Boy, this has been a great Spring for bull snakes. I’ve seen three or four aggressive young ones, but this morning Torso Boy actually stepped on a four-foot matriarch sunning herself awake in plain sight.
The setup couldn’t have been more perfect. I saw the snake in plenty of time, identified the make and model, risk level minimum. A mature bull snake is non-aggressive, not excitable, not venomous, it’s a constrictor that lives on rats and is no threat to a full (chuckle) grown Corgi. It was directly in Laddie’s path. I let it happen.
Sweartagod, Captain Oblivious stepped on the snake. He then sprang straight up stiff-legged, which I didn’t even know Corgis could do, and … went back for a sniff.
So. Poor judgment heaped on dangerous levels of inattentiveness. This dog is never coming off the leash except in the most carefully supervised circumstances. Not really a huge surprise.