London: A labrador saved his blind mistress’ life by licking her awake from a diabetic coma.
Seven-year-old Herbie, nudged and nuzzled 42-year-old Suzanne West for six hours until she finally came around.
West, whose 43-year-old partner David Colclough had gone out on a fishing trip, was then able to get to her lifeline alarm and call for help.
Even after she had been treated by paramedics, the dog stayed by her side all night until Colclough returned.
West, of Poole, Dorset, had slipped into a coma after going for a nap last week.
“I woke up to the feeling of someone slapping a flannel round my face, which was Herbie, and I was covered in dog hair,” the Mirror quoted her as saying.
“He had stood by me the whole time to ensure I woke up. If it wasn’t for him I would have died, because my blood sugar levels would have fallen to a fatally low point.
“I’ve only fallen into a coma once before. Herbie literally saved my life. It was scary,” she added.