We all think our own puppy is the dog of the year, every year, but what have they ever really done for us, other than provide unrelenting love, loyalty and companionship?

That’s nothing compared to the actual dog of the year, who provides all of the above and takes venomous bites to the face to protect his owner.

Golden retriever Todd was only six months old when he was bitten in the face by a rattlesnake while out on a walk with his owner, Paula Godwin, in Anthem, Arizona.