Without its vigilance and protection, it is unknown what would happen to the sleeping family. Cases of dogs sacrificing themselves to save their owners are not uncommon, but sadly the dog in this story did not survive.
In the middle of the night, while sleeping, the Indian family of Ameen Sharif suddenly woke up to the intense barking of their pet dog Tyson. They immediately opened the door and saw their 1.5-year-old dalmatian fighting with a very poisonous cobra right in front of the house.
Before Ameen or anyone in his family could react, the snake was bitten by Tyson and lay motionless. However, just a few minutes later, the brave dog also became weak, he staggered a few steps and then collapsed to the ground and fainted. The whole family panicked when they saw that it had been bitten by a snake on the left cheek.
Immediately, Ameen called the hotline for help and was advised to contact the veterinary facilities. However, the place where they lived was the city of Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha, where most of the area was densely forested and hilly, and at that hour, not a single facility picked up the phone. Tyson took his last breath less than half an hour later.
Mr. Ameen sadly said:
“We saw Tyson fight a cobra less than a meter from our door. The snake was killed but it still bit our beloved dog. We tried calling the vets to get Tyson in for an antidote, but no one picked up the phone at this hour. It saved our life but unfortunately we couldn’t save it.
Her loyalty and her sacrifice our family will never forget. It’s sad that there are so many hospitals that care for people 24/7 but when an animal is in pain, there’s not even an emergency room for them.”
Ameen Sharif’s family is understandably heartbroken over the loss of their wise and loyal dog. Hopefully his family will soon overcome this sadness and take precautions against other wild animals in the area.