Pit bulls are most likely one of the most misunderstood dog breeds in the world. Their reputation has not done them many favors. People associate the pit bull with violence and hostility but like all dog breeds, it all boils down to how the dog is raised and treated by its owner.
Just like with children, dogs rely on good parenting. Pit bulls might be bigger than many dogs and perhaps they can bite harder, but they can also be taught to be good and kind animals. They might look scary but I think it's safe to say we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. There are plenty of pit bulls out there who are loving dogs, too.
One of these dogs is Hurley, a brave and clever pit bull who went out of his way to save a little boy from a snake.
Stacie Rae English Hurley's owner's sister. She was so moved by what had happened that day, she took to Facebook to share her experience. Here's what she posted:
"My brother was walking his pit bull lab mix, Hurley, in our neighborhood field around 10 pm. He walks him this late so he can let him off his leash so he can do what he loves to do, explore all the different smells. They heard a young kid scream and before my brother knew it, Hurley took off after the scream."
"With my brother close behind, he saw Hurley grab a copper head snake away from the little boy and fling it around, later found out he had killed it. The little boy ran to his mothers vehicle and drove off so fast that my brother was unable to find out any information on the little boy. (We are assuming because they left so fast that he was bitten and being rushed to the ER) My brother then went on to call animal control and the Highland Village Cops showed up to check out the scene."
Stacie Rae adds:
"They asked to take a look at Hurley to see if he was bitten. To my brothers surprise, he was bleeding, had a swollen neck and foaming from his mouth. Sure enough, they found two puncture wounds in his upper lip. Shelby rushed Hurley to Denton Animal Emergency Hospital where he stayed the night so they could check his blood clotting ability multiple times through out the night."
"Shelby and Hurley both got home this morning. Thank God, Hurley is doing a lot better this morning, just seems a little uncomfortable with his swollen face and neck," Stacie Ray writes.
Wow talk about coming close! Great job Hurley!
The sister finishes off by writing:
"It was later discovered the little boy had come across a copper head nest and hopefully Hurley prevented him from getting bitten, or at least getting bitten multiple times. We are still trying to find out who the little boy is and make sure he is okay. Here's our hero pit bull. I'd like for his story to get around for those who judge his breed."
Doesn't this just prove that pit bulls aren't all bad. Obviously, in some cases they could even save your life. Please share to honor Hurley's incredible bravery!