Believe it or not my dad gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dog… and it actually worked. Here’s the amazing true story:
It was another scorcher in the Hill Country of Texas and my dad was taking his step dad’s dog on a short run. My dad felt the dog needed additional exercise because of his excessive weight and poor eating habits he developed over the years. His plan was to shape him up in a span of 4 days. It didn’t quite work.
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Bo, the dog was a squatty Springer Spaniel about 7 years old and lazy. He hated walking and his favorite snack was a burger off the happy meal. He did whatever he could to avoid outside activity so the rigorous jogging was not something he favored.
After the tiring run with my dad, Bo was hot, dead tired and ready for a cool bowl of water and a tasty treat. The two came across a beautiful creek. Bo did would any dog would do and jumped head first into the body of water. The only problem was — Bo didn’t know how to swim. Bo was floundering and sinking and barking for help. Bythe time my dad realized, Bo had sucked in enough water to sink a canoe. Bo needed help — and fast.
My dad went to work. He jumped in, pulled Bo out of the creek and did what any dog lover would do. He began CPR. My dad wasn’t going to let Bo die that easily. He blew hot air into his slobbery mouth over and over until suddenly, Bo spit up the water and came back to life!
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It was a miracle. Bo and my dad walked slowly back home. He was rewarded with hugs, kisses, and of course that tasty treat. He deserved it more than ever.
The moral of this story is don’t push a dog beyond their limits, make sure they can swim and learn CPR…because you never know who you’ll need to do it for.
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