Pets will go to any length to protect their owners, even at the cost of their own lives. We may never fully understand whether this instinct comes from pure instinct or a deeper bond. Nonetheless, our pets spend most of their lives expressing their love for us.
One family, in particular, has a reason to be thankful for their Doberman, Khan. Catherine Svillicic of Atherton, Australia, rescued Khan from an abusive home despite his violent tendencies. Khan was to be a companion to her young daughter, Charlotte. Khan proved his worth when he saved Charlotte from a king brown snake, one of the world’s most venomous snakes.
He grabbed her by the back of the nappy, threw her over his shoulder, and out of harm’s way when he realized she was in danger. In the process, he risked his own life by putting himself between Charlotte and the snake.
Khan was bitten and gave a loud scream, but he was later saved by anti-venom treatment. From then on, the Svillicic family promised to treat Khan like a king, owing him for the rest of his life.