Something was missing from Donya DeLuca. And she knew what it was. Her long-time family dog had died, and she needed a dog in her home, an animal who could bring joy and happiness to her every day. That’s why Donya adopted a two-year-old German shepherd from a local rescue organization. She named the dog Haus. But Donya had no idea that he would go on to become a hero and save the life of her seven-year-old daughter and the child’s grandmother.
If Donya’s husband could have seen the future, he certainly never would have been skeptical about the family adopting Haus.
“We had recently lost our family dog, who had been with us for 13 years,” Donya told TODAY. “So he looked at me like, ‘Are you serious?’ But I just couldn’t pass up the chance to rescue him.”
And not long after Haus came home with the family did all doubt get erased. He was a fantastic animal and quickly became part of the family.
“He just bonded with all of us so quickly. It was like he was always part of our home,” she said. “Even the neighbors took to him. It was meant to be. Especially, at night, he’s very protective of the kids. He follows them around. He takes care of them.”
Haus was a good choice all around.
But the family never would have guessed that Haus’s protective skills would have saved the life of their daughter. However, when a rattlesnake appeared in the yard, the snake went to attack seven-year-old Molly and the child’s grandmother.
Haus refused to let that happen.
“It’s easy to see for anyone who’s spent any time with Haus and our children that he absolutely nannies our children and watches out for them,” Donya told ABC News. “It’s common for him to sweep the yard or check everything out when he goes out. And he stood his ground and continued to charge when a large, venomous snake was attacking him.”
Haus proved that he was a hero. And he saved Molly and her grandmother from the potentially deadly snake. They had no idea it was lurking in the yard looking to bite.
“I was really scared,” Molly told ABC.
He protected the family with his life. And during the attack, the snake bit Haus three times. And after the attack, authorities believe the snake was an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake. These are some of the most dangerous snakes in the United States.
Although he saved the child and her grandmother, Haus had sacrificed himself. The family rushed him to the animal hospital but worried it was too late.
Veterinarians decided to use an “unorthodox” approach and place him on an anti-venom drip. And it worked.
“It’s semi-miraculous, his condition,” Donya said while Haus was still recovering. “What keeps me going is how he still flicks his tail every time he sees me come into his kennel even though I know he’s hurting.”
Haus proved that although he was new, he was a faithful family member. He sacrificed himself to save the child and her grandmother from the venomous rattlesnake.