Family Dog Withholds Baby, Then Mom Sees Surprising Reason Why

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When Catherine Svilicic saw her new rescue dog displaying aggressive behavior against her 17-month-old baby, she was shellshocked. When she rushed over to bring her baby to safety, there was something unbelievable about the Doberman’s actions.

A Strange Morning
When Catherine Svilicic adopted her beloved Doberman, she never imagined her loving dog to display violent behavior. She expected her child and her dog would become the best of friends, but when things took a turn for the worse, she couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

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A Strange Morning
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Unexpected Behavior
Svilicic adopted her dog with the best of intentions and thought he would act as a protector to her family. The only small doubt she had when she signed the adoption papers was that he might be a little unsteady as he was a rescue. It is known that rescue dogs can be a little problematic. She decided to have faith and trust the dog, but that might not have been the best decision.

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Unexpected Behavior
Dangerous Breeds
While dogs can often display behavior which is playful towards their owner and gently nip them as a sign of excitement or lick them to show affection, there are certain dogs which have a different genetic makeup that can result in them becoming aggressive. Specific breeds of dogs including Dobermans, Pitbulls, and Rottweilers have been accused in the past of being more aggressive breads and there have been numerous documented incidents in the past with owners.

Dangerous Breeds
Making Additions
Like many other families, the Svilicic’s decided they wanted to add a member to their family and have a pet. When Catherine gave birth to her baby Charlotte, she knew she wanted her daughter to grow up having a strong bond with a dog. She believed it would teach her baby to share, to show love to and to take care of. It was a no-brainer the family were going to adopt a rescue dog, but their choice of breed surprised many.

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Making Additions

The Time Had Come
The Svillcics wanted to give back and do a good deed by saving a dog’s life. They felt so fortunate to have a happy, healthy baby so they wanted to help another life. Catherine made some calls to their local dog shelter to ask what dog’s they had and if they could go and meet some. After becoming informed of the dog’s looking for a home, Catherine decided on one of the Doberman Pinschers. The papers were signed, and they named their dog Khan.

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The Time Had Come
Khan’s New Home
Catherine was informed that Khan had a difficult background but the mother absolutely fell in love with him and couldn’t wait to bring him home. Catherine was aware of the risks of having a small baby with a large, powerful canine, but put it to one side. Khan was due to be put down a week before the Svillcics adopted him, so his new family saved his life and they hoped for the very best with their new family member.

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Khan’s New Home
It Was A Normal Day
Khan was new to the family, and the Svillcics spent the first couple of days trying to train the Doberman. All was going smoothly until the fourth day when everything changed, and Khan reacted adversely. Khan was playing with Charlotte in the Svillcic’s yard, just like they had done previously. The two were under close watch from their parents, and although they observed gentle playtime between the two, they still had their suspicions.

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It Was A Normal Day
Playing Together
Under the watchful eye of Catherine, Charlotte and Khan continued to play with the mother confident in her decision for the canine and baby to get to know each other and feel comfortable and protected around one another. In an instant, everything changed, and Khan’s behavior immediately turned. The Doberman grabbed baby Charlotte and tossed her across the yard. The baby flew in the air and slammed on the ground. Everyone was shellshocked and numb from the incident.

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Playing Together
Wrath Of Khan
In the back of her mind, Catherine knew that Khan was capable of this disturbing behavior but honestly never imagined it would come at the expense of her baby. Nonetheless, Catherine was still devastated at the incident and was furious with her dog that acted in such an aggressive way to an innocent baby. Catherine knew there had to be something behind the Doberman’s actions for him to suddenly spiral. However, she never once doubted the actions of her baby.

Wrath Of Khan
Silent Witness
As the horrifying events unfolded, Catherine could do nothing but freeze and watch from the safety of her kitchen. It was as if something of a nightmare was unfolding in front of her very eyes and her precious baby was in grave danger. Catherine convinced herself that there had to be something more than her innocent baby which resulted in Khan seeing red and acting out in a moment of madness. The mother desperately hoped that was it, but unfortunately, it was just the beginning.

