A family was playing in the yard one afternoon when tragedy struck, without warning. Although the experience was scary, it could have been so much worse if it weren’t for a heroic dog named Chief.
We were playing tug-o-war in the backyard and Chief let go of the toy and lunged right at my feet, snarling so viciously I was scared of him. I stumbled back, fell on my rump, and by the time I looked back at Chief, he was whipping a long, thin thing back and forth violently. This was the snake that was hiding in the grass, ready to attack.
Chief didn’t hesitate attacking the serpent. The rattlesnake landed a bite, and the venom was fast-acting.
He had to be carried to the car. “Thankfully, the ER Vet had anti-venom/antivenin on hand. I’m not sure he would have made it without it. It ran $780 for one vial so I’m grateful he didn’t need a second dose.”