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An Arizona woman was on the verge of being bitten by a rattlesnake. Then her 6-month-old puppy jumped in front of her.

"Todd" the puppy. Courtesy: Paula Godwin / Facebook.

ANTHEM, Ariz.—A heroic act by a 6-month-old puppy in Arizona Friday morning, June 29, may require a change in the phrase “man’s best friend” to “woman’s best friend.”

Paula Godwin, of Anthem, Ariz., said she was walking her dog, “Todd,” early Friday morning on a hiking trail when she says she encountered a rattlesnake.

“It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped on a rattlesnake,” Godwin said in a Facebook post. “But my hero of a puppy Todd save me.”

According to Godwin, Todd jumped right in front of her leg where, she says, she “surely would have gotten bit.” As a result, instead of the rattlesnake biting Godwin, the snake bit Todd on the right side of his face.

In an interview with Phoenix’s FOX10-TV, Godwin said that immediately following the bite, she rushed Todd back down the hill and took him to an animal shelter and treated with anti-venom. Doctors told Godwin that, thankfully, Todd is expected to make a full recovery.

“This is what a hero looks like,” Godwin said her Facebook post, which shows three photos of Todd recovering from the bite.

In a more-recent Facebook post, Godwin provided an update on Todd’s recovery saying, “Thank you so much seriously wow Todd is recovering so well this was yesterday at the park.”

“Thank you for all the sweet kind words my sweet Todd for sure is my hero and I feel I have to say that the man upstairs surely is watching out for me to. Praise to him too.”

Ross Torgerson

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