Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Those Smart German Shephards!

This could only happen in New Jersey:

"A US woman who ended up with three police cars outside her home claims she was teaching her dog to dial 911. Sylvia D’Antonio, 46, of Lake Parsippany, New Jersey, was charged with disorderly conduct for making three late night 911 calls. But she insists the calls were made by Slayer, her German shephard. A police dispatcher was alarmed because when the calls were picked up “the only communication was someone breathing”. The calls were traced and three squad cars raced to D’Antonio’s home where they found there was no emergency. D’Antonio claimed she told Slayer how to dial 911 in an emergency and the dog got the number right. “She knocks it off the hook and then she steps on it,” she said. "

I can't even figure out where to pee (last night I peed on the sofa, much to the consternation of my Dad) let alone how to use the friggin' phone. All power to Slayer, and for all we know, it could have been an emergency in his mind. Maybe his water bowl was empty.

Still on the topic of law enforcement, join me in wishing Hans, a K9 Police Officer, a jolly good retirement. In his career, he apprehended over 100 criminals and saved his human partners life on more than one occasion. His retirement gift? No, not a watch but "a jumbo-size box of dog biscuits." Let's hope his dentures can handle it.