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Old Basset Hound Fends Off 7-Foot Gator

It happened in the blink of an eye. One second, Lindsay Frame was walking his daughter's 12-year-old basset hound next to a pond in back...

Maria Goodavage  |  May 26th 2010


Sophie, 12, recuperates from her alligator ordeal while resting on -- of all things -- a Florida Gators dog bed. (Photo: Jason Behnken, Tampa Bay Tribune)

It happened in the blink of an eye. One second, Lindsay Frame was walking his daughter’s 12-year-old basset hound next to a pond in back of his townhome, and the next second, a 7-foot-alligator “launched” out of the water and grabbed her. “I was just scared. I just started screaming and shouting,” he told WTSP. He says the gator grabbed and released Sophie several times, and once even dragged her underwater.
Sophie recovering on something less ironic

“I didn’t think she was going to make it,” he said. But somehow the old girl escaped the jaws of death, and swam back to shore (Lindsay didn’t even know she could swim!), with the gator right on her tail. Lindsay started splashing the water with a stick, and scared the gator away. Sophie spent a week at the veterinary ICU because of some nasty gashes, and is now back home, recuperating — on a Florida Gators dog bed, of all things.

Here’s to a speedy recovery, Sophie! You go, girl!