The latest inspirational doggo story comes to us from a six-month-old golden retriever named “Todd,” who deserves all of the treats after an act of heroism that saved his human from a potentially deadly encounter. Paula Godwin was out hiking with her two dogs near her home in Anthem, Arizona, last Friday when she accidentally nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. She would have almost certainly got bitten, however, Todd jumped between her leg and the snake just before it struck, potentially saving her life.
Unfortunately, the snake bit Todd instead, right on his snout. “This is what a hero looks like,” Godwin later wrote in a Facebook post.
So this morning was up bright and early to go on a hike on 7 th street carefree . It was a beautiful morning but as we…Posted by Paula Godwin on Friday, June 29, 2018
Luckily Godwin was able to take Todd right to a local animal hospital where he was treated for his bite and is expected to make a full recovery. In an update on Sunday, Godwin wrote that Todd was already healing and thanked people for their support. “Your kindness and support is truly a blessing,” she wrote, accompanied by a photo of herself nuzzling Todd.
Not surprisingly, Todd’s heroic act went viral because the internet loves nothing else if not tales of very good boys, and he was even rated the fifth ever 15/10 on WeRateDogs.
This is Todd. He saved his human from a rattlesnake yesterday. A true h*ckin hero. He’s expected to make a full recovery and has been rewarded our fifth ever 15/10 pic.twitter.com/TsS6isI0Ew— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) July 1, 2018
Others likewise chimed in to express their admiration for Todd’s heroism:
Tonight I saw that picture of the dog who got bit by the rattlesnake and his face was all swollen and I actually cried for like five minutes and I started to think “dear god what’s wrong with me” and then I remembered “oh yeah I’m on my period.”— Haley✨ (@MamaNerd_) July 2, 2018
Plus that pic is really sad c’mon
Dogs are amazing, beautiful creatures. They will take a bullet for you (or a rattlesnake bite). How many of us would do the same for them? I love dogs. https://t.co/Sd0konS0s4— Ash on Comics | #InGeoffJohnsWeTrust (@Ash1138) July 2, 2018
TODD THE HEROIC DOG PROVES THAT YOUR DOGS ARE THE MOST LOYAL PROTECTORS YOU HAVE ! ETERNAL LOVE FOR THEIR OWNERS!— Califgal49 (@Califgal49) July 2, 2018
Heroic dog is bit in the face by rattlesnake while protecting owner https://t.co/ueiGzAVtvd via @MailOnline
And of course, he made the local news:
WATCH: Guess who we met today?! This amazing little guy Todd. His owner, Paula, telling us about her little hero. And he is doing SO MUCH better after that rattlesnake bite. He says "Thanksss furrr the prayers." @dog_feelings @dog_rates #Fox10Phoenix pic.twitter.com/lslNCkmpvl— Stefania Okolie (@StefaniaOnABC13) July 2, 2018
The saying goes that cats have nine lives, but this very good boy must also have a few under his belt. Long live Todd!
H/T AZ Family