Schellsburg, PA—Diving into action before anyone knew what was happening, faithful dog Carrot located a malicious piece of roadkill seconds before it became a danger to his master and pinned it to the ground.
Carrot and his master, Fred Gorsuch, a local pawn shop owner, were walking along the shoulder of Lincoln Highway when Carrot caught wind of something nearby.
“I was walking with Fred, and before I knew it, I smelled a danger,” Carrot said in an interview later that day. “I looked all around, aaalll around, and then I saw it, and I ran real fast.”
The dead armadillo lay a few yards up, and Carrot bolted forward, ignoring Gorsuch’s shouts.
“I let him walk without a leash most of the time,” Gorsuch explained. “He’s usually pretty good about staying by me.”
Carrot reached the roadkill and immediately rolled over onto it before it could react. Gorsuch ran to catch up, but Carrot knew better than to release the rogue carcass while it could still do harm.
“A roadkill can be very dangerous,” Carrot explained. “One time, I saw a roadkill scare a little human. I won’t let that happen to MY master!”
Gorsuch made many attempts to coax Carrot away from the roadkill, but Carrot made sure he had thoroughly incapacitated it before getting up. After several more minutes, Carrot concluded the roadkill had been rolled on enough that he was sure it wouldn’t move, and he rose and ran to meet Gorsuch, who had stalked off angrily after failing to draw Carrot away.
“Maybe I didn’t see the roadkill soon enough, and he was mad because I was slow,” Carrot pondered. “But at least I have saved him, and that is what is important. Also, I smell fantastic now.”
The roadkill declined to comment.