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Silent Witness
The Horror
The horrifying ordeal continued, and baby Charlotte was continuously targeted by the rescue dog. It looked as if Khan was trying to get something out of Charlotte, continuously pushing her around but the baby just was not responding to the actions of the hound. Charlotte continued to play and walk around as if nothing was happening. All of a sudden, Khan dug his sharp teeth into the baby’s diaper and powerfully threw her with Catherine witnessing she “was a rag doll.”

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The Horror
Crying In Silence
Shockingly, Charlotte did not cry at all, and she stayed incredibly calm throughout. However, others near the scene could not say the same. Catherine admitted, “Had I not seen it with my very own eyes, I’d never have believed it.” The panicked mother sprinted over to her baby to bring her to safety and care for her. As she was carrying Charlotte, Khan collapsed to the ground and began weeping. Everyone was stunned and confused at what was happening.

Crying In Silence
Something Went Wrong
As Catherine began checking Charlotte for wounds, cuts, and bruises, she noticed her daughter was completely unharmed. Catherine was more shaken up than her daughter but was totally relieved that her baby was fine. However, Khan wasn’t ok, and the dog was crying and became lifeless. Catherine began to panic, and her attention switched to her dog and looking into his dying eyes, she just knew that Khan was protecting Charlotte. Time was running out, and Khan needed immediate medical attention.

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Something Went Wrong
A Great Sacrifice
As it turned out, Khan had done something completely heroic, and instead of attacking the baby, he was protecting her from something else that was vicious and poisonous. Despite knowing the Svillcics for just four days, Khan became Charlotte’s protector. Khan’s life was hanging by a thread, and Catherine knew that she had to rescue her amazing dog which made the ultimate sacrifice for his family. Everyone was concerned, but they hoped that it was not too late.

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A Great Sacrifice
Unable To Move
The mysterious creature that had bitten Khan had such a poisonous venom that it resulted in him to go into instant paralysis. Khan was a strong Doberman, but the poison had proven too strong for him to cope with. There was not much time, and Catherine had committed to taking in an animal, and she knew she had to uphold her responsibility for him. She began to rush and knew that there were only a handful of people that could truly help her heroic dog.

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Unable To Move
Time For Action
As the rest of the family looked on in absolute horror and dismay, Catherine sprang into action and lifted the hurt and lifeless Khan into her arms. Charlotte was taken away from the scene by one of the other family members as everyone’s attention turned to Khan. Watching their new dog, gasping for air with his tongue hanging from the side of his mouth was too much to handle. Some thought it was too late, but Catherine refused to let him go.

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Time For Action
A Race Against Time
If the Svillcics left it any longer, Khan would be too far gone for help. Catherine used all her strength to carry the huge Doberman to the car, carefully placed him in the front seat and proceeded to jump in and drove as fast as she could towards the vet. Khan was still breathing very slowly, and Catherine had every hope that he would pull through. The next few hours were crucial in Khan’s life.

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A Race Against Time
On The Road
Catherine put her foot on the gas, frantically trying to give her dog every possible chance at life. She looked into his eyes and desperately hoped that he would pull through. Khan had sacrificed himself for baby Charlotte, and the only thing Catherine could do to repay the sheer bravery of her dog was to save his life. Catherine’s driving was somewhat reckless, explaining “I never knew I was able to drive this well. I guess adrenaline does its thing.”

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On The Road
Medical Attention
After speeding through the streets, Catherine and Khan finally arrived at the vet, and she jumped out the car to rush him inside for immediate attention. Upon running inside the vet, she was screaming for help and an anti-venom for her dying dog. Luckily, the vets darted over to Khan and rushed him away. They could see the dog was severely hurt and they knew they must revive him and remove the toxic substance from his body.

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Medical Attention
Unconditional Love
When Catherine initially picked up Khan to help him, she was running on pure adrenaline which helped her. She recalled, “if you asked me to carry his weight right now, I don’t think I’d be able to do it.” Catherine’s motherly instincts kicked in and she knew she had to protect Khan as he was a member of the family. Despite being with the Svillcics for four days, he was family, and he had already protected baby Charlotte from something very deadly.

