Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tess is my hero

Tess is generally a worthless dog unless you are cold and need the warmth of of a dog's butt in your face, or if you need to be alerted to a squirrel on the roof at 3 am, or if you have a frisbee that needs some catching. Early this morning she proved that she might not be as worthless as she seems.

I have been scared to death of snakes since junior high when I surprised a rattlesnake as much as it surprised me. That snake went for my shin that was covered by jeans and some good boots. I got lucky. So, yea, I don't trust or have any affection for snakes.

6:30 this morning rolls around and it's time to take the girls out for a potty break before work and Tess wandered the yard for a bit before becoming obviously agitated. My initial thought was that there was a frog or something she was harassing. Wrong. Copperhead.

It lasted about 3 seconds. My hero eliminated an imminent threat. I don't know how dogs know that something is afoul, but they do.

She has had multiple once-overs to look for bite marks and the vet has been notified that I may be calling if needed. Not to worry. I'm 99.9% sure that everything is just fine and that Tess is in no danger whatsoever. I still won't sleep tonight because I've been through this with Molly after an encounter with a water moccasin.

Everyone else can sleep easy knowing that there is one less poisonous snake hanging around.


Duly Inspired said...

Atta girl Tess! Way to protect the man of the house.

Charlie said...

OMG, copperheads, rattlesnakes, water moccasins... Texas sounds like a scary place -- it's a good thing you have Tess!!

KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

Reason #55 million why I love dogs. You go Tess!