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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 02:57 PM
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42. My Boxer breathing
He'd choked on a piece of pizza crust that my son had given him. He came into my room and I could see he was in severe distress - his mouth was open but he couldn't catch a breath.

I did a couple of doggie Heimlichs but they didn't help so I tried to reach into his throat to dislodge the pizza crust. My three kids were freaking out and the dog was shaking his head so I couldn't get anywhere.

I picked him up and ran outside where I continued to work on him. I could feel him weakening in my arms, the life was just flowing out of him. I was yelling, "Jake! Jake! Don't you dare die on me!" while I tried everything I could think of.

Finally, as he sank to the ground, he lost the ability to fight against me and I reached far down his throat and heard the most beautiful sound EVER - a gasp.

It took him nearly fifteen minutes to get back to his feet after that initial breath but he was fine and suffered no ill effects. He lived for another 7 or 8 years.

I'll never forget that - I don't think I could have felt worse if it was one of my children dying in my arms...
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