Man’s best friend: Buddy saves owner’s life by dialing 911

Paws with a Cause is a Michigan-based dog shelter that trains dogs.  No, not to sit or to roll over.  They’re a bit more.. advanced.  Buddy, Joe Stalnaker’s German sheperd, has been trained to press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line, should his owner suffer seizure symptoms.

Well, that’s exactly what happened.  When Joe, of Scottsdale, Arizona went in to a seizure, Buddy dialed 911 and could be heard on the phone barking after the medics arrived.  This isn’t the first time that Buddy’s dialed 911 for Mr. Stalnaker; it’s actually the third.

Scottsdale police sergeant Mark Clark said Mr. Stalnaker spent two days in a hospital but has recovered from the seizure.  He said: “It’s pretty incredible. Even the veteran dispatchers – they haven’t heard of anything like this.” Sgt Clark added Mr Stalnaker’s seizures are the result of a head injury he suffered about 10 years ago during a military training exercise.

Source:  guardian


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