#Iditarod Dog Saved With Mouth-To-Snout CPR
Sled Dog Rescued By 'Mushing Mortician' An Iditarod sled dog, who collapsed navigating a steep section of Alaska's Dalzell Gorge, was saved by his racer-owner thanks to some #mouth-to-snout CPR.
Scott "Mushing Mortician" Janssen, 51, told the Anchorage Daily News that the 9-year-old husky, named Marshall, was pulling hard at the sled and then fell to the ground. "I know what death looks like, and he was gone. Nobody home," the Anchorage funeral home owner told the newspaper.
According to the publication, Janssen saw that the husky stopped breathing, so he started #CPR by putting his mouth over the dog's snout, breathing air into his lungs and compressing his chest. "I'm like 'C'mon dude, please come back.' And he did," Janssen said.
Janssen told the newspaper that Marshall was carried in the sled for the next 32 miles until the team reached the Rohn checkpoint. He was treated by a veterinarian, given an IV and was prepped to be flown back to Anchorage. "He's doing just fine. He's still at the checkpoint, and they're flying him back home today," Janssen said.
According to the Anchorage Daily, Janssen is running in only his second Iditarod after placing 42 out of 47 finishers in 2011. Janssen said Marshall is likely one of his oldest sled dogs and has finished about six Iditarods -- mainly with another musher.
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