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!