Magic the Miniature Mare
By Katy Steinmetz Monday, Mar. 21, 2011
"Magic" is a well known certified therapy pony
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Sometimes heroism can come in the quieter, more unassuming guise of a miniature therapy horse (such as the one seen above). Magic, a blue-eyed mare, regularly visited patients who needed comfort, whether in group homes, hospitals or hospice-care facilities, but one particular interaction gained her recognition as AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in 2010. Magic went to visit a patient who had lived in an assisted-living facility and hadn’t spoken to anyone during her three years there. But the moment she laid eyes on Magic, she said, “Isn’t she beautiful?” Those first words caused the staff to break out in tears, and she continued to communicate from that point onward. The Florida program that brought the two together, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, continues to work its magic in the Sunshine State.
Golden Retriever Saves Choking owner
with the Heimlich Maneuver
“Toby” Golden Retriever
Debbie Parkhurst, age 45 was home alone when she choked on an apple. Parkhurst told reporters that she had tried to giving herself the Heimlich maneuver (unsuccessfully) by beating her chest. She began to lose consciousness when Debbie’s Golden Retriever Toby took action. Maybe Toby got the idea from seeing her beating on her own chest. Toby started to jump on Parkhurst as she lay on the floor helplessly about to pass out. Well the quick thinking canines instinctual response was right on the money because the apple managed to dislodge from Parkhurst’s windpipe.
“As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” said Parkhurst.
Hero Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig
"LuLu" Hero Pot-Bellied Saves Owner
A Pot Bellied pig is being hailed a hero after saving her owners life. Jo Ann Altsman suffered a heart attack while vacationing in the North Woods of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. Jo Ann was unconscious and in desperate need of medical attention. The only other soul with her was Jo Ann’s Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig LuLu. Realizing her friend needed help the quick thinking pig sprang into action. LuLu ran out of the house somehome getting the gate opened. She then ran into the street and laid down in front of traffic. Several cars just drove around her. Not willing to give up LuLu tried again laying down in the middle of the street and stopping traffic. Finally a man got out of his car to make sure LuLu was not hurt. LuLu got up as he approached her and started towards the house. The concerned citizen followed LuLu to her home finding Jo Ann Altsman unconscious and called 911.
Jo Ann has since recovered from her ordeal and credits her baby LuLu with saving her life.