Hugo’s Hero is a special award which was launched by Westport Veterinary Clinic at the start of 2022. An annual award created in memory of Hugo the Labrador who was the first Local Canine Hero Award winner of Westport Vets Local Hero Awards back in March 2021.
Hugo was recognised for helping to save the life of his owner Brian Watson. Hugo’s sheer love and devotion for Brian meant he never left his side when Brian fell face down into freezing canal water. His presence and devotion to continue to stay by his owners side at the scene, alerted local man Gregor Angus and his 5 year old son Lucas, to look for Brian. After seeing Brian face down lying in the water, Gregor shouted for help and with the help of other passing residents they were able to pull Brian from the water. An action which saved Brian’s life and one which only occurred all thanks to Hugo for being such a loyal dog.
In November 2021, Hugo then went on to win the Dog Aid Society of Scotland Bravery Award for his actions. However, shortly after the bravery award win was announced, Hugo sadly passed away.