A dog is said to be man’s best friend, yet a Florida pit bull went above and beyond to defend his family, even if it meant giving his own life. Zeus, a 9-month-old dog, was killed after being bitten by a venomous snake while attempting to save his mate. The event occurred when Georgina Richardson’s infant was outside the family’s Sumter County house setting up a bowl of water for the dog when the puppy noticed the coral snake.
“I still can’t stop crying when I talk about it,” Gina Richardson, 33, said. “We shall be eternally thankful to Zeus for what he has done for our family.”
Richardson’s son Oriley, 10, was playing in the family yard on September 23, when he saw Zeus lunging at him and tugging at what he thought was a string in his tooth. that he started around.
“Suddenly it started ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ the snake near my son and it ʙɪᴛ him four times. I knew when he first came here that something was wrong and (it was) very ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ because I knew he was going to ᴅɪᴇ,” said dad Gary Richardson.
Gina’s mom rushed Zeus to the vet while his dad stayed home with the kids. Gary added: “We just know that antiᴠᴇɴᴏᴍ will work. Despite reacting quickly to Zeus’s snake ʙɪᴛe and taking him to ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴇᴛ ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ, he still ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ sᴜᴄᴄᴜᴍʙ to the snake’s ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍ.
She said: ‘He kept falling asleep on FaceTime but tried hard to interact and show his human kids and Gary that he will ꜰɪɢʜᴛ this.’
Sᴀᴅʟʏ, he ᴅɪᴇᴅ the following morning at 6.30 am and the family ɢᴀᴛʜᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜɪs ʙᴏᴅʏ with Zeus’ mother Sega to say their goodbyes.
She told that her children didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to their beloved pet who ᴅɪᴇᴅ on the birthday of her son that he sᴀᴠᴇᴅ.
Zeus’ story ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜᴇᴅ many ʜᴇᴀʀᴛs online and netizens were as disheartened as the Richardson family. Many donated towards the high vet bill for the pup’s ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ and showered love to the family. “He will be remembered by the many ʜᴇᴀʀᴛs he has ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜᴇᴅ across the world now,” she added.
Georgina added: ‘We are beyond ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ right now. He ɢᴀᴠᴇ ʜɪs ʟɪꜰᴇ to keep our son safe. I am forever grateful to him.’
As many ꜰᴇᴀʀ pit bulls and there are misconceptions about them being ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ and not a friendly breed to be around babies, the family highlighted “Pit bulls are the most loyal dog. If you find (a pit bull) that’s ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴠᴇ, most likely, it’s because they weren’t ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ right. If you ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛ them right, they would give their life for you and I ᴏᴡᴇ my son’s life to him,” she added.
Rᴇsᴛ ɪɴ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇ, sweet Zeus. You ᴅɪᴇᴅ a hero.