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The donation is part of "Project Breathe™" by Invisible Fence® Brand which aims to equip every fire station in Canada, the United States and the U.K with pet oxygen masks.
Dog resuscitated after blaze
Tiny was breathing a little easier Friday. If it weren't for Central York firefighters, the small shih tzu wouldn't be breathing at all. The five-year-old dog was pulled out of a smoke-filled bedroom on the second floor of a Bray Circle townhouse, in the Leslie St. and Davis Dr. area of Newmarket by a nieghbour.
TORONTO - Tiny was breathing a little easier Friday.
If it weren't for Central York firefighters, the small shih tzu wouldn't be breathing at all.
The five-year-old dog was pulled out of a smoke-filled bedroom on the second floor of a Bray Circle townhouse, in the Leslie St. and Davis Dr. area of Newmarket by a nieghbour.
The residents of the townhouse weren't home at the time the fire, believed to have started accidentally in the bedroom.
Platoon Chief Brian Patrick, who happens to be a dog lover, said while firefighters receive no training for reviving animals, he realized the dog wouldn't survive unless it was resuscitated.
"The dog's pulse and the dog's respiration rates were not adequate to sustain life," Patrick said.
While his crew of firefighters doused the fire, Patrick massaged Tiny's chest while administering oxygen using a specialized mask designed specifically for canines.
About 35 devices were donated to GTA fire services including Toronto and Vaughan by Jeff Moynihan, who operates Invisible Fence in the region.
Patrick said the masks are now on five trucks and sixth is to be added later this year.
The masks are adaptable for the various snouts of different dog breeds and for cats because the mask for a human wouldn't seal properly around the face of an animal, he said.
"This mask is like a long wide tube with a rubber gasket on the bottom side," Patrick explained. "We slip that over the snout and that rubber seal collapses gently over their snout forming a relatively air-tight seal."
He said the neighbour had put a sweater on Tiny and was petting him but the animal was unresponsive when Patrick turned his attention to it.
Within 90 seconds Tiny responded to the treatment and his pulse improved.
"It's instinctive for me, because I own four, all small little dogs like the shih tzu," Patrick said. "What made the difference was that canine mask."
The 33-year veteran saw Tiny later at a veterinarian clinic.
"When I walked around in front of the cage, I just looked at him with a smile, and it could have been just me seeing things that really weren't there, but I swear his eyes opened another centimetre, just a 'Oh, it's you,'" Patrick said. "It was wonderful feeling."