Golden retriever shields owner from rattlesnake bite while hiking

Todd's owner updated worried Facebook friends Sunday saying the pup was recovering after suffering a snake bite.                        Facebook  Paula Godwin

Something similar happened when a woman from Sedona, Arizona nearly stepped on a rattlesnake - her 6-month-old "hero" puppy leaped in front to save her human ensuring she was safe.

Todd, a 6-month-old golden retriever, was bitten by a rattlesnake while trying to protect his owner. "Nobody wanted to come with me - it's too early", she said.

As the reptile lunged at her, Golden Retriever Todd jumped to her aid.

Godwin says on Facebook that Todd is recovering and is "being a normal puppy".

Todd, however, jumped up and got between Godwin and the snake, saving her from a bite to the leg.

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"This is what a hero looks like", Godwin wrote, along with a picture of Todd's enlarged nose.

Godwin and Todd's story has now gone viral, with photos of the pup's swollen face making the rounds on social media with many pointing out the obvious.

But Todd swooped in and saved her, she said. It was a lovely morning but as we. Fortunately, Todd has been healing very quickly, and the swelling is rapidly going down. "Just a thank you to all the support Your kindness and support is truly a blessing".

Godwin shared the GoFundMe page's information, saying the fund will be for those in need, adding "Todd wants to help more puppies".

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