A 15-year-old boy says his recently adopted Pit Bull made all the difference when armed intruders entered his house on Monday. It happened just after breakfast, in the 2600 block of West Monroe Street in Springfield, Missouri.

Michael Williams was home alone with his brother, Dontae, and their four-legged friend, Blu, when a masked man busted into his house. And he gives his loyal companion all the credit for saving his life!

Here’s the scoop from the Springfield News Leader:

A 9-month-old pit bull named Blu saved his owner’s life Monday morning when the dog confronted a home invader, according to the owner’s brother.

The suspect — or suspects — apparently shot the dog and fled the scene, police say, and have not been identified.

According to Lt. Jennifer Charleston, the dog suffered what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to his leg.

Charleston said police were called to the 2600 block of West Monroe Street at about 11 a.m. for a report of shots fired.

Several police cars and an animal control vehicle responded to the scene.

Charleston said two people were in a bedroom of the house when they heard some banging, then bullets came through the bedroom door.

According to Charleston, the door was kicked open and the dog charged at the intruder or intruders.

More shots rang out, Charleston said, and the dog yelped.

A neighbor said she looked outside after hearing the dog cry out and saw a car leaving the area.

The dog apparently ran out of the house and was found a few houses down the block. 

The dog’s owner did not speak to the News-Leader other than to say that the dog saved his life.

His brother, Dontae Williams, called Blu a “hero.”

Williams said the incident shows that pit bulls are good dogs.

“Pit bulls do get a bad rap, but they’re a nanny dog,” Williams said. “Me and my family have owned pit bulls all our lives.”

Williams said Blu should get an award for defending his brother.

“If that’s not ‘Dog of the Year,’ I don’t know what is.”

This is one of those stories that just makes your heart sing. We love our furry companions and they obviously love us… But this heroic dog is truly something special. He was willing to die to protect his young master!

Would your four-legged best friend take a bullet for you?