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The donation is part of "Project Breathe™" by Invisible Fence® Brand which aims to equip every fire station in Canada, the United States and the U.K with pet oxygen masks.
Crews get life-saving donation
Attendees to annual event were given a pet oxygen mask demonstration.
Heartwarming images are abundant on the Internet showing firefighters giving oxygen to family pets that have survived house fires.
Thanks to a donation of oxygen masks specially made for canines from the firms DogE911 and Invisible Fence, firefighters and police officers in the Five Cities will be better equipped to treat family pets and police dogs in emergencies.
The donation of pet oxygen masks was made Saturday at the canine-friendly fest Puttin’ on the Dog at Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande.
Puttin’ on the Dog, which is in its third year, is a fundraiser for the Elm Street Dog Park at the location.
Bystanders watched a demonstration of how the masks are used on dogs before they were given to Arroyo Grande police K-9 officers and Five Cities Fire Authority firefighters on hand.
Fire Capt. Paul Quinlan said the masks will be a valuable tool.
“These masks will be very beneficial to us in any sort of emergency situation, especially if we’re going into a structure fire and we do have to bring pets out, especially the dogs, we can actually apply oxygen to them in a very effective manner,” he said.
Previously, firefighters used human oxygen masks on animals when necessary, Quinlan said.
“It wasn’t as effective because the mask didn’t fit the dog’s face,” he added.
In addition to offering informative and potentially life-saving resources such as pet first-aid instruction from DogE911 and resources for pet adoption, there was plenty of fun to be had at Puttin’ on the Dog.
Attendees participated in human and dog barking contests at which the people proved to have the edge over their canine companions, took part in pet and owner look-alike contests and raced through a dog obstacle course. There were raffles and goodies for the humans such as kettle corn and ice cream.
The obstacle course which featured a wading pool was a highlight for Nipomo resident Dianne Mullikan, who brought her labrador puppies, sisters Mimi and Dusti, to the event.
"They were splashing around and laying down in the water,” she said, having just rescued her smoothie from eager puppy paws that tried to knock it off her chair’s armrest.
"They had a great time over there. They got really, really soaked.”
Mullikan said Saturday marked her second year at Puttin’ on the Dog.
She said she enjoyed “just being out here with the dogs. The weather’s beautiful, the people are nice. It’s fun to see all the different dogs.”
Jerry Bunin, who co-organizes the fundraiser with his wife, Mary Schaffer, said the “DogLympics” obstacle course was a first this year.
“It’s really a lot of fun,” he added.
Bunin said that while estimating the number of people in attendance was difficult because attendees would come and go, turnout was good and the festival was going well.
"It gets people a chance to be with their dog. We have free treats,” he said.
Puttin’ on the Dog is also an important fundraiser for the dog park, according to Bunin, as dog park supporters spend $500 a month just on disposable mits to pick up after dogs.
“The crowd is really good this year. The vendors seem really happy with it,” Bunin said.