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Hero dog Orlando is honoured for his life-saving devotion
Miss Jennifer Ffennell with PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin and Trustee Brigadier Andrew Warde
Orlando, a Miniature Schnauzer from Hampshire, was honoured today (Thursday 18 November) with the PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery or Devotion for attracting assistance when his elderly owner fell and lay stranded for hours in her garden.
Accompanied by his proud owner, Miss Jennifer Ffennell, Orlando accepted his Certificate from PDSA Trustee, Brigadier Andrew Warde, at a special ceremony in Winchester. Guests and staff at PDSA’s National Volunteering Centre gathered to hear the award citation which praised Orlando for his dogged determination to raise the alarm and gain help for his distressed owner.
“I am so grateful to my darling Orlando. If it had not been for him I dread to think what could have happened,” said Miss Ffennell. “Suddenly I found myself on the ground and no matter how hard I tried I could not get to my feet. Without his non-stop barking and his warmth at my side I dread to think what could have happened.”
It was in October 2007 that Orlando came to Miss Ffennell’s rescue after she slipped in her garden one very cold evening. After frantically trying to encourage his owner to crawl back towards the house, Orlando realised that she was distressed and unable to move. It was then Orlando started to bark and did not stop barking until someone came to help Miss Ffennell to her feet. Once back in the comfort of her home Miss Ffennell recovered relatively quickly from an ordeal which could have resulted in severe hypothermia.
Commenting on Orlando’s brave deed Brigadier Warde said: “It is with great pleasure and pride that PDSA awards Orlando the charity’s Certificate for Animal Bravery or Devotion. His dogged determination to summon assistance on that cold and dark evening proved that Orlando is, indeed, Miss Ffennell’s most loyal and faithful companion.”
The PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery or Devotion was instituted in 2001and has, so far, been awarded to 11brave animals, including a donkey. Orlando is the tenth dog to be honoured in this way and each animal’s story is a unique account of bravery that can both move and inspire.
For more details about the PDSA Awards programme including the PDSA Dickin Medal, PDSA Gold Medal and Certificate for Animal Bravery or Devotion recipients go to www.pdsa.org.uk/goldmedal.