A Henry County family's pet boxer is being hailed as a hero after warning a 3-year-old owner of a dangerous snake.
Three-year-old Kade Boyd was playing with his family dog Koda last week when the 3-year-old boxer became very aggressive.
"The dog starts barking really loud, growling. As I come out, Kade says, 'Mommy, the dog is being so mean, he won't let me play on my bike.' I look and the dog is getting in front, growling at Kade, running him off when he tries to get on the bike. So I go over and look and there's a copperhead curled up by the tire," said Lakin Boy, Kade's mother.
Kade's mom was able to kill the snake before it did any harm even though it was just a couple feet away from the toddler.
Lakin Boyd says the dog's protective instincts kicked in, showing the unique bond the two have.
"I was grateful after it was all over for the dog being there and seeing it all," Boyd said. "They're definitely bonded even if Kade falls down in the driveway and the dog's in the fence, he'll cry and claw to try to get out."
Kade has a nickname for the family pet.
"They're best friends -- that's what Kade says. He's his best dog friend," said Lakin Boyd.
Lakin Boyd says Koda is normally very passive, so she immediately knew the aggressive behavior was out of character.
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