Dog calls 911 to save owner!

Real Estate Agent with Orlando Area Real Estate Services

buddyIn the latest in my mini series of animal stories, comes the tale of Buddy the German Shepherd who called 911 and started barking down the phone to alert operators to the fact that his owner was having a seizure!

According to Sky News (which also supplied the picture) Joe Stalnaker adopted Buddy as an eight-week-puppy and trained him to use the phone if he began to have an attack.

Mr Stalnaker, of Scottsdale, Arizona, has suffered seizures for ten years after suffering a head injury during a military training exercise.

On the tape of the 911 call, Buddy can be heard whimpering and barking as the operator continues to ask if the caller needs help!

Police were dispatched to the home and after about three minutes Buddy can be heard barking loudly as the officers arrived. According to records, Buddy has successfully made two other 911 calls!

Sergeant Mark Clark, of Scottsdale police, said Mr Stalnaker spent two days in a hospital and recovered from the seizure. "It's pretty incredible," Sgt Clark said. "Even the veteran dispatchers - they haven't heard of anything like this."

The house address is now flagged in the 911 computer system with a notification that a trained dog might call 911 when the owner was incapacitated.

Simply amazing!!


(Copyright © 2008 By Simon L Conway All Rights Reserved.)

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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Simon, talk about a life line. I think I saw this on the news last week. We all should have a pet as such.

Sep 20, 2008 02:35 AM #1
Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, Bucks County, Pa

I heard about this and thought it was amazing.  I am glad the 911 officer did not think it was a prank, and sent someone out.

Sep 20, 2008 02:39 AM #2
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

Frank - there are lots of amazing animal stories out there.

Sep 20, 2008 02:40 AM #3
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Simon...I needed a feel good story this AM. Great story and a great dog!

Sep 20, 2008 02:42 AM #4
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Simon ~ Simply amazing. God has a sense of humor doesn't He.

Sep 20, 2008 02:44 AM #5
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Hi Simon!- Now that is simply amazing.  I wonder if my pooches could do that? 

Sep 20, 2008 02:52 AM #6
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Simon, I agree with everyone else... this is an amazing story.  Now my little beagle... I don't think he would do that unless there was a treat involved.

Sep 20, 2008 03:09 AM #7
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

My dog calls 911 when she is hungry.  I know a dog that can open doors and all sorts of other things to help a handicapped man.  They say the training cost over $10,000!

Sep 20, 2008 03:10 AM #8
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

That is amazing . Ypou blog title drew me in . Thanks for the best post of the day for sure

Sep 20, 2008 03:18 AM #9
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

When I first heard the tape, my GSD looked up, whimpered and turned her head...SHE understood Buddy perfectly!!!  They are just awesome dogs. Thanks for spreading the word.

Sep 20, 2008 03:37 AM #10
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

I think dogs are one of God's greatest gifts.  It may sound a little silly but true.  Thank you for sharing this story!

Sep 20, 2008 03:43 AM #11
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Woof woof,  woof woof woof woof.

Woof woof woof.

Woof Bark woof!

Sep 20, 2008 03:54 AM #12
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

wow!    thanks for sharing this story!     Just because they don't speak English doesn't mean they can't communicate!

Sep 20, 2008 04:14 AM #13
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

That's pretty amazing.  Good job Buddy!  I don't think my dog is quite smart enough for that.

Sep 20, 2008 07:57 AM #14
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Simon, what a great story. Thanks so much for sharing!paws 

Sep 20, 2008 10:33 AM #15
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

This story show that a dog really can be mans best friend.

Sep 20, 2008 01:20 PM #16
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I've heard of stories like these.  I've often wondered why they don't give 911 a heads up before hand in case they don't believe the barking dog or the baby on the other end, as I've heard stories of babies and toddlers being trained early to dial 911 also.  Good to hear they added him to the system, and a big GOOD JOB to the dog!

Sep 20, 2008 02:37 PM #17
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


You gotta love stories like this...!!! Amazing! Thanks,   Fran

Sep 20, 2008 03:23 PM #18
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