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Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby sox 06 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:47 pm

When Debbie Parkhurst choked on a piece of apple at her Maryland home, her dog jumped in, landing hard on her chest and forcing the morsel to pop out of her throat. When the Keesling family of Indiana was about to be overcome by carbon monoxide, their cat clawed at wife Cathy's hair until she woke up and called for help.

For their nick-of-time acts, Toby, a 2 1/2-year-old golden retriever, and Winnie, a gray-eyed American shorthair, were named Dog and Cat of the Year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Neither Parkhurst nor Keesling could explain their pets' timely heroics, though Parkhurst suggested her pooch's Heimlich maneuver might have been guided by divine intervention.

"That's what our veterinarian said," she said. "He wasn't making a joke; he's very spiritual, and now I have to agree with him."

Both pets were themselves rescued in infancy - Toby as a 4-week-old puppy tossed into a garbage bin to die, and Winnie as a week-old orphan hiding under a barn, so helpless that Keesling's husband, Eric, had to feed her milk with an eyedropper.

As the Keeslings recalled it, a gas-driven pump being used to remove flood waters from their basement in New Castle, Ind., last March malfunctioned, spreading carbon monoxide through the house. By the time Winnie moved into rescue mode, the couple's 14-year-old son, Michael, was already unconscious.

"Winnie jumped on the bed and was clawing at me, with a kind of angry meow," Cathy Keesling said. "When I woke up I felt like a T-bar had hit me across the head."

State police and sheriff's officers responding to her 911 call said the family was only minutes from death, judging by the amount of poisonous gas in the house.

Debbie Parkhurst's husband, Kevin, was at his job at a Wilmington, Del., chemical firm when she took a midday break from making jewelry and bit into an apple.

"Normally I peel them, but I read in Good Housekeeping magazine that the skin has all the nutrients, so I ate the skin, and that's what caused me to choke," she recalled.

"I couldn't breathe and I was in panic when Toby jumped on me. He never does that, but he did, and saved my life."
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:51 pm

I still hate cats.
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby treat24 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:57 pm

joelamosobadiah wrote:I still hate cats.


ditto... it being around halloween, i'm not entirely unconcvinced that Winnie wasn't a dog wearing a cat mask. cats are useless to me
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby dream_017 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:00 pm

Toby should've ate Winnie, then he would have the award all to himself and not have to share the limelight with that cat. I bet all his dog friends are making fun of him :-b
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby beanoX3 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:04 pm

I've got no problem with cats. I've had both as pets and cats were easier to take care of. Dogs are more fun to play with though.
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby m16a » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:05 pm

I still say cats rule and dogs drool.. Go cats!! but cool for both!

I'm not bein an idiot, i seriously love cats...
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby treat24 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:06 pm

dream_017 wrote:Toby should've ate Winnie, then he would have the award all to himself and not have to share the limelight with that cat. I bet all his dog friends are making fun of him :-b


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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby sox 06 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:17 pm

joelamosobadiah wrote:I still hate cats.

I've always hated cats, it looks like they're going to pounce on you at any moment :-o
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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby Tiki » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:35 pm

Man too many people are haters....Can't love both Cats and Dogs....It's always cats, too....No one actually hates dogs...I love 'em both. Learn to love not hate!

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Re: Dog and Cat of the Year

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:37 pm

m16a wrote:I still say cats rule and dogs drool.. Go cats!! but cool for both!

I'm not bein an idiot, i seriously love cats...


Sorry to disappoint you, but yeah.... that's being an idiot. ;-7 :-b
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