PROFOUNDLY deaf Trevor Larke did not think a hearing dog would make much difference to a life he had almost given up on.

That was until the former Greene King brewery worker and his wife Jean were introduced to Megan – a specially trained terrier cross who has utterly transformed their existence and on one occasion even saved 61-year-old Mr Larke’s life.

Now, six-year-old Megan has been recognised for how she has changed her owner’s life as one of 25 dogs across the country nominated for the Heroic Hound competition run by Hearing Dogs for the Deaf charity to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Mrs Larke, of Gloucester Road, Bury St Edmunds, said: “We have had to eat our words many times since we got Megan. We didn’t think it would make much difference, but she has transformed Trevor’s life and given him a reason to live.”

She said she and her husband were delighted with Megan’s latest accolade: “We were sent a letter just before Easter saying she had been nominated – we were so pleased and proud – Trevor was chuffed when he found out.

“I said it was an honour to be nominated and it would mean even more if we won but if we don’t Megan will still be our hero.

“Trevor had to retire early due to bad health and he gave up on life. He just wanted to sit down and give up – he was ready to die. But then when we got Megan he had to take her out, she gave him more confidence and made him more independent.”

After 18 months, Mr Larke, who was born profoundly deaf, decided to go out shopping on his own for the first time in five years and Megan showed just how special she was by saving him from a potentially serious accident.

Mrs Larke said: “He was on his mobility scooter with Megan, and an ambulance was heading to town where someone had collapsed.

“Trevor couldn’t see the lights as it was behind him. Megan touched his leg and got off the scooter alerting Trevor to danger – he then saw the ambulance and got out of the way. She saved his life.”

Megan also sat with Mr Larke while he had an epileptic fit when they were out – and now alerts Mrs Larke when he has a fit.

In 2004, Megan helped her home town win the Hearing Dog Friendly Town competition. People in the town were not aware of hearing dogs before Megan and now she and her owners are welcomed wherever they go.

Mrs Larke said: “The bond between Trevor and Megan is amazing, they go everywhere together. If Trevor goes out without her for even a minute she is jumping up and down. She is wonderful and has done so much for Trevor.”