The U.S. Secret Service are trained — and paid — to take the bullet protecting the President.
But a golden retriever puppy named Todd took the “bullet” out of loyalty and love.
On the morning of June 29, 2018, Paula Godwin went on a hike with her two dogs in northern Phoenix, Arizona, when she nearly stepped on something in front of her.
It was a rattlesnake.
Startled by Godwin, the snake struck at Godwin’s legs in self-defense.
In lightning speed, Godwin’s 2-month-old golden retriever puppy, Todd, blocked the rattlesnake by placing himself in front of Godwin.
The snake lunged and bit Todd on his face.
Godwin recounted what happened on Facebook:
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 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.
Todd yelped loudly in pain and his face started to swell up.
Godwin told The Arizona Republic: “It would have stuck me for sure in the leg, but Todd got in the way … he definitely saved me from being bitten, so that’s why I call him my hero.” (AZCentral)
Godwin quickly got Todd to an animal hospital, where the vet treated the pup with antivenom and kept him for the rest of the day for monitoring. While rattlesnake bite is rarely fatal to adult humans, the venom can be very painful and cause blurred vision, numbness, pain and difficulty breathing.
The pup was honored at an Arizona Diamondbacks game the following week.
After a bit of rest, Todd is back on his feet. The swelling has gone down, but he still has a black wound on the side of his nose.
In recognition of his bravery, Todd was awarded the first ever Milk-Bone Dog of the Year. Below is the congratulatory letter from Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona’s 8th Congressional district):
H/t The Dodo
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