A terrier who saved her elderly owner’s life when her bed caught on fire has been recognised for bravery by the RSPCA.
Rosemary Field from Bristol was asleep when a bedside lamp, which had been left on, fell onto her bed. The hot bulb burned a hole through a quilt, two fleece blankets, a sheet, and another under-blanket before setting fire to her mattress.
Barbie, a seven-year-old Jack Russell, who was sleeping in the bedroom with her owner, woke up and starting licking Rosemary’s face to try to alert her to the imminent danger.
Initially Rosemary, who is partially sighted, shooed Barbie away and told her to settle down. But the plucky terrier’s persistence paid off, as she eventually work up and saw the fire.
The 72-year-old threw a jug of water over the flames, before calling the fire brigade for further assistance. One of the fire fighters in attendance told Rosemary that Barbie’s determination had undoubtedly saved her life.
On hearing of the bravery of Barbie, RSPCA Bristol and District branch manager Eddie Grinham said that he was “touched” by Barbie’s actions.
“It is an incredible story of the strong bond between a dog and its owner – sensing danger this little dog did not run away but overcame her own fear to persist in trying to get her owner to come with her,” he said. “I believe Barbie should be awarded for her actions.”
The RSPCA will be presenting Barbie and her owner with an award at a later date.