Lifesaving rescue dog to receive posthumous OBE award

Whizz passed away of old age but the award will be presented to his cousin. Credit: PDSA

A Newfoundland who saved nine people and another dog from drowning during a ten-year water rescue career, has been awarded the PDSA Order of Merit - known as the animals' OBE - for outstanding devotion to duty.

Whizz spent most of his life patrolling the Bristol Channel and the River Severn with the Royal Navy Rescue, the Severn Area Rescue Association and Marine Volunteer Service.

Watch him in action below:

Sadly Whizz passed away of old age before he could collect his award. The PDSA Order of Merit will be presented to his cousin, Tizz, and owner David Pugh at a special ceremony in London.

Whizz spent ten years as a rescue dog. Credit: PDSA

The 12-stone Newfoundland was trained to rescue people from the water by his owner David when he was just a year old.

Whizz is the third dog to be awarded the PDSA Order of Merit, which recognises animals that display outstanding devotion to their owner or wider society, above and beyond normal companionship - and represents an exceptional example of the special relationship between animals and humans.