"That July, Jeremy Rhodes of Four Oaks, N.C., called to say he'd bought a dog in November from a Columbia County man who had placed an Internet ad advertising him as a bear hunting hound. He thought the dog might be hers, but there was just one problem. He was in a veterinarian's care and might not make it. "My heart went numb," Hosker said. In a telephone interview, Rhodes said he only saw her ad when he went on the same Internet site to research a replacement in case the dog died. Rhodes sent her photos from the vet's office. Despite the IVs, Hosker was able to identify George from the white markings on his chest. The irony: Had George not been injured, Rhodes probably would not have returned to the website and seen Hosker's ad. Rhodes said he had been hunting bear with George over the July 4 weekend. George, a "bay" dog who surrounds the game and barks to send the bear up a tree, was charged by the animal instead. He suffered internal injuries, but George, a muscular 70 pounds, did pull through.