'This is what a hero looks like': Woman's puppy saves her from snake

A woman’s pet dog has taken his loyalty to his owner to extreme lengths after taking a bite from a rattlesnake in his bid to protect her.

Paula Godwin, from Arizona, US, was enjoying a hike with her dogs Todd and Cooper on Friday when she nearly stepped on a rattlesnake.

As the reptile lunged at her, Golden Retriever Todd jumped to her aid.

Todd’s face swelled considerably following the snake bite Source: Facebook/ Paula Godwin

“My hero of a puppy Todd saved me,” Ms Godwin wrote on Facebook.

“He jumped right in front of my leg where I surely would have got bit.”

Ms Godwin was enjoying a hike when the reptile lunged at her. Source: Facebook/ Paula Godwin

Ms Godwin shared several images of Todd with a swollen face after the snake sunk its teeth just below his right eye.

“This is what a hero looks like,” she wrote.

Ms Godwin rushed Todd to a vet for treatment. Thankfully, the brave pooch is expected to make a full recovery.