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Terrier wins Dogs Trust award for saving diabetic owner twice

David Robinson's dog Izzy saved his life twice
Image caption David Robinson's dog Izzy saved his life twice

A dog from South Yorkshire has won an award for saving the life of her owner twice.

Izzy, a terrier cross from Stocksbridge, won a Dogs Trust Honour for saving her diabetic owner, David Robinson.

Izzy was given the Hero Pet Dog award at the ceremony in London on 21 May.

Mr Robinson said 11-year-old Izzy first saved his life in 2004 by refusing to go on her Sunday morning walk.

Then earlier this year, the dog woke Mr Robinson's wife to alert her to her husband's hypoglycaemic attack.

Misdiagnosed diabetes

"Everyone was asleep. I'd fallen unconscious because my sugar levels were so low," said Mr Robinson.

"Izzy must have noticed something wrong because she started barking and jumping up to wake my wife, Julie, who gave me an injection which brought me back round," Mr Robinson said.

Izzy is not a trained diabetic-alert dog but Mr Robinson said it was her loyalty and instinct which saved his life.

In 2004, he was ill for a long time with misdiagnosed diabetes.

"My wife and Izzy normally have a two-hour walk on Sundays but that day, Izzy refused to go and kept bringing my wife to the bathroom," Mr Robinson said.

"I had collapsed on the floor. The doctors said if Izzy had taken that walk, there would have just been a body on the floor.

"Izzy is a dog who loves her walks so for her to turn one down is very special."

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