George the handsome Basset Hound got into serious mischief recently, but managed to save himself by calling “999” (U.K.’s 911) on a rotary phone.
Assuming the story is not entirely fabricated (it’s from The Sun, so we really can’t be sure), George was alone in the house when he became entangled with the phone cord, wrapping it around his droopy little neck. While desperately pawing at the phone, he apparently managed to dial 9 three times in a row.
The operator, who later told a police she “could only hear heavy breathing and gasping,” sent police to the locked house thinking someone either being attacked or desperately ill. Police were about to smash in the door when George’s neighbor Paul Walker saw the commotion and came over with an extra key. While police dashed through rooms looking for the emergency, Mr. Walker discovered George in the living room choking himself on the phone cord. He quickly ripped the cord from the phone, saving beefy little George’s life.
According to George’s owner Lydia Brown, George is “not usually very smart. He’s really dopey and just likes to chew socks.”
Either Brown is really underestimating her pooch, or George is just an extremely lucky dog.