Last December, Andy Szasz was put into a coma — and miraculously woke up earlier than expected, thanks to a visit from his best friend.
That friend? A pup named Teddy, Andy’s 4-year-old pet schnauzer poodle mix, who he adopted as a rescue in 2012.
“I always tell people I rescued Ted and Ted rescued me,” Szasz said to Inside Edition. “We certainly do have a special bond.”
After Andy was hospitalized in intensive care for pneumonia, he was put into a medically-induced coma. Doctors expected him to be under for about a week.
While waiting, Andy’s wife, Estelle, thought it might be a good idea to bring Teddy to his bedside, hoping the visit might help induce him out of the coma. With the hospital’s permission, Teddy was brought in.
And miraculously, it worked: Andy awoke from the coma, seemingly due to his friend’s company.
We're super excited for the #RSPCAHonours Awards tomorrow! Teddy is just one of the special beings receiving an award for being pawesome 🐾
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And this isn’t the first time Teddy has saved Andy. A few months after first adopting the dog, Andy developed bowel cancer. But Andy made a full recovery, a success he attributes to Teddy being by his side.
“Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways,” Szasz told Inside Edition. “He’s clever, loving, loyal, funny and a right little character.”
And now Teddy is receiving an incredible honor.
For his unbelievable help with his owner’s health, Teddy is being honored by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the rescue organization he was originally adopted from, in their yearly awards ceremony.
RSPCA Honours, given out for over a century, aim to “recognize people and organizations who bring us closer to ending animal cruelty and improving animal welfare,” according to the organization’s press release.
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While they typically honor humans and organizations who have done outstanding work in protecting animals (celebrity chef Jamie Oliver won the evening’s highest award, for his work to improve welfare standards for farm animals), Teddy received the special Animal Award and was the sole non-human honored at the event.
And Teddy stole the show, shaking hands with the other guests and entertaining everyone with his tricks:
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And Andy was with him, looking in good health after recovering from his coma:
— Rachel Butler RSPCA (@RachRSPCA) June 17, 2017
Congratulations, Teddy! You deserve it for truly being man’s best friend.