Dog credited with saving family from snake
Jeff the dog survives snake bites.
The three young children in Jeff’s family spend most of their time playing in the vegetable garden at their home in Gold Coast, Australia. So when Jeff, a Staffordshire terrier, found one of the world’s most venomous snakes lurking out there last week, he defended his family — but suffered life-threatening bites to the nose.
“One drop of venom has enough power to take out 16 healthy adults, so one bite can take out 100 people,” snake-catcher Tony Harrison told Life With Dogs.
Jeff's owner, Michael Moskwa, found his dog — and the snake — in the garden and rushed Jeff to the veterinarian. The vet gave Jeff three shots of antivenom and warned the family that he wasn’t confident their protector would survive.
But Jeff made it and is now back home with his grateful and relieved family.
— Read it at Life With Dogs
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Photo: Jeff, a Staffordshire terrier, is credited with defending his family from a deadly snake. / Australia's First on 7
The DAD ME, Kilted with a rake..
Well said . All my adult life I've owned ONLY PIT BULLS, and they have been by far the BEST pets EVER. Actually like my own children, since we've always had them from puppies. Great story, and was glad to see that Jeff was ok as I'm sure his family would've missed him terribly, while being thankful that HE saved their children.
Had a dog who loved killing rattlers. Kill em and bring them to show you what he had done.
His face would swell up for a few days but didn't kill him. Saved many a person a snake bite when old Bullet was around. Damn good dog.
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