Dog Saves Toddler From Snake

KhanA Doberman that had once been neglected saved a 17-month-old girl from being bitten by a deadly king brown snake.

Charlotte Svilicic was playing outside in the garden when Khan, the family dog, tried to nudge Charlotte to get away from a snake. Except the toddler didn’t move, and Khan grabbed her and threw a surprised Charlotte out of harm’s way.

The brave Doberman was bitten by the snake after he saved Charlotte, but Khan is doing well and recovering with a dose of anti-venom.

Khan had been rescued by the woman who bred him. She found him starving and with broken ribs, and she said it appeared that he had been beaten.

The Svilicic family took Khan into their home and had him only for four days before he showed what a brave and heroic dog he is.

Khan’s breeder said that his grandfather had saved a child in similar circumstances.

Charlotte’s mother said the family would be indebted to Khan for saving Charlotte’s life. She added, “If Khan wants a gold bowl, Khan gets it. We owe him for the rest of his life.’’

Source: Cairns Post

(Thanks Amanda)

11 Responses to “Dog Saves Toddler From Snake”

  1. Lynne says:

    They rescued him, he rescued one of them. The good you do comes back to you!
    I love a happy dog story.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    The hate I feel towards people who neglect and abuse Pets and other animals is growing into something that is hard to deny. Kahn is a perfect example of a great dog who was abused for no good reason except the people who had him were cruel and unfit as pet parents. It is a blessing that his breeder found him and gave him the chance of a good life that he deserved. Such a sweet looking doggie.

  3. catmom5 says:

    Two very special doggers on Itchmo this morning ~ what we humans can learn from their love and unselfishness. You did a very brave and wonderful thing, Khan. I’m glad that you were there to protect your little girl and that your family was there to rescue you. May you have long, happy lives together.

  4. Sundown says:

    What an amazing and devoted boy!! And if you read some of the other news stories about this, you will find that these people had only owned Khan for FOUR DAYS when this happened! He sure has a home now where he will be loved and appreciated for the rest of his life, like he deserves. Apparently, he was so bad off physically when his breeder first took him back, she actually considered euthanizing him. Thank God she didn’t, as this wonderful Dobie obviously had a major purpose to fulfil in life, after such a horrible first home. It is so amazing that he has instantly turned into such a wonderful guardian to this little girl, especially after the abusive experiences he had at human hands prior to this.

  5. KarlaSanDiego says:

    Nora: I absolutely agree with you. I cannot take all the animal abuse that goes on. Sometimes Itchmo stories are difficult to read, but I want to be informed with what’s going on out there with animal cruelty.

    What I love is to read happy ending stories like these. We humans do have a lot to learn from precious animals who have kindred spirits and forgive.

  6. Jeanie says:

    How does a dog “grab” and “throw” a child?

  7. Lis says:

    How does a dog grab and throw a child? Notice that the dog is bigger than the child. Most likely he grabbed her clothing with his mouth, and had no difficulty, given the urgency and danger of the situation, tossing her far enough away.

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  9. Tracey says:

    I happen to know this brave dog and his family personally, and he has truly done a heroic thing. The bond that he has with this little girl started the minute they set eyes on each other. And for Jeanie who was wondering how a dog grabs and throws a toddler, he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and lifted her off the ground and tossed his head (thank goodness for good quality nappies), successfully “throwing” her almost 3 metres out of harms way. He then turned to take on the snake and ended up getting bitten for his trouble. There are truly some amazing animals in this world and I think Khan is a perfect example of that.

  10. Jenny Bark says:

    Tracey, thanks for telling us about the family. My heart is just dancing with joy thinking how happy everybody is especially the baby & Khan. What a beautiful blessing for everybody.

  11. Catherine Svilicic says:

    Hi All,
    Charlotte’s mum here! Thanks for all your lovely feedback. I’ll tell you what - it was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever gone through. My husband Alan and I were initially tentative adopting an adult dog who’d been abused (having such a small baby). But, of course, once we met him, that was it. He’s truly lovely and will be loved beyond comprehension for the rest of his days. Nothing is too good for my boy.
    I just want people to know that you don’t need the perfect puppy - just a great mate. Reputable breeders do sometimes have dogs returned (divorce etc), and it’s a great chance to obtain a lovely dog who may have otherwise been put down. Thanks again for all your lovely comments.
    Cath :)

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