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Dog Performs Heimlich Manoeuvre, Licks Face

America’s “miracle dog” is praised by the owner whom he saved:

“A dog owner in the US state of Maryland says her golden retriever Toby saved her from choking to death by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre. Debbie Parkhurst, 45, said she was eating an apple at home last Friday when a piece became lodged in her throat and she began to choke.

Ms Parkhurst said she pounded on her own chest but could not move the piece. Toby joined in, jumping on her chest and dislodging the apple, then licking her face so she would not pass out…

According to Ms Parkhurst, “The next thing I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s got his front paws on my shoulders… He pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest. I literally have paw print-shaped bruises on my chest. I’m still a little hoarse, but otherwise I’m OK… They say dogs leave a paw print on your heart. He left a paw print on my heart, that’s for sure. The doctor said I probably wouldn’t be here without Toby. I keep looking at him and saying, ‘You’re amazing’.”

Ms Parkhurst and Toby have now been asked on to numerous US chat shows.

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