The brave animal sacrificed his own life in a fierce fight with the powerful big cat to give his owner time to escape.
Farmer Gurdev Singh today praised the four-year-old dog called Jacky for his ultimate sacrifice after villagers held a formal funeral for the animal at the weekend.
Mr Singh had been sleeping in the open outside his home in the village of Barbatpur – about 120 miles east of New Delhi – when his dog must have picked up the scent of a marauding tiger.
Jacky managed to wake Mr Singh from a deep sleep but, as the farmer was gathering his wits, the tiger attacked.
Before the forest predator could pounce on the farmer, fearless Jacky took the initiative, taking on the tiger and allowing Gurdev to get a stick and raise the alarm.
As Mr Singh’s family rushed to his aid, the tiger escaped, dragging the dog away in its powerful jaws
Jacky’s body was found some distance away later and was given a formal burial by the village.
Mr Singh today paid tribute to his best friend and said Jacky’s death had devastated his children, Supreet and Gulshanpreet.
He said: “Jacky’s mother was a street dog and my children took it in four years ago as a pup
He was a part of our family and used to follow them to school. Gulshanpreet is inconsolable and didn’t eat for a day.
“Jacky returned the favour of a few chapatis a day by giving up its life. I wish humans could learn from him how to love others and show devotion.”
Forest officials in the Dudhwa National Park say that humans are encroaching into the forest leading to conflict with tigers.
A forest ranger explained: “Barbatpur is very close to South Kheri forest, which is a part of Dudhwa National Park.
“A large part of the forest land has been encroached upon by humans and the forest area is fragmenting by the day. The entry of a tiger in a village is not surprising.
“The population of big cats in this part of the forest is very high and they sometimes come out looking for food.”