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Sheltie survives, but a Wii bit sore

A five-month-old miniature Sheltie got a little too close to the action when his owners were playing Nintendo Wii bowling and was knocked out by a blow to the head from a handheld remote.

The owner of Ozzy, in Marquette, Michigan, initially thought she had killed the dog.

“We had just got the Wii for Christmas,” explained owner Kathy White, “so we were trying it out, and that’s when Alexis and I were bowling and Ozzy was standing by me and he jumped up and I hit him in the temple …”

White says Ozzy wasn’t moving or breathing, so she called a neighbor for help. The neighbor checked the dog’s pulse, sensed that it had stopped and blew into the dog’s nose. On the fourth or fifth breath Ozzy coughed and woke up.

The dog suffered brain swelling and was in cardiac arrest when he arrived at the vet, but is now almost back to normal, his family told WBBH-TV.

Ozzy is no longer allowed in the room when the family plays the game.


Comment from Marie
Time January 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I am sad to say this has also happened at my house. The dogs get excited by the swinging arms that happen when bowling. Luckily, no one has gotten hurt. I can’t see “bowling” hard enough to knock out a dog – that is a serious bowler. If they dropped the remote at that speed, they would probably destroy their tv.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time January 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm

It brings up an interesting question, though, Marie. How do you actually do CPR on a dog? CPR classes provide instructions for CPR on human babies and children, so I expect it must be somehow similar. The news often features items on some heroic fireman giving mouth-to-snout resuscitation to a family pet. How do they know what to do? I’m imagining a closed mouth with shallow breaths through the dog’s nose, but I don’t have a clue. We don’t have a wii, and the Beagle has a thick skull, so I suspect chances of this happening at our house are wii-mote.

Comment from Marie
Time January 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I am not sure how to do CPR on a dog- I have breathed into a little (almost new born) kitten’s nose once to help revive it and the kitten didn’t die, so maybe it doesn’t involve chest compressions. My hounds are equally thick skulled, so I hope I would never have to wii-vive them.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time January 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I know that some wonderful benefactor gave one of our nearby fire departments a bunch of special breathing masks to be used on pets as needed; they’re just like the human masks only smaller and presumably with more room for the nose. You may be right about the compressions. I don’t know where their diaphragms are located, and pressure on their chests seems like a bad idea somehow. I guess if I’m ever faced with an emergency, I’ll try mouth to snout and experiment with the force of the breaths. I don’t want to ever have to wii-vive Spencer, either.

Comment from Marie
Time January 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

It is great the local fire departments are starting to really keep an eye on pets. I would be terrified if my dogs wii-suscitation was in my hands.


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time January 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I’m with you! I would wii-gard it as a very serious matter!