Puppy saves owner from rattlesnake in Arizona

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

Paula Godwin was taking a morning walk with her two dogs Friday when she nearly stepped on a rattlesnake.

Godwin wrote on her Facebook account: "So this morning was up bright and early to go on a hike on 7th street carefree".

In a Facebook post, Godwin hailed Todd "a hero" alongside images of the puppy with a swollen face as a result of the snake's venom.

Godwin sought medical treatment for Todd immediately, and she said the fearless pup is expected to fully recover. But soon it turned into a tragedy when her little Todd got bit by a rattlesnake fighting hard her to protect Godwin.

Friends of Todd has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Anthem Pets Animal Rescue.

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On Monday Godwin posted to Facebook that "Todd is recovering so well".

As the reptile lunged at her, Golden Retriever Todd jumped to her aid. Todd ended up suffering a serious bite on his snout.

Todd was strolling along with Paula and her other dog, Cooper, in Anthem, Arizona when they came upon a hidden rattlesnake.

The post also included a collage of photos of Todd, some of which showed the 6-month-old Golden Retriever wearing the effects of a venomous bite. Several users repeated the idea that humans don't deserve the love of a dog, and wished Todd a speedy recovery.

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