When Donya DeLuca rescued a 2-year-old German shepherd named Haus, she had no idea that Haus would go on to rescue her 7-year-old daughter and the child’s grandmother.
And to think, her husband Adam was skeptical about the dog’s adoption at first.
“We had recently lost our family dog, who had been with us for 13 years,” Donya told TODAY. “So he looked at me like, ‘Are you serious?’ But I just couldn’t pass up the chance to rescue him.”
It wasn’t long before all doubt was completely erased.
“He just bonded with all of us so quickly, it was like he was always part of our home,” she explains. “Even the neighbors took to him. It was meant to be. Especially, at night, he’s very protective of the kids. He follows them around, he takes care of them.”
Those protective skills came in handy the day a rattlesnake ventured into their backyard and potentially tried to attack Molly and the girl’s grandmother.
“It’s easy to see for anyone who’s spent any time with Haus and our children that he absolutely nannies our children and watches out for them,” Donya told ABC News. “It’s common for him to sweep the yard or check everything out when he goes out, and he stood his ground and continued to charge when a large, venomous snake was attacking him.”
Both Molly and her grandmother didn’t even see the rattlesnake they just saw Haus starring at something. Haus jumped right in between the snake and Molly.
“I was really scared,” Molly told ABC News.
He took three large venomous bites in order to prevent the snake from attacking Molly and her grandmother.
Authorities believed that the bite came from an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous venomous snakes in the U.S.
In order to save Haus, doctors had to take an “unorthodox” approach and put him on a constant drip of anti-venom serum. Normally, he would be given one or two doses of it, but the “unorthodox” method worked.
“It’s semi-miraculous, his condition,” Donya said when Haus was still in the hospital. “What keeps me going is how he still flicks his tail every time he sees me come in to his kennel, even though I know he’s hurting.”
This proves that our dogs love us just as much as we love them and that they’d do anything for us as we would do for them. Learn more about Haus’ selfless act in the video below.
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