Little Chewie saved his owner Ray Whiteley’s life by giving him heart massage. A nice story told by Loretta, the companion of the latter.
In 2017, Loretta and Ray Whiteley, from Leyland in Lancashire, England, saved little Chewie’s life. An abused Yorkshire terrier who was found in a makeshift grave, bound and gagged with tape. A year later, the dog returned the device to the couple, saving the life of his master, victim of a heart attack. How? ‘Or’ What ? By giving him a cardiac massage! The adorable 4kg ball of hair jumped on the 50-year-old’s chest to keep him alive. “Without Chewie, Ray would have died – and that would have been the end of my world,” the 56-year-old Briton told the Mirror.
At the time, Loretta was in her garden when she heard Chewie barking inside the house: “I stopped what I was doing and went inside. Chewie was frantically bouncing off Ray’s chest and licking his face.” A gesture that the masters had taught their Yorkie so that he could help their other dogs. “It was surreal. I checked his pulse and realized he wasn’t breathing. I thought he was dead,” Loretta added. The latter quickly called the emergency services and her husband was taken care of. After 5 weeks in the hospital, Ray, who suffers from primary progressive multiple sclerosis, was able to find his family.
The brave dog rewarded
Thanks to his heroic gesture, Chewie had a positive impact. As proof, Loretta notably collected nearly 6,000 euros for charities that help animals. As for the Yorkshire, he was nominated for the Hero Dog Awards 2022 organized by the association The Kennel Club. “I thought someone was playing a prank on me. I screamed when I got that call. For Ray and I, it’s really close to our hearts. We saved his life when we adopted him and now, he saved Ray” delivered the dog’s mistress, who could not hide her great pride: “He’s a real little madman but he has a heart of gold.”