We have all heard of the raging chaos during the much awaited ‘Black Friday.’ However, we rarely expect it to happen to ourselves. Such was the case of Kadon Martin and Diondra Martin. The Martins, with their children, had decided to gift their German Shepherd, Noah, a dog collar.
Kadon Martin decided to walk into the store while his family waited in the Chevy Suburban in the car parking. Unknowing to them, some violent drivers responsible for a road rage episode was also parked there as well.
The argument between was growing louder and more violent until it reached the point where the two parties took out their guns and started shooting each other.
The bullets rattled the Martin’s Suburban. Sensing the danger, the smart and loyal dog suddenly leaped in front of Diondra and protected her from an incoming bullet.
In an interview, Diondra later stated how Noah sacrificed himself to protect her. “The bullet was coming towards me, and it hit him in the neck…I saw the hurt in his eyes,” she told Inside Edition.
The bullet hit him in the neck. The wound, however, had no chance of stopping the daring Noah from protecting his family. He jumped out of the Suburban and started chasing down the attacker.
When Kadon Martin returned from the store, he found his poor dog had crumpled beside the building. He tried to save him by giving him blows in his mouth, but it was too late. The heroic dog passed away in a show of love for his family.
Kadon Martin joined the ranks of many who had their German Shepherds shot. One of these fearless beings belonged to Angie Laymon who found her dog on her porch, bleeding profusely.
She stated to KOTV that it was emotionally difficult for her to go through that ordeal. One can only imagine how disturbing it must have been for her children who were the ones to discover the injured 2-year-old, Bruno.
A note was found next to the whimpering dog which immediately solved the mystery of the bullet. It explained that Deputy Logan Eller had been assigned to respond to a shooting report in the vicinity. The Rogers County deputy had parked in the driveway of the Laymon’s.
He was attacked by Bruno and had shot him in the act of self-defense. Angie was furious and made sure that Rogers County paid for all medical expenses for any injuries the dog had to endure. The poor dog was just trying to protect his turf.
“Tomorrow I will begin what I believe is going to be an uphill battle to get Rogers County to bear the cost of medical expenses for my dear Bruno who was only protecting his turf,” she wrote.
The two-year-old dog had emergency surgery done. His leg was amputated, but he mercifully recovered and is now living a healthy life.
Unfortunately, our hero dog, Noah, wasn’t as lucky as Bruno.
Elizabeth Wilkerson, a dog breeder, upon hearing the tragic story of the Martins decided to gift them a 9-week-old German Shepherd, Kris. It surely raised their spirits. However, the empty hole left by Noah could never be filled.