A woman in Iowa is recovering from injuries sustained by a dog attack, but it could have been much worse — if her husband didn't bite back.

Caren Henry was out walking her own dog when, “This dog came racing across this yard, a big dog." The dog knocked her down and started biting her face, seriously injuring her nose.

As the attack was happening, Caren's husband, Laine, was driving by. He immediately sprang into action:

“Caren turned and looked at me and I seen her face was nothing but blood, so I bit the dog literally in the nose and he let go and I grabbed our dog and I grabbed her and I put them in our pick-up and took off,” he told the local NBC affiliate.

The county has no vicious dog ordinance, so the dog who attacked Caren does not face the threat of being put down.