On Friday, while Arizona-native Paula Godwin was on a hike with her pet dog Todd, she almost stepped on a scary rattlesnake.
Fortunately for the pet owner, her Golden Retriever jumped in front of her leg, preventing a nasty attack. Sadly, the serpent ended up biting the innocent mutt, causing its cheek to swell up!
Luckily, the hound was taken to the Anthem Animal Hospital for treatment, and is expected to make a full recovery.
In a recent interview with FOX 10 Phoenix, Godwin called the canine “her hero.”
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 (@StefaniaFOX10) July 2, 2018
After the inspiring story went viral, Twitter users couldn’t contain their excitement! See the best reactions (below):
Oh Todd I bet you never thought
when you went out for a walk
that you’d be talkin’ one for the team
now recovering from a rattlesnake dream
Now you’re the hero in this story
with yr golden schnoozze of glory!!
So rest up fren & feel better soon
so you can run & play & zoom
— Jen Coleslaw (@jencoleslaw) July 2, 2018
My dad heard about the dog that got bit by the rattlesnake and he said he would let my mom get bit instead of our dog lmaooo
— v 🌙 (@vvaneecastillo) July 2, 2018
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.”
Plus that pic is really sad c’mon
— Spyrojedi (80 days 💜🐉) (@ojedi_) July 2, 2018
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that doggo that got bit by a rattlesnake to protect its owner and how if my dog saw a rattlesnake he would just fall over dead
— Lizzie D (@Lizzie9822) July 2, 2018
[Image via ITV1.]