A quiet Sunday afternoon quickly became frightening for a man on Australia’s Gold Coast, when a deadly eastern brown snake slithered up behind him, while he was relaxing in his backyard.

Fortunately for the man, his dog chased the snake, alerting him to its presence and allowing for a super-speed escape. Deadly crisis averted.

The eastern brown snake is currently the leading cause of snakebite deaths in Australia, which is why it’s probably a smart idea to keep a worthy canine companion by you side, just like this guy.

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Dog saves owner from deadly brown snake slithering under his feet