Please note the shape of Ki-Anne's head
She could pass for a Shar Pei today.
Poor Junior/Jack/Gibson got a makeover too.
Notice the white lines on Lil's sides
and a larger snout than usual.
All the dog's got alterations.
How you may ask.
One word, Copperhead!
Hubby was in the field and noticed Ki and Junior jumping forward and jumping back, barking like crazy. Since they have been thinning the muskrats, Hubby didn't think much about it. He thought they had cornered a ground hog or some other creature.
Hubby decided to check it out. It was the King of Copperhead snakes. Over three feet long and bigger around than a tennis ball....and he wasn't backing down.
All the dogs had been bitten but they were not giving up. It is their job to kill the poison snakes. They take it seriously but they are new to this. Ki is not two and Junior is not a year old. Hubby hollered for Lil, Queen of Snake Patrol.
Lil and Squiggs show up...the expert snake team that is training the young ones. Lil just wades right in and pop, pop, pop like Harrison Ford's whip, the snake was lifeless and the head was gone. The white marks on Lil's side are where she popped the snake so hard it discolored her fur on both sides.
All the dogs were bitten, Ki twice, every one else got one bite. Unlike rattlesnakes which can kill a dog, the Copperhead rarely will kill a dog.
This was a beautiful snake and was more than big enough to make a belt but the Snake patrol skinned and dismembered this giant is short order. Not even enough skin to make a hat band.
This is one of the many reasons in this country you need good all around farm dogs. We are so very proud. This is also the reason they always go with me when I walk. I want a full Snake Patrol with me.
I was at work so no pictures for Pat and the other snake lovers out there but next time, maybe I will be lucky enough to have a camera ready.
All dogs are fine. They knew what to do. Soak the bites in cold water and reduce the swelling. Lil kept immersing her head for relief.
This mixed mess of mutts except for Lil. a Border Collie, are developing into quite the herding team and keep the cattle in line.
Just something about having a good working team of dogs makes the heart feel full.