Diamond back

by Rick
(Tampa, FL)

I have a small farm in Tampa, Florida. I have 3 Great Pyrs. I work from home (IT security)and I was on a conference call. My male Ragnar was barking non stop, which usually means they have a opossum or racoon treed. When my call was done I picked up the shotgun and went outside. As I approached, one of my females, Gracie, came over to me. My male saw the gun and left, (none of them like the gun). I heard a sound that was like loud leaves rustling. Then I saw it. A young but thick Diamond back rattler. It was coiled up and about 6 feet from me. I think at that point Gracie saw I was in danger and jumped between me and the snake. The snake struck and bit Gracie in the nose. As the snake recoiled, I yelled for Gracie to move back and she did and I shot the snake. Luckily, the snakes first strike was from what I have read, a warning strike and had no venom. Her nose was bleeding, but no swelling and she was fine.
These are the best dogs ever!

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May 13, 2019
wow
by: Anonymous

I don't even know what to say except perhaps that I am humbled, always, by the unflinching loyalty of an animal for their beloved human. They do not question their act of utter courage and sacrifice. Your goodness and caring for your dogs returned by Gracie, without a moment of doubt in her mind of what she felt she must do. She is a blessing and a shining example for us all...yes, us!
Thank you for sharing your story.

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