'She saved my life' - Cork woman's plea to crown her pup Nose of Tralee
A Cork woman who became wheelchair-bound when she slipped in her home is asking the public to crown the dog who “saved” her as the Nose of Tralee.
Sarah Clifford slipped on water and hit her head on a marble fireplace in her home in May 2014, causing her leg to become paralysed.
Originally from Clontarf, Dublin, Sarah lay unconscious for 48 hours before she was found and brought to Cork University Hospital.
She underwent 28 surgeries, dialysis and remained in hospital for six months after the fall.
The former nurse is now pleading with the public to vote for her dog Freya as the Nose of Tralee.
Sarah decided to get a dog when she left hospital to keep her company, and the pup has gone on to “save” her life.
Speaking about Freya on the Nose of Tralee voting page, Sarah says:
“She has been mind blowingly amazing in her short two years of life! She has been an assistance dog without the training! She protects me and my health in every way possible and barks alarming neighbours if I'm in danger!”
“But most of all she has saved me from the depression that inevitably comes with becoming wheelchair bound at 28. She wakes me at night if I’m in pain, she licks my paralysed side when it's sore and she has learned how to use my emergency call bell if I fall. She wines and sits by me for hours if I'm unwell.”
Sarah (30) says that after becoming paralysed, Freya gives her happiness she “never knew imaginable” and has got her through her near death experience.
“There are a lot of amazing stories of rescue dogs on The Nose Of Tralee (thank you on behalf of me and Freya for rescuing) but in this case I didn't rescue I was rescued! Freya has been a God send and there is nothing in life I'm more grateful for!” she says.
Vote for Freya here.