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    Default Blind dog saved from drowning in icy sea, man gives it the kiss of life

    A blind dog that had stopped breathing for ten minutes after plunging into the icy sea was saved - after a burly builder gave him the kiss of life.
    Tosca, who is almost entirely blind with cataracts, toppled 20 feet into the water when he strayed over a wall near Plymouth, Devon.
    His owner Sylvia Paskins watched in horror as her beloved 13-year-old pet sank beneath the waves.

    Hero: Builder Matt Darlington hugs Tosca, the dog he saved with a kiss of life

    But passer-by Matt Darlington jumped into the freezing sea fully clothed and swam to Tosca's rescue.
    The elderly dog was lifeless when he was pulled from the water - but the 37-year-old builder spent ten minutes performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until Tosca spluttered back to life.
    Ms Paskins, 59, from St Budeaux, Plymouth, said: 'I saw his head go under and he was just gone. It was horrible.
    'I shouted to some blokes who were sat outside having a cup of tea and straight away they were trying to row out to him.
    'The next thing I knew one of the blokes ran around and jumped in. He swam out to him then slung him into the boat.
    'When they got back he wasn't breathing at all. He was dead. He was totally still, like a little rag doll.
    'One bloke kept rubbing his lungs and trying to get him to breathe, then another one opened his mouth and blew some air into him.
    'It was like a miracle. All of a sudden we could hear him gurgling and then he just started to breathe again. They were absolute heroes.
    'The bloke who gave him mouth to mouth was absolutely brilliant. If it wasn't for him Tosca would never have survived, he's just so lucky.'

    Ruff seas: Sylvia Paskins and her beloved pooch Tosca, who was brought back to life when a builder gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation

    Mr Darlington said modestly: 'I'm just glad the dog is okay. It was very cold but when he disappeared I didn't think about it, I just dived in.
    'When we got back I held him upside down first to get the water out of his lungs, then started giving him the kiss of life.
    'It must have been ten minutes before he started breathing again. I was just afraid he was going to come round and bite me on the nose.'

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    A true hero.

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    That dog is the cutest thing. And what a hero Matt is to jump in to freezing cold water and come to his rescue.

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    cataracts arent that hard to remove, probably should have gotten an operation a few years ago
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    What a womderful man!
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    How awesome! Many people wouldn't have even done that for a person, much less an animal.
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    This guy is my hero too. I love hearing stories like this.

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    Aw, it's nice to hear stories like these, they make up for all the shit in the world.
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    Oh, God bless him for saving that dog. They both have sweet faces.

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    Wasn't the dog on a leash? I would keep a dog like that close to me in dangerous areas...

    My 14y/o poodle mix has cataracts too (only mild though) and he's always off the leash because there's no danger for him in my area. When I'm near a road or something, he goes on the leash. Same thing goes with my Maltese, he has perfect hearing and eyesight but chooses to ignore me sometimes.

    Still a hartwarming story though, most people wouldn't go through the trouble.

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