A deaf woman’s life was saved when her dog woke her in the middle of the night and alerted her to a fire, the UK’s Metro News reports.
Hearing dog Pickle nudged and licked owner Kirsten Callander awake and then gave her the sign for danger. She then guided Kirsten through the apartment so she could feel the smoke alarm’s vibrations and see billowing smoke.
Kirsten said, “If Pickle hadn’t have woken me up, I would wouldn’t be here, simple as that. She saved my life, no shadow of a doubt. She’s my very best friend, my soul mate and my guardian angel. She’s always there for me when I need her.”
The cockapoo will be bridesmaid at Kirsten’s wedding next week.
Pickle was trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The charity’s spokesperson, David Robson, said that when they heard of the rescue, “We all had a ‘this is why we do what we do’ moment. We’re very proud of Pickle.”
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