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Health & Fitness Meet the hero husky who sniffed out abandoned newborn baby to save his life

18:52  09 december  2021
18:52  09 december  2021 Source:   ok.co.uk

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The Mirror's People's Pet Awards 2021 is set to honour extraordinary animals including a hero husky who rescued an abandoned baby.

The star-studded awards ceremony, in association with pet brand Webbox and charity partner Dogs Trust, is an opportunity to celebrate the unique bond and unconditional love pets have for their owners.

Loose Women panelist Judi Love, 41, who recently appeared on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, is hosting the glittering event at Grosvenor House in London and revealed that she has been on an emotional rollercoaster while reading the heartwarming stories.

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The comedian said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be hosting the first ever Mirror People's Pet Awards. The winners are amazing, and I've been crying and laughing in equal measure when I've been finding out all about them.

"I know it's going to be an incredible show. We'll have a tiny horse on stage, what's not to like?"

The list of winners includes a miniature Shetland pony named Wilson, a 100kg rescue dog, who weighed the same as a baby elephant, and a Belgian Shepherd who was cruelly thrown in a river.

Here, we take a look at the remarkable stories behind each of the animals...

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Team Dogs Hero Animal

Hel

Terry Walsh was walking with his dog Hel through 'The Mound' in Kings Norton, Birmingham, when the clever husky discovered a newborn baby boy, just a few hours old, wrapped in a Matalan t-shirt.

The 64 year old former royal engineer revealed he would have carried on walking if Hel had not alerted him to what appeared to be a discarded blanket.

He said: “Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel’s gentle nudging and the heat from her body that woke the baby up. I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could have been a lot worse."

The baby was found to be in good health by medics and hospital staff called him George after he was discovered the day before St George’s Day. The little boy has now been taken into foster care.

Caring Animal of the Year

Flora and Kin

Robert Stuhldreer, 61, from North London was left feeling suicidal after he was unable to leave his home because of unexplained blackouts.

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Following a diagnosis with cardiac syncope, a heart condition that causes him to blackout, along with atonal epilepsy, which prompts seizures, Robert welcomed Flora the Akita, a large dog originating from Japan, into his home.

Within weeks, Robert saw his life change as Flora, who was then the first qualified Akita working as a medical alert dog, stopped Robert in his tracks when she sensed he was about to collapse.

Gently taking his hands into her mouth, Flora would pull downwards which would indicate to Robert that he should lie down to prevent an injury.

Another occasion saw Flora open the door to their flat to get the attention of neighbours before she alerted medics at the hospital by barking after sensing that Robert was becoming increasingly unwell.

Two years later, Robert decided to welcome another Akita, Kin, to keep Flora company but sadly eight year old Flora died earlier this year just days before her ninth birthday.

However Kin has stepped up to follow in the footsteps of Flora with Robert adding: "Having that warning gives me a few moments to get to safety, whether I’m at the edge of a road, in a park or walking by a riverbank.

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“Flora and Kin gave me my life back.”

Wilson

When miniature Shetland pony Wilson, from West Lothian, Scotland, first trotted into a rehabilitation care home, he immediately captured the hearts of the patients with many having brain injuries.

Five years later, his owners Elaine and John Sangster have taken Wilson to visit hundreds of sick and disabled children as well as elderly patients and dementia sufferers across Scotland.

Meanwhile the couple, who revealed that they even took 'special' Wilson on their honeymoon, now own 15 miniature therapy ponies with Elaine adding: "Wilson is the reason why we went on that first visit to the care home. It made us realise that we wanted to share the joy and love that we got from the ponies and do this full time.

"As soon as we made that decision, we were inundated with requests. People don’t see Wilson and his friends as horses in a field but rather a pet."

Special Recognition

Dr Daniel Allen and Debbie Matthews

Pet abduction is set to become a criminal offence after Dr Daniel Allen, an animal geographer at Keele University, and Debbie Matthews, co-founder of Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA), launched a petition to change the law.

