A loyal and brave guide dog in South Wales dutifully led his blind owner home after being brutally attacked by another dog during an off-leash break in a park.
Owner Sarah Craig-Hancock said she heard her 5-year-old Labrador retriever yelp, but the owner of the other dog said Piper was not hurt. Not realizing anything was amiss, Craig-Hancock put Piper’s harness back on and he guided her home. It was only after she got home that she realized he had injuries that included a flap of skin hanging down one of his legs.
“He must have been in great pain when I replaced his harness,” she said in the South Wales Echo. “I wasnt able to see that he had been injured during the dog attack but he still managed to get me home safely, as if nothing was wrong.
Piper needed stitches but was working as Craig-Hancock’s guide dog again within two weeks.
The plucky dog has been awarded a coveted UK certificate for animal bravery. He’s the first animal in Wales to win the PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) certificate for bravery. Only a dozen UK animals have received this award since its inception in 2002.
“Im so happy PDSA is recognizing Pipers devotion,” she told the PDSA during the ceremony on May 3.
The attack was just the first in a series of unfortunate events for Piper. Since the park incident in 2008, Piper’s tail has been run over by a mobility scooter, he’s been knocked down by a car, and he’s now hearing impaired because of suffering two perforated eardrums, the Echo reports.
This dog’s name definitely should not be Lucky. But he doesn’t give up. In fact, he loves to work.
“I am very proud that he wants to carry on working no matter what happens to him,” Craig-Hancock said. He is a phenomenal dog.