Dog Dials 911, Barks for Help

German Shepherd trained to call

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2008 5:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – A German shepherd in Arizona dialed 911 and summoned help for his owner who had suffered a seizure, AP reports. Buddy barked and whimpered on the line until the 911 dispatcher sent help. The dog is trained by Paws with a Cause—which provides assistance animals to the ill and disabled—to press a pre-programmed phone button to call 911 when his owner is in trouble. 

It's the third time Buddy has called 911 to save his owner, who suffers from seizures that began with a head injury during a military training exercise. "It's pretty incredible," said a Scottsdale police sergeant. "Even veteran dispatchers haven't heard of anything like this."

Joe Stalnaker with his German shepherd, Buddy. Police say Buddy saved Stalnaker's life by dialing 911 when he began having a seizure.
Joe Stalnaker with his German shepherd, Buddy. Police say Buddy saved Stalnaker's life by dialing 911 when he began having a seizure.   (AP Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)
Buddy the German Shepherd saved his owner's  life by dialing 911 when he began having a seizure.
Buddy the German Shepherd saved his owner's life by dialing 911 when he began having a seizure.   (AP Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)
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It's pretty incredible. Even veteran dispatchers haven't heard of anything like this. - Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark

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