2007/03/29

Dog Performs Heimlich Maneuver

by Momo the Wonder Dog

Last Friday, 2-year-old golden retriever named Toby of Calvert, Maryland, saved his human, Debbie Parkhurst, by performing a canine style Heimlich maneuver.

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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!

8 comments:

YD said...

Dogs never fail to amaze me with the things that can do, and the "philosophies" they can come up with.

Good job, Toby!

Momo, nice signature you've got!

Hill said...

Wow! I need to read this post to my dog, G. When my hubby had 105 temp and passed out while standing over the toilet, G just licked his ass. She never did come get me. I found hubby 30 minutes later with a wet butt & a humongous egg on his forehead.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

YD - humans still haven't figured us out. We're smarter than you guys think in some ways, and more simple in others. We give what ever we can in return for your affection and care.

Glad you like my paw prints. Thanks.
:P

Hill - Well, I'm sure G was just trying to help but didn't know what to do. You have 3 doggies? Can they come over and play?

QUASAR9 said...

Well pandabonium, so much for an apple a day will keep the doctor away ...
a canine a day is the new medicine, stroking a dog has more therapeutic power than half the drugs or 'human' health care going around

Pandabonium said...

Quarsar9 - yep. pets help people live longer and happier lives even if they don't perform heroic acts. they offer unconditional love.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Quarsar9 - thanks. We've developed our relationship with you humans over several thousand years and it has worked out pretty well.

ladybug said...

That's an amazing dog for sure! We've got a "love-whore" cat, but I can't really say for sure what he'd do if one of us was in trouble.

Probably start purring and knead my chest hard (he likes to do w/with his claws and looks like he's been into the catnip when he does it).

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - Momo wouldn't be much help in this situation either, but our pets offer a lot to us every day.