Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dog Calls 911

Buddy and his owner, Joe Stalnaker

No, it's not a joke..it really happened in Phoenix when a German shepherd, Buddy, remembered his training and saved his owner's life by dialing 911 when the man had a seizure. Guess what? It's not the first time Buddy has done this for his owner. Talk about 'Man's best friend' =)Buddy is heard whimpering and barking after the dispatcher answers and repeatedly asks if the caller needs help. The police arrived at the scene and heard Buddy barking loudly.

Thanks to Buddy, his owner, Joe Stalnaker spent two days in the hospital and recovered from the seizure. Stanlnaker's address was flagged in Scottsdale's system with a notification that a trained assistance dog could call 911 when the owner was incapacitated.

Apparently, Buddy was adopted at the age of 8 weeks from Michigan-based Paws with a Cause, which trains assistance dogs. Buddy is now 18 months old and is able to press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line.

Buddy made two other 911 calls when his owner was having seizures!

Listen to Buddy's 911 Cal

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