Dog calls 911 to save owner!

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Real Estate Agent with Orlando Area Real Estate Services

buddyIn the latest in my mini series of animal stories, comes the tale of Buddy the German Shepherd who called 911 and started barking down the phone to alert operators to the fact that his owner was having a seizure!

According to Sky News (which also supplied the picture) Joe Stalnaker adopted Buddy as an eight-week-puppy and trained him to use the phone if he began to have an attack.

Mr Stalnaker, of Scottsdale, Arizona, has suffered seizures for ten years after suffering a head injury during a military training exercise.

On the tape of the 911 call, Buddy can be heard whimpering and barking as the operator continues to ask if the caller needs help!

Police were dispatched to the home and after about three minutes Buddy can be heard barking loudly as the officers arrived. According to records, Buddy has successfully made two other 911 calls!

Sergeant Mark Clark, of Scottsdale police, said Mr Stalnaker spent two days in a hospital and recovered from the seizure. "It's pretty incredible," Sgt Clark said. "Even the veteran dispatchers - they haven't heard of anything like this."

The house address is now flagged in the 911 computer system with a notification that a trained dog might call 911 when the owner was incapacitated.

Simply amazing!!

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Frank Rubi
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Simon, talk about a life line. I think I saw this on the news last week. We all should have a pet as such.

September 20, 2008 09:35 AM
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Carol Swain
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I heard about this and thought it was amazing.  I am glad the 911 officer did not think it was a prank, and sent someone out.

September 20, 2008 09:39 AM
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Simon Conway
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Frank - there are lots of amazing animal stories out there.

September 20, 2008 09:40 AM
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Jeanean and David Gendron
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Simon...I needed a feel good story this AM. Great story and a great dog!

September 20, 2008 09:42 AM
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Nicholas Goglucci
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Simon ~ Simply amazing. God has a sense of humor doesn't He.

September 20, 2008 09:44 AM
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Kristin Moran
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Hi Simon!- Now that is simply amazing.  I wonder if my pooches could do that? 

September 20, 2008 09:52 AM
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Shirley Parks
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Simon, I agree with everyone else... this is an amazing story.  Now my little beagle... I don't think he would do that unless there was a treat involved.

September 20, 2008 10:09 AM
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Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee

My dog calls 911 when she is hungry.  I know a dog that can open doors and all sorts of other things to help a handicapped man.  They say the training cost over $10,000!

September 20, 2008 10:10 AM
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Charlie Ragonesi
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That is amazing . Ypou blog title drew me in . Thanks for the best post of the day for sure

September 20, 2008 10:18 AM
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Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale

When I first heard the tape, my GSD looked up, whimpered and turned her head...SHE understood Buddy perfectly!!!  They are just awesome dogs. Thanks for spreading the word.

September 20, 2008 10:37 AM
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Melody Botting
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I think dogs are one of God's greatest gifts.  It may sound a little silly but true.  Thank you for sharing this story!

September 20, 2008 10:43 AM
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Rebecca Schrader
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Woof woof,  woof woof woof woof.

Woof woof woof.

Woof Bark woof!

September 20, 2008 10:54 AM
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wow!    thanks for sharing this story!     Just because they don't speak English doesn't mean they can't communicate!

September 20, 2008 11:14 AM
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Chris Fisher
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That's pretty amazing.  Good job Buddy!  I don't think my dog is quite smart enough for that.

September 20, 2008 02:57 PM
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Lara O'Keefe
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Simon, what a great story. Thanks so much for sharing!paws 

September 20, 2008 05:34 PM
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Judy Tuscano
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This story show that a dog really can be mans best friend.

September 20, 2008 08:20 PM
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Donna Harris
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I've heard of stories like these.  I've often wondered why they don't give 911 a heads up before hand in case they don't believe the barking dog or the baby on the other end, as I've heard stories of babies and toddlers being trained early to dial 911 also.  Good to hear they added him to the system, and a big GOOD JOB to the dog!

September 20, 2008 09:37 PM
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Fran Gaspari
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Simon,

You gotta love stories like this...!!! Amazing! Thanks,   Fran

September 20, 2008 10:23 PM
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