Dogs have been known to be man’s best friend–and with good reason. They have been proven to know when we are sad or anxious and are skilled in the art of cheering up owners. Some dogs will go the extra mile, including a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Diesel, who is Devon’s most recent hero.
[Diesel], who saved his owners from a house fire has received the “Animals’ George Cross” at a ceremony in London today
[Owner] Chris Ash added: “We have a smoke alarm, but I’d been decorating so I’d taken it down for a few days and not reconnected it. It’s not a mistake I will ever make again. Without Diesel, the night could have ended very differently.”
Studies have claimed it is instinctual for dogs to be protective of their owners, even putting their lives at risk.
The PDSA Gold Medal was presented to Diesel at The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, London. Instituted in 2002, the PDSA Gold Medal is awarded to civilian animals for life-saving bravery and exceptional devotion to duty.
Diesel is among 25 other dogs who have received PDSA Gold Medals.
This is not the first incident of dogs saving their human families: in San Francisco, a Doberman Pinscher named Khan rescued a toddler from a venomous snake, while in Michigan, a Golden Retriever named Kelsey saved her owner who broke his neck in a fall.