Hero golden retriever protects owner from rattlesnake attack, suffers bite on face

Hero golden retriever protects owner from rattlesnake attack, suffers bite on face

Hero golden retriever protects owner from rattlesnake attack, suffers bite on face

Paula Godwin, from Anthem, Arizona, described how she was taking her two dogs for a hike on the morning of June 29 when she almost stepped on a snake.

Paula Godwin recounted the incident on Facebook, where she revealed that she was on a walk in Phoenix with Todd and another of her dogs when she nearly stepped on a rattlesnake that was slithering through the brush.

Todd jumped to protect Godwin and was bitten in the face in the process, Godwin says.

Godwin said she would've surely been bit if it hadn't been for Todd's heroic actions. "He jumped right in front of my leg". Fortunately, Todd has been healing very quickly, and the swelling is rapidly going down. She also thanked the pup's many fans on the internet for their support and kindness.


A GoFundMe has been created on behalf of Todd to help other dogs and owners with anti-venom payments.

Would your best friend take a rattlesnake bite for you like this dog did?

The group has set a goal of $500, and raised $125 in its first two hours after being launched. "Donations are not towards Todd's bill but for those in need of help in paying unexpected vet bills", explained Paula.

Many users spoke of how happy they were that Todd survived, as many pets don't make it after a rattlesnake attack.

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