RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (KFMB/CNN) - Step aside, Lassie.
This 2-year-old malti-poo earned hero status after defending a puppy from a coyote.
Sophie and 7-month-old Lulu were in their California backyard when a coyote tried to attack the younger pup.
Sophie came to the rescue, fending off the animal, but she was hurt in the process.
"The minute that it came to defending a dog smaller than herself, she was there and she was on it. And I think a lot of animals are like that. They jump into action when they are protecting someone that they love," said Jessica Gerke with the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Sophie and Lulu's owners gave up the dogs after the attack, fearing it might happen again.
Lulu has already found a home, but Sophie is still up for adoption.