This is the amazing story of a very special dog awarded the prestigious PDSA Order of Merit – the animal equivalent of the OBE – for outstanding devotion to her disabled owner.
Devoted Molly the cocker spaniel has been awarded the honour for being owner Lucy Watts’ “ray of light”.
Ms Watts suffers with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder and, coupled with other health complications, it can leave her feeling withdrawn, isolated and unhappy. Besides untying shoelaces, removing clothes, opening doors and fetching things on demand, Molly also keeps her senses on high alert to protect Ms Watts if her blood pressure drops or temperature spikes.
Unsurprisingly Molly and Lucy are the best of friends.
What an amazingly talented dog. Keen to train your pooch? Check out this great Animal Allies ‘How to’ clip – ‘How to toilet train your dog’. Every dog has to start somewhere!