September 15th, 2008 14:15 EST
Dude Has Seizure, Trained Dog Calls 911
"`Man`s best friend` doesn`t go far enough for Buddy - a German shepherd who remembered his training and saved his owner`s life by calling 911 when the man had a seizure.
Clark said police are dispatched whenever 911 is called, but that Stalnaker`s address was flagged in Scottsdale`s system with a notification that a trained assistance dog could call 911 when the owner was incapacitated.
Stalnaker adopted Buddy at the age of 8 weeks from Michigan-based Paws with a Cause, which trains assistance dogs, and trained him to get the phone if he began to have seizure symptoms. Buddy, now 18 months old, is able press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line, Clark said.
Associated Press/Amanda Lee Myers
I have a German Shepherd/Pit Bull and I can`t even train her to fetch my newspaper. When I throw a tennis ball she runs and grabs it, but she doesn`t bring it back, regardless how much I beg.
And my cats are hopeless, if I had a seizure they would call for Chinese take-out and hope I didn`t come to until they were finished eating.
I am in good physical health, but I wonder if Paws with a Cause could help out a lazy bum like me. I would love to have a trained dog who can bring me a nice cold beer from the fridge, call Dominoes and order a pizza, and fetch me my slippers.
My pooches may not take to training very well, but they always welcome me home with wagging tails and sloppy kisses. Dogs are truly man`s best friend.