Beware, dog bites snakes
WHEN Klippies is not trying to catch shadows or butterflies, he protects the Heath family and their other dogs from poisonous snakes.
The Jack Russell survived bites from two venomous snakes at the Heath family home in Cullinan, Olienhoutweg.
Last November, Klippies killed a 1.7m Mozambican spitting cobra and in April 2016, he killed a puff adder.
His owner, Ronald Heath, said whenever he and his wife arrived home in the afternoon, the dogs were at the gate. But on the day Klippies nearly lost his life, Heath noticed that he was not there.
As his wife got out of the car, she saw a dead Mozambican spitting cobra with three wounds.
Heath found Klippies on the lawn. He had been bitten on the mouth. His head was swollen and he was unable to lift it.
“That sight broke my heart. And his breathing was very rapid and shallow,” he said.
A vet in Bronkhorstspruit advised them to take Klippies to the Valley Farm Animal Hospital to get antivenom.
Heath was told that the dog’s chances of survival were “slim”, but after a week the lively Jack Russell was released from the hospital.
“He is by far the quickest of our dogs and the most active. If any of the other dogs got to that snake before Klippies, I don’t think they would have made it – or we could have run into that snake,” said Heath, who jokingly added that his Christmas bonus went to the dog’s medical bill.
He said Klippies’ nickname was “funny guy” because as soon as he hears his name being called he comes running “with a huge grin on his face”.
RONALD Heath with Klippies, who keeps the family safe from snake attacks.