Max the dog awarded canine equivalent of an OBE after helping 'thousands of people across the globe
19th February 2021
A spaniel which provided virtual therapy to people across the world during the pandemic is being awarded the animal equivalent of an OBE.
Max, a 13-year-old English springer spaniel and social media star from the Lake District, will be awarded the Order of Merit by veterinary charity PDSA for his outstanding contribution to society at a virtual ceremony today.
PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said: "Max has provided a source of huge comfort - not only to his owner, but to thousands of people across the globe who are facing or have gone through hard times.
"He has become a true ambassador for the positive impact that animals have on mental health and wellbeing, which is more important now than ever. "
Max's owner, credits the dog with giving him a "reason to live" after a road traffic accident left him unable to walk and with severe depression.