Had a terrifying experience last Wed. afternoon with my 5 month old Britany pup while chasing quail and chuckars along the Columbia north of Wenatchee. Pup started nosing a little hump with brush on it about three feet from where I was standing and suddenly jumped back. When I looked at what she was nosing, it was a small snake which on looking closer had three rattles on its tail. Grabbed the pup and disatched the snake and did a quick exam of the dog and found a small scratch on her lower lip. Not sure if it was a fang mark that just grazed the skin or a thorn scratch we headed for the vet office. Long story short, no swelling, no snake bite. Thank goodness the pup was quick, the snake small, and full of mouse. The weather had been cold that morning, around 40 degrees, and we were in the bottom of a very brushy draw that was cold at 4o pm. Snake are just not supposed to be out anymore so be careful still on the east side.