Eighteen-year-old Alex Loredo has described the heart-wrenching moment his loving dog, Marley, saved his life by diving between him and a rattlesnake at their California home.
The heroic labrador recently saved his teen owner's life after pouncing to the rescue as he saved him from a rattlesnake.
Alex was bringing the washing in at his family home in San Diego, California when he heard rattling coming from under the table outside.
The teenager said his "heart just dropped" when he saw a rattlesnake near him.
But all of a sudden, the 7 year old labrador jumped at the snake so that he could rescue his teen owner.
"Before I could even turn, Marley had run out the door, pushed me out of the way, and gotten in between the snake and me," Alex told NBC San Diego.
The snake dug its fangs into Marley twice, "one on his tongue and the other his neck", with the snake quickly fleeing after biting the dog."
Alex sought medical help as soon as he could and he went into complete panic mode.
"My heart was racing, and I didn't know what was going to happen next. To be completely honest, I thought he was just going to die in the car."
Since the attack, Alex has set up a GoFundMe that has raised over $12,000 to help pay for the medical bills after he explained he had drained his savings trying to save Marley's life.
"Marley's face started to swell up and he began to start having breathing complications. Blood also began to start pouring from his mouth."
"I was so scared and tried to keep my cool and think fast because time was not on our side. I was able to call ahead of time to check him in and the technician were there waiting for my best friend."
"This was the most horrifying moment of my life, not knowing if your best friend was going to make it through."
Marley stayed at the vet's for 2 nights and is now - thankfully - back to normal. But the heroic pooch has suffered nerve damage in his tongue and jaw, resulting in Alex having to give him medication as well as attending regular therapy for the incident.
Marley was first given to Alex to help him lose weight when he was younger, but now the eighteen year old is asking for money to repay his best friend and hero.
The heroic act of love and loyalty touched the hearts of people of the internet...
"Marley is so beautiful and a true hero," one person wrote. Others wrote "Get well soon", "They are such wonderful creatures," and "A hero."
We certainly don't deserve dogs but it's nice to see that humans can be heroic too!