Toby, a 2 1/2-year-old golden retriever, and Winnie, a 14-year-old gray-eyed American shorthair, were named Dog and Cat of the Year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for saving their owners’ lives.
Winnie saved her family from carbon monoxide poisoning by jumping on a bed and meowing to alert the family of fumes inside the home.
Toby, performed a modified Heimlich maneuver on his owner, when she choked on a piece of apple. Toby pushed her to the floor and jumped up and down on her chest until the piece of apple was dislodged.
Five humans were also honored for their brave acts toward animals in the past year, including a Bronx firefighter who saved a dog and cat from a burning building.
Winnie and Toby attended a banquet at the Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller Center yesterday. They were serenaded by Oliver the singing dog, who sang along to a harmonica.
Both Winnie and Toby were both rescued when they were young. Toby was found in a garbage bin when he was four-weeks-old. Winnie was a week-old kitten hiding under a barn when she was found by her family.
Congratulations Winnie and Toby! Great work!