Good boy Jack! We always listen to our dog Cleo, and investigate when she barks. We've learned she makes a different sound for someone at the door, a delivery truck or a dog walking by. Would you get up to investigate if your dog barked in the middle of the night?
It's an extraordinary tale of rescue and heroics which could have come straight from the script of the hit television show itself.
When dementia sufferer David Feltham tripped and fell on his driveway on a freezing cold winter's night, rescue came from a little pooch who bears a striking resemblance to wonder dog Lassie.
Little Collie-cross Jack heard the pensioner's desperate tapping on a drain pipe, which was his only way of signalling for help as he lay prostrate in sub-zero temperatures. The heroic dog kept barking at the sound of the tapping until owner and neighbour, John Wheatley, 67, got out of bed - and spotted his friend lying outside.
‘It was the middle of the night but David eventually managed to get to our next door neighbour’s drainpipe, and started tapping on the drainpipe.
‘He heard Jack begin to bark, and kept tapping until John got out of bed to see what was going on.’
David said: ‘I didn’t think Jack liked me because he always barked at me - but he’s saved my life and now I think he’s great.’
John added: ‘It was very unusual for him to start barking in the middle of the night - he was sort of yelping, which I’d never really heard him do before.
‘He kept crying out for about 10 minutes, and I thought I’d better have a look outside, and I saw David lying on the drive.
‘I rushed outside and covered him up with a blanket to keep him warm, and my wife, Carole, phoned for an ambulance.