Golden Retriever Toby Lifesaver — Update

Yesterday morning I put up a story about Golden Toby, the Heimlich boy lifesaver (Golden Retriever Toby saves owner’s life).

Of course, Gary, my pharmacist husband, laughed at when I tried to tell him about it. The story occurred in my home state of Maryland so I’ve had a chance to see Toby profiled on a few different channels. On one channel it spoke of the national interest in the story and requests for this special duo to appear on numerous talk shows. So, we will all have to stay tuned.

It was interesting to hear about Toby being rescued from a dumpster at 4 weeks of age and now being able to repay the kindness.

Now, since you did not get to see the local coverage of Toby, here is a link to a video broadcast.

WJZ Video of Toby’s story

Golden Retriever Toby saves owner’s life!

Wonder dog is all golden: Woman claims pet pooch gave her the Heimlich
By Scott Goss, Cecil Whig

A Calvert woman claims her 2-year-old golden retriever saved her life Friday by giving her the canine version of the Heimlich maneuver. “The doctor said I probably wouldn’t be here without Toby,” said Debbie Parkhurst, 45, a jewelry artist who lives near Rising Sun High School with her husband, Kevin, and their two dogs. “I keep looking at him and saying ‘You’re amazing.’”

Parkhurst said she was home alone with the dogs Friday afternoon when she decided to snack on an apple. Suddenly, she said, a chunk of the fruit became wedged in her windpipe. “It was lodged pretty tight because I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I tried to do the thing where you lean over a chair and give yourself the Heimlich, but it didn’t work.”

Parkhurst said she then began beating her chest, an action that might have attracted Toby’s attention. “The next think I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s got his front paws on my shoulders,” she recalled. “He pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest.”

Toby’s jumping apparently managed to dislodge the apple from Parkhurst’s windpipe. “As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” she said. A friend soon arrived and, after witnessing the canine rescue, drove Parkhurst to the doctor’s office.

“I, literally, have pawprint-shaped bruises on my chest,” Parkhurst said. “I’m still a little hoarse, but otherwise, I’m OK.”

There’s more . . . .