A dog breeder has saved his eight-week-old puppy with mouth-to-snout resuscitation after it almost drowned in a garden pond.
Quick-thinking John Greene gave motionless Jack Russell Nutty heart massage and the kiss of life in a frantic 10-minute rescue bid in Co Wicklow.
The 42-year-old was alerted to the exhausted animal sinking to the bottom of the pond when the chickens he keeps in his backyard kicked up a commotion.
"Nutty was out rambling around the garden. I'd gone upstairs in my house, looked out through the window and saw there was a disturbance," he said.
"I could see the puppy sinking slowly to the bottom of the pond. The poor fella was exhausted, he must have been in the water for 15 to 20 minutes.
"I'd say with all the plunging and doing his damnedest to get out, with all the commotion the chickens knew there was something wrong. The little fella just couldn't climb out. He was sinking, motionless, not breathing and almost blue."
The dog lover ran outside his home in Greystones, pulled the freezing pup from the water and began heart massage and mouth-to-snout after feeling a very faint heartbeat every few seconds.
"I'd heard of horse whisperers but never dog breathers," he said.
"I don't know a lot about CPR but I covered his nose and breathed for him and then lifted him up to see if any water would come up. It was an automatic reaction," he said.
A week later, Nutty is fighting fit and enjoying the back garden as much as ever - although with mental scars taking longer to heal the pond remains off limits.