Forget about dogs being man’s best friends because we can totally admit that they’re our best heroes! A dog in Washington state protected his owner, a 16-year-old teenager, from burglars that broke into his house. Rex the German shepherd stood his ground and took a beating and got shot to save his owner.

The life of his loyal friend was in danger and the teenager knew he couldn’t do anything about it, so he just waited for the police to come. You won’t believe how it all happened!

20. It Was Getting Dark

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Javier Mercado was home alone when he heard two men trying to break into his house: ‘I heard the sliding door break, and it is made out of just glass so it shattered really loud’. His dog also heard the noise and then the teenager hears the burglars talking…

19. Barking and Biting

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‘My dog ran downstairs, and it just started barking and barking,’ said Mercado. Then he heard a guy telling the other that ‘The dog bit me, get the dog.’ Scared for his life, Mercado hid in his closet and called 911. Meanwhile, he could hear Rex barking.

18. Talking to the Police

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Doug Jenkins with the Des Moines Police Department said that the boy ‘continued relaying everything he heard on the phone with dispatch.’ Police were on their way to save the boy and his dog. Unfortunately, Rex was critically injured

17. ‘I Could Hear My Dog’

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Mercado said that he could hear his dog ‘really close to me in the bathroom with me, just barking. And the man comes upstairs’. That’s when he heard the man coming upstairs, getting close to the teenager. He was looking for the dog.

16. Rex Was Shot

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‘I heard one gunshot and several after that, and my dog just cried after every shot that hit him,’ said Mercado. He wanted to get out and help Rex, but the dispatcher told him to stay hidden. One hour later, Mercado got out and police arrived.

15. The Intruders Left

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When police arrived, the burglars weren’t in the house anymore. Mercado said in an interview that ‘if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here today telling you this story’. But the story is not finished yet because Rex was critically injured…

14. The Emergency Pet Hospital

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Rex the hero was immediately taken to BluePearl, a pet hospital that receives emergency cases. There, vets discovered gunshot wounds in the dog’s neck and his back legs were also injured. The family was very worried…

13. At The Hospital

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Once Rex arrived at the hospital, he received immediate care, antibiotics, pain medication and his vital signs were constantly monitored. He made it through the night and he was going to make a full recovery. The costs of the surgery were huge!

12. GoFundMe Saving Rex

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Mercado’s cousin, Susy, wrote Rex’s story on a GoFundMe page, asking for help. She said: ‘Both of the burglars struggled and beat him up with whatever they could. Rex stormed back to the upstairs floor all beat up and bloody from the beating…

11. Checking Up On His Friend

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Rex was looking to see if his master was fine. But the burglars started trashing the house and reached the room where Rex was protecting his master. Susy said that Rex ‘threw himself at them as he knew my nephew was in danger.’

10. Getting Shot

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That’s when the burglars shot Rex four times and the poor dog stopped fighting for his human friend. But Mercado was relieved to see that his hero survived the surgery, even though it cost a fortune.

9. The Family Was Desperate

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The family thought of saving up and getting extra jobs to pay… Rex needed $10,000 for surgery and physical therapy and they were all heartbroken that they couldn’t help Rex like he helped his owner. And then a miracle happened!

8. Help Was on Its Way

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GoFundMe donations soon reached $60,000! Susy announced that the family used the necessary money to get Rex better and the rest will go to local organizations to ‘help animals in need’. At the end of February Rex was back home, recovering.

7. He Is Walking!

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Rex the hero was doing great. Mercado said that ‘He’s walking fine. He’s just very excited. He’s trying to lead the pack, trying to get in front of everyone. He doesn’t want no one in front of him.’ Everyone was happy that Rex was now healthy again! But it wasn’t over yet…

6. But It Wasn’t Over Yet

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Until Rex was sent home, Mercado and his family went to see him. You won’t believe what happened when the family went to visit Rex after the surgery… We were also shocked!

5. The Burglars Came Again

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Mercado’s mother stated in an interview that their house has been again assaulted by burglars when they were away visiting Rex. They cannot live anymore in fear, so they have decided not only to move but to also get a security system…

4. Another Issue Arises

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In a Facebook post, Mercado complains that his family has tried to find a house to rent, but the places don’t accept dogs. While they’re still searching for a new home, police are also trying to locate the burglars and find out why that house was targeted in the beginning.

3. Rex Means ‘King’

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Mercado has joked in an interview that from now on, his hero will only receive ‘chicken and steak and rice’. Since his dog recovered and became famous, Mercado has received a lot of presents from their fans. Look how cute he was when he was a pup!

2. Rex is Great

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Julia Cadena, one of Mercado’s relatives, said that ‘therapy is also going well for both Rex and Javi.’ Rex has received a lot of treats and toys from Petsmart, Blue Buffalo Food will give Rex a whole year free food, treats and whatever Rex wishes.

1. Rex, the Loyal Pooch

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The hero also gets free visits to the grooming salon. ‘Rex will be forever grateful to all of you who have been caring for him’, continued Julia on the GoFundMe page. Rex deserves all the appreciation he can get for his courageous act.

Fortunately for Mercado, Rex was there to save him, but both the boy and the dog have been through a traumatizing moment, which is very difficult to recover from.

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