Teresa Perkins
Animals

You Won’t Believe What This Guy Did To Save A Dog’s Life

Talk about being in the right place at the right time - and thanks to social media, the owner got to give him a proper thank you.


Even during the coronavirus pandemic, heroes aren't taking any days off.

Teresa Perkins found this out the hard way when she was rushing her dog to the vet last Wednesday. The dog, a 3-year-old, 120-pound black German Shephard named Jett, had accidentally swallowed a ball when he was playing fetch with Perkins' daughter.

The ball got lodged in the dog's throat and he started having trouble breathing.

Perkins said she got a call a frantic call from her daughter, telling her what happened. Perkins rushed to her daughter's house, and after an unsuccessful attempt to get the ball out of the dog's throat herself, she put Jett in the backseat of her car and sped off to the vet.

Teresa Perkins, Jett's owner, rushed the dog to the vet as soon as she could. WHSV-TV

When she was about halfway to the vet's office, Perkins got caught in traffic near a construction site. Shen noticed that Jett had stopped breathing, so she knew she had little to no time left to save his life.

"By then my dog was pretty much dead," Perkins told Newsleader.com. "He was laying in the car, not moving. I had heard him breathe, like gasping, but then he quit. I was frantically crying and praying."

After Perkins yelled out of her car window for someone to help her, a couple of construction workers rushed over. One of the men reached into the backseat, stuck his hand down Jett's throat and pulled out the ball.

When the dog still wasn't breathing, the man (who Perkins later found out was Cavaja Holt) started blowing in his mouth and doing CPR.

A few moments later, Jett was breathing again.

"He would have died if I didn't stop," Perkins said. "He would have been dead. If I had driven 10 more minutes, he wouldn't have made it."

Perkins started crying, and she thanked Holt repeatedly, but she wanted to make sure Jett was okay so she continued on to the vet's office.

Thankfully, after a quick check-up at the vet, Jett was able to return home with Perkins.

Later that evening, Perkins' daughter posted the story to social media to try and find out the construction worker's name who saved Jett.

Turns out, Holt was looking for the family, too. He wanted to make sure the dog was okay.

Within minutes, the two were connected and Perkins was able to visit Holt at the same construction site the next day to thank him properly in person. She even brought Jett with her so that he could meet the human who saved his life.

"The man is truly a hero," Perkins said after the meeting. "I am so thankful for him."

While Holt says he was just doing what anyone would in the situation, he was happy the story had a positive ending.

"It's awesome. because to be honest with you, I didn't expect it to happen, I thought we were gonna go a different direction," Holt said. "I think we all cross paths for a reason, and there's a reason why that happened yesterday."

Perkins says Holt is "truly a hero" for helping to save her dog's life. WHSV-TV

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Holt's incredible act of kindness?


You might not have the chance to save a dog's life, but you can be open to helping others if the need arises. Also, if you're interested in learning CPR, you can check out this resource for ideas on where to find classes.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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