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Woman grateful dog saved her from snake
upi ^ | Sept. 26, 2010

Posted on 09/26/2010 2:15:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono

DETROIT, - A dog has paid a heavy physical price for protecting his owner from a rattlesnake, his Michigan owner says.

Kodi, a 3-year-old Samoyed, saved Brenda Lacroix of Davisburg from an Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake during a June walk in Shiawassee Basin Park in Springfield Township, Lacroix told the Detroit Free Press.

"This thing flew at his face," said Lacroix, a retired veterinary technician. "It was 3 1/2 feet long and the width of my arm."

Lacroix rushed Kodi's sagging body to her former employer as his face started to swell, and then the dog passed out.

While one veterinarian stabilized Kodi, another tried to find viper anti-venom, which blocks the proteins that destroy blood vessels and cause internal bleeding.

The Detroit Zoo finally came through with five vials of expired anti-venom, no longer usable on humans.

Over five hours, Kodi took the anti-venom through an IV. Lacroix and Kodi have not been back to the park since.

Since the encounter, Kodi has lost control of an eyelid, drools and can't handle hot weather.

"Some days, I look at him and my heart breaks, and some days I look at him and think, 'What a brave boy,' " Lacroix said.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; gooddog; gooddoggie; michigan; rattlesnake; samoyed; snake

A Samoyed

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake


1 posted on 09/26/2010 2:15:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Wow two Michigan rattlesnake threads in the last month or so.


2 posted on 09/26/2010 2:16:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Sled dog gets bit by rattlesnake. Finally, proof that there is global warming.


3 posted on 09/26/2010 2:19:24 PM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: JoeProBono

Good dog! He should get a soup bone for a reward.


4 posted on 09/26/2010 2:22:03 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: ALPAPilot

The thing that interests me is the lack of antivenom. I saw a report a few months back with snake milkers who claim the new medical rules are putting them out of business.

If I recall correctly they are no longer providers of medical services or something so the wonders od socialized medicine won’t pay them.


5 posted on 09/26/2010 2:27:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: ALPAPilot

6 posted on 09/26/2010 2:31:46 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Immerito

Since his problems are permanent, a regular diet of barbecued meat is on order. And plenty of biscuits for dessert.


7 posted on 09/26/2010 2:32:23 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: cripplecreek

8 posted on 09/26/2010 2:32:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

I had a dog save my life also.


9 posted on 09/26/2010 2:34:22 PM PDT by tal hajus (too disgusted to care...much)
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To: cripplecreek

I read on FR that planned on not making coral snake anti-venom as its not cost effective. The alternative is 2-3 weeks in ICU on a breathing apparatus or death...


10 posted on 09/26/2010 2:38:44 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: cripplecreek
This article from Popular Mechanics: "Snakebites About to get More Deadly" partially fills out your report. While their focus is upon anti-venom for the Coral Snake, it shows that much of the problem is the same as treatments for rare/'orphan' diseases, low volume means high research and manufacturing costs which means little commercial interest.
11 posted on 09/26/2010 2:40:01 PM PDT by SES1066 (If you don't vote in November, quit your bitchin!)
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To: cripplecreek

I used to catch snakes for antivenom production, now it takes so many government permits it isn’t worth the effort and risk.


12 posted on 09/26/2010 2:40:51 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: JoeProBono
Oh yuck! Snakes disgust me, kill’em all!
13 posted on 09/26/2010 2:43:58 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
Oh yuck! Snakes disgust me, kill’em all!

Yeah start in D.C. there are thousands crawling around there disguised as Politicians and lobbyists...

14 posted on 09/26/2010 2:46:27 PM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: rolling_stone
"Yeah start in D.C. there are thousands crawling around there disguised as Politicians and lobbyists... "

For example:


15 posted on 09/26/2010 2:49:43 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: rolling_stone

Sounds good, let’s do it. I’ll go to DC you go kill the other snakes. :o)


16 posted on 09/26/2010 2:51:23 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

There is a Nationwide Rattlesnake Foundup in November!!


17 posted on 09/26/2010 3:04:37 PM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: rolling_stone

I am NOT going. :o(


18 posted on 09/26/2010 3:23:34 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: JoeProBono

Beautiful snake AND dog.

“...lost control of an eyelid, drools and can’t handle hot weather.”

I know somebody like that, in my family.


19 posted on 09/26/2010 4:01:03 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: SgtHooper

20 posted on 09/26/2010 4:14:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Ditter

Ooops I meant the election day round up across the nation where we kick the two legged snakes out..


21 posted on 09/26/2010 4:22:17 PM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: JoeProBono

I tend to put snakes in the same category as scorpions, gila monsters, and possums. That category being “Things that would make good target practice for my Mossberg.”


22 posted on 09/26/2010 4:31:27 PM PDT by DemforBush (You might think that, *I* could not possibly comment.)
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23 posted on 09/26/2010 4:35:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Heck yeah!

Take that, you damned possums! :-)


24 posted on 09/26/2010 4:43:20 PM PDT by DemforBush (You might think that, *I* could not possibly comment.)
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To: rolling_stone

Yeah, I thought that was what you meant. The worst kind of snakes, the ones with the ability to charm.


25 posted on 09/26/2010 5:47:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: cripplecreek
The thing that interests me is the lack of antivenom.

I don't think they normally produce anti-venom for pets. Only humans.

26 posted on 09/26/2010 5:50:13 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: JoeProBono

Good dog. I wonder how they wandered into danger.

In 30 years in Michigan, I only saw one rattlesnake in the wild. It was a teeny, tiny thing maybe 10 inches long. Snakes weren’t unusual in the orchard where I worked, but most of ‘em boogied before I could get a good look at ‘em.


27 posted on 09/26/2010 6:00:46 PM PDT by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: JoeProBono
"...lost control of an eyelid, drools and can't handle hot weather."

Been there...Good Job Kodi.
28 posted on 09/27/2010 3:58:39 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: FourPeas

29 posted on 09/27/2010 5:11:09 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

When I was a boy I had a paper route. At the top of one street a customer had a beautiful Samoyed named Charlie. Charlie would wait for me to show up on my bicycle every day and I would pet and scratch him.

One day as I started up the street, two large German Shepherd dogs charged me with ill intent. From far up the street came Charlie, who chased away the two dogs.

I love Samoyeds.


30 posted on 09/28/2010 1:50:46 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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