“God bless the Boy Scouts,” woman thankful after young Scouts save dog’s life

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SHAWNEE, Okla. - Every dog has his day, but one pup in Shawnee will live to see another courtesy of a quick thinking group of Boy Scouts.

Mimi is a quiet young dog, scant under a year old. But after four young men from Troop 65 saved her life, her first words might be...

"God bless the Boy Scouts," said Mimi's owner, Sherry Claybrook.

Sherry says on a quiet night in October, she let her three dogs out. After 20 minutes of silence, she realized something was wrong.

"I called them, and no one came to me," said Claybrook. "So I broke into a run."

While wrestling around, the dogs had become tangled. One dog's jaw was stuck, lodged between Mimi's throat and her collar, leaving Mimi gasping for air.

That's when, like Superman out of a phone booth, in stepped the Scouts.

Troop 65 spent their Tuesday volunteering at a Harrah cemetery, but paused with KFOR to re-tell their tale.

"Whenever we realized something was wrong, we all just started hopping the fence," said Travis Frichot, troop member.

"They say 'be prepared,' " said Claybrook. "Well they were, let me tell you."

Sherry says two of the boys set out to find help, while two more stayed behind to cut off Mimi's collar.

In a matter of minutes the dogs were untangled, but Mimi was far from in the clear.

"She was limp, her eyes were fixed," said Claybrook. "I said she's dead, she's dead!"

"The dog flat lined," said troop member Kevin VanZant. "So I started CPR."

Kevin applied CPR for some time, including mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Before long, Mimi's paws wiggled, she began to blink, Troop 65 had saved the day.

Sherry says she's forever in debt to the boys, but the Scouts say they were just doing their job.

"It shows that if you follow these [Boy Scout] guidelines, you can do anything you want to," said Frichot.

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