Golden retriever saves owner from being bit by rattlesnake in Anthem

The bite to the cheek caused Todd's face to swell dramatically but he is expected to recover

The bite to the cheek caused Todd's face to swell dramatically but he is expected to recover

The owner of a golden retriever in Arizona has deemed her dog a hero after she says he jumped in front of her to protect her from a rattlesnake, taking a bite to the face in the process.

The photos of Todd's bitten face were soon shared over to Twitter, where the famed We Rate Dogs account re-posted them - and they soon went viral.

Godwin told 12 News she broke plenty of traffic laws as she rushed Todd to a hospital. "Nobody wanted to come with me - it's too early", she said.

"He jumped right in front of my leg", she wrote on Facebook. "Look how cute Todd is in his little harness!"

"Todd's doing so well he is a wonder to me how he is healing", added Paula in a later post on Facebook. Todd proved that he was not only cute but also fearless later in the walk as Godwin almost stepped on a rattlesnake.

Godwin wrote in a Facebook post that she "literally nearly stepped on a rattlesnake". But, she said, her "hero of a puppy" saved her.

But that handsome morning would take a scary turn.

We doubt it and that's what makes Todd the golden retriever such a great mate. "Just a thank you to all the support Your kindness and support is truly a blessing".

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

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