A mushing mortician in his second Iditarod brought one of his dogs back to life after the 9-year-old husky collapsed on his way down a steep section of the Dalzell Gorge.
“Boom! Laid right down. It was like a guy my age having a heart attack,” Scott Janssen told the Anchorage Daily News.
“I know what death looks like, and he was gone. Nobody home,” said Janssen who owns a funeral home in Anchorage and bills himself as the “Mushing Mortician.”
Janssen said he rushed to the dog, named Marshall, and administered mouth-to-snout CPR, compressing the husky’s chest and breathing into his nose.
After about five minutes, Janssen said he talked to the dog: “I’m like c’mon dude, please come back.”
“And he did.”
Marshall collapsed late Monday night as the 51-year-old musher navigated a tricky section of trail that follows Rainy Pass as mushers exit the Alaska Range. Marshall, believed to be one of the oldest dogs in the Iditarod this year, has finished about five or six races, and this was to be his last.
Janssen carried Marshall in his sled until the Rohn checkpoint, where veterinarians examined him and administered an IV.
“He was fine this morning,” Janssen said. “He’s still at the checkpoint and they’re flying him back home today.”
Fatalities have been common during the Iditarod’s 40-year history, but no dogs have died in the past two years.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 8th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Houston firefighters rescued three dogs from a burning apartment complex, including one pup that was resuscitated by its owner with mouth-to-snout resuscitation.
Authorities say two puppies and their mother were saved.
The cause of the fire, which left several units damaged, is under investigation. All of the residents were able to get out safely.
Leo, a Jack Russell mix, is being hailed as a hero in Australia for refusing to leave the side of four kittens during a fire at the family home they shared in Melbourne.
The kittens and Leo were rescued by firefighters who revived him with oxygen and heart massage.
“Leo wouldn’t leave the kittens and it nearly cost him his life,” one firefighter said.
Back in April, the owners of Canine Fitness Center in Crownsville raised enough money to equip about half of Anne Arundel County’s 30 fire stations with oxygen masks for dogs.
Earlier this month, that effort paid off — or at least it did for Sadie, a six-pound toy fox terrier injured in a car crash.
Sadie was bleeding and apparently unconscious when rescuers from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department arrived. Rescuers managed to revive her with an adjustable oxygen mask designed to fit an animal’s snout. It was the first time the equipment was used to save the life of a pet, the fire department said.
“I think that them giving her oxygen as quickly as they did was the difference between life and death,” Beverly Sherman, 45, told the Baltimore Sun.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 19th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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