An Arizona woman was saved from a potentially lethal rattlesnake bite thanks to her loyal golden retriever puppy, Todd. The pup leaped in front of Arizona resident Paula Godwin, preventing her from stepping on the predator.
“So this morning [I] was up bright and early to go on a hike on 7 th street carefree,” Godwin explained in a Facebook post about the incident. “It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped on a … 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.”
Unfortunately, Todd took the brunt of a rattlesnake bite for his heroics. Still, Godwin assured well-wishers that he is doing well.
“Todd’s doing so well he is a wonder to me how he is healing,” she later wrote in a Facebook update. “Just a thank you to all the support Your kindness and support is truly a blessing.”
Rattlesnake bites can be fatal if left untreated.
According to Healthline, “The venom from the majority of rattlesnake bites will damage tissue and affect your circulatory system by destroying skin tissues and blood cells and by causing you to hemorrhage internally. Most rattlesnake venom is composed mainly of hemotoxic elements.”
If antivenom is swiftly administered, the probability of recovery is greater than 99% — a promising sign for this hero canine.