Golden Retriever Bitten by Rattlesnake While Protecting Owner on Hike in Arizona

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When his owner nearly stepped on a rattlesnake during an early morning hike near their home in Arizona, Todd, the golden retriever, knew exactly what to do.

Paula Godwin wanted to have a nice weekend with her two golden retrievers in her neighbourhood on Sunday morning.

The pup was bitten on his face by the snake instead.

Godwin said she would've surely been bit if it hadn't been for Todd's heroic actions.

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Speaking in a video shared in the aftermath of the bite, Paula explained: "He for sure saved me from getting bit".

That's when Todd literally stepped up in Godwin's defense.

Todd, who is less than 1-year-old, jumped in front of his owner's leg and was bitten on his muzzle.

The post has been liked more than 131,000 times.

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Golden retriever Todd seen with his injuries after being bitten by a rattlesnake while on a hike in Arizona. "This is what a hero looks like", she said. "Please say a little prayer for my sweet hero", she said.

She added "Your kindness and support is truly a blessing".

"Todd wants to help more puppies that may need help".

Todd was taken to the Anthem Animal Hospital, where they treated the bite and face swelling. "Todd's doing so well, [it] is a wonder to me how he is healing".

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Todd is expected to be OK though.