Every young person needs to know the joy of owning a dog. Dogs are extremely relational animals. Like us humans, they thrive off of family and community. When someone abandons a dog, they actually feel the rejection.
If you have the chance to rescue a dog from a shelter, please do so. They need family and you’ll find you didn’t know how badly yours needed to grow.
Unfortunately some breeds of dogs have reputations for being overly aggressive or not good with children. Catherine wanted to prove people wrong and so she adopted Khan, a Doberman. Khan and Catherine’s daughter, Charlotte, quickly became best friends.
This act of kindness Catherine showed Khan was finally put to the test. One day Charlotte and Khan were playing in the back yard and she saw what appeared to be signs of aggression. Was Khan actually bullying 17 month old Charlotte by pushing her around?
Rightfully concerned for her daughter, Catherine ran out rescue her and that’s when she realized the truth. Khan was not a harmful dog at all, but rather a hero!
Khan discovered a venomous King Brown snake coming toward him and Charlotte and had actually pushed Charlotte out of the way to protect her! King Browns are the third most venomous snake in the world!
Catherine recalls the ordeal,
“Charlotte looked pretty shocked and Khan screamed, like he’d been stabbed. I realized quickly it was a snake and Khan had been trying to get in between her and the snake before he threw her.”
Khan was a hero and selflessly sacrificed himself to save Charlotte. Moments later, Khan collapsed and they rushed him to the vet.
Catherine was so glad that she had rescued Khan from the shelter. She remembers that frightening moment when she thought she was witnessing the new family dog attack her daughter:
“If I had not seen it with my own eyes I would never have believed it. Khan was really concentrating, he kept trying to nudge her but it wasn’t working, so he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her over his shoulder more than a meter.”
Just goes to show that you can never fully count out man’s best friend — even when it’s not the breed you expected!