FROM THE ARCHIVES: DOG SAVES OWNER BY DIALING 911 - “Faith…phoned 911 when Beasley fell out of her wheelchair and barked urgently into the receiver until a dispatcher sent help. Then the service dog unlocked the front door for the police officer.”
In 2004, a Rottweiler named Faith dialed 911 (the emergency telephone number in the U.S.) when her owner fell out of her wheelchair at her home in Washington. Not only did Faith call for help, she barked into the receiver and then unlocked the door so rescuers could come in. Here’s more from NBC News:
“I sensed there was a problem on the other end of the 911 call,” said dispatcher Jenny Buchanan. “The dog was too persistent in barking directly into the phone receiver. I knew she was trying to tell me something.”
Faith is trained to summon help by pushing a speed-dial button on the phone with her nose after taking the receiver off the hook, said her owner, Beasley, 45, who suffers grand mal seizures.
Guided by experts at the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound, Beasley helped train Faith herself.
The day of the fall, Faith “had been acting very clingy, wanting to be touching me all day long,” Beasley said Thursday.
Amazing story about an amazing service dog. Click here for the full story. (Photo by Paul T. Erickson)