Her owner Jim Touzeau collapsed on the floor when his heart stopped while working at his glass factory. Teka immediately climbed onto his chest and began to jump repeatedly with her four paws. Then she barked in his face and ran barking outside to attract attention.
Medical experts won’t agree whether the canine CPR had medical impact, but do agree that he wouldn’t be alive today without her efforts to revive him and attract attention.
Touzeau, a 79-year-old owner of a glass factory in Queensland, also suffered deep cuts when he fell on plate glass during the attack.
“I lost my wife six years ago this Christmas and it's a pretty lonely life on your own. I got Teka three years ago and she's a terrific companion. She just never leaves my side. Because it's just the two of us, I rely on her and she relies on me.”
Mr Touzeau said he remembered nothing of the heart attack, but recalled waking up to Teka on his chest. "She was really thumping my chest with her two front feet,'' he said. "It was out of the blue [behaviour] for her. "She must have been thinking 'I better wake this fella up or I won't get any dinner'.''
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said Teka had shown incredible intuition. "This award isn't given away lightly. If she hadn't been there he probably would not have woken up." Source