Hadleigh Hero to receive royal reception against Reading on Saturday
This weekend’s Community Champion will be a first at Portman Road as Bowza the dog will be leading the teams out ahead of Town’s clash against Reading.
Bowza, known as the ‘Hadleigh Hero’, is a seven-year-old Labrador and Rottweiler-Husky cross who rose to fame after he saved an elderly woman’s life by keeping her warm while she waited for an ambulance.
He was on a walk with his owner, Don Cox, when the pair stumbled across a lady lying in the middle of a cold and wet road.
Don went to see how he could help, and subsequently discovered that the 79-year-old had a nasty head injury and had scraped her hand. She was unable to get up and required medical attention.
A local phoned for an ambulance but was told there would be a significant wait, and with every minute that went by the chances of hyperthermia were increasing.
Thankfully Bowza stepped in to save the day. He laid down next to the woman for two and a half hours and provided her with vital body heat until the emergency services arrived.
He has since received many accolades for his heroic act including a Commendation Award in recognition of his kindness from the PDSA, as well as appearing on Channel 5’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ where he proved a smash hit with Eamonn Holmes in particular.
Bowza was also at Playford Road earlier today where he received plenty of attention from Club staff and showed off his football skills with Paul Lambert and the players.
“Bowza’s story is truly phenomenal. It’s incredible what animals, and in particular dogs, can sometimes do,” Blues midfielder Cole Skuse told the Club website.
“Having met him today he’s a fantastic character and I can’t wait to see him back at Portman Road for his big day.”