Though Doberman’s may not exactly be the fluffiest dogs on the block and tend to enjoy a reputation as the stealth guard dogs they appear to be, they are actually an intensely loyal breed who take their job protecting their families very seriously.
An Australian couple recently realized exactly how amazing an asset that could be when they took in a neglected Doberman named Khan who was starving for the affection of a loving family after a rough start in life.
His fur-mom, Catherine Svilicic, revealed that when he was first taken in by a rescue, "he was starving, had broken ribs and had been beaten – he was an abused dog.”
As Catherine told Austrailian publication The Advertiser, “It was borderline on whether or not he should be put down because he was in such a bad way."
Catherine and her family however, decided to give Khan a chance and he wasted no time in returning the favor. A mere four days after being adopted, Kahn was playing with the family’s 17-month-old toddler, Charlotte when suddenly Catherine noticed him behaving strangely.
"Khan was really concentrating and was acting aggressive towards Charlotte and kept trying to nudge her but it wasn’t working, so he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her more than a metre,” Catherine explained.
Before the alarmed mom had a chance to react, she heard Khan scream and it was only then she realized what was actually going on. As it turned out, Khan had been protecting Charlotte from a deadly king brown snake he had spotted in the yard.
The family immediately retreated to the safety of the house, where Khan collapsed before being rushed to the vet. Thankfully, the vet was able to give him a shot of anti-venom that saved his life, as the snake had not had enough time to inject enough venom to prove fatal despite medication.
Catherine and her family have revealed that they are forever grateful for Khan’s selfless act which undoubtedly saved their daughter’s life.
"If Khan wants a gold bowl, Khan gets it. We owe him for the rest of his life,’’ she said.
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