Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. For a family in central Texas, it came in the form of a 12-pound terrier mix, according to Austin-based television station KVUE.
Scooter, who was 10 years old, died over the weekend after being bitten by a rattlesnake in Driftwood last week, the television station reported. Brian Chaffe, who has young children, told KVUE that Scooter “died like a hero.”
“Scooter was only 12 pounds, but he had the heart of a bear,” Chaffe said in a Facebook post, KVUE reported. “Without fear of anything and willing to give his life protecting us. Calm down, our guardian, Scooter ”.
He also told the TV station that he would like people to remember that veterinarians have rattlesnake vaccines that can increase the likelihood of a dog surviving a rattlesnake bite.
“We are sad,” Chaffe told KVUE. “Our boys, ages 3 and 5, are very sad and keep asking if Scooter is back.”
Brett Parker, 36, who said he started removing Hill County snakes about five years ago from his home in Lake Canyon, caught the rattlesnake that killed Scooter. Parker posted a video of the meeting on the withdrawal service’s Facebook page.
Parker does not kill the snakes he catches, but frees them from residential areas. He said the best way to maintain a home without snakes is to make sure they are not attractive to snakes.
“The things that attract snakes are ponds, pools, covered gardens and shrubs, cracks at the base or areas of the home that can reach below,” Parker said. “You can get someone to install snake fences, but they really need to know what they’re doing to be effective, and that won’t stop all snakes.”
Parker, who said he has treated several different snake species that are native to central Texas, said most of the venomous snakes he has treated have been rattlesnakes.
As for the snake that was reported missing in Grand Prairie earlier last month, Parker said he believes the snake should be lucky enough to survive in a habitat to which it is not accustomed, but which is too early to leave her dead.
“Winter is likely to kill him,” he said.