Hero Pets

November 5, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 434 comments
Tags: hero, dog, cat, award, aspca

A dog and a cat were awarded yesterday by the ASPCA for their heroism.

Toby, a two year-old golden retriever, performed the Heimlich maneuver on his owner, Debbie Parkhurst. The Maryland native said she was choking on a apple when Toby knocked her to the ground and repeatedly jumped on her chest – until the apple popped out.

The Fourteen year-old cat named Winnie was awarded for saving her family from certain death when carbon monoxide filled their home.

As the Keesling family slept, a water pump in the basement malfunctioned, spreading the deadly gas. – Winnie nuzzled Cathy Keesling's ear and whined until the Indiana woman awoke – by that time both her husband and son were unconscious.

Both Toby and Winnie were rescues themselves. Toby was found in a dumpster when he was four weeks-old. Winnie was found under a barn at a week old.

The ceremony luncheon was held at The Rainbow Room inside Rockefellar Center in NYC.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

What an amazing story!

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Melanie
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Melanie
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How interesting!

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