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Boxer brought back to life by trainer

A few minutes of doggie CPR brought some fame to a well-known Washington state dog trainer, some notoriety to the dog’s owner and — more important than either of those — new life for a 4-year-old boxer named Sugar.

Sugar and owner were attending an obedience lesson last weekend when the dog suffered a seizure and stopped breathing.

Ron Pace, 54, who owns Canyon Crest K9 Training Center in the Tacoma area, used a version of CPR to get Sugar breathing again — with everything after Sugar’s seizure being captured on videotape.

Sugar’s owner, Tiffany Kauth of Bremerton, has received numerous interview requests and some Internet fame, not all of it positive. Among those who have commented on the video on YouTube, many are critical of her crying during the traumatic experience.

Pace has been getting calls for interviews as well, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. “E-mails are coming in every five minutes, Facebook posts. It’s pretty amazing how quickly it can spread nowadays,” he said.

A dog trainer for 34 years, Pace helped launch the Tacoma Police K9 program. He also started a program that trains service dogs to assist people with diabetes.

In the video, Pace calmly checks the dog’s airway and continues doing chest compressions until Sugar finally moves.

Sugar was rushed to a veterinarian and has been diagnosed with a heart problem, for which he’s being treated, his owner said.


Comment from anon
Time March 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

Ron Pace was absolutely brilliant in both his resuscitation of Sugar and calming the owner. It is fortunate to have happened in the presence of Mr Pace

I wish Sugar a long life and hope that the owner learns cpr.

Comment from Kelly
Time March 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

I’m crying. To think that I may have been able to save Bob, had I even thought to try CPR! I feel sick.

Comment from Pat DeWald
Time March 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

Sugar’s guardian angel was surely there that day. Ron Pace showed his “metal” as a trainer in every aspect. A great example of why all pet owners should learn CPR. While some criticized the owner for her hysterics, I’m not so sure that most of us wouldn’t have been falling apart in kind had it been our dog.