Millie knows to press the alert button when Paul McKenzie shouts “alarm,” but when McKenzie went into a coma, Millie did it all by her own initiative.
When she found Mr McKenzie, 47, slumped on the floor, the clever black labrador took matters into her own paws – and pressed the button all by herself…
It alerted staff at a 24-hour control centre who tried to contact Mr McKenzie, before dialling 999 and calling his neighbours for help.
Mr McKenzie, who also has neuropathy – nerve damage, a common complication of diabetes – was taken from his home in Derrington to Stafford hospital and put on a drip to restore his blood sugar levels.
The former IT consultant said: ‘Millie is my very own Lassie – she saved my life, and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be here now.’