A dog is the most devoted companion you can have. They are always willing to take the effort and defend you, even if it means putting themselves in danger.
That’s what one heroic dog showed recently when he bravely defended his young owner from a rattlesnake, even if it meant being bitten himself.
Marley, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever, is healing at home after saving his 18-year-old owner from a rattlesnake bite.
Alex Loredo, an 18-year-old from Harbison Canyon, California, owns Marley, a Labrador retriever. He got the dog to help him lose weight after having health problems, and they’ve been great friends ever since.
He was especially blessed to have Marley by his side last month when the teen was in serious danger.
Alex claimed there was blood everywhere and Marley just collapsed to the ground crying in pain.
He told KGTV he heard a “huge rattle” outside his house… He was unexpectedly faced with a foot-and-a-half-long rattlesnake.
Alex claims he “freaked out” and was ready for a major snake bite… until Marley arrived.
“But before I could even turn, Marley had run between us,” Alex reported. “Marley basically pushed me out of the way. He barks a few times at the snake.”
Unfortunately, Marley’s bravery put him in danger, as the snake bit him twice, once on his tongue and once on his neck. Alex immediately returned the favor by hurrying to save his dog from the poison. Loredo and his mother took Marley to the vets. Marley required four doses of antivenin. His health deteriorated.
Marley and Alex.
“There was blood everywhere and Marley just collapsed to the ground crying in pain,” Alex wrote. “I panicked and took him to the nearest veterinarian which was five miles away.”
“I was so scared and tried to keep my cool and think fast because time was not on our side.”
Marley was brought to a vet hospital 25 miles away and was given two venom vaccines. He had to stay in the hospital for several days, and vets were concerned that they would have to amputate his tongue.
The costs have been repaid owing to GoFundMe donations. The fundraising campaign has already surpassed its $8,000 target.
Thankfully, Marley escaped intact and has since been released from the hospital and returned to his pleased owner.
“I would have been bitten if it wasn’t for Marley and would have been really bad,” Alex told KGTV.
Marley at the vet hospital.
“Marley is a hero. He’s my best friend. I don’t know what I would do without him.”
Alex would have to pay for Marley’s surgeries out of pocket, but he was willing to do so in order to save his best friend’s life.
Marley is a hero in every sense of the word. It simply goes to show how protective and devoted dogs can be to their people. We’re overjoyed that he’s doing great now!