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Kiss of life saves drowning puppy

Friday February 18th 2011

A Jack Russell puppy was given mouth-to-mouth by its owner after it fell into a garden pond and almost drowned.

Dog breeder John Greene spent 10 minutes trying to resuscitate eight-week-old Nutty through heart massage and the kiss of life.

The 42-year-old Irishman only became aware that puppy was in danger when he heard the chickens kept in his garden causing a commotion.

He said: "Nutty was out rambling around the garden. I'd gone upstairs in my house, looked out through the window and saw there was a disturbance.

"I could see the puppy sinking slowly to the bottom of the pond. The poor fella was exhausted, he must have been in the water for 15 to 20 minutes.

"I'd say with all the plunging and doing his damnedest to get out, with all the commotion the chickens knew there was something wrong.

"The little fella just couldn't climb out. He was sinking, motionless, not breathing and almost blue."

Mr Greene hurried outside his home in Greystones, Co Wicklow, dragged the animal from the water and, after feeling a very faint heartbeat, began massaging his heart and giving him mouth-to-mouth.

"I'd heard of horse whisperers but never dog breathers," he said.

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