A Border Collie/Pointer cross named Snickers, was honored for his heroism in saving his owner’s life after he took desperate measures to save Gregory Gould’s life and succeeded.
It was early morning in March, when Constable Rob Garnett and his partner responded to a call about Snickers, who was pacing in a resident’s driveway in Oshawa, Ontario. Snickers was barking incessantly and blocking their attempts to leave for work. New to the neighborhood, the family didn’t recognize the dog, but their young daughter suggested he lived next door.
So Constable Garnett decided to investigate the home, but received no response. Instinctively, he peered through the window and that’s when he saw Gregory Gould, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lying unconscious on his living-room floor!
Quickly, Constable Garnett and his partner broke through the door and called paramedics. Once inside, Garnett realized that Snickers had managed to open the door to get outside. In Snickers’ determination to get help for hid dad, he had thrown his body repeatedly against the screen door, triggering the release so he could get outside.
Thanks to Snickers’ keen intuition, persistence, physical strength and determination, Mr. Gould received the medical attention he needed to save his life!
As result of his heroic actions, Snickers was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2013.