By TARA ALATORRE
DESERT HILLS – An internet celebrity now lives among us rural folk.
Our very own local dog hero Todd, a golden retriever that saved his owner from a rattlesnake bite this summer, was honored with the first-ever Milk-Bone Dog of the Year Honor at the eighth annual Streamy Awards in Beverly Hills on October 23.
Todd took a venomous strike to the face saving his owner from the bite while on a hike in Desert Hills, and in doing so captured people’s hearts around the world. Pictures of his swollen muzzle went viral after his owner, Paula Godwin, posted about the event on social media this June.
Todd, who was only six-months at the time he became an international hero, was honored by the Arizona Diamondbacks during a special Heroes Weekend pregame ceremony in July with other local first responders.
But the recognition didn’t stop there.
The Streamy Awards, which is essentially the Oscars of the internet and historically only honor humans, created a new award and nominated three dog finalists for the first-ever Milk-Bone Dog of the Year Honor.
“Milk-Bone believes that all dogs, from service animals to everyday companions, do more for us and its’s time for our four-legged friends [to be] officially recognized,” stated a press release. “The honor celebrates bravery, overcoming obstacles, strong personality and loyalty traits that make all dogs truly special.”
The other finalists nominated for the award were Louboutina the hugging dog, who spreads love by giving warm hugs to strangers on the streets of New York. Also, Pierre Don’t Care, who serves as a volunteer therapy dog at UCLA’s Children’s Hospital and LAX with his own special style.
Fans voted for their favorite dog on Twitter, with Todd ultimately winning the award.
“To be a part of a celebration like this is so rewarding since the Streamys is typically a people-only awards show,” said Godwin, while accepting the award with Todd on stage. “We are truly grateful and blessed.”
The award show included a puppy photobooth where attendees walking the red carpet could stop and snap pictures with the puppies.
Godwin says Todd will be celebrating his award “with lots of Milk-Bone treats!”
You can watch Godwin and Todd take the stage at the Streamys on our website at thefoothillsfocus.com or on YouTube.