Faithful dog Peggy is honoured by PDSA for her bravery in a house fire

Patricia Rainbow with PDSA Senior Vet Rupert Symes and Peggy
Patricia Rainbow with PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon Rupert Symes and Peggy
Peggy, the faithful pet of Patricia Rainbow from St Ann’s in Nottingham, today (Thursday 8 December 2011) received the PDSA Commendation for animal bravery or devotion in recognition of her raising the alarm during a house fire.      
Peggy, a Border-collie cross, accepted her award at a special ceremony held at the PDSA PetAid hospital in Dunkirk Road where veterinary staff and guests welcomed the 11-year-old canine heroine and Patricia, her proud owner. “I’m sure Peggy saved my life on the night of the fire,” said Patricia. “Somehow she sensed the danger and came to my bedroom to wake me by barking and barking until I got out of bed. She is such a brave dog and my true friend in a million. I’m so pleased and proud that she has received the PDSA Commendation.”
It was on 28 March this year that Patricia Rainbow’s bungalow was engulfed in flames in the early hours of the morning. Proving herself an extraordinary pet, Peggy barked until her owner woke up to discover the fire raging in the living room. Thanks to Peggy’s insistence Patricia was able to escape unhurt.
Presenting the Commendation, PDSA Nottingham’s Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Rupert Symes, said: “Our charity’s founder, Maria Dickin, introduced the idea of recognising bravery in animals and it is something PDSA is proud to continue today. Peggy’s devotion to her owner is a quality we admire and are delighted to reward.”
Peggy is the 35th animal - and 29th dog - to receive the PDSA Commendation for animal bravery or devotion since its introduction to the charity’s awards programme in 2001. Three horses and three cats have also been recognised in this way.
For more details about the PDSA Awards programme go to


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