Following 10,000 signatures, the issue was debated in Parliament in July 2021 and the government pledged to change the law to make pet abduction a crime as most pets are still classed as property.

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Meanwhile Daniel, who is continuing to campaign for change, added: "When the government pledged five-year sentences for animal cruelty, it took over five years for legislation to actually be put in place.

"Think how many dogs could be stolen if we have to wait five years for this law to come into effect. It would simply be too long to wait."

Tuks Law

Rescued from the streets of Romania, five week old Mioritic Shepherd dog Tuk was given a second chance and re-homed in the UK.

However, at 18 months old, a healthy Tuk was euthanised by a vet after who failed to scan his original chip.

Tragically, if the chip had been checked, it would have revealed that the person who requested euthanasia was not the registered keeper, and that the rescue charity would have guaranteed him a home for life.

Campaigners Sue Williams, 51, and Dawn Ashley, 58, have since launched an online petition called ‘Tuks Law’ so no healthy animal can be put down by a vet without first scanning the pet’s microchip to confirm the person requesting euthanasia has the authority to do so.

Less than five months later, the campaign has garnered 121,000 signatures but the law is yet to pass despite being introduced in Parliament last year.

Sue said: “Tuks Law is the only campaign calling for mandatory scanning prior to euthanasia. Rescued animals with rescue back up should not be losing their lives whilst an option is in place that can save them and pets with owners should not be losing their lives without being scanned first. We always remember that Tuk had to die so others could be saved.”

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Animal Hero

Chris Kent

In 2008, Chris Kent set up the K9 Project with an aim to bring together abandoned dogs and people who faced challenges in their everyday lives including anxiety and social isolation.

The Walk Your Worries Away program is aimed at young people, many of whom suffer with relationship issues or are living in temporary accommodation such as hostels, and offers them a chance to take time out in nature by walking a rescue dog.

Chris said: "Most of the children I see are over 11. We try to build their confidence and learn techniques for managing anxiety. It’s about doing it step by step and just getting them to leave their homes is a huge leap."

Webbox Joy of Pets Award

Minty

Minty, a three-legged cat who was injured after he was hit by a car, has become a firm part of seven year old Connor Raven's life.

The sweet feline companion has become a cat carer to Connor, who has severe learning difficulties and a series of medical conditions that make it hard for him to keep his balance and stay mobile, and provides comfort and encouragement when he needs it most.

Minty with Connor and mum Siobhan © People's Pet Awards Minty with Connor and mum Siobhan

Minty, who lives in Holywell, Flintshire, with Connor and his mum Siobhan, offers affection to the little boy by rubbing his face on his hand and helping him while he learned to climb the stairs.

Siobhan said: "Connor can be very loud, and his medical conditions mean he’s very wobbly and clumsy. Many pets would understandably keep their distance, but not Minty – when Connor is at his most in need, Minty is there like a shot."

Rescue Cat of the Year

Fire Cat

Spotted by police officers in the road near a bonfire, the kitten, who is now known as Fire Cat, had lost all the fur on his face and was taken to the Pride Veterinary Centre in Derby where he was put on fluids and given a slim chance of survival.

Following a life-saving operation to save his eye, veterinary nurse Jenni Gretton started an online campaign to raise money for his treatment.

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Jenni said: "His lips were burnt away right to his teeth. He looked worse a few days later when the skin started to peel off – the skin on his face peeled away after a few days."

After just six hours, well-wishers raised £2,000 to cover vet bills with Jenni, 32, adopting the kitten after no one came forward to claim ownership.

Dogs Trust Dog of the Year

Galahad

When 100kg mastiff Galahad arrived at Dogs Trust, he weighed the same as a baby elephant.

Following their best efforts to re-home the super-sized dog, Galahad appeared to be too much for many owners to cope with.

However Galahad now has his happy ending after the Dimmock family, from Kent, adopted the gigantic pup and welcomed him into their home.

Galahad, who uses their three-seater sofa as a bed and has proved a companion for autistic son Matthew, 15, is now part of the family.

