A rescue dog is being hailed as a real life ‘Lassie’ after saving the life of a toddler in Cheshire.
Black springador Rufus leaped into action when 21-month-old Betsy Gunnion started to choke on her own vomit at her home on the Moss, Macclesfield.
The dog - a cross between a labrador and a springer spaniel - began barking and tugging on the arm of Betsy’s mum Emily, who was sleeping in another room.
Emily, a cafe manager who is fostering the dog, said she woke up realising something was wrong and ran to the tot’s bed in time to clear her throat.She has since hailed Rufus a ‘lifesaver’.
Emily, who had been up all night caring for Betsy who was suffering with a stomach bug, said:
Emily had only been fostering Rufus for a matter of days before the incident and he was downstairs with Emily’s other dogs Henry, 10, and Lola, eight, when Betsy began to choke.
Emily has volunteered for Labradors in Need, which finds homes for rescued Labradors, for some time, but Rufus is the first dog she has fostered. For more information go to www.labradorsinneed.co.uk.