‘My Staffie saved my life’

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WHEN Skye discovered her owner face down having a seizure, the Staffie-cross took inspiration from Lassie and went for help.

Now her owner Joy Smith has told of the touching moment her dog Skye came to the rescue.

Skye the five year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150271-7342)

Skye the five year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150271-7342)

The 49-year-old was having a seizure on the floor downstairs at her Fareham home brought on by an inoperable brain tumour she is being treated for.

She said: ‘My dog basically saved my life. I was lying on the floor, I don’t know how I fell or anything about the seizure but the first thing I can remember was Skye licking my face, really licking it quite a lot to try and bring me to.

‘She was aware that I couldn’t move and then consequently ran up the stairs to get my daughter Emma.

‘The dog had gone up to get Emma to get me help because she knew that I needed the help.’

11/2/2015 (KB)''Joy Smith from Fareham, adopted a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Skye from the Stubbington Ark in October 2014. Last Monday Joy suffered a seizure at her home, Skye acted immediately and went to get help from Joy's daughter Emma Ashton who was upstairs getting ready for work.''Pictured is: (left) Joy Smith with her daughter Emma Ashton and their dog Skye. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150271-7304)

11/2/2015 (KB)''Joy Smith from Fareham, adopted a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Skye from the Stubbington Ark in October 2014. Last Monday Joy suffered a seizure at her home, Skye acted immediately and went to get help from Joy's daughter Emma Ashton who was upstairs getting ready for work.''Pictured is: (left) Joy Smith with her daughter Emma Ashton and their dog Skye. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150271-7304)

Mrs Smith’s daughter Emma Ashton, 22, was getting ready to go to her cleaning job when Skye came into her room.

She said: ‘Skye saved my mum’s life. Skye came running upstairs.

‘She was crying and running around in circles and she was nudging me so I’d go downstairs. I went downstairs and saw what the problem was, she was obviously trying to warn me.’

Emma’s partner Darren Melsome, 27, was at the house too and came to help.

They called the ambulance and Mrs Smith was taken for treatment.

Now Mrs Smith is back home in Leigh Road, she wants to tell people about the wonderful work done at the animal shelter the Stubbington Ark, from where she got Skye last October, and to encourage people to adopt pets from there.

She said: ‘It takes a little while for a rescue dog to settle, but once they do they have that connection with you and it is a lot deeper than someone going to a puppy farm.

‘It’s more of a connection as you are giving that dog a second chance, a better life and a better home.

‘It’s well worth people visiting the Ark to see what rescue dogs or cats they can have.’

The Stubbington Ark in Ranvilles Lane, Fareham, is run by the RSPCA and funded by donations.

It has many different types of animals up for adoption and there are usually more than 500 animals on site at any one time, which costs £3,400 per day to maintain.

To find out more call 01329 667541 or visit stubbingtonark.org.uk or the call in at the centre, which is open daily from 10am until 4pm.