Brave dog Wicker receives a PDSA Certificate for her life-saving action
Wicker, a devoted pet German Shepherd-cross from Boston in Lincolnshire has today been presented with the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery. Devoted Wicker ran for help when Robert Gale, who was walking her, suffered an epileptic fit.
Accompanied by Robert and his father Bill Gale, who owns the dog, Wicker received the PDSA Certificate from PDSA Deputy Chairman Mike Radford. In his speech Mr Radford spoke of Wicker's determination to bring help to Robert who had collapsed in the street. “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," said Mr Radford. "Wicker is indeed a worthy recipient of the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery.”
Eleven-year-old Wicker always enjoyed her walks with Robert but she had never before seen him suffer a fit. On the day it happened, in February 2006, Wicker went immediately into action. As Robert lay unconscious she turned him onto 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.”