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As Godwin of Anthem, Arizona, returned home Friday from hiking with her two dogs, Todd and Copper, 6-month-old Todd moved between her and the snake, ending up with the snake bite, she said.

Something similar happened when a woman from Sedona, Arizona nearly stepped on a rattlesnake - her 6-month-old "hero" puppy leaped in front to save her human ensuring she was safe. She even posted a live video on Facebook sharing about her morning walk wishing everyone a happy day.

Todd, her "hero of a puppy", courageously jumped in front of its owner's leg where she "surely would have got bit". What a courageous boy!

Photos showed the pup's face was very swollen after the bite. Godwin took him to Anthem Animal Hospital where they treated his bite.

A smooch for Todd from his owner Paula Godwin.

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The post has been liked more than 131,000 times.

She added that if it was her choice, "I would have much rather been bitten by the snake". "This is what a hero looks like", she said.

Todd is expected to recover.

Godwin started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $500 that she said will go to help other dog owners in the area with similarly courageous pets pay for antivenom treatment.

Godwin posted to Facebook on Monday: "Todd's doing so well he is a wonder to me how he is healing".


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