Tragedy Averted…

December 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm 2 comments

Last night while washing the dished from dinner I heard a loud thud from the area where the dogs eat their dinner. I looked and did not see Cooper our 6 year old black male pug. I went into that room and saw him on his back with his paws in the air in obvious distress.

At first I thought he was having a seizure. Then I noticed he was not breathing and started to do the Heimlich maneuver on him. At Abi’s urging I then reached into his mouth and started pulling out dog food that was stuck in his throat.

He started breathing them on his own and seemed to be OK. What happened was we gave both dogs some left over rice from our dinner. I neglected to mix it in with his food so the sticky rice and dog food combined with the way that Cooper inhales his food anyway combined to occlude his airway.

Lucky for all of us that I knew enough human first aid that I could act quickly. Also lucky that we were there and heard him fall.

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  • 1. Jeff  |  December 31, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I hereby declare that in recognition of your efforts on December 30, 2008, I award you the Animal Lifesaving Award with all of the rights and privleges* that accompany such an award.

    *Honors and privleges that accompany this award are as follows.
    1.) You may choose to pay one month of my mortgage.
    2.) You may choose to wear womens clothes one day during the year without any comments from your family or friends. (Strangers may however continue making comments)
    3.) You may make a toast to yourself at the next wedding you attend.
    4.) You shall be eligible for one day of complete loafing around the house including sitting on the couch with your hand placed down the front of your pants “Al Bundy style”.
    5.) A hug from a stranger. (To redeem this privilege, just walk up to an unsuspecting person and give them a loving embrace. After they have fought you off, tell them your heroic story and go in for another hug.)

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  • 2. John  |  December 31, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I bet criching a pug is like tubing a Special Olympian… “Where’s the friggin neck for Christ’s sake?!”

    Reply

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