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Goodlettsville Little Leaguer attacked by friend's dog

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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

You could say 13-year old Seth Marlin is accustomed to pressure. He was part of the Goodlettsville team that made it to the Little League World Series championship.

But Wednesday night, the pressure was on again, and this time the opponent was his best friend's dog.

That same friend may have also saved the young man's life.

Tank, the American bulldog, is loyal, can be gentle and pretty much does what he's told. But Marlin, 13, said he saw a different side of the dog he had known for years as he and longtime friend Eric Hogan played football in the backyard.

"He pinned me to the ground and started biting me. And I rolled over, and then he got me in the neck," Marlin said.

Hogan, Tank's owner, said he couldn't believe his eyes and he quickly went into action.

"I jumped on him, and I grabbed his collar first. And that broke. And then I wrapped my arm around his neck and pulled him back and gave Seth time to run to the fence," Hogan said.

A day after the attack, both boys are nursing wounds doctors say should heal.

Marlin's dad couldn't be happier with how the boys helped each other.

"I'm just so pleased with Eric's actions. Without him, things could've been totally different. Eric is a hero," said father Jerry Marlin.

The word "hero" seems to follow these young guys. Seth Marlin is a member of Goodlettsville All Stars baseball team that won the United States Little League championship earlier this year.

The team received a heroes' welcome home that was appreciated by dogs and humans alike. Mother Kimberly Hogan said Tank's behavior Wednesday was quite unusual, as they have had him since he was a pup.

"This has never happened before. We think we may let him be adopted out by someone else," she said.

But Seth Marlin is hoping the Hogans won't give Tank away. He has forgiven him, because that's what friends do.

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