Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Anthropomorphizing a jumping dog's actions

I seriously doubt this dog knew what he was doing.

CALVERT, Md. - Toby, a 2-year-old golden retriever, saw his owner choking on a piece of fruit and began jumping up and down on the woman's chest. The dog's owner believes the dog was trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver and saved her life.

Debbie Parkhurst, 45, of Calvert told the Cecil Whig she was eating an apple at her home Friday when a piece lodged in her throat. She attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver on herself but it didn't work. After she began beating on her chest, she said Toby noticed and got involved.

Sometimes, dogs' actions just don't make sense, and we shouldn't attribute human motivations to them. After all, a lot of dogs will eat poop, given the chance.

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