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Unconditional Love
She Owed Him
Looking into Khan’s eyes, something took over Catherine, and she knew his intentions to protect Charlotte which displayed an unconditional love. Khan was now a solid member of the family, and it was Catherine’s duty to protect him and make sure he was taken care of. Her daughter was fine, and all her attention was focused on Khan. As the vets took him away, Catherine wept and she felt completely helpless, she could only pray now.

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She Owed Him
So How Was Khan?
Catherine had to be patient and wait for the vets to do everything in their power to ensure Khan’s survival. Although she knew he was in good hands, she couldn’t help but worry. She felt a bit of sickness in her stomach; she couldn’t fathom losing her new family member. When the vets returned to Catherine to speak with her about Khan’s state, she was pacing around the room and upon seeing the vets, ran to them will a million questions.

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So How Was Khan?
The Doctor’s Answer
The vet informed Catherine that they were not sure if Khan was going to make it and said, “We don’t know yet, madam. We did what we could, but now his body has to fight the poison.” He continued “The anti-venom will certainly help, but we don’t know to what extent. It’s best that you come back tomorrow morning.” Catherine’s heart sank, and the news was not what she was hoping for. She was still clinging on to every piece of hope.

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The Doctor’s Answer
A Sleepless Night
Catherine left the vet and all that was running through her mind is how Khan was. Replaying the whole situation in her head over and over again, she stayed up all night on edge. She watched baby Charlotte sleep and never expected her day to end like this. She was so incredibly grateful that her baby was ok, but she couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of guilt that she couldn’t have done more to help or stand in the way of a deadly attack.

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A Sleepless Night
Stepping Into Tomorrow
After a sleepless night, Catherine jumped out of bed the next morning, bright and early. She grabbed the first clothes that she could see, threw them on and rushed to get her kids ready for the day before jumping in the car to head to the vet. Catherine was not herself, and her mind was elsewhere. She wanted to be the first person down at the veterinary clinic so she could get the update on her heroic Khan.

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Stepping Into Tomorrow
The Moment Of Truth
Catherine was anxiously awaiting the news that could make or break her. She had gone over every possible scenario in her head both devastating and elating. There was nothing Catherine could do but her mind was wondering wild. She needed the news immediately; she simply could not cope for much longer. She headed to the receptionist at the vet to get a time when she would find out. They had the results, and it was finally time discover the news.

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The Moment Of Truth
What Almost Killed the Baby?
Before the vets revealed the results of Khan, they revealed to Catherine what was the deadly animal which almost attacked her baby, had Khan not sacrificed himself. This animal was living in her backyard and she had no idea. Catherine switched her thoughts to a case whereby the venomous animal would have caught one of her children. In that instance, she would be in an emergency room, not a veterinarian. She couldn’t fathom the severity of the situation.

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What Almost Killed the Baby?
Khan The Protecter
Khan’s animal instincts kicked in and he protected his family member from the deadly Mulga. Doberman’s may be considered attack dogs, but many people are unaware that they will protect their owners until death and this is exactly what Khan did. Throughout the entire attack, Khan guarded Charlotte at the expense of his own life, showing his loyalty and unconditional love to his family member. This was Khan’s way of giving back to the family which saved his life.

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Khan The Protecter
Will Khan Survive?
Khan may have been a hero to the family, but they were all worried sick that he wouldn’t survive the powerful venom. They all wanted to be there to see his safe and healthy return home, but things were not looking bright. They all surrounded Charlotte in total shock that she could have been the one on the receiving end of this horrifying afternoon. Through his sheer bravery, Khan deserved to fight this and come out on the other side.

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Will Khan Survive?
Feeling Helpless
At this point, all the Svillicic family was waiting, hope and pray for their protector. Khan’s life was now in the hands of the vets who were working tirelessly to remove all of the snakes’ deadly venom from his body. Catherine could only reflect on what had happened, and she said of her dog “He saved her life by risking his own.” She continued in explaining, “From now on, he’s Khan the Wonder Dog.” They were still forced to wait for the final life or death answer.

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Feeling Helpless
Khan’s Fate
The time that it took for the family to find out about the state of their dog felt like years. There is no bond like the one between dog and owner and despite only having Khan for four days, that short amount of time had portrayed his true character and his dedication to his family. The vet gave him a shot of anti-venom, working to revive him from all the trauma of a snake bite. Only time would tell if it worked.

