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.

May 24, 2019
The best companion dogs ever
by: Howard Mudd

Im a vice Commander at the American Legion and i personally have a great pry as my service dog and the gentleman that i got him from donated his 3 brothers to us at the legion to be trained as service dogs and we actually had 1 veteran that has not been out of his house for 15 years and when i took the pup that was going to be his service dog he actually came out of his house now the dogs names our mine is Forest Gump his is Lieutenant Dan the 3rd is Bubba Gump and Mr Jingles and we have found that these dogs are so loyal to there Masters that we are only buying and training great pyr for the vets who need them from our post in Kentucky

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