Hero dog protects owner from rattlesnake while on Arizona hike

A hero dog, taking a hike with his owner in the Anthem desert on Friday, jumped out in front of a rattlesnake. The Golden retriever, named Todd was bitten in the face.  Paula Godwin told the story about her hero pooch on Facebook.

“It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped on a mf rattlesnake. But my hero of a puppy Todd saved me. He jumped right in front of my leg where I surely would have got bit. This is what a hero looks like. Please say a little prayer for my sweet hero,” she said.

Todd was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. The bite caused the dog’s face to swell, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

 “My hero of a puppy Todd saved me.”

On Monday, Paula updated her young hero dog’s condition. Friends and animal lovers all breathed a sigh of relief.

 “Todd’s doing so well he is a wonder to me how he is healing. Just a thank you to all the support Your kindness and support is truly a blessing.”

A GoFundMe account has been established for other dogs who may need financial help should a tragedy like this happen to them.

(Photos via Paula Godwin)

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Hero pit bull attacked by bears in Ft. Lauderdale protecting owner’s daughter

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a three-year-old pit bull is being treated for her injuries at the Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists after she was attacked by bears in the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in northwestern Broward County while protecting her owner’s daughter on Friday night.

The female dog,  an American pit bull terrier, named Mary Jane, is being treated in the intensive care unit. Mary Jane’s owner said she had been visiting her daughter on Friday night when the dog was attacked by three bears. Just prior to the attack, Mary Jane ran off – presumably to protect her owner’s daughter.

Mary Jane was originally taken to Lakeside Animal Hospital in Plantation and then referred to LVS for treatment. She is being treated for deep puncture wounds covering most of her body. At this time, veterinarians are administering fluids, providing pain medication and giving her antibiotics to ward off any infections. There is a concern about air in her chest cavity caused by the wounds and trauma.

 “While we consider Mary Jane to be lucky and think her prognosis is good, we are still cautious about the air in her chest and the potential for the development of infection,” said Dr. Ashley Villatoro, a veterinarian at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.

And as a warning to everyone, it is always best to be aware of our surroundings and always remain diligent:

“Most importantly, this should be a lesson to all who live in South Florida that we have a presence of wildlife that can easily harm or injure a pet. Whether we’re talking bears, panthers, bobcats, alligators, venomous snakes, wild boars or bufo toads, we certainly have our share of deadly wildlife to continually be on the lookout for,” added Dr. Villatoro.

Get well soon Mary Jane. You are a hero.

(Photos LVS press release)


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Family’s digging dog deemed honorary narcotics K9 after drug find

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office has named an Oregon family’s digging dog, “Kenyon,” as an honorary narcotics K9 after the dog unearthed illegal drugs which were buried on his owner’s property. The 18-month-old golden retriever dug up what his owners thought was a time capsule – possibly left by the people who previously lived in their home.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the family, who has opted to remain anonymous, decided to video-tape themselves opening the supposed time capsule, for posterity sake, but when they opened the black tube, the quickly realized that keepsakes from the past weren’t inside.

The family reached out to the authorities for assistance – come to find out, the black capsule was holding over 15 ounces of black tar heroin valued at approximately $85,000.

Sheriff Tim Svenson praised Kenyon for his backyard discovery and said, “Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are on the rise and with the help of Kenyon this large quantity of heroin is removed from our community.” Sheriff Svenson presented Kenyon with an official Yamhill County K-9 citation ribbon and named him an honorary narcotics K-9 for life.

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Family’s protective dog seriously chomps on intruder

Let’s hear it for the dogs! A Virginia family’s protective dog took a serious bite out of crime days ago – in fact, whoever made the mistake of entering Tristan Murrin’s house in Richmond left with significant injuries judging by the amount of blood that was splattered throughout his house.

Murrin went to social media to share his dog’s heroic act on August 10 – he wrote:

Last night we had a break in, luckily no one was home. My best friend Oden who is a German shepherd, protected my home and belongings when I wasn’t there, I couldn’t be more proud of him. Such an amazing breed that’s why everyone who doesn’t have an actual dog should consider on adopting or buying a dog. Please share and like to get the story out.

KTLA 5 reported that Oden isn’t typically an aggressive dog – but apparently he knows when to defend his home and family.

