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Chocolate Lab gets second chance at life from CPR

A chocolate Labrador retriever from Florida was saved after a woman performed CPR on it last weekend, the Examiner reports.

While out boating on a sandbar over Labor Day weekend, the dog's owner spotted it floating lifelessly in the water. While he and a friend pulled the dog out of the water and onto the boat, the dog was not breathing and its tongue, white in color, was hanging out of its mouth.

A woman from Boca Raton who had just received her CPR certification performed the procedure on the dog, which began gasping for air after 20 to 30 minutes. The news source reports that the dog was not breathing for about 25 minutes before coming back to life. It soon stood up and later ate a hot dog, returning to its normal self.

The woman was not trained in animal rescue - she said that she had no idea that her training would be used to save a dog. "There certainly weren't any "dog dummies" in my CPR class," she told the news source.

According to the American Red Cross, keeping lifesaving skills like CPR up to date with refresher courses can be helpful in emergency situations with children and animals.  
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