Dog owners know just how fiercely loyal and protective their pets can be, from barking if someone gets too close to the garden, to making sure the postman knows whose house it is.
Many canine companions take their role of protector very seriously, ensuring their owners know of any nearby danger, no matter how trivial.
But one labradoodle has taken his job one step further, and ‘saved’ his owners from the scary car windscreen wipers.
In a TikTok video which has been viewed over 243,000 times, Jude ‘the dood’, a labradoodle from North Carolina, bravely leaps from the back seat of the car to the front in a bid to defend his owner from the car part.
Posted to the @thismudderfluffer account, the overlaying text read: “Get yourself a dog who will protect you from windshield wipers,” complete with the hashtag #adogspurpose.
Jude, wearing a printed bandanna, lunges at the sweeping wipers in a bid to ‘catch’ them through the glass, pawing at the dashboard in a frantic attempt to prevent his owner coming to any harm.
Viewers have praised the pup’s fast reaction to the perceived danger, and his loyalty to his mum.
One said: “Dang Jude, that was quick! Cat-like reflexes.”
Another added: “Don’t worry, they [windshield wipers] won’t get you, he’s made dang sure.”
“That baby just saved your life,” a third wrote.
Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and a poodle, introduced by an Australian breeder in 1988.
They soon gained popularity for their gentle nature and joyful personalities which combine the traits of both parents, which both have a strong work ethic.
They’re said to be smart and sociable dogs, who are affectionate with adults and children, and are always ready to play.
The popular breed is even adored by celebrities like Kaiser Chiefs’ Rick Wilson, who owns a labradoodle called Reedus .
And Jude isn’t the only life-saving labradoodle to hit the headlines.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service dog Digby went viral on social media in June after helping to save a young woman who was considering suicide.
On Facebook, the post picked up 2,500 comments praising Digby’s fantastic work, as well as 13,600 shares and 24,300 likes.
It was also retweeted more than 3,100 times and gained nearly 12,000 likes on Twitter.