Dog Saves Owner By Calling 911


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A Scottsdale man is alive today, thanks to a phone call made to 911 by his 18-month old German shepherd, Buddy. It all happened last Wednesday, when Joe Stalnaker, who lives alone, suffered a seizure. Without blinking an eyelid, Buddy dialled 911 and whimpered and barked on the phone in response to the emergency operator's query about the caller needing assistance.

When the police arrived, they found Buddy barking loudly next to Joe, who had collapsed from the seizure. After spending two days in the hospital, Joe is back home recuperating.

While Buddy is a very smart dog, he has also been trained to do this since he was 8-weeks old. Joe adopted him from Michigan-based Paws with a Cause Organization, which helped train Buddy to pick up the phone and dial 911. The phone is specially programmed, so that Buddy's teeth hit the buttons neccessary to make contact with the operator.

Also Joe's address is flagged, so that emergency personnel know to expect a call from a trained assistance dog.

All these precautions are due to Joe's tendency to have seizures, the result of a head injury he suffered from, ten years ago.

In fact this is not the first time Buddy has had to call 911. He has saved Joe's life twice before, when he had similar attacks. Needless to say, Joe is grateful to have such a great dog around and knows that he could not live independently if he did not have Buddy.


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  • fox1568
    fox1568Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:07 am
    so smart
    • kittylover111
      kittylover111Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5:39 am
      How did he do it? He's got a paw not a texting thumb. And how did he know 911?
      • dogs-rule
        dogs-ruleThursday, February 13, 2020 at 5:43 am
        dude thats a really smart dog bro
        • nymeria8105
          nymeria8105Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm
          that is so amazing i have a husky to help with my seizures and she saved my life 3 times i am so greatful for her:)
          • AvaMonday, November 4, 2019 at 1:26 pm
            That dog is amazing
            • DogoSaturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm
              I like german shepherds
              • Scarlett Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm
                I wonder how long it took to train buddy to dial 911
                • Em.JMonday, February 11, 2019 at 12:50 pm
                  Wow!! that's an amazing doggo!
                  • 12345678910Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm
                    that dog is smart and amazing
                    • reesehockey_5
                      reesehockey_5Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm
                      one smart dog wish I had one;)