A HEROIC hound who has twice saved her diabetic owner’s life has been recognised for her efforts at a national dogs’ awards ceremony.
Terrier cross Izzy, who has twice raised the alarm to help 37-year-old David Robinson, from Stocksbridge, was named Hero Pet of the Year at the annual Dogs Trust Honours in London last night.
David and his wife Julie said: “We are so proud and thankful to have Izzy as part of our family.
“The amazing thing about her is that she is not a trained diabetic alert dog - she has quite simply become our little lifesaver through incredible loyalty. “Izzy has twice prevented an unimaginable situation and her instinct has saved my life. “She is a worthy winner in our eyes and we could not do without her.”
Izzy’s first foray into lifesaving happened in 2004 when she found David unconscious on the bathroom floor and alerted Julie.
After wrongly being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years earlier, David’s weight plummeted to less than seven stone.
Julie, 36, was downstairs at the time, preparing to take Izzy for a walk, but the animal’s reluctance to leave the house told Julie something was seriously wrong.
Mr Robinson said: “If I’d been left any longer that could have been it.
“It was the worst case my doctor had seen.”
Then last year Mr Robinson suffered a hypoglycemic attack in his sleep and Izzy again came to the rescue by alerting Julie - and David’s life was saved.
Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Dogs Trust Chief Executive, said: “Over the last five years, Dogs Trust Honours has been raising awareness of the amazing role dogs play in our lives.
“This year we were inundated with amazing tales of heroics.
“It has been a privilege to meet the winners and give them the recognition they deserve.”
The ceremony was at London’s Honourable Artillery Company.