Choking basset hound saves its own life by dialing 999

March 27th, 2012 - 11:11 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and very scary story lovers (has a good ending)…


Clever canine … George the Basset Hound dialed 999

COPS who raced to a house after hearing desperate heavy breathing during an emergency call found a DOG had rung 999 while strangling itself with the telephone wire.

George, the two-year-old Basset Hound, had knocked the phone to the floor and got entangled in the wire — winding it round his neck.

And he panicked so much he incredibly managed to ring 999 as he pawed at the phone trying to free himself.

The emergency operator alerted police who dashed to the empty home of driving instructor Steve Brown and his daughter Lydia, 18 on Saturday night.

They were preparing to smash down the door when a family friend from a nearby house ran out with a key to let them in.

Four officers sprinted through the house in South Hiendley, West Yorkshire, searching the rooms.


Pals … George and owner Lydia

And then neighbour Paul Walker walked into the living room and found terrified George choking — with the phone lead wound tightly round his neck.

Paul, 41, ripped the phone apart to wrench the wire from George’s throat.

He said: “The police split up and ran through the house thinking someone had either been attacked or was desperately ill.

“I went to look round as well and walked into this room and saw George choking.

“He was absolutely terrified and could not free himself.

“I knew I had to get him free quickly so I just ripped the wire out.

“Incredibly you could see where his paw print was on the phone to ring 999 — he literally saved his own life.

“When the police came into the room and realised what had happened they burst out laughing.

“They told me they had been sent out because of a 999 call in which the operator could only hear heavy breathing and gasping.

“They thought someone had collapsed or been attacked.”


Lucky escape … George managed to paw the emergency number

Paul had been left a key by college student Lydia to feed George later in the evening while she went out to do an evening shift as a waitress.

Lydia said: “By the time I got back the police had gone and George was looking a little sorry for himself.

“It is just so lucky that his paw managed to ring 999 otherwise he would have died.

“We still don’t know how he managed it.

“It’s one of those old-fashioned phones with the dialling ring.

“He’s not usually very smart.

“He’s really dopey and just likes to chew socks.”

End of Story from the THE SUN – UK

Well I am sure this will go viral in the basset hound community.  It will show up everywhere from facebook, twitter, Daily Drool, and back again.  You can say you saw it hear first!

More reporting breaking news as it breaks…..

Love you George and stay away from the old time phone.  Mommy needs an IPhone!

More loving George later…Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. MaureenandSlinky
    March 27th, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    I am so happy this had a good ending, poor George that must have been so scary.

    Can you imagine what George could have done with a touchtone phone!

  2. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    March 27th, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    How scary! I hate to think of what could have happened. It’s hard to believe he was able to dial all 9’s on that ancient phone. Those phones weren’t easy to dial either.

    Looks like he’s got one brown eye and one blue eye doesn’t it?

  3. Cat
    March 27th, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    I think he does have one blue and one brown eye. He is very cute. What a story!

  4. lois lema
    March 27th, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    george has some huge feet.

  5. Cat
    March 27th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

    Lois – the better to dial the phone with my dear! hehehe

  6. March 27th, 2012 | 8:13 pm

    It was fortunate it was a dial phone. A cordless or cell phone would have required too many other buttons to push which would have been unlikely by chance. I think emergency services in the UK should feature George in their public service campaign!

  7. Judy, Bumper & Abby
    March 27th, 2012 | 8:28 pm

    Wow – what a story! So happy it had a happy ending. It would be no easy task to dial a rotary phone with those huge paws! George is one lucky hound!!

  8. Debbie
    March 27th, 2012 | 11:37 pm

    Basset Hounds are so smart! He is a big beautiful boy, glad it turned out really well and that he is okay. I thought the same thing at first …what could he have done with a touch tone phone! (Maybe composed the first touch tone symphony!)

  9. March 29th, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Well, it has gone viral…and who was first? Basset hound town! Thank you, thank you very much!

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