CHARACTER COUNTS

Diamondbacks honor local dog who saved owner from rattlesnake

Jul 8, 2018, 2:20 PM | Updated: 3:33 pm

In an ironic twist of fate, the Arizona Diamondbacks honored a local dog who saved its owner from being bitten by a rattlesnake.

Todd the dog was showered in cheers and applause on Sunday during a pregame ceremony on the field as part of Heroes Weekend.

On June 29, Paula Godwin from Anthem took her two dogs, Todd and Cooper, out for a morning hike around 7th Street and Carefree Highway in Phoenix.

During the hike, Godwin said she almost stepped on a rattlesnake while they were walking down the hill, but Todd jumped in front of her, taking the bite instead.

Within 20 minutes, Godwin said, they were at an animal hospital, where Todd received anti-venom, and eventually a ton of praise.

The post has garnered over 700,000 interactions since it was posted last Sunday.

And who could think of better time to show the pup some love then during the Dog Days of Summer game? A game where fans can bring their furry friends along with them to Chase Field.

In addition, the team recognized local uniformed firefighters and EMTs. Fans also got a firsthand look at a number of firetrucks and other emergency vehicles on 4th Street prior to the game.

A portion of the tickets sold for Sunday’s game will go toward the Gonzo’s Hometown Heroes Fund, which will help benefit projects, programs and non-profit organizations that support firefighters, police officers and first responders in Arizona.

character counts

Character Counts is a registered trademark of the Josephson Institute.

Character Counts

(Twitter Photo/@Dbacks)...

Character Counts

D-backs donate $25K to Sarah Langs’ ALS initiative on Lou Gehrig Day

The Arizona Diamondbacks donated $25,000 for ALS research, contributing to MLB research extraordinaire Sarah Langs' #FistBumps4ALS initiative.

4 days ago

(Twitter Photo/@DbacksGiveBack)...

Character Counts

$400K donation to combat brain cancer made on behalf of Nicole Hazen Fund

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, his four sons and president Derrick Hall presented a donation to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center.

9 days ago

Cardinals give back to Untied Food Bank...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals donate 125,000 meals to United Food Bank

The Arizona Cardinals donated 125,000 meals to the United Food Bank in a partnership with Albertsons/Safeway on Friday.

16 days ago

Larry Fitzgerald's Supper Club 2023...

Tyler Drake

Larry Fitzgerald’s Supper Club sees record donations of $1 million in Year 13

The 13th edition of Cardinals great Larry Fitzgerald's Supper Club in Scottsdale raised a record $1 million in donations earlier this month.

19 days ago

Follow @AZSports...

Character Counts

What a Guy: Former ASU lineman gifts Mother’s Day bouquets at hospital 

Former ASU defensive lineman and current Patriot Lawrence Guy provided a thoughtful gesture while his family was welcoming its fourth child.

19 days ago

Paris Johnson introductory press conference...

Tyler Drake

Got it from his mama: Cardinals OL Paris Johnson’s charitable work a family affair

Paris Johnson's passion to give back is a credit to his mother, Monica Daniels, who has continued to push him and lead by example.

26 days ago

Diamondbacks honor local dog who saved owner from rattlesnake