A hearing dog in Hayes was awarded an honorary plaque last week in recognition of her life-changing bond with owner Sarah.
Sarah Khanzadeh, 14, was born profoundly deaf due to the viral infection CMV.
Her cockapoo, Waffle, is one of the first animals to be honoured with a plaque in the new scheme by TrustedHousesitters, mimicking the blue plaques which can be seen at former homes of famous people.
Waffle was anonymously voted for after the pairâs nomination as one of five âFriends for Lifeâ Crufts Award finalists earlier this year.
HAPPY HOUND: Sarah’s a-paw-able pooch Waffle
Sarahâs mother, Sapedeh Mohammadi, 39, emphasised what a drastic difference Waffle has made.
Sarah used to struggle with sleeping and meeting new people, but all of this changed when she met her fluffy companion.
Â âSarah would not sleep in her bedroom at all. She was afraid of the dark, not hearing anything. She didnât feel safe at all,â said Ms Mohammadi.
âWaffle is Sarahâs ears.â
Waffle came from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a centre based in Buckinghamshire which is dedicated to training dogs to assist the hard of hearing.
It took Sarah a whole year from applying to finally being matched with Waffle, and they returned exactly two weeks before Christmas.
âSarah always says âThe best Christmas present I ever got is Waffle!ââ her mother said.
P-AWESOME PAIR: Sarah and her furry friend
One of Waffleâs most useful jobs is her role as Sarahâs alarm clock. Once the alarm sounds in the morning, she will jump onto Sarahâs bed to get her up.
She is also the messenger within the household as Sarah cannot hear her parents calling from downstairs.
Ms Mohammadi said: âWe have a little purse, we attach it to Waffleâs collar, any message we want we just write it and say âtake it to Sarahâ.â
Most importantly, Waffle can recognise a fire alarm. If the alarm goes off, Waffle will lay flat to indicate to Sarah that she is in danger.
Her mother also spoke of the incredible intuitiveness of Waffle to pick on Sarahâs emotions if she is feeling down.
She said: âWeâre amazed, weâre like âHow does she pick it up so quick?â I even as a mum struggle sometimes!â
She is astounded by the connection between the two, saying: âI never thought the transformation would be this amazing.â
Sarah hopes to one day become a vet, so she can share her love of helping animals.
Sarah and Waffleâs Crufts video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg4bR0qu_d4