Dog saves owner in Lassie-like rescue

ROSS PARRY SYNDICATION: A loyal lassie-like lapdog saved his owner's life after he fell into mud and slowly began to sink.

Derek Ramsden, 81, was holidaying in Wales with his wife Ada, 71 and his two dogs Toby - a seven-year-old Lhasa Apso and Bruno, an 18-year-old Staffie Cross, when he fell into trouble.

He was walking his beloved dogs when he slipped and fell from a small ridge landing in thick sinking mud.

While Bruno simply walked away Toby ran for a quarter of a mile to alert security staff at the Bryowen Holiday Park in Borth, Aberystwyth to his owner's plight.

Derek, from Halifax, West Yorks., said: “I managed to get hold of a railing on the bridge. It was frightening. I could not get out and you can’t hold your grip for long at my age.

"Toby had barked anxiously at the staff. They must have known there was a problem and followed him back to me."

When staff reached Mr Ramsden they were able to pull him out and walk him to safety.

Brighton Digital