So sad to hear of the passing of Whizz the amazing Newfoundland marine rescue dog, but delighted that he has received a posthumous PDSA Order of Merit award.
Whizz and his owner, David Pugh, were the winners of the first Dogs Trust Honours awards back in 2008 which recognised Whizz’s outstanding achievement in canine endeavours - for saving his Red Setter pal, Topper, from drowning.
Topper disappeared on a walk after falling into a disused water tank. Whizz suddenly shot off into the bushes, alerting his owner to the danger and pulling a heavily bleeding Topper to the side of the tank, thus saving his life.
Dubbed the world’s best life-dog, brave Whizz, who passed away earlier this month aged 12, became the third canine ever to be crowned with the animals’ OBE yesterday (Tues). "He was a dog in a million and I am truly heartbroken that he isn’t here to receive his medal" David Pugh He was posthumously presented with the award, officially known as the PDSA Order of Merit, for outstanding devotion to duty, at a ceremony on the Isle of Dogs, London.