So far, no arrests have been made – undoubtedly there’s someone (maybe a few people) who are still licking their wounds after running into Oden.

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Heroic dog helps save dog who was drowning in a canal

Dogs are known as “Man’s best friend,” but quite often, they are also best friends to other dogs – even dogs who are virtual strangers. According to WINK News, last week, when a pit bull mix was struggling to stay afloat in the water of a Cape Coral, Florida, canal, he got some life-saving help from an unlikely four-legged friend.

According to William McLaughlin, last Wednesday he saw a small black dog on his deck – the dog was standing at the deck’s edge, staring intently at a dog who was trying not to drown in the water. McLaughlin recounted what he did after spotting the struggling dog in the canal:

 “I took off down the side of the canal there, went down about three houses,” I said ‘come on baby, come on boy’  and so he swam back up to the point where I was able to reach down and grab him by his collar and pull him out.”

Even when McLaughlin ran town to pull the dog out of the water, the smaller black dog stayed close – never wandering away from the dog who was in trouble.

As it turned out – the dogs weren’t from the same household. The dogs were taken in by the local animal control agency and then returned to their respective homes. Nobody is sure how the dogs got loose from their homes, or how they wound up together, but one thing is certain, the black dog likely saved the pit bull mix’s life.

“If it hadn’t been for that black dog, getting my attention in the kitchen window, the pit bull would’ve drowned,” McLaughlin said. “He would’ve stayed in this water…but that little black dog saved his life!

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Dog believed to have been protecting owner when beaten to death with a bat

A dog in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania, is believed to have given his life while trying to protect his owner from a man who launched a violent rampage with a baseball bat last week.  According to WNEP News, last Tuesday, 34-year-old Charlie Ide allegedly went after his mother, Andrea Ozovek, with a baseball bat.

When the dog, a mastiff who Ide’s mother had rescued and nursed back to health, tried to defend Ozovek from her son, the man beat the dog to death with a baseball bat.  Harveys Lake police Charles Musial recounted to the Citizens Voice what the woman told him when he arrived at the home where the violence erupted last Tuesday, “As soon as I walked in, the first thing she said to me was, ‘The dog saved my life.'”

The faithful dog suffered life-ending head trauma in the attack – Ozovek was seriously injured as well, suffering a broken arm, lacerated head and a brain bleed.

Ide was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail.

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Dog a hero after alerting his family to horrible fire

A dog in Midlothian, Virginia, is being hailed a hero for saving his family from a potentially deadly fire. The dog, a three-year-old German shepherd named “Zeus,” was up with his family after midnight on Monday when he began to bark and growl.

Hero dog Zeus

Owner Jim Ludwig told WTVR News, “My wife looked outside and she said she could hear something was going on in the yard and there was a lot of light outside.” He described the terrifying scene, “When I stepped out on the back porch I could see the chimney was completely on fire fire was extending up the side of the house and up the roof line.”

If not for Zeus’ help, the four children in the household, who were sleeping upstairs not far from the chimney, quite likely could have perished in the blaze. Thanks to the heroic dog’s efforts, everyone made it out unharmed.

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Family dog saves child stuck in dryer

Thanks to a family’s intuitive dog, a child who was stuck in a running dryer was rescued. According to Monday’s publication of The Guardian, five-year-old Riley Gedge-Duffy, a boy with Down’s Syndrome, was inside of the hot dryer when “Teddy,” the family’s Cockapoo, went “berserk.”

Riley’s mom was busy vacuuming in another room and did not realize that her child was inside of the running dryer – thanks to Teddy’s odd behavior, the boy was found before the unthinkable happened. Riley’s Dad, Aaron, recounted the horrifying situation to the Guardian:

The dog was barking like mad and running backwards and forwards to the tumble dryer, but because it was so dark inside she could not see where Riley was.

Riley was saved, but he still suffered bumps, bruises and burns on his body. Without question, things could have been much, much worse if not for Teddy’s help. Teddy has been a hero to her family on more than one occasion – in addition to helping save Riley, she also recently alerted her family when a cell phone charge started to overheat and catch fire.

Her owner said, “she’s brilliant.” Good girl Teddy!

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