The Royal Family have sent their congratulations to Max, a springer spaniel from the north of England, who’s been awarded a British pet charity’s top honor.
The 13-year-old spaniel, known as Max the Miracle Dog, has been awarded the PDSA Order of Merit for providing comfort and support to thousands of people worldwide.
Max is the first pet to receive the medal as all previous recipients have been police and search and rescue animals.
The award is considered to be the animal equivalent of the human OBE award, and according to PDSA, it “recognizes animals that display outstanding devotion to their owner or wider society, above and beyond companionship.”
The human OBE (Order of the British Empire) is awarded by the Queen and mostly rewards service to society through the arts, science, and charitable acts.
This morning, the Royal Family tweeted their congratulations to Max and thanked him for his “unwavering service to society as a virtual therapy dog.”