Brutis was a 7 year old golden retriever when he became a hero in 2004. That’s when the loveable pooch snatched up a coral snake as it was slithering dangerously close to a young child. Brutis suffered a near-deadly bite from the snake in the process.
His heroics did not go unnoticed. Brutis was promptly flown to Los Angeles to receive the National Hero Dog award. Said the committee who awarded the medal, “when we give an award like this, we’re looking for something extra, something that would make people wonder why a dog would do what he did.”