Life saving dog to get just award

IT may have taken two years but Teka, an Australian female cattle dog, will finally be presented with an RSPCA Qld Animal Achievement Award this week.

Back in June 2007, Jim Touzeau collapsed on the floor of his Tinana glass factory with what turned out to be a major heart attack. The loyal - and as it turned out - incredibly intuitive Teka, proceeded to jump up and down on his chest with all four paws and bark in his face. Mr Touzea came round and was able to call his son. In the meantime, Teka ran outside and jumped up and down to attract attention.

“I don't know if she actually kick started my heart,” said Mr Touzeau.

“But the doctors said that if I hadn't come to and called for help the chances are I would be dead. My heart had definitely stopped.”

Mr Touzeau received 40 stitches when he was cut by a plate of glass as he collapsed and had a defibrillator implant placed in his chest.

Two weeks ago, Irene Smith, a friend of Mr Touzeau's, rang RSPCA Qld's Media and Community Relations Manager Michael Beatty to tell him the story of Teka's extraordinary feat.

It was immediately decided that she be honoured with a special Animal Achievement Award.

Teka will also be nominated for the national award.

Gympie Times


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