Some swear that there is no greater love than what a dog has for its family. They are exceptionally very loyal creatures and would do anything to protect their pack. That is how dogs see their family – they are their pack.
And Haus, a two-year-old German Shepherd, is no different.
The DeLuca family from Tampa Bay, Florida, adopted Haus from the local shelter. They had just lost their previous dog, and they wanted to fill the left void.
The lovable dog was a big hit when Haus set foot in his new home. The family instantly loved him, especially the two kids, Molly, age seven, and her brother Joey, who was four years old then. Even their other pet dogs welcomed the newcomer wholeheartedly.
All of them became best friends and would play regularly. Little did they know that the bond they were forming would soon pay off.
Two months after Haus was adopted, he and Molly played in their fenced-in yard. Her grandmother was with them, sitting and watching from a distance. Then suddenly, Haus gave out a small cry and jumped a bit. He then started snapping at something in front of him.
The dog yelped two more times after that.
It turned out that a venomous Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake attacked him three times. The dog saw the serpent and got in front of Holly to protect her. They rushed Haus to a vet immediately.
On the way to the clinic, Molly’s mom called and informed them of what had happened. When they arrived, they gave the dog several vials of anti-venom. They also kept him in the clinic for observation. Thankfully, Haus recovered, but his kidneys suffered damage from the venom.
The bills for his treatment kept piling up. But the DeLuca family did everything they could to help their dog survive. He is their hero, after all. They started a fundraising campaign, and they could surpass their goal.
The family is so grateful for so many people’s generosity. With their help, Haus was able to go home and fully recover. He is now back to his old lovable self.