Haus the 2-year-old German Shepherd was rescued by the DeLuca family just 2 months back, but he has already paid his new humans back multifold!
The brave pooch is being hailed as a hero after he saved the family’s 7-year-old daughter, Molly, and their elderly grandma from the clutches of a deadly rattlesnake.
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Haus and Molly were playing in the backyard of their Tampa home when the venomous snake crawled in out of nowhere and began slithering toward Molly.
Haus immediately jumped into action and positioned himself between the snake and his sister. He repeatedly shielded her and got bitten by the snake over and over in the process.
Meanwhile, Molly’s grandma noticed Haus’ suspicious behavior and entered the yard.
She quickly realized that the loyal dog was trying to protect Molly from the snake. However, Haus refused to let Grandma intervene and kept attacking the snake till he collapsed.
Haus was rushed to the hospital in a critical state. He was bleeding profusely and the venom was spreading across his veins at an alarming rate.
The staff got worried as the usual anti-venom dose didn’t work on him. They eventually applied the orthodox treatment of using a constant anti-venom drip to salvage the 68-lb dog’s failing organs.
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Haus was miraculously able to pull through despite the severity of his injuries.
It’s amazing how he keeps smiling like a proud doggie brother even after enduring so much pain over the past few weeks.
The DeLuca family feels that Haus is a great influence on their kids as he shows them how to be good and selfless every single day!
Click the video below to watch how Haus fearlessly put his life on line to protect his sister from the deadly rattlesnake.
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!