This video is hard to watch, but it is also very moving & inspiring.
It is also a good reminder of the importance of knowing Pet CPR & First Aid. I myself am trained & certified in Pet First Aid & CPR through the Red Cross.
If anyone is interested in attending a Dog First Aid & CPR class, please let me know. I can lead a casual one, we can have a Vet demonstration, or I can set-up a group class that is more formal - led by a professional trainer of Pet First Aid & CPR.
Just post your responses here, to let me know your thoughts.
Hug your Doggies,
A man breathed life back into a seemingly dead dog, and it was all captured on video.
Ron Pace, owner of the Canyon Crest Training Center for dogs in Tacoma, Wash., didn't even hesitate when one of his K-9 students, Sugar, suddenly collapsed.
"I noticed right then he wasn't breathing," Pace told KING 5 News in Seattle.
The facility began recording the incident to give to the pooch's veterinarian, and the video was posted on YouTube.
The dog trainer quickly begins chest compressions on the 4-year-old Boxer, the nearly eight-minute-long video shows, while Sugar's owner, Tiffany Kauth, cries hysterically off-camera.
"I was absolutely certain that I was losing my dog," she told KING 5 News.
Ron Pace breathed into the K-9's nose, then use chest compressions to resuscitate the animal.
Pace admitted he did not know how to perform CPR on a dog. The video shows him pushing down on the animal's chest several times before adjusting its tongue, holding its mouth shut and breathing once into its nose.
"It may have not been the correct way to do it and the way that they teach," Pace said. " it's the outcome that's what was important."
After a few more chest compressions and almost two minutes of not breathing, Sugar's chest can be seen rising and falling again in the video. A few minutes later, with his owner beside him, the dog stands, clearly frightened after his ordeal.
"He's amazing," Kauth said of Pace, who has been training dogs since 1976.
A veterinarian later determined Sugar suffers a heart condition [Cardiomyopathy] and must refrain from strenuous activity.
By Michael Sheridan (DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER) - Wednesday, March 9th 2011, 8:40 AM
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*** Side note: Ron Pace believes it's not just a coincidence that this dog's name happened to be SUGAR and his life was saved. Ron has dedicated himself to training diabetic alert dogs to alert their owners to dangerous blood SUGAR levels. If you are touched by this story and want to help save a human life by providing them with a trained diabetic alert dog, you can donate to http://www.dogsforcur... a non-profit organization set up to do just that.