Todd, a Golden Retriever puppy in Anthem, Arizona, is being called a hero by his mom for jumping in front of her to take a rattlesnake bite to his face that was intended for her leg. The incident happened on Friday, June 29 as Paula Godwin was hiking with her dogs.
On her Facebook page, Godwin said:
“So this morning [I] was up bright and early to go on a hike on 7th street [and] Carefree. It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped on a mf rattlesnake. But my hero of a puppy Todd saved me. He jumped right in front of my leg where I surely would have got bit. This is what a hero looks like. Please say a little prayer for my sweet hero.”
Godwin took Todd to Anthem Animal Hospital. His face was extremely swollen, but he’s going to be just fine.
On Sunday, July 1, Godwin gave an update on Todd, saying:
“Todd’s doing so well; he is a wonder to me how he is healing. Just a thank you to all the support. Your kindness and support is truly a blessing.”
In this case, a dog was “woman’s best friend” by saving his mom from a rattlesnake bite! We hope that Todd continues his recovery and lives a fantastic life as his mom’s protector. Way to go, Todd!
Check out this video from ABC15:
If you’re interested in helping other dogs that become the victims of snakebites, a GoFundMe account has been set up on Todd’s behalf to help with the vet bills for other dogs.