Why You Shouldn’t Drink Moonshine with Your Dog…and a Gun

Russell Little sounds like a pretty miserable guy.  Tuesday night found him in his South Bend, Indiana back yard drinking moonshine with his dog.  And a handgun.  His wife says he was depressed, and based on what happened next, I’ll say she was right. 

At around 9pm, Russell put one in the chamber, gave it a spin and put the gun to his dog’s head.  He pulled the trigger once and then twice, and when the gun didn’t fire, he took his turn.  Turns out the dog was the lucky one.  The gun went off and Russell later died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

There are people who dispute Russell’s wife’s account of what happened, but others close to Russ acknowledge that he was battling some demons, ones that his doctors thought weren’t serious.  So much for that.

Anyway, take this a reminder that alcohol and firearms don’t mix, especially when you’re in a bad place emotionally.  And if you’re thinking about hurting others and then yourself, please do it the other way around.

You can read the whole story here at Gawker.




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10 Comments on “Why You Shouldn’t Drink Moonshine with Your Dog…and a Gun”

  1. Bryan
    June 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Love the last sentence. I was worried for a minute that the dog got the worst of it.

  2. June 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    The dog probably mocked him and pushed him over the edge. What? Too soon?

    • June 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      Yeah, they can be real bitches, Fat Cat.

  3. June 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Yeah, I was happy that the dog got through unscathed. I just wish the same would’ve happened for the guy, too. It’s awful to do that to your dog, but it sounds like this guy had asked for help and was let down.

  4. John King
    June 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Maybe he was dealing with a raging bitch at home and I’m not referencing the mutt or the beer!

    • June 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      Well she’s the one telling the story, so you’ll never know.

  5. The Wookie
    June 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    It’s still okay to get my drink on and shoot at squirrels, right?

    • June 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      Don’t the authority on that, but I don’t see why not.

  6. June 13, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    This is far and away the most depressing story I’ve heard about drinking moonshine in your backyard with your dog. Because on the surface, drinking moonshine in your backyard with your dog and your special lady friend sounds like a perfect evening.

    • June 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Yeah, it’s always fun until someone breaks out a handgun…

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