When the snake found its way onto Louise Grobler’s property, she was on the phone. The dog-lover was so engrossed in her chat that she didn’t notice the reptile quietly approaching her. Fortunately, Spike leapt in and bit the snake without hesitation, killing it.
However, the canine was pierced by one of the cobra’s deadly fangs in the process, and tragically, there was nothing that could be done to save him. Louise described the tragic event:
Spike was a hero, by attacking the poisonous snake he saved my life. I was so close to the snake, I think if Spike didn’t jump up and grab it by its neck, it could have bitten me as well. As soon as I realized what was happening, I ran next door to get my neighbor for help, but when I got back Spike had already killed the cobra.
Shortly after Spike’s death, tragedy struck the family again. Their other family dog, Prinses, also fell victim to a snake bite and sadly passed away. The little dog had been adopted a few months earlier after seemingly being abandoned by her previous family. Louise explains:
She was only supposed to stay in the family for two weeks, but we loved her too much to let her go. She ended up having four puppies, but we gave these away to a dog sanctuary. My family and I buried the dogs in separate graves, but next to each other, in our front garden the day after they died.
When we buried them Mariska (her daughter) cried so much that I cried with her.