Dad Colin said: "He’s just starting to play tug. He’ll chase a football down the garden and once he’s punctured it he’ll bring it back. We haven’t found a toy he can’t destroy yet - typically they last about a day. He snores so loudly we can hear him from our bedroom."

Inspirational Animal of the Year

Peg

Conrad Lewis was deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in October 2010 where he adopted a stray dog named Pegasus also known as Peg.

In a letter home to his parents Tony and Sandi, from Warwickshire, Conrad told them about Peg with his dad Tony recalling: "When he first wrote back he said he’d got a dog, and that he’d taught her to sit and give him a paw.

"She was that non-human he could talk to about the things he had seen and what he was feeling, that bit of hope and comfort. When he came home for Christmas he brought pictures of Peg."

Tragically, 22 year old Conrad was killed by a Taliban sniper on February 9 2011 while on foot patrol in Nad-e Ali.

While grieving their son, parents Tony and Sandi contacted former Royal Marine, Pen Farthing, whose Nowzad charity looks after stray animals in Afghanistan, and welcomed Peg into the home in June 2011.

Tony said: "It was very important for us to bring his dog back. My wife said we can’t look after Conrad any more but we can look after his dog."

He added: "She’s been a great source of comfort and joy, knowing that Conrad loved her and talked with her. She’s a great companion and makes us smile."

Rescue Dog of the Year

Bella

Belgian Shepherd Bella was cruelly tied to a rock and left to drown in the freezing River Trent, near Newark, before she was spotted by two dog walkers in January 2020.

The 11 year old dog, who suffered from a series of complex health needs, was rescued by friends Jane and Jo Harper before they took her to a local vet who battled to save her life.

After beating all odds, Bella was taken to the Ratcliffe Animal Centre, an RSPCA Trust, where Ella Carpenter and Sophie Major worked to recover her so that she could be re-homed.

Following 15 months of recuperation, Bella was welcomed into the South Derbyshire home of Maggie Mellish and Charlie Douglas.

Sadly, Bella passed away in their loving arms in November 2021 after she succumbed to her previous injuries.

People's Pet of the Year

Tao and Oko

Twelve year old golden retriever Tao lost his sight last year after being diagnosed with glaucoma.

However, his owner Melanie Jackson, from Somerset, noticed that her beloved Tao was not himself, so came up with the idea to lift his spirts in the form of his very own 16 week old golden retriever guide dog named Oko.

Following their instant bond, Melanie decided to document their antics on social media through the Instagram page 'Mr Winky' that she created for Tao before he turned completely blind.

After welcoming Oko into the family, Melanie has since garnered more than 57,000 followers with a popular snap showing Tao donning a bandana with 'Blind Dog' while Oko sports one with 'Sight Dog'.

Melanie said: "Tao was diagnosed with glaucoma – a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged – when he was 10.

"It all happened so fast as he was fine in the morning but in the evening he was shaking his head which suggested he was in pain. Five hours later, he was blind and his eye was removed!"

She added: "They are such a special team they are and l really believe they deserve this award."

Social Media Sensation

Kratu

Kratu, a Carpathian-Mioritic mix dog, has made his name at the annual Crufts show in Birmingham for three years in a row.

And the eight year old rescue dog has made the competition his own after hiding in tunnels on the obstacle course, running all over the floor, and running off with a pole from a hurdle during a show-stopping grand finale.

Owner Tess Eagle Swan, who was diagnosed with autism in adulthood, has revealed that she 'could not imagine life without Kratu' as he acts as a support dog during times of sensory overload.

Explaining how Kratu offers support, she said: "It is called deep paw pressure and is very grounding, that stops anxiety for me," explains Tess. "I could not imagine life without Kratu, he is simply amazing."

The remarkable canine also supports the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG) in Parliament and is a regular at the House of Commons at their meetings.

The Mirror People’s Pet Awards, in partnership with Dogs Trust and Webbox, will premiere on YouTube on Tuesday 14th December at 7pm.

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