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Old 10-29-04, 09:01 AM
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Dog saves woman's life by calling 911

Dog saves woman's life by calling 911

RICHLAND, Washington (AP) -- Leana Beasley has faith that a dog is man's best friend.

Faith, a 4-year-old Rottweiler, 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.

"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.

The dog, whose sensitive nose can detect changes in Beasley's body chemistry, is trained to alert her owner to impending seizures.

But that wasn't what was happening on September 7, and Faith apparently wasn't sure how to communicate the problem. During Beasley's three-week hospital stay, doctors determined her liver was not properly processing her seizure medication.

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I must say wow and wow again
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Dogs that are trained in this fashion are truly amazing. Its always nice to read a story like this.

Especially from a breed that 99% of people would associate with wild violent tendencies and never think of capable of being truly helpful.
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dogs are awesome.

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dogs are awesome.

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Agreed. If she had a cat, it probably would have immediately unplugged all the phone lines.
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Originally posted by Jack's Smirking
Agreed. If she had a cat, it probably would have immediately unplugged all the phone lines.
A cat would probably vote for Bush, too. Damn cats.
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Damn. The only thing my dog knows how to do is beg for food.
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Originally posted by Jack's Smirking
Agreed. If she had a cat, it probably would have immediately unplugged all the phone lines.
OMFG!! Toooo funny and probably true!
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Yes, but can the dog dial Domino Pizza?
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My dog would probably sit there and lick his ass.

This story, actually, is quite amusing to me. It reminds me both of the old Lassie shows and the old commercial with the old lady screaming, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"

I can imagine the 911 call:

"911, state the nature of the emergency."
"BARK BARK RUFF BARK!"
"What's that, girl?"
"RUFF RUFF BARK BARK BARK!"
"Old lady Beasley fell down and can't get back up?"
"RUFF RUFF!"
"We will be right there!"
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Originally posted by Jack's Smirking
Agreed. If she had a cat, it probably would have immediately unplugged all the phone lines.

my cats are too dependent on me for food though

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