Her 9-month-old red nosed pit bull named Paco was the first to spot the snake, but his older "brother," a 3-year-old pit bull named Slayer, quickly stepped in to help.
Butt’s grandchildren, 1-year-old Mallory and 3-year-old Zayden, were inches from the snake, and were not harmed, thanks to the quick action of her dogs. The canines, however, both suffered venomous bites.
"I know my dogs are heroes and without a doubt saved the lives of my grandchildren," Butt said. "They are too small to have fought something off like that. If they had gotten bit I'm 100 percent sure they wouldn't have survived."
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“I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude to Blue Pearl and Frankie’s Friends. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them,” Butt said through tears.
These four-legged heroes can’t wait to be reunited soon.
They’ll go back to defending their home, their garden and the grandchildren who depended on their love and loyalty during a harrowing, and ultimately heartwarming, life-saving moment.
Thanks to the quick fundraising efforts from animal rescue group, Frankie’s Friends, that’s exactly what happened. Through the organization, money was raised to help pay for extensive, expensive life-saving treatment. “Pets are truly part of the family, and in this case, they proved that to every extent possible,” said Danielle Martin.
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The 160 behatted-supporters circled a Bloody Mary bar and silent auction, then enjoyed Sunday brunch at Eddie V's at tables adorned with Alice in Wonderland figurines and flower-filled teapots.
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Just when you think you've seen it all, an event pops up in your Facebook newsfeed called Yoga with Cats. Okay, so we've seen goat yoga before, but...meOW, this one is new!
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"I decided that this would be a fantastic opportunity, to give back to people that need that, 'cause I know I've been in that situation," said one participant.
TODAY.COM : When a fire started, the other dog quickly escaped. Scooby did not, and he suffered serious burns. Scooby came to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Blaine, Minnesota — where his vet bills were covered by Frankie's Friends, a nonprofit that helps with the cost of medical care when a pet's family is unable to pay for crucial treatment.
The quiet pup has spent a week recuperating at Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Blaine, but will need surgery to remove his damaged ears. His owners are unable to cover his extensive care due to financial difficulties, so a national charity known as Frankie's Friends has kicked off a fundraising drive to pay for Scooby's expensive surgeries and ongoing care.
"This is my gift," she said with a smile, holding Ruby close. "Getting her through is my gift."
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Bergman went straight for Indo's medical kit, a donation from Frankie's Friends. The charity equips and trains K-9 officers on what to do in an emergency.
Bergman says the kit helped him treat Indo immediately.
"I grabbed the towel and saline solution and started wiping the blood off his face. I pressed his wound with gauze and that's when I realized it was just from the burn and he didn't have a bullet hole," said Bergman.
The officer immediately went to his patrol car and retrieved a first aide kit made especially for K9 officers. Bergman received the kit and two hours of training from a group called “Frankie’s Friends” teaching him how to treat wounds.
“The curriculum, the training, the program, we worked with licensed veterinarians to be able to put together the training course,” said Danielle Martin with “Frankie’s Friends”.
“I knew I had to act,” says Tampa Officer, Tim Bergman. “I went right to the kit provided by Frankie’s Friends and grabbed the towel and use the saline for his eyes,”
Fearing for his life, Officer Bergman shot the suspect, wounding him.
Monday morning, as the pair returned to work, they met with the head of Frankie's Friends, an organization that provides first aid training and first aid kits to k-9 officers.