A West Highland terrier is no match for an alligator. Thankfully for Doogie, a West Highland terrier in Palm City, Florida, his 72-year-old owner is. Gary Murphy, a retired construction worker, was working on a boat at the dock behind his house when a six-foot alligator grabbed Doogie in its jaws and pulled the poor dog into the water. Murphy jumped into the water and onto the alligator’s back (he was wearing loafers–a nice detail). Then he went to punching the alligator on the head until it let go of Doogie, slid under the boat, and swam away. ‘I wasn’t trying to be a hero,” Murphy said. “I just wanted my dog back.”
Doogie was treated for his injuries (a collapsed lung, a damaged liver, and some nasty teeth marks), and is resting comfortably at home. Here’s video from MSNBC.