Welwyn Garden City pooch gets paws on devotion award

PUBLISHED: 14:10 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:16 21 July 2017

Staffordshire bull terrier cross Romeo with his devotion award.

Staffordshire bull terrier cross Romeo with his devotion award.

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A Welwyn Garden City PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog who visits people in care has got his paws on a devotion award.

Staffordshire bull terrier cross Romeo regularly visits a dementia care home in Hatfield, as well as patients of a stroke ward at Lister Hospital.

He has also saved at least 22 other pooches’ lives as part of his role as a canine blood donor, and was nominated for a People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Commendation by owner Steph Hartley, 29.

She said: “It wasn’t until we took him to meet my 91-year-old nan, Gladys, that we realised just how special Romeo was. They formed a bond incredibly quickly, and he instantly became her best friend.”

She added: “For Romeo to receive the PDSA Commendation is a fantastic way of acknowledging his devotion to all those he helps. He is such a great ambassador for his breed.

“I’m so incredibly proud of him and I know my nan would be too.”

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