Nobody had ever called Nellie brave before. Until a few weeks ago, the adjectives fearful, protective, shy or cautious were most commonly used to describe the homeless pit bull.
But that all changed when 5-year-old Nellie got between her foster mom, Jane Taylor, and a rattlesnake while on a hike in a Texas state park.
When Nellie was a year old, rescuers with Final Frontier Rescue Project, a small volunteer-based organization in Texas, pulled her from a California shelter. She then bounced from kennel to kennel for years, before meeting Taylor six months ago.