The DeLuca family of Tampa, Florida are very happy they chose to adopt Haus, a German Shepherd two months ago.
Last week, Haus stepped in to keep their 7-year old daughter from being attacked by a rattlesnake, an Eastern Diamondback to be precise.
Haus suffered several snake bites and it was touch-and-go for a while when he was admitted to the local veterinary hospital and put on an anti-venom drip and given pain relief.
The family appealed for funds for his care and were amazed at how quickly the funds added up to over $50,000. They then issued a statement “PLEASE — we feel we have plenty to care for Haus’ needs” and encouraged people to donate to other worthwhile charities – where the excess funds will also be donated.
At last report, Haus’ condition is improving.
And it makes me very glad that New Zealand is a land without snakes!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand