The Story of Brutis – the Heroic Golden Retriever


Brutis, the hero

Have you heard the story about Brutis? He is a handsome Golden Retriever, a well loved family pet. In 2004 he shot to fame and became a hero for a very brave act! He snatched up a coral snake as it was slithering dangerously close to a young child. If he hadn’t acted so swiftly this story would have had a different ending.

The coral snake is one of them most poisonous snakes in North America. The venom from coral snakes can paralyse the breathing muscles. You might not immediately notice as there is usually only mild pain associated with a bite, but respiratory failure can occur within hours.

Poor Brutis suffered a near-deadly bite from the snake in the process. But he soon recovered and his heroic act was certainly noticed. Brutis was promptly flown to Los Angeles to receive the National Hero Dog award. The committee who awarded the medal, said “when we give an award like this, we’re looking for something extra, something that would make people wonder why a dog would do what he did.”

And Brutis certainly deserved his medal by his brave and prompt act.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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