Viral Video Shows A Dog Miming CPR, And Promotes The Benefits Of Pet Adoption

Though the dog can't actually perform CPR, he can certainly win our hearts.

Poncho the Spanish police dog has become the latest viral sensation to sweep the Web. After the Municipal Police of Madrid posted a video of the pup "performing CPR" on an officer via Twitter, users were quick to praise the "good boy" for his life-saving actions. Yet, while Poncho's attempt was commendable, his "heroic" behaviors were only meant to mime the basic elements of CPR, and not actually be an effective way to resuscitate humans.

According to the caption, originally written in Spanish, Poncho quickly jumps into action to "save the life" of the agent who, for demonstration purposes, acted out the collapse and symptoms of cardiac arrest. Madrid's police added that "the dog is the only being in the world that will love you more than you love yourself." 

In the now-viral video (below), Poncho uses his full body weight to apply pressure to the officer's abdomen, pouncing just below the rib cage with his front paws, and then gauging the officer's pulse by pressing his head against the officer's throat. 


Of course, while Poncho's adorable enthusiasm deserves the attention it's gained, the entire stunt wasn't meant to hoodwink the entire world, but instead, to promote the benefits of pet adoption, according to The Municipal Police of Madrid.

Police spokesman Fernando Rodriguez told Euronews that Poncho, whose actual police duties include sniffing for explosives, has known how to "perform CPR" for years now, but that he can only do so with his trainer. "Poncho was trained to do this number for school visits, he doesn't actually know how to perform CPR. In fact, there's no dog in the world who's trained to do that."

"No dog could ever perform CPR on a human being," Rodriguez added. "They don't have the strength to do so, nor could they ever know how to check for a pulse."

Jonathan Epstein, senior director of science and government relations for the Red Cross, reiterated the sentiment, telling the Washington Post that the video might be "cute" but "from a medical perspective, it's not truly providing CPR."

Thus, instead of marveling at the prospect of a dog that can save lives using CPR, we should focus on how adopting shelter pets can literally save an animal's life — and how that animal can ultimately save us right back.

Cover image via Prath / Shutterstock


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