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Specially trained dog dials 911 to save master's life

Dog with phone

March 13, 1996
Web posted at: 1:45 p.m. EST

From CNN affiliate WMUR-TV

NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) -- An 8-year-old dog is credited with saving the life of her owner by making a phone call -- just as she was trained to do. (162K AIFF sound or 162K WAV sound)

Bayly

Lyric, an Irish setter, made the call early Tuesday when she heard an alarm indicating that Judy Bayly's breathing machine had cut off.

After first trying to rouse the sleeping Bayly, Lyric, a specially trained medical assistance dog, dashed to the kitchen, knocked the phone off the hook and slapped the touch-tone buttons three times. (570K QuickTime movie)

That activated a speed-dial button programmed to call 911. To make it easier for the dog, several of the phone buttons were programmed with the same number; the dog didn't have to hit a precise numbering sequence.

"It's amazing," said Charlene Hall, a dispatcher at Nashua Fire Rescue. "The dog is trained to go over and hit that phone three times to get 911 and she barks into the receiver."

Lyric

Bayly, who must sleep with the respirator because of a breathing disorder, was suffering a major asthma attack when an emergency team arrived.

Bayly said it was the second time Lyric -- who was trained by an agency that also trains seeing-eye and hearing-ear dogs -- has summoned help. Lyric also made a 911 call a month or two earlier, Bayly said, when she stopped breathing. (127K AIFF sound or 127K WAV sound)

"I've got some kind of guardian angel sleeping on my bed with me, even if it is red with a fur coat," Bayly said.


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