Dogs are awesome.
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...and I can't get my dog to bark to go outside.
Rover, call me an ambulance dog calls 911 - Yahoo! News
PHOENIX - "Man's best friend" doesn't go far enough for Buddy a German shepherd who remembered his training and saved his owner's life by calling 911 when the man had a seizure.
And it's not the first time Buddy has been there for owner Joe Stalnaker, a police officer said Sunday.
On a recording of the 911 call Wednesday, Buddy is heard whimpering and barking after the dispatcher answers and repeatedly asks if the caller needs help.
"Hello, this is 911. Hello ... Can you hear me? Is there somebody there you can give the phone to," says the dispatcher, Chris Trott.
Police were sent to Stalnaker's home, and after about three minutes Buddy is heard barking loudly when the officers arrived.
Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said Stalnaker spent two days in a hospital and recovered from the seizure.
"It's pretty incredible," Clark said. "Even the veteran dispatchers they haven't heard of anything like this."
Clark said police are dispatched whenever 911 is called, but that Stalnaker's address was flagged in Scottsdale's system with a notification that a trained assistance dog could call 911 when the owner was incapacitated.
Clark said Stalnaker adopted Buddy at the age of 8 weeks from Michigan-based Paws with a Cause, which trains assistance dogs, and trained him to get the phone if he began to have seizure symptoms. Buddy, now 18 months old, is able press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line, Clark said.
Clark said Buddy has made two other 911 calls when Stalnaker was having seizures.
He said Stalnaker's seizures are the result of a head injury he suffered about 10 years ago during a military training exercise.
Stalnaker was not listed in the phone book, and he did not immediately respond to a request through police for an interview.
Dogs are awesome.
"Just blame Sixto"
That IS awesome! Man's best friend indeed. Great story!
a big congrads for buddy. i think a steak dinner with
a box of dog treats is in order. truly amazing the
things they can train dogs to do.
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How come mine can't learn to bark to go outside, but he can run to the corner store and bring back a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread if I tell him that he can lick my steak-plate clean?
When I first come home, he hides in his cage until I'm sittting down, then he wants my attention. When I get up, he darts away and checks to see if I'm gonna get violent, or go get food. I've never hit the little guy once, and after a year he's a bit better, but none of these symptoms are absent yet.
At least he has a good bladder, and has made very few messes inside, it's just that we have to ask him if he wants out, he never comes to us.
I saw the story on my NBC local news, the dog is owed more than one steak dinner....... According to the owner this was the 6th time. What made this time interesting is that they played the 911 call and you could hear the dog "answering" the operator as she asked for info!!
Oh, and someone said "lets see a cat do that.", there was a story a few years ago when a cat did (speed)dial 911!
EOD - Initial success or total failure
Cupcake, I got some ideas for you and your dog, I'll PM you late tonight when I have some time to sit down and type it all out.
"Just blame Sixto"
They are trained to bark or whine.... when they hear a voice on the other end. Dispatchers are supposed to know that this means it is a service dog and someone is in trouble.
I'm with you... a "cat" would wait to see if you are really going to die or not before they did anything.
She seems to have an instinctive cognizance of who or what is to be trusted or not.
Seems we have a lot of folks out here(somewhat rural...ok...so there's no stores er uh anything else for a good 10 miles...) that tend to let their dogs run loose. One in particular(german shepherd) is out 24x7x365. Typically he's not a problem as he's usually friendly and tends to guard the neighborhood. I noticed yesterday though that something just seemed off... His mood seemed significantly different, stimulus responses were off and something just wasn't right. I think he was sick or something...I don't think rabies though because he backed down from a fight...but more on that in a bit. All that I could tell from a distance watching him stroll down the road while I was out in the yard with my dog.
Anywhoo...on to the "meat" of it. About a minute after I said "hmmm. that's odd." to myself, I noticed my neighbor, his friends, and their two toddlers pop out their front door. Within about a second of them appearing, I noticed the dog changed course and was headed right for them and appeared none to friendly. As he got closer to them he started to bark and growl. My neighbor started slowly backing the kids towards the house and before they could even get there, my Lilly(a rescued Pitbull) charged across the yards and got between the shepherd and the kids and guarded them. BEAUTIUS says I. Thankfully the shepherd really didn't seem to want a fight and backed off when my dog stepped up and provided an unofficial protective detail so I called her back and let go of the rather tight grip I had on my 1911(hadn't quite left the holster yet).
I LOVE DOGGIES! Although I seem to be having more and more problems lately with numbnut neighbors that allow their untrained or dangerous vermin to run amuck in the neighborhood.
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What... my dog calls 911 then cooks me a steak.
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