And it wasn’t even his dog.
Copps was taking care of a friend’s dog, named Carbon, when the dog — an accomplished dock diver — jumped in the lake. Copps and two friends were hitting balls on a golf course when they noticed a 7-foot alligator making a beeline for the dog.
Without fully thinking about his actions, Copps said, he jumped in and yelled and splashed to distract the gator, and his friends hollered as well.
The alligator bit Carbon’s left thigh, but the dog managed to get out of the lake.
“By the time I gathered my senses, the dog was out of the water and I’m in it up to my chest, just feet from the gator,” Copps said, recounting the late January incident in an interview with the Naples Daily News.
Copps hurried ashore and, with his friends, Brian and Yuliya Vail, loaded the dog on a golf cart and took him to a vet. Carbon was treated for scrapes and puncture wounds.
“The dog was really lucky,” said Dr. Lon Miyahira, the veterinarian who treated Carbon “When I hear alligator bite or attack, I expect worse. It’s hard to recommend jumping into the water, but it’s probably why the dog was not badly injured.”
Copps said Carbon was sore and bothered by the cone he was required to wear after the attack, but within a week he was running around the house.
Copps, who lost his own dog, a yellow Lab, in 2015, is looking after Carbon for a few months while his owners are on a cruise.
Friend Yuliya Vail described his actions as heroic: “I think most people would freeze. He jumped in …That gator could’ve drowned Carbon. We could have watched him die.”
(Photo: Copps and Carbon on a return visit to the vet, by Luke Franke / Naples Daily News)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 17th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alligator, animals, bitten, black lab, dog, donald c. copps, donald copps, florida, gator, golf course, injured, labrador, lake, naples, pets, rescues, saves, wildlife
A five-year-old boy in Ireland who became trapped in a running clothes dryer was pulled to safety after the family dog alerted his mother.
Teddy, a cockapoo, or poodle-cocker spaniel mix, alerted the mother by growling and running up and down the stairs after seeing the boy tumbling inside the dryer.
Riley, who has Downs syndrome, was taken to a hospital with burns and bruises.
It was the second time in recent months that Teddy saved the day. He alerted the family to a burning mobile phone charger in a bedroom by displaying the same agitated behavior, Belfast Live reported.
“She’s one in a million,” Riley’s father, Aaron said. “Gillian and I bought her two years ago as a family pet and we all just love her.
Riley crawled into the dryer with his iPad. When he closed the door behind him that triggered the drying cycle to begin.
His mother was running a vacuum cleaner at the time.
After being alerted by Teddy, though, she pulled Riley out of the dryer and doused him with cold water. His father returned home about that time, and an ambulance arrived within minutes.
Four years ago, his parents say, Riley beat the odds and survived surgery to repair three holes in his heart.
The family reports that being tumbled in the dryer did not cause any broken bones and that Riley was expected to be released soon from the hospital.
(Photos courtesy of the family)
Posted by John Woestendiek November 16th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alerted, alerts, animals, boy, clothes dryer, cockapoo, dog, dogs, downs syndrome, dryer, gedge-duffy, ireland, mother, pets, rescue, riley, saves, teddy, trapped
A five-year-old boy in California and a two-year-old dog in Florida are being hailed as heroes after both were bitten last week by rattlesnakes — the boy while trying to save his dog, the dog while trying to save his human.
In Santa Barbara, Lennon Knox pushed his dog, Sunshine, out of the way of a rattlesnake in his back yard and was bitten on his right toe.
And in Tampa, a German shepherd named Haus was bitten three times by a rattler while in the back yard with his constant companion, seven-year-old Molly DeLuca.
“The snake went to go bite Lennon’s dog … and Lennon pushed Sunshine out of the way and got bit by the snake instead,” Knox told KEYT.
Amy Knox killed the snake and called 911 when she noticed her son was foaming from the mouth.
At Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital he received 35 vials of antivenom.
“He is doing quit well actually. He required multiple doses of the antivenom which we were able to get….unfortunately he is not out of the woods yet and he still needs chronic monitoring right now so we can make sure that his systems do not worsen as we start to peel away the antivenom medications,” said Angela Hsu, pediatrician at Cottage Hospital.
On Wednesday, in Tampa, Donya DeLuca rushed her German shepherd Haus to a veterinary clinic after the dog encountered a rattlesnake in the back yard.
Molly DeLuca was just a few feet away when Haus (pronounced “Hoss”) lunged at the snake and was bitten three times.
“There’s no doubt he was protecting our family,” Donya DeLuca said. “That’s very true to his temperament.”
In addition to receiving antivenom, vets are montoring Haus for possible kidney damage.
DeLuca said the excess donations will go to an animal rescue charity.
(Photos: At top, Haus, recovering at a veterinary clinic, by Zack Wittman / Tampa Bay Times; bottom, Lennon Knox, recovering at a hospital, from KEYT)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 16th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, bites, bitten, brave, california, dog, dogs, florida, haus, heroes, heroic, pets, rattlesnake, rattlesnakes, santa barbara, save, saves, snake, snakes, sunshine, tampa
The center divider of Interstate 680 is not a place you want to be — especially if you’re a Chihuahua.
It’s a small wall of concrete that separates multiple northbound lanes of whizzing traffic from multiple southbound lanes of whizzing traffic, and the top of it is only about as wide as … well, a Chihuahua.
A California Highway Patrol officer spotted the dog atop the divider around 6 p.m. Friday, near the North Main Street overpass in Walnut Creek, and used a protein bar to coax it toward him.
