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I'm not to sure I actually want to post this, but am sure I need to at least write it up.

Last night was a very scary night for us.

I took the dogs outside about 9:30 for their evening P&P mission. They both did their business and I brought them back into the house where they proceeded to do the bitey face play. Lynda was in her recliner watching TV.

I had to use the restroom myself so away I went. A moment or two later I hear Lynda screaming from the family room. "Jim hurry. He's stuck. He's crying. Oh hurry he's crying". As quickly as was possible I made my way back to the family room and saw Lynda still in her recliner, but with a panicked look on her face. "Snoopy's stuck under my recliner".

So, down I go to have a look. Sure enough Snoopy had his head wedged between the two sliders that support the chair as it moves forward and backward. Wedged at such an angle I couldn't get him free. He was whimpering, and his muzzle was slick with panicked saliva. I tried my darndest to get him free, but there was no way. I could feel him failing. Finally he went limp.

"He's dead" I said. "He's not moving"

Luckily when he passed out he went limp enough that I was able to slide him backwards and out from between the rails.

His eyes were open and clear, but clearly he was in severe stress. I thought for sure he was dead. So, I gave him some mouth to nose and some CPR and he roused.

It took a minute or two before he was able to stand. He wagged his tail a bit. Lynda was beside herself -- she had moved all of the furniture around the recliner (coffee table, end table and their ex-pen) by herself so that I'd have room to move. "Here's his blanket - take him to the emergency room vet now!" So I wrapped him up and drove the 5 miles to the emergency room. The drive down was uneventful. He was very quiet, and I spoke softly to him. The emergency vet wasn't busy and took him in right away. A few minutes later the vet came out holding him and said that he was going to be just fine and that all of his vital signs were normal, and that there was no trauma to his neck or trachea.

As relief flooded through me I realized just how lucky Snoopy had been, and how dangerous some things can be for these little guys.

I got home about an hour after I'd left and of course Lynda was in tears vowing to through the recliners out and put a couch in instead. We'll see. I don't think that the snoop dog will have any desire to go exploring under them again....

This morning he's behaving as if nothing happened.


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Oh my GOSH!!! Major hugs for everyone!

I am so glad it was a happy ending. Hugs again.


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What a heart stopping story, I'm glad Snoopy is ok.

It's a good thing you were able to stay calm enough to do what needed to be done. I often wonder if I would panic in an emergency situation, I hope not. Have you taken pet CPR training or did you just know what to do?

I bet Snoopy is staying far away from that recliner today.

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Oh my GOSH, how scary!!! Good for you giving mouth to nose and for staying calm enough to know to do that!
I am so thankfull he is okay and i bet he'll think twice before going near that recliner again!!!
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OMG! That's enough to scare the liver out of you. I'm so glad everything turned out ok.

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Oh Jim, you had me gasping in fear, dreading the possible outcome of your story. Thank God he made it through that horrible ordeal. His angels were working overtime on that one. I imagine you and Lynda will take longer to get over it.

This should be a sticky thread and a warning for other owners of the possible hazards around our homes with a puppy. Sending you and Lynda cyber hugs. I can't even imagine your panic.

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Oh my gosh!!!! *I* panicked, and I wasn't even there!!! I am SOOOO glad to hear everyone is going to be OK!

Wow, that is extremely scary. I can't even begin to imagine the things a tiny little pup could get into around my house. I haven't had one in so long - all of my creatures are rescues who were full grown (or near it) when they came to live with me.

Thank you for sharing your story.

Do you know much about dog CPR? Did you know how to do mouth-to-nose, or did you just wing it? I'm wondering if there is some sort of dog CPR class or information or something...
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Oh gosh---that must have been an awful ordeal to go through. Sending hugs to you all!

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Oh Jim - I'm so sorry this happened to you and Lynda and the pups - so very scary and so relieved all is ok - I must say you are one good doggie daddy - you describe the situation with such calm and empathy - these dogs are lucky to have you.

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Thanks all for the warm replies.

To answer your questions about the CPR -> As a motorcycle rider I believe in being very defensive, and in that vein I'm a firm believer in knowing CPR and first aid should I come across a fellow rider that is down (anyone for that matter). The CPR classes I take stress the importance of how to administer CPR to a baby vs a full grown adult.

Snoopy is 6 1/2 pounds - and smaller than a baby so he got little breaths and some regular chest massages.


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