A woman was saved after her dog performed a ‘Heimlich-like manoeuvre’ and jumped on her chest to stop her choking on a BISCUIT.
Jenny Deakin stopped breathing and her lips turned blue when she took a bite of a tasty Rich Tea biscuit and it got lodged in her throat.
But her quick-thinking dog Lily-Rose leapt into action and jumped up and down on the 30-year-old’s chest and stomach until the deadly crumbs were dislodged.
Jenny was watching television late one night with her little dog Lily-Rose when she had a brush with death – before the plucky little pooch performed a Heimlich-like maneuver.
She said: “The food got lodged in my throat – I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t make myself cough again to dislodge it.
“I was so scared and terrified that I wouldn’t be able to get any help in time – and I can remember thinking that I needed to get to the phone.”
Now Jenny, who works at a library near her home in Chiswick, west London, says she owes her life to little Lily, a Spaniel-type Papillon-cross.
The terrified dog lover said she can’t remember standing up, but somehow ended up collapsing onto the floor where she rolled on to her back.
“The next thing I knew she jumped straight at me landing just above my stomach – luckily the force of her jump caused me to cough and the food was dislodged.”
In shock, Jenny went to the bathroom as she felt sick – and when she saw her reflection in the mirror her lips were blue and her skin had turned a ghostly grey.
She said: “As soon as I saw my reflection I knew I had come so close to being lost.”
Jenny credits Lily entirely with saving her life, and acknowledges that it is physically impossible for a dog to replicate the Heimlich maneuver exactly.
She said: “I don’t know whether she did it consciously or if she was just trying to get close to me.
“Either way she did save me and I owe her so much.”
The doting owner has owned 5-year-old Lily since she was just a 4-month-old puppy.
Jenny and her mum re-homed her from a previous owner that was unable to cope with a puppy.
It was love at first sight between the library worker and her little papillon cross – who helped her find self-confidence.
The little dog has won numerous awards in the past, including being named Canine World’s Wonderdog.
Now she has been nominated for Cruft’s Friends for Life competition – which could see the pair attending the prestigious event if judges grant them a place in the final.
Jenny says that saving her from choking is only one of the ways the clever dog has saved her on that fateful day, last January.
Before Lily came into her life she was alone and isolated – she had been bullied all through school and didn’t have many friends.
Jenny found every day a struggle – and said she was just going through life on autopilot.
She said: “I got up, went to work, came home and took care of my mum. I found no joy in anything.
“It tore me apart that I couldn’t be the happy person that I had been throughout my childhood.”
But when Lily came into her life she started to find her spark again – and hasn’t looked back since.
Jenny said: “It turned out she was afraid of humans, had food aggression and had to be treated for kennel cough.
“She needed to feel loved and I needed someone to love. We were a perfect match.”
Lily forced her to go out and socialise – and Jenny made lots of new friends at Lily’s puppy training class.
The pair also started doing dog shows together and in 2014 the clever pooch won a place on TV show Superstar Dogs – a talent show for canine companions.
Now, as well as her Crufts ‘Friends for Life’ nomination, the life-saving little dog has also been shortlisted for Dog Monthly’s Highlife Best Friends Trophy.
In recognition of her life saving actions stopping Jenny from choking she is one of just 12 dogs in the running for the competition.