See How Romeo Is Saving The Lives Of Humans And Dogs Alike!Matthew Russell
There’s no telling how many lives Romeo has saved, but he’s finally being hailed as a hero to both humans and dogs.
The Staffordshire bull terrier mix assists victims of stroke and dementia at the Lister Hospital and around Welwyn GC, the Hertfordshire Marcury reports, and visits the Royal Veterinary College every three months to donate blood, saving the lives of at least 22 other dogs.
Romeo was nominated for a local animal charity’s “devotion award” by owner Steph Hartley, 29, a staff member at the hospital. Hartley says it was clear from an early age that Romeo had a compassionate soul.
“When we adopted Romeo at five months old, we had two miniature dachshunds at home,” Hartley told the Hertfordshire Mercury. “Sadly, the older dachshund, Shadow, had been diagnosed with lymphoma and was receiving chemotherapy at the time.”
Romeo could understand his sibling was in pain and losing strength. “Somehow, Romeo was able to sense this and would stay by his side and lick him gently to comfort him after his treatment,” Hartley said.
And when he’s around Hartley’s 92-year-old grandmother and others at a care home in Stevenedge, he now provides comfort for those suffering from dementia, since being approved as a therapy dog, the Daily Mail reports.
“The PDSA commendation recognizes animals who display outstanding devotion and celebrates the amazing ways they enrich our lives,” said Rebecca Ashman, veterinarian for the PDSA, an organization that provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need. “It’s clear that Romeo has had a huge impact on Steph and her family, as well as all of the people and pets he helps through his PAT work and canine blood donations.
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