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Hero Dog Calls 911 Using Owner’s iPhone

Posted June 06, 2014 in A Pet's Life

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4. Hero Dog Calls 911

iPhones can be pretty hard to navigate sometimes, but not for Major, the Labrador/Pit Bull mix who used such a phone to call for help when his guardian had a seizure. As reported by Ryan Grenoble of the Huffington Post , Terry McGlade is a U.S.  Marine who was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan and now suffers from PTSD and seizures. Major, a trained rescue dog, never leaves McGlade’s side and when he saw him having a seizure, he sprang into action.

Major actually called 911 multiple times by pawing at McGlade’s iPhone.Lab-pit mix being playful When dispatchers got the call, they knew something was wrong, reports Lu Ann Stoia of ABC 6.  During an interview, McGlade explained, “He was actually able to get my phone out of my pocket.” He recalls that Major stepped on the screen long enough for the phone to call 911, as it was automatically set up to do.

Major waited at the front of the house on the curb for medics and police, and then brought them to his owner. “I probably would have been in severe trouble if he wouldn’t have called,” says McGlade.

Some people say dogs are man’s best friend, while some cat owners may argue, we can all agree that the world is a better place with animals like Major.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.



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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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