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Khan’s Fate
Oh No!
When the Svillcic family picked Khan up from the rescue shelter, the workers informed Catherine that he had undergone abuse in his life. Khan was adopted into a loving and loyal home, and he didn’t get much time to experience what a real, loving family home was. Catherine and her kids were hoping that Khan would come back safe and sound so that they could treat him with the love, respect, and protection that he selflessly gave them.

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Oh No!
Put Him Down?
Khan’s life before the Svillcics adopted him sadly troubled. Khan was neglected and showed clear signs of abuse. Catherine said, “When Kerry Kinder (Doberinling Boarding Kennels owner) rescued him, he was starving, had broken ribs and had been beaten – he was an abused dog.” She continued in explaining that “It was borderline on whether or not he should be put down because he was in such a bad way.” They were hoping Khan would pull through and live a happy life.

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Put Him Down?
He Only Wanted Love
Khan’s tough background led Catherine to gain insights into why he reacted to Charlotte the way he did. She further recalled, “He was starving for attention and wanted to be loved because he came from an abused home, so I’m not surprised about what he has done at his new home.” Speaking about Khan’s past, Catherine’s mind shifted to his future and decided to become more proactive in his recovery. She needed to speak to the vet.

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He Only Wanted Love
The Time Has Come…
Catherine nervously dialed the vet’s office to find out about Khan’s chances of survival and recovery. She so desperately wanted to bring Khan home to her hopeful family and shower him with love. Khan put his life on the line to protect another family member who he had known for a mere four days and the Svillcics wanted to return the favor. On the phone to the vet, they informed her that Khan had got sick in the night. Catherine’s heart sank.

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The Time Has Come…
Final Call
The vet kept Catherine on the phone line as she spoke with the team who were trying to save Khan. Catherine hoped they could give her even a little piece of hope that they could hold on to. The vet returned to the phone and had the wonderful news that Khan was slowly getting stronger. He was still incredibly weak nonetheless but was making progress and the snake’s venom had been removed. Catherine shed a tear of relief, but that wasn’t the last piece of news.

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Final Call
A Full Recovery?
Catherine needed to have confirmation whether Khan would make a full recovery and get back to the dog they brought home from the shelter. The vet assured Catherine that he was going to be fine. According to a reptile expert, Khan had survived the attack as the snake was not able to inject too much venom into the Doberman. Had the snake got a tighter grip on Khan, it would have been an entirely different outcome. But what happened next?

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A Full Recovery?
The Results Were In
Catherine was brought into the vets to become informed of all the information surrounding Khan’s injuries and recovery. After waiting for what felt like forever, Catherine was finally getting all the answers that she was waiting for. Khan was making a strong recovery, and all the vets were impressed with the rapid progress he was making. Catherine and the rest of the family were so excited to be reunited with their heroic, brave dog

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The Results Were In
Back Together!
Finally, the whole family could be reunited and move on with their lives. They were ecstatic to be able to love and care for the Doberman again. From then on, Catherine pledged to protect Khan as if she would protect one of her own children. She became indebted to her dog for saving her baby girl Charlotte and she would never be able to repay him for what he had done. Khan was so excited to be returned to his family. Their bond would never be broken.

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Back Together!
Look What We Have Here
The deadly venomous animal which almost killed a member of her family was a snake. However, this was not any snake; it was a Mulga, an incredibly venomous snake and one of Australia’s most dangerous creatures. It suddenly became clear that Khan had noticed the brown snake moving swiftly through the grass, heading straight for Charlotte as its prey and he put himself in harm’s way to protect her. Khan was a hero.

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Look What We Have Here
Predator On The Loose
The Mulga is one of the most venomous and deadly snakes on this planet. While Australia has an abundance of harmful creatures, this snake is amongst the most lethal. The snake’s venom is so strong that it can kill a fully grown human within minutes. Had Khan not been in the yard with Charlotte, she would not have stood a chance after one bite. She was an easier target due to her small size, thus making her easy prey for the deadly reptile.

 

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