Izzy the hero hound saves Sheffield owner’s life twice

David Robinson from Stocksbridge who has written a book about his dog Izzy who saved his life twice. 'Picture by Dean Atkins
David Robinson from Stocksbridge who has written a book about his dog Izzy who saved his life twice. 'Picture by Dean Atkins
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They say a man’s best friend is his dog...

But David Robinson’s faithful dog Izzy is more than just a pal – she is a real life-saver.

The Lakeland Terrier-Patterdale crossbreed has saved her owner’s life twice.

David, aged 41, of Melbourne Road, Stocksbridge, collapsed in his bathroom in June 2004 while Izzy was waiting for her Sunday walk.

Sensing something was amiss, the dog began barking at the bathroom door and got the attention of David’s wife Julia.

David was rushed to hospital where the doctor told him he would have had only 45 minutes to live after collapsing.

He said: “That walk with Izzy would have probably killed me.

“I definitely would not have been here were it not for Izzy, she is quite an amazing member of the family.”

David had been misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when it should have been the more serious Type 1. A long recovery period began after his body rejected the insulin he was administered, leaving him with nerve damage.

In 2012, David was asleep beside his wife when he fell into a diabetic coma in the middle of the night.

Izzy sprang into action once again waking his wife.

The hero hound won the Dog Trust Honours Pet Hero Award for her actions.

David is now back working part-time and also looks after his seven-month-old son, Alfred.

Now he has written a book – My Hero –charting both life-saving incidents and Izzy’s ongoing role in his recovery, which is released today.