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Dog credited with saving family from snake

Jeff the dog survives snake bites.

By Vetstreet Sep 19, 2013 2:32PM

Jeff, a Staffordshire Terrier, is credited with defending his family from a deadly snake. / Australia's First on 7The 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

Dec 5, 2013 1:37AM
Dogs are great and so are cats...We lived in   Fla and had many Coral snakes in our yard. Doberman  almost dead from a bite that bit DA Braze...Berries caught one by the head
The DAD ME, Kilted with a rake..


Nov 29, 2013 8:38PM
This article caught my attention, but was very poorly written. No mention was made as to what kind of deadly snake this was
Nov 19, 2013 9:34PM

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.


Nov 12, 2013 8:54PM
Nov 7, 2013 6:07AM
Go doggie, GO! Love great dogs that go into action when it's needed. Give him his Favorite treat, 2 times per week for a Whole Year. ; )
Nov 5, 2013 11:49AM
Years ago, I was pulling weeds around some bushes at the back of the house.  I heard the sound of a rattler which sounded like the baby's rattler we had in the house.  This sound was up close and scary.  I backed it out of there and never touched that area again.  I believe the snake warned me.
Oct 29, 2013 4:08AM

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.

Oct 16, 2013 2:20AM
Wonderful story and wonderful Dog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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