There are a lot of different kinds of bravery, but we can probably all agree that sacrificing your own safety to save a loved one is very high on the list of brave acts. A puppy named Todd performed this specific brand of heroism last week when he selflessly jumped between his owner and a rattlesnake, taking a bite to the face to save his person.
Todd was on a walk with his owner, Paula Godwin, and her other golden retriever, Copper, when the snake attack happened.
"So this morning was up bright and early to go on a hike on 7th street carefree," Paula wrote in a post a bout the incident on Facebook. "It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped on a mf rattlesnake. But my hero of a puppy Todd saved me He jumped right in front of my leg were I surely would have got bit. This is what a hero looks like please say a little prayer for my sweet hero."
Immediately after the attack, Paula called the animal hospital and rushed Todd in for treatment. Although the right side of his face was swollen after the bit, he was treated with antivenom right away and Paula says he looked totally normal again just a few days later.
"He is recovering so well," Godwin told The Arizona Republic. "It's crazy, he doesn't even look like he was bitten."
Godwin is certain the snake, which was fully camouflaged, would have bitten her if 6-month-old puppy hadn’t stepped in the way.
"It would have stuck me for sure in the leg, but Todd got in the way," Godwin said. "I don't know if it was intentional or not, but he definitely saved me from being bitten, so that's why I call him my hero."
We think everyone would agree that Todd is a hero. Just more proof that there's nothing purer or sweeter (or braver, TBH) than the love of a dog.