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Monday, October 8, 2007

Man Bites (or at least gives chest compressions to) Dog

Even heartless cynics like us can't help be moved by a good dog rescue story.

During a visit to Lake Anne near Reston, Va., with his family, police officer Lance Hamilton administered mouth-to-snout resuscitation to his dog, Bailey, after the dog was injured near a dock. The dog was injured while in the water as he fetched a ball.
So, all those warnings about not drinking, wading, swimming, or even looking too closely at the algae-clogged water are true! But back to the canine drama unfolding as we speak:
Hamilton held the dog's mouth closed and breathed rescue breaths through the snout while uncle Greg Dunphy gave chest compressions, reviving Bailey after about a minute.
Of course, you realize the actions described in the above paragraph are illegal in 23 states. But that's not important right now! We need to get back to the Tale -- or is it the Tail? -- of Hope!
An electrical problem on the dock was found soon after and fixed before anyone else could be injured... Russell Porter, chairman of the Citizen's Advisory Committee, said Hamilton "indirectly saved humans and that's why we thought it'd be nice to give him an award from us."
We've said it before, we'll say it again: Everyone loves puppies.

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