A golden retriever puppy is being touted as a hero after jumping in front of its owner and being bitten by a rattlesnake in Arizona.

According to AZ Family, Paula Goodwin was walking with her dogs in Anthem when she almost stepped on a rattlesnake.

Goodwin said in a Facebook post that her golden retriever puppy, Todd, jumped right in front of her leg to defend Goodwin and was bitten by the snake in his face.

The puppy's face was very swollen in the pictures taken afterward, but the owner says he will be fine.

Todd was taken to the Anthem Animal Hospital, where they treated the bite and face swelling.