A labradoodle who went to raise the alarm when his owner was thrown from her horse is in the running for a renowned national award.
The aptly-named Gallant, who is five, has been nominated in the “Hero Pet” category at the annual Dogs Trust Honours awards, in recognition of the dedication and devotion he displayed to his owner.
Hilary Lewis, 65, was riding near her home in Bala, Gwynedd, in February when her horse bolted and tried to jump a metal gate. She broke her arm and neck in the fall, suffering a spinal injury.
“Gallant circled me crying and pressed his face into mine,” she said. “When he didn’t get a response he disappeared.”
The dog went in search of help, and ran into a neighbour’s kitchen, barking.
When they failed to realise anything was wrong, he ran to the post van and brought the postman to Mrs Lewis.
“It was a very cold day and I hate to think what would have happened if he hadn’t been so persistent and dedicated,” she said.
Mrs Lewis was airlifted to hospital and spent four months in a rehabilitation unit. She was discharged two weeks ago and reunited with Gallant.
“I still get emotional when I think about what he did. People tell me it reminds them of Lassie.
“To win a Dogs Trust Honour would be a great accolade to celebrate his bravery,” said Mrs Lewis.
The Hero Pet award is sponsored by the Daily Mirror.
Votes must be made before Friday, 7 June. The winning dogs will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in London on 23 July.