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Notes: How Danny Shelton survived a tragedy with the help of his dogs

A heart-warming story about perseverance through tragedy.

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New Detroit Lions defensive tackle Danny Shelton is lucky to be alive.

MLive’s Kyle Meinke has the story about how Shelton witnessed his brother get shot in the midst of trying to break up a street fight. Next, the barrel was pointed straight at him, but the gun jammed, sparing his life before he was able to neutralize the shooter and diffuse the situation.

Shelton told MLive how the incident nearly derailed his football career and his entire life. Meinke tells the story about how a rottweiler named Moni—”truth” in Samoan—helped provide a kind of therapy for him, just as he was starting to turn a trouble life around.

Since then, dogs have become a huge part of Shelton’s life, as evidenced by this amazing photo from his wedding:

Head over to MLive to read the entire story about Shelton’s journey through tragedy, and try not to become a huge fan of his. Spoiler: You won’t be able to.

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