Here’s a story from AP that was recently published in newspapers around the country:
OMAHA, Neb. — Lucy was drowning and turning blue, so Randy Gurchin recalled his Air Force training on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It didn’t matter that Lucy is a 10-month-old English bulldog, because he and Lucy are “best buddies.”
“Once you get a pet, it’s truly part of your family,” he said. “You just tend to do whatever it takes to save their life.”
Lucy had jumped into a partly frozen lake in pursuit of ducks and geese, but the water was too cold for her. When Gurchin edged onto the ice and pulled Lucy out of the water, she was unresponsive and her face and paws were blue.
He closed her mouth, put his mouth over her nose, breathed air into her lungs and pushed on her chest, and after about a minute she began shallow breaths. He drove her to a veterinary clinic, where she was immersed in warm water, given injections and placed in an oxygen tent. By Friday, a week after her ordeal, Lucy was back to normal, said Gurchin, a pilot who retired from the Air Force two years ago.
It’s amazing what we dog parents will do for our beloved friends. I’m sure that most of the dog people I know would not hesitate to give their dogs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a life-or-death situation.
Society in general is catching on that dogs are part of the family nowadays. They don’t just live in the back yard like they used to (although sadly, some still do). They sleep in our beds, go with us on errands and sometimes to work, they go on vacation with us and sometimes and they help us get over bad relationships.
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The results so far have been very telling. It seems that half of us would give up 10% of our salary if we could take our dogs to work with us. 70% of us think that people who own dogs (or want to) are generally better people than those who don’t. And nine out of ten of us select a home based in large part on our dogs’ needs.
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