Hero Dog Saves Boy And His Mother From A Poisonous Rattlesnake
Yikes! What a good dog!
Dogs amaze us every day with their unconditional love and sometimes they amaze us by showing how willing they are to put their lives at risk to protect someone they love. That’s what 10-year-old Cole Lewis learned with his mom and their boxer, Nala, when they encountered a rattlesnake on a walk in Lancaster, California.
Nala immediately leapt in front of her owners to protect them from the dangerous rattlesnake. Still, the snake managed to bite poor Nala on the nose before slithering away.
“She waited until we were safe. She stood her ground. She didn’t like whimper or anything when she got bit,” Cole told KABC. That’s one brave pup!
Cole’s stepdad, Anthony Borquez, rushed Nala to the veterinary hospital for treatment from snake’s dangerous venom. “When my son had told me it was light green, I knew that it was a Mojave green (rattlesnake) and they’re extremely poisonous, way more so than a diamondback,” Borquez told KABC.
Unfortunately, in the rush to get Nala to the hospital, Cole left his bike behind, and it has since been stolen. But the boy says the fact that Nala is safe and sound is all that matters.
“She saved my life, and I just want to hang out with her now because she’s my hero,” he said.
Although Nala survived, her medical bills are already in excess of $4,000. The family has set up a GoFundMe page for anyone who wants to donate to assist their heroic dog.
The family is grateful for their brave pup and realize their story could have had a much different ending. The veterinary hospital where Nala is being treated says they see about 150 rattlesnake bites a year. Bites are more common in the spring and fall because rattlesnakes are more active during those seasons.
We’re so glad this awesome pooch was there to save the day!