Hero dog revealed as Redan landlord Andy Rogers' Labrador IzzyBy Paul Cassell
November 21, 2012
The identity of a heroic pooch who rescued a cocker spaniel from a lake has been revealed.
Pub landlord Andy Rogers described how his five-year-old chocolate Labrador, Izzy, leapt into action to save three-year-old Freddie at Dinton Pastures last month.
Mr Rogers, 36, who runs The Redan in Peach Street, said: “The spaniel had gone into the water and got stuck where a branch had either fallen off a tree or was coming through the water.
“The spaniel could not get over it or around it and not making any headway and I said to the owners, ‘I’m not being funny, but one of us is going to jump in’.
“I then said, ‘Go on Izzy, go on,’ and at first she went in and jumped out again as she probably thought it was a game.
“She has always gone for more than one stick, usually three, four or five, so I threw a stick as close as I could to the obstructed spaniel thinking she would go for one of them. She swam out and grabbed the stick and then began pulling at the branch as if she was trying to dislodge it and released the stick and the spaniel managed to get free.”
Mr Rogers, of Arnett Avenue, Finchampstead, contacted the paper after reading the story on our website www.getwokingham.co.uk.
He said: “I am very proud of Izzy.
“I was quite emotional when I read the article and tried to explain to her, but she didn’t understand and I gave her an extra couple of treats.
“I have shown everyone the story.
“Everyone loves Izzy, she is the pub dog and I expect I will frame the article and put it up for people to read.”
Freddie’s owners Sarah and Gareth Chislett, from Cartmel Drive, Woodley, appealed through The Wokingham Times to find the dog and its owner as they never got to say thank you.
And they have now confirmed that Mr Rogers was indeed the owner of the hero hound.
After we put them in touch, Mrs Chislett, 49, said: “It was very upsetting to see Freddie struggling in the water not moving and we are really, really relieved that Izzy was there and he managed to get out.
“Freddie was right as rain the moment he got out. He loves to swim and you can never get him out of the water but we will make sure there are no branches in the way from now on.
“We really appreciate what Izzy did. It was so lovely. She is such a very clever girl and we are so grateful that she saved our little Freddie.
“It really meant a lot to us.”