Last Friday, 2-year-old golden retriever named Toby of Calvert, Maryland, saved his human, Debbie Parkhurst, by performing a canine style Heimlich maneuver.
Debbie was eating an apple and started to choke on a piece of it. She tried pounding her own chest to get it dislodged, but without success. She says Toby jumped up, put his front paws on her shoulders and pushed her to the ground. He then jumped up and down on her chest and stomach with his front paws until the piece of apple came out and Debbie could breathe again. He then licked her face which Debbie says kept her from passing out.
Debbie is recuperating and is still a little sore and hoarse. She has paw shaped bruises on her chest, but is happy to be alive - thanks to Toby.
An animal saving a human is not such an unusual event, but I thought this one was unique. Way to go Toby!