The woman walked into her garden in the French town of Sorgues and fired several test shots with a .22 caliber rifle before turning the gun on herself.
Just as she was about to pull the trigger, her loyal dog jumped in to prevent the shot by knocking the weapon from her hands.
She did suffer a chest injury, but her wounds were not fatal. She was found by her husband, who rushed her to a hospital. Medical staff reported the chest laceration was most likely a flesh wound.
"At the moment she pulled the trigger, her dog jumped on her and diverted the shot. [The dog] probably sensed things and knocked into her to save her," local police reported to the Telegraph.