A German Shepherd-cross – which ran for help when her walker suffered anepileptic fit – has received the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery.
Wicker, from Boston in Lincolnshire, raised the alarm when Robert Gale collapsed in the street.
Accompanied by Robert and his father Bill Gale, who owns the dog, Wicker received the PDSA Certificate from the charity’s deputy chairman, Mike Radford.
Mr Radford said: “Had it not been for Wicker’s devotion to Robert and her determination to seek help from people nearby, he would not have received the urgent attention he required. Wicker is indeed a worthy recipient of the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery.”
The 11-year-old dog had never before seen Robert suffer a fit. On the day it happened, Wicker went immediately into action. As Robert lay unconscious she turned him on to his front and licked his face before running to a nearby house for help. Only when Robert was in safe hands did Wicker run home to fetch Bill.
“I am so proud of Wicker,” said Bill. “She is our guardian angel. I dread to think what could have happened if she had not acted so quickly getting help for Robert that day.
“Robert remembers her licking his face and somehow she knew to do that to help bring him round. I’m over the moon that PDSA has honoured my wonderful dog today.”