(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) -- A 70-year-old Tennessee man who came face to face with a copperhead snake while out on a stroll was saved by his black Labrador dog, the Leaf Chronicle reports.
Darrell Layne, a Navy veteran, said he was opening a large cattle gate on a friend's farmland in Clarksville during a walk on July 14. As he moved a rotted fencepost that was blocking the gate, it broke in two and he threw one of the pieces aside. That was when he noticed the poisonous snake at his feet. The snake was 20 inches long, and was coiled up and ready to strike, Layne said.
Layne's 5-year-old dog Onex, who trained in Iraq and served the Army in the Middle East, crouched forward and growled when he saw the snake threatening Layne. The copperhead bit Onex on the face twice. Layne then grabbed a fencepost and killed the snake, he said.
Layne rushed Onex to the hospital, where he was treated with fluids and anti-venom for two days. He said he and Onex have become closer since the incident.
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