Police dogs sniff bombs, track suspects, detect drugs and find bodies.
And in Spain, police have trained one very special pooch to perform CPR.
Meet Poncho, who jumped into action when his handler with the Madrid police service, pretended to collapse in front of an audience.
The pup pumps up and down on the officer’s chest.
And crawls up to his neck to assess his pulse.
Police called the performance “heroic.”
It was part of an education campaign to promote first aid.
Officer Poncho, an 8-year-old cocker spaniel, “didn’t hesitate for even an instant to ‘save the life,'” police explained in a Twitter post.
The video has now been viewed almost 3 million times.
Poncho is a very good dog.
“Heroica” actuación de nuestro #Compañerosde4Patas Poncho, que no dudó ni un instante en “salvar la vida” del agente, practicando la #RCP de una manera magistral.
El perro es el único ser en el mundo que te amará más de lo que se ama a sí mismo- John Billings#Adopta pic.twitter.com/yeoEwPkbRc
— Policía de Madrid (@policiademadrid) June 22, 2018
The demonstration was also to promote animal adoption.
Police even loosely quoted Josh Billings, the pen name for writer Henry Wheeler Shaw, who once said:
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”