http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_...arge-alligatorPALM CITY, Fla - Doogie is resting comfortably at the veterinarian's office.
The 27-pound Westie survived an attack by an alligator at least six-feet long.
It happened Thursday evening behind Gary Murphy's Palm City home.
"I'm right here, standing right here and I hear a yipe," says Murphy, standing behind his home which sits in a marsh along the St. Lucie River. "I look down. The gator's right here with Doogie in his mouth."
Murphy didn't hesitate, after all Doogie is more than a dog, he's a constant companion.
"I must have cleared this by a foot," says Murphy, referring to the rope railing that runs along the dock. "I had loafers on and I hit the back of that gator. It was like jumping on a pile of rocks. But when I did, I caught him right behind the head here, I hit him here and his mouth opened and Doogie took off and the gator turned around and went under the boat and out he went."