Bear the 110b gentle giant came to the rescue when he picked the scent of the terrified pug left languishing at the bottom of a well after she had run off spooked by fireworks.
Sensing Olive the pug’s plight during a walk, two year old Bear refused to budge and guided his owner to the spot where the little dog was trapped.
Today Bear’s delighted owner Nichola Jones praised his super dog instincts for saving Olive’s life.
Ms Jones said: “Bear is a hero, he’s a wonder dog.
“He was behaving in such a strange way. He is such a happy animal. He’s so special and this just tops it.
Ms Jones, 48, had been aware of Olive’s predicament after animal lovers launched a search for the missing pug who had vanished on November 4 from Wick, near Bristol.
Olive had been so scared by loud firework explosions that she ran off from owner student Saffron Mackeson and remained missing in cold, wintry conditions.
As Ms Jones, from nearby Warmley, was walking with Bear about a half a mile from where Olive had vanished, he suddenly began to act strangely.
She said: “I have been following story and we have been walking around the area trying to find Olive.
“I was just walking past a hedgerow and Bear stopped. He wouldn’t move. So I went through the hedge and I found a well and looked down and there was this black pug.
“It was Olive, just looking up. I couldn’t believe it. I climbed in and pulled her out.
Michelle Parker, Nicola Jones, Bear, Olive, Phoeby Mackeson and Zdenka Hale, Phoeby’s mother
“I was worried she might have hurt herself, she was petrified, but then her tail wagged. She was fine.”
Having got Olive out of the five foot deep well, Ms Jones took her home and put out a Facebook alert while the rescued dog promptly jumped up on her sofa and fell asleep before being reunited with her owners.
A delighted Saffron, 16, said today: “I’m so relieved. She’s lost a lot of weight but other than that she’s fine. We were so happy when we got the call.
The well which Olive the pug fell down before being found by Bear
“People we don’t even know have been bringing treats round for Olive. She seems to be really happy to be home.
“One of her eyes is a bit sore. We don’t know how long she was down for the well for. It must have been a terrifying experience.”
Saffron’s mother Zed Hale added: “Bear is amazing. He is beautiful and has saved Olive’s life. He deserves a medal.”