Super Ted S Bark Helps Owner Wake From Coma


Weird and Wonderful

Super Tedís bark helps owner wake from coma
8th August 2017

By Lloyd Lugsden

A rescue dog has won an RSPCA animal award for helping his owner out of a coma.

Teddy won this year’s award created to recognise an animal that has cared for and shown compassion to a person and has made a difference to a life or whose actions have helped in a potentially life-threatening situation.

At the ceremony Teddy sported a bow tie. Teddy’s owner, Andy Szasz, had been admitted to intensive care with pneumonia after overcoming cancer.

His wife, Estelle, was granted permission from hospital staff to take Andy’s pet in for a visit and she believes hearing his bark encouraged Andy to wake up.

There was such a strong bond with the four-year-old Schnauzer poodle cross that once Andy was out of his coma, Teddy continued to help speed up his owner’s recovery with regular hospital visits.

Michael Ward, RSPCA interim chief executive officer, said: “Teddy is a brilliant example of the intense bond between dog and man.”
Andy, from Southampton agreed: “Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways. He's clever, loving, loyal, funny and a right little character! He really stole my heart when we first met five years ago.
“I always tell people I rescued Ted and Ted rescued me. We certainly do have a special bond.”