Last week my husband and I nearly lost our beloved Rottweiler, Jaegar. Never think that you are exempt from a mishap simply because you are an animal expert or know all about dogs.
Every night after we eat dinner, my husband takes our two year old Rottweiler way out into the pasture to play ball. Jaegar is one of those ball crazy dogs. He LOVES to pick it up, drop it, toss it, but most of all…….catch it! On one of the throws it bounced as Jaegar ran to grab it mid-air. He immediately tried to gag and then he began flipping on the ground like a fish. Yes, it had gone down his throat and had cut off his air supply.
My husband had to drag him all the way up hill to the kennel screaming for me. When I ran out to see what was wrong, both of them collapsed on the ground, my husband due to physical and emotional exhaustion and Jaegar because he was near death. I could barely feel the edge of the ball down his throat but couldn’t get a hold of it. In a slow motion kind of way, I remember thinking I needed to jump on his chest when Daryl’s big hand went in for one last determined try to dislodge the ball.
We were all very fortunate. Jaegar could breathe again and after a while seemed to return to his normal self. It was a very close call. He had been without air for approximately three minutes and was blue. If there hadn’t been two of us on scene the outcome could have been very different.
Please! If your dog is a ball fanatic, make sure that it is large enough to have no chance of causing a choking disaster. Our dogs depend on us. Dogs that are obsessed with games and toys are driven and do not calculate danger. A few days later Jaegar ran to the pasture looking for his ball.
My personal positive take-away is being able to relay the story and try to prevent someone else’s dog from choking to death. Also, it makes me truly appreciate my dog and my dear husband!!