A few years back my wife had to shoot a rattler out at her folks farm. We have a pair of chihuahuas that are about the most protective animals I have yet to meet. Anyways there are some very large stands of blackberry bushes that occasionally the snakes like to hide in and chase mice I imagine. The wife was out with the dogs and the kids when they came upon the rattler, of course he started to warn them off, and of course the little chihuahuas got all defensive of the wife and kids. So the wife took the snake out before one of the dogs or kids got bit. Normally I try to let the snakes be, but if the choice is between one of the brain dead pets or the snake I am going to choose the pets.