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thanks Kathie and Sheri , here is todays article that apppeared in the newspaper ....
September 28, 2009
WATERLOO – A dog that saved its owner's life by waking him up as he suffered a heart attack has been nominated for an award.
If all goes well, Faith could be crowned canine of the year by the International Positive Dog Training Association.
The two-year-old American bulldog became a hero after saving her owner's life last month. It happened just after Lyall Pyke went to bed with his CPAP mask over his mouth. Pyke suffers from sleep apnea and the mask helps him breath properly at night.
As he slept, he began suffering a minor heart attack. He didn't know what was going on but somehow, Faith did. She ripped off the CPAP mask and rolled Pyke off the bed. He woke up and realized his heart was racing and he was having trouble breathing.
Had he not woke up, Pyke likely would have died.
After reading about Faith's actions, Norma Jeanne Laurette nominated the dog for the award. Laurette is the founder and chair of the association that recognizes humans and their animals.
"When dogs do something amazing it's because they have amazing owners," she said.
"There is a level of communication that animals have that people seem oblivious too."
The fact that Faith went out of her way to save Pyke's life means "they built a strong bond really quickly," Laurette said.
There are six other dogs nominated in the same category. Winners will be announced at a banquet in Cambridge in May
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild