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Help Refused to Dog Who Dialed Emergency Line

Yeah, they're asleep. I'm going to pee in their shoe now.I remember being a young pup and the accompanying lack of self confidence I felt when approaching cute, chick pups to chat them up.

My head was too big for my body, my paws were like mitts on a baby and my bark had yet to change to the deep masculine one I now sport. In addition to that I couldn’t trust what came out of my mouth, if anything at all.

If that doesn’t make you feel like a l-o-s-e-r, nothing will.

That’s why I preferred to do my talking to the ladies one on one, and it was best done over the phone.  That way if I were rejected, or made a cat out of myself, the pain would be minimal. Sure I’d still put my tail between my legs and race to the fridge to pig out on a quart of Frozen Paws ice cream, but at least I didn’t ruin my chances with other potential mates.

I bring this up only because I read an article this morning about a golden retriever trying to get some alone time, no doubt to call his girl, on his owner’s phone. The Metro UK has all the details.

A 999 call in which the operator heard muffled voices, whining and a man shouting before the line went dead turned out to be from a dog.

Initially, communications officers heard the man shouting, “Come out or else, I’m warning you!” followed by whimpering and feared they may be dealing with a violent domestic incident.

An operator called the number back and a woman at the other end explained that there was no raging husband but that a golden retriever was to blame.

Jodie Halfpenny’s 14-month-old dog Bailey had grabbed the home phone in his mouth and scampered off into the garden to chew it, she explained.

Jodie, 20, from Withington, Herefordshire, and her partner Jamie gave chase, but Bailey tried to hide behind the garden shed and – as he gripped the handset between his teeth – he bit down on the number nine button three times.

The call, made on Monday afternoon, came through to the operator as Bailey got temporarily stuck behind the shed and the human voices urged him to come out.

His pursuers then wrenched the phone from his jaws and the line went dead.

Jodie said the officer did not initially trust the 999 call was made by a dog.

“I don’t think the policeman who rang later believed me at first when I told him what all the screaming was about. He was very serious,” she told the Mirror.

A spokesman for West Mercia Constabulary said: “Staff thought they had a violent domestic or even a potential murder on their hands.

“Operators heard muffled voices talking, and man shouting ‘Come out or else, I’m warning you!’, accompanied by the sound of whining. Then the line went dead. For a few moments, they wondered what sort of incident they were dealing with.

This type of abuse is a national tragedy and the most unreported crime of this generation. How many dogs need to be threatened with the ‘Leave It’ command before something is done!

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