the 7-foot, 130-pound alligator.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.” ~ Milan Kundera
“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ~ Mark Twain
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers
Man Fights Off Alligator to Save Dog
Villages resident Steve Gustafson risked his life to rescue Bounce from the jaws of an alligator. Gustafson wrestled with the gator finally freeing his West Highland terrier, and fortunately only ended up with a couple of stitches to his hand.
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
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