Scott Janssen, self-dubbed the "The Mushing Mortician" -- he owns a funeral home in Anchorage -- was making the run from Rainy Pass to Rohn in the 2012 Iditarod when he experienced every musher's worst nightmare: a dog collapsing.â†µ
Janssen's 9-year-old husky, Marshall, suddenly stopped pulling and went down. "I know what death looks like, and he was gone," said Janssen. So he did what most dog-lovers would do in the situation: he began sobbing, and then began CPR.
"I had my mouth over his nose, breathing into his nose as I was compressing and rubbing his chest, trying to work the air out," Janssen said.â†µ
After what seemed like an eternity but was likely no more than five minutes, Janssen talked to the dog, he said. "I'm like c'mon dude, please come back.'"â†µ
"And he did."â†µ
Marshall was sent home with the vets, and was "bummed out that he wasn't going [mushing] with us." The Anchorage Daily News' Sled Blog has the full story, including video of Janssen talking about nearly losing his friend.