A dog who has saved her owner’s life twice has been named the top dog in a national competition.
Peter Wilson and Mandy
Twelve-year-old Mandy, who was rescued by Peter Wilson, of Bewaldeth, near Bassenthwaite, when she was close to starvation, repaid the kindness when she saved him and 14 other dogs after a blaze broke out in their home.
The trailhound was named Animal of the Year at the House of Lords in London after judges heard the story of how she hurled herself onto Mr Wilson and started scratching his face to wake him up – even though she is allergic to smoke after clothes hung out to dry fell onto the gas fire.
Peter, who runs the Lakeland Trailhound Trust, said that if Mandy had not been there, things could have been so different.
Mandy was also praised for raising the alarm when Mr Wilson had a heart attack, leading rescuers two miles to where he had fallen.
The awards, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), were hosted by Baroness Gale and presented by IFAW patron, actress and model Lisa B.
Bob Whittall, of Backbarrow, also received a special award for his work on behalf of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, finding homes for strays and dogs which have been abandoned.
Baroness Gale said: “Bob and Mandy are truly animal heroes and I am delighted to be able to present this award in recognition of their impressive achievements.”
Mandy has already won several awards including the Companion Dog Club Rescue Dog of the Year title and other bravery titles.
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