Todd, the "hero" dog, saved its owner from being bitten by a rattlesnake after the dog jumped in front of the reptile. (Paula Godwin)
An Arizona woman was saved from a rattlesnake bite on Friday -- when her puppy jumped to the rescue.
Paula Godwin wrote on Facebook that she was up early to venture out on a hike near Seventh Street in Anthem -- north of Phoenix -- when she almost stepped on the reptile.
Todd, her "hero of a puppy," courageously jumped in front of its owner's leg where she "surely would have got bit." As a result, the snake bit the dog right on the face.
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"This is what a hero looks like," Godwin wrote alongside photos of Todd, showing the dog's swollen face.
The pup was taken to Animal Hospital at Anthem for treatment, AZFamily.com reported.
Godwin wrote in a follow-up post that Todd is "doing so well he is a wonder to me how he is healing."
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