Golden retrievers may not be your usual type of guard dog, but Todd the young goldie certainly saved his mom last week. Paula Godwin of Arizona was walking her two dogs and seemingly startled a rattlesnake by mistake. In the split second between triggering the snake and it lunging at her for a bite, Todd jumped to Godwin’s defense, essentially blocking his owner from the snake and getting bitten himself in the process.
The rattlesnake actually landed directly on Todd’s face, which soon got horribly swollen. Godwin was luckily not far from an animal hospital during her walk, and quickly brought the pup in for emergency care. He received antivenom as treatment and was then monitored until the next day. His enlarged face after the rattlesnake bite transformed Todd into something of a social media sensation, and he still sports a fairly intimidating black wound on the right side of his muzzle.
Godwin describes her star-pup with glowing words: “My sweet Todd for sure is my hero… He is recovering so well. I feel I have to say that the man upstairs surely is watching out for me, too.”
Goldies are usually seen as a very gentle and welcoming dog breed, but none of that should imply that they won’t rush to their beloved family’s defense. Todd’s loyalty may have earned him some scars, but it was in protection of his mom, who, in the end may have experienced a much worse reaction to the rattlesnake bite. Kudos to Todd and here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.