Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Who's a good boy then?

Yes. You are, Buddy. Oh yes you are!

This morning, as I was trying to break the land speed record in an attempt to get to work on time (FAIL!) I heard this story on Cape Talk's news bulletin. It was about this guy (called Joe) in the States whose German Shepard saved his life by dialling 911! Hello!

You see Buddy (the pooch) is trained to recognise the signs of a seizure. He then high-tails it (ooh, bad pun) to a specially-designed phone and holds down a keypad key for no less than three seconds. This speed dials 911.

So the other day when poor Joe had a rather large seizure, our boy Buddy rose to the occasion and called 911. And then (get this!) as soon as he heard the operator's voice, he started whining into the receiver!!!!! Joe's number was already registered with the 911 guys because he's apparently prone to big, hectic seizures and so when, the operator heard Buddy's whining on the other end of the line, she immediately despatched an ambulance.

How great is that?!?!?! What an amazing dog! I doubt very much my cat would do the same for me. In fact, she probably wouldn't notice that I wasn't breathing until long after she had finished her kitty chow, at which point she'd probably starting eating my cold, stiff fingers.

Okay, so the dog in this picture is not Buddy, but they probably look the same.
Only imagine this one a little older and playing 'fetch' with 911 instead of a tennis ball.

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