Sometimes it seems as if there is an endless supply of hero-dog stories, and here’s a great one from Australia. Catherine Lynch’s two daughters, ages 2 and 7, were running toward the swing set in their yard on Saturday, when an eastern brown snake reared in the grass in front of them. The brown snake is among the world’s deadliest, and it can be quite aggressive when confronted.
But River, the family’s 18-month-old Australian cattle dog, recognized the danger and jumped between the snake and the girls. She received a bite on her rear leg and has had to undergo some $2,000 worth of anti-venom treatmentsa small price, indeed, for her heroic efforts. She is recovering well, although the girls are both very worried about her.