July 26. On this day in history - specifically 1981 - New York Mayor Ed Koch received the Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant. Is no one safe! I guess mayors don't have tasters like important political leaders did back when the job was pretty much inherited. Perhaps he should travel with a dog. As reported in National Geographic Kids Dec2008/Jan2009, one Debbie Parkhurst was eating an apple in her home when she choked on a piece. Her golden retriever Toby pounced on her. Not previously recognized as a doggy Mensa candidate, Toby nevertheless was smart enough to bounce on Debbie's chest hard enough to dislodge the apple. Who's a good dog? I guess we all know the answer to that one.
Source: National Geographic Kids; Dec2008/Jan2009, Issue 386, p21-21, 1/2p as accessed through EBSCOhost
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