Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Apropos of nothing...

Owner says her golden retriever saved her with the Heimlich maneuver
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Canadian Press

CALVERT, Md. (AP) - Toby, a 2-year-old golden retriever, saw his owner choking on a piece of fruit and began jumping up and down on the woman's chest. The dog's owner believes the dog was trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver and saved her life.
Ohhhh... kayyy...

Although the last time I checked, the Heimlich Maneuver didn't involve anybody jumping on anybody's chest...

This story reminds me of the time my Mom was having lunch in the living room, watching a noontime chat show story about a man whose dog ran to get help when the man had a heart attack, saving his life.

My mother (who is just as weird as the rest of the family) wondered whether our dog, Buster, would be smart enough to do that. So she set her pizza down on the coffee table, clutched her chest, made gagging, choking sounds, and slid off the sofa to the floor, feigning unconsciousness.

Buster walked up to her, sniffed her, took her pizza from the coffee table, and walked away.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ronnie,

Your mother probably didn't realize Buster wasn't fooled by a "Fake" heart attack and obviously the Pizza was more interesting than her antics to an intelligent pooch.

BTW I got your message on my Yahoo page, (thanks for visiting) but your profile does not accept mail so I can't answer your questions there, so here will have to do.

Yes Dr. Bance was my surgeon - a truly amazing an wonderful guy.

My results with my Implant have been excellent, I would say from reading your blog our experiences have been very similar.

If you want to swap CI War Stories feel free to eMail me directly - I love to chat with other CIer's. I have met so many great folks who share our miracle, online and in person, I bet we even have some CI friends in common. my eMail is

Take Care
Mike "Ears Hopin" P

11:09 p.m.  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

ronnie, no wonder you're full of beans. your ma sounds like she's a stitch (as we say down here)! i wondered about this story, too, but i can see how the dog might knock a little piece of apple loose by jumping up on his/her owner. we got a dog like that here. great big dopey ex-puppy named squeak. he's 85 pounds now at 14 months, and he could knock most anything out of yer windpipe.

4:33 p.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Hey, Mike "Ear's Hopin'" :)

I didn't realize my Yahoo profile doesn't accept email. I gotta see if I can change that. More later, but thanks for replying!

6:08 p.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

I don't know about the Heimlich, but I saw something a while ago about a dog who could sense his owner's impending heart attack. Hang on a sec' while I Google...

... Yep. here it is!

11:17 p.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Sherwood, that story really, truly lifted my mood at the end of the toughest day of our year. Thank you!


4:27 p.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

The truly cool thing is that Dakota needn't wind up being a one-time freak: that the sensing of a sudden increase in a certain enzyme level could be a trainable skill for smart dogs, just as so many others are.

Happy to help, ronnie! "Non-Governmental Organisations" sound a lot like "Non-Profits" here in the fifty. I have some experience with those, and the horrid times around their deadlines.

But I don't have any experience with going to Q*bert.

Islands are *great* -- but I don't know about the one you're going to. Please stay away from the far Eastern end, 'k?

And tell Mojo that the Freighter thinks he's doin' right.

6:49 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Dogs are amazing. They can sense oncoming seizures, can detect cancers, have been used in cases to "unlock" people who have conditions who get "locked" and can't move. Dogs have even been able to sense when a person with a split personality changes personalities! As for the doggy hero, I think he probably thought that as she was trying the manoever, "Mommy's playing!" and jumped in to help. No matter...he still saved a life. ^_^

6:11 p.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

True, Sis. I remember being floored when I read that dogs could sniff out cancer. Between that, their work as service dogs, rescue dogs, sled dogs, police dogs, trackers, drug detectors, explosives detectors, and more, as well as pleasant companion animals, dogs may possibly be the perfect animal.

Oh. Veronica says no. And slapped me. Never mind.


7:32 p.m.  

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