Douglas proves he's Doagh Road's very own Lassie

DOUGLAS the Miniature Schnauzer has been praised for helping get an elderly man vital help after he suffered a nasty fall.

The eight-year-old pet of Karen and James Todd came to Eddie Lowry's rescue in Threemilewater Park.

The 70-year-old, who has suffered a number of strokes, fell on the steps in the park suffering a broken hip.

And almost three weeks after the accident the pensioner is still laid up in hospital needing a partial hip replacement, extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation to get back on his feet.

Karen and husband James from the Doagh Road were walking through Threemilewater on a cold December morning when Douglas suddenly took off.

"He has never run off like it before," said Karen.

"We were calling for him to come back but he just kept on going, it was so unlike him. We rushed after him to see where he was off to and found him beside Eddie."

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