Maybe we should stop calling them dogs and start calling them “saviors.” Dogs have been saving us since who knows when, and they don’t show any signs of stopping. Maybe for them it’s a fun game? Who knows? What we surely know, however, is that dogs will always be there for us humans no matter what.
We’ve domesticated and bred them for companionship and to help us with our work. But going out of their way to save our lives is more than anyone could ever ask for. They can fight snakes to protect us and risk their lives while they’re at it. They can save us from drowning with their skill in swimming, and they can even detect life-threatening illnesses.
We have to remember, one of the reasons why we chose dogs to be our companions and helpers is because they are a smart species. We can teach them things that they can retain, and they are obedient enough to remember what they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do it.
This is exactly what Poncho showcased in a viral video that went around the internet. Poncho is a police dog who belongs to the Madrid Police Department in Spain. In the video below, a police officer pretended to faint to see if and how Poncho helps him.
Poncho comes to the rescue and proceeds to repeatedly hop on to the chest of the police officer who fainted, then pressing his ear against the officer’s neck to check for a pulse. Laughter ensued as the heroic pup continues to give CPR to our poor policeman.
Whenever he checks for a pulse, his tail wags as if he is investigating something — giving the impression that he is indeed checking for a pulse. Despite the heroics and the techniques displayed by Poncho, it has not yet been confirmed whether or not he can really administer CPR. But with their knack for savings us, we won’t be surprised if it happens in the future. See the video below.
"Heroica" actuación de nuestro #Compañerosde4Patas Poncho, que no dudó ni un instante en "salvar la vida" del agente, practicando la #RCP de una manera magistral.
El perro es el único ser en el mundo que te amará más de lo que se ama a sí mismo- John Billings#Adopta pic.twitter.com/yeoEwPkbRc
— Policía de Madrid (@policiademadrid) June 22, 2018
Video credit: Policia de Madrid via Twitter