Nobody knew why the dog was jumping like that, but when they found the reason, they were shocked
Dogs are a blessing from the Almighty! They give joy to us, protect us, stay with us even when everyone leaves us in tears and they can literally do anything for us humans. The epitome of loyalty; dogs are indeed the man’s best friend. All this has been proved several times through the passage of time and will yet again be proved when we tell you about this heroic dog, which saved a 7-year-old girl from the attack of a rattlesnake. Nobody from the family knew why he was jumping like that, but when they found out, they just thanked the heavens for sending that dog in their lives.
1 What exactly happened?
7-year-old Molly DeLuca was busy playing in the backyard of her home with Haus, the 2-year-old German shepherd who was adopted by the family just two months back. Molly’s grandma was standing nearby and she suddenly saw that Haus was jumping frantically. Donya DeLuca, Molly’s mom said that her mother saw him jump back and go forwards and jump back and again go forward. When the granny came to the spot, she found that Haus was limping badly and blood was coming out of the leg. Donya said that minutes later, Haus’ condition worsened and he was drooling excessively, so much so that he couldn’t even pick his head up. They rushed to the hospital.
2 The dog was severely attacked!
When the DeLuca family reached the Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary and Specialty Hospital, the vets shaved his leg to find three bite marks, which told them that he was attacked by a rattlesnake. The vet said that dogs usually flee after getting bitten once. But, Haus stood there to protect the little girl, who was his favorite. Donya said, “Just based on temperament, he was standing up for my daughter, he was standing between, he didn’t budge. He kept taking hits, she was on the other side of him, and so was my mom.”
The snake had injected so much venom into the dog that his kidneys had damaged and he was kept on a continued drip of antivenin instead of the few does which are usually given. Haus had been fighting for his life in the ICU of the hospital and doctors had to treat him for the muscle damage also.
3 Help poured in!
The heroic dog, Haus was recovering in the hospital and mounting bills could have stopped the recovery if not for the help that poured in from around the world. A family friend has started a GoFundMe page and more than $52,000 were raised from that page. The world had come together to help after they heard about this amazing dog which protected a little girl.
The family has decided that they would use the money to properly treat Haus and then whatever amount is left; they will give that amount in charity to organizations that save animals like their own Haus. As of now, two charities namely- Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue and Frankie’s Friends have started receiving benefits from the donations.
4 Current condition of the dog
Haus is in the second phase of recovery and is at home now, with the family. He was greeted by a cheerful crowd and media when he had come out of the hospital. Haus even received the Heroic Dog Award from PETA. PETA officials had stopped over at the family’s residence to give him a get-well package which had dog toys, a comfy blanket and treats along with the award.
Haus was adopted by the DeLuca family from a rescue organization and very soon he had mingled with the family members. Adam DeLuca, Molly’s father said that the kids had started loving him instantly, they hugged him and he never did anything to them and always took the love. The family believes that Haus is the type of dog for which people could pay thousands, but they got it free and adopted him and welcomed into their family.