It was a surprising start to the new year for one Wisconsin woman after she found a stranger in her home, sleeping on her dog’s bed alongside her 150-pound mastiff, Benton.
Benton is a Boerboel, a breed known for being fierce guardians. But on this occasion Benton seemed to sense the drunk man in his bed wasn’t a threat, unlike his human.
According to the Journal Sentinel, Lynn Sarver woke up on January 1 and spotted the drunk man curled up in Benton’s dog bed.
She grabbed a kitchen knife and woke her house guest before calling 911.
“I woke up and saw someone over here on this dog bed. We ran into the kitchen – grabbed a knife. Then we were scared. They told me it could have been a lot worse. I believe that. (The young man) didn’t know where he was. He couldn’t see. His glasses were tossed around the living room somewhere. He was very apologetic. Seeing someone sleeping with my dog…it’s weird, you know?” Sarver told Fox6 Now.
Sarver tried to wake the 21-year-old man, but he was out cold. When she finally did get him awake, the dazed young man looked around and realized he wasn’t where he supposed to be. It turns out the young man mistook Sarver’s house for his mother’s who reportedly lived a few houses down from her. He had let himself in through an unlocked side door and made himself comfortable next to Benton. He apologized to Sarver and went on his way after cooperating with police.
As for Sarver, she said she doesn’t plan to press charges, but she does plan to be more careful about locking her doors in 2019.
“I learned a big lesson,” she told the Journal Sentinel, “and I’m sure he did too.”
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