Dog Honoured for Saving Owner's Life: Australia from C2NN, posted by Maria . Teka, a 3-year-old cattle dog, is credited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) with helping save the life of owner Jim Touzeau after he collapsed two years ago. “My heart had definitely stopped,” the 71-year-old widower said at the Maryborough, Queensland, awards ceremony. “I don't know if she actually kick-started my heart, but the doctors said that if I hadn't come to and called for help the chances are I would be dead.” Doctors said the Teka treatment was enough to give Touzeau enough consciousness to phone for help.
“She was really thumping on my chest with her two front feet,” he said. “She must have been thinking 'I'd better wake this fellow up or I won't get any dinner.'”
The canny canine's ministrations didn't stop there: Teka raced out on to the street and barked and jumped up and down to attract the attention of passers-by.
Touzeau told the Brisbane Times that the pair were fast friends. “I got Teka three years ago and she's a terrific companion. She just never leaves my side. Because it's just the two of us, I rely on her and she relies on me,” the self-employed glass blower said.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said Teka was now in the running for a Purple Cross, a national award for animals that have shown outstanding service to humans. “She is yet another example that animals have a sixth sense that we'll probably never understand but can certainly be grateful for,” Beatty said. http://www.care2.com/news/member/951765832/1289485
By all accounts the baby kangaroo should have not survived the road accident that claimed its mother...but then along came Rex the wonder dog. The pointer discovered the baby 'roo alive in the mother's pouch and took it back to his owner, Ms Allen.
The Kangaroo mother was killed by a car near Leonie Allan’s home in Torquay, Victoria, Australia.
I’d taken Rex for a walk and we’d gone past the dead kangaroo that morning, and later I was working out the front and he started pointing. I was worried he’d found a snake and called him back, but when he returned he dropped the joey at my feet. He obviously sensed the baby roo was still alive in the pouch and somehow had gently grabbed it by the neck, gently retrieved it and brought it to me.
The joey, to be named Rex Jr after his rescuer, is now being cared for at Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary and when he is 18 months old will be released back into the wild. Director Tehree Gordon said she was amazed by the trusting bond between the two animals.
We often have humans that come in after accidentally hurting joeys when they wriggle and fall from their hands. That Rex was so careful and knew to bring the baby to his owners, and that the joey was so relaxed and didn’t see Rex as a predator, is quite remarkable. It’s a lesson that dogs can be raised to be familiar and compatible with wildlife, you just have to teach them right from wrong. It’s a credit to the owners, who have taught him to be tolerant of the kangaroos, echidnas and other animals that regularly come through their property.
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