Pit bulls are often misunderstood as a dog breed, with many people associating them with aggression and hostility. However, the temperament of a dog ultimately depends on how it is raised and treated by its owner.
Similar to children, dogs need proper care and guidance. Although pit bulls may be larger and have a stronger bite compared to other breeds, they can also be trained to be gentle and friendly. It’s important not to judge them solely based on their appearance, as there are numerous loving pit bulls out there.
One such example is Hurley, a courageous and intelligent pit bull who went above and beyond to protect a young boy from a snake, showcasing the true potential of these dogs when raised with love and care.
Stacie Rae English, the sister of Hurley’s owner, was deeply touched by the heroic act of the pit bull. Wanting to share the inspiring story with others, she turned to Facebook to recount the events of that day in a heartfelt post.
“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.”
“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.”
This story demonstrates that pit bulls shouldn’t be judged unfairly based on stereotypes. In certain situations, they can even be lifesavers. Share this story to celebrate Hurley’s remarkable courage and to help challenge misconceptions about pit bulls!