The dog, uninjured, was taken by Contra Costa Animal Services personnel to an animal shelter in Martinez, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco reported.
CHP Officer John Fransen said it’s likely someone left the dog there.
“As sad as it sounds, it actually happens pretty often,” he said.
Since Friday night, there have been several offers from the public to adopt the dog, the officer said
Posted by John Woestendiek May 12th, 2014 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 680, animals, california, California Highway Patrol, center, chihuahua, CHP, divider, dog, dogs, highway, interstate, Interstate 680, law enforcement, median, officer, patrolman, pets, rescues, saves, stranded, traffic, Walnut Creek
A lost three-year-old North Dakota boy was found after hundreds of volunteers searched for seven hours.
He was found under his dog, who had disappeared from the family farm with him, and who officials say kept him warm until he was found.
Carson Urness and his golden retriever-German shepherd mix, Cooper, went missing from the Cooperstown, North Dakota, family farm Monday night, Valley News Live reported.
About 200 people showed up from surrounding areas to help with the search.
“ATVs, horses, and more footwalkers showed up,” Sheriff Robert Hook said. “Even the neighbors, business owners and bankers. They just came out and thought they needed to help.”
Aircraft also searched for the boy, but with no success, and early Tuesday, authorities were ready to send some searchers home, due to heavy rains.
Those searching on ATVs continued, and one spotted Cooper in his headlight.
The boy and dog were about a mile from home, and, even once rescuers arrived, Cooper refused to leave his side.
An ATV picked Carson up and Cooper followed the vehicle back to the house.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 8th, 2014 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: aircraft, animals, atvs, carson urness, cooper, cooperstown, disappeared, dogs, found, lost, north dakota, pets, rescue, saved, saves, searc, search, three year old
A blind man and his guide dog who were struck by a subway train in Manhattan Tuesday will be able to remain together — thanks to donations from members of the public touched by their story.
Cecil Williams fainted and fell on the New York City subway tracks, taking his harnessed dog, Orlando, with him.
Orlando barked for help and stayed by his side, even as the train passed over them.
In a story about the accident that aired on NBC Nightly News Tuesday night, it was reported that Orlando was slated to retire in January, and that Williams lacked the funds to continue to care for the dog afterwards, when the dog would no longer be covered by his insurance.
Since then, enough donations to their cause have been received by Guiding Eyes for the Blind to help pay for all of Orlando’s retirement expenses, and ensure that the pair’s eight-year relationship continues.
Williams, 61, was on his way to the dentist when he fainted at the 125th Street platform. Witnesses said the dog was barking and tried to stop Williams from falling, as he is trained to do. When they both landed on the tracks, Orlando tried to rouse Williams, who was unconscious. Both lay there as a slow-moving subway train passed above them.
Nieither sustained serious injuries.
“The dog saved my life,” Williams said of his Labrador retriever. “I’m feeling amazed. I feel that God, the powers that be, have something in store from me. They didn’t take me away this time. I’m here for a reason.”
Williams, who is on insulin and other medications, was taken to a hospital, where Orlando remains at his bedside.
The Brooklyn man has been blind since 1995. Orlando, his second guide dog, “saves my life on a daily basis,” he said.
At a press conference Williams thanked everyone “for showing their humanity and peace and goodwill” by making donations to the guide dog school that trained Orlando.
“All the people who contribute and donated I think we should take our hat off to them,” he said. “There’s still good people in this world.”
(Photo: Williams and Orlando at press conference; by Carlo Allegri / REUTERS, via NBC)
Posted by John Woestendiek December 19th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, blind, cecil williams, dog, dogs, donate, donations, fall, guide dog, guiding eyes, guiding eyes for the blind, labrador, labrador retriever, manhattan, nbc, nightly news, orlando, pets, saved, saves, subway, tracks, train, viewers
Heidi Diedrich said the two-year-old dog, who she adopted from a county shelter eight months ago, chased off as many as five of the wild animals after they charged her and knocked her to the ground in Scottsdale on Thanksgiving day.
JoJo, the pit bull, received more than 100 sutures for his wounds but is recovering.
Diedrich said she and the dog were walking before sunrise in a park near her Scottsdale Ranch condo when she heard hooves behind her and was knocked to the ground.
“I couldn’t see anything,” she told the Arizona Republic. “I just know I kicked something.”
JoJo wriggled out of his collar and both he and the javelina disappeared in the darkness. Diedrich didn’t see what happened next, but she heard fighting and yelping in the distance.
When JoJo reappeared he was covered with blood. Vets found about 10 cuts and gore wounds from the animals’ tusks.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
Javelina attacks are rare, state wildlife officials say. While capable of inflicting serious harm with their razor sharp incisors, they generally avoid pets and humans.
Jim Paxon, a spokesman with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said Diedrich and JoJo were likely attacked because the javelina felt threatened.
“They might have been running from something else and already … felt threatened,” he said. “But when they came in contact with the lady and her dog, they were reacting to a perceived threat and they were acting like wild animals.”
Paxon advised anyone who encounters a javelina to quietly move away. If it’s too late for that, he recommends climbing a tree or fence, or running away in a direction perpendicular from them.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 6th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, arizona, attack, attacks, dog, dogs, javelina, pack, pets, phoenix, pit bull, pit bulls, pitbull, pitbulls, rescues, saves, scottsdale, wildlife, woman