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10-29-2004, 08:49 PM

Dog Calls 911, Opens Door for PoliceFriday, October 29, 2004

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RICHLAND, Wash. Faith the service dog phoned 911 when her owner fell out of her wheelchair and barked urgently into the receiver until a dispatcher sent help. Then the 4-year-old Rottweiler (search (http://search.foxnews.com/info.foxnws/redirs_all.htm?pgtarg=wbsdogpile&qcat=web&qkw=Rottweiler)) unlocked the front door so the responding police officer could come in."I sensed there was a problem on the other end of the 911 call," said dispatcher Jenny Buchanan, who answered the call from Faith."The dog was too persistent in barking directly into the phone receiver," Buchanan said at Benton County's Southeast Communications Center (search (http://search.foxnews.com/info.foxnws/redirs_all.htm?pgtarg=wbsdogpile&qcat=web&qkw=Southeast%20Communications%20Center)). "I knew she was trying to tell me something."Faith is trained to summon help by pushing a speed-dial button on the phone with her nose after taking the receiver off the hook, said her owner Leana Beasley, 45, who suffers grand mal seizures.Guided by experts at the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound (search (http://search.foxnews.com/info.foxnws/redirs_all.htm?pgtarg=wbsdogpile&qcat=web&qkw=Assistance%20Dog%20Club%20of%20Puget%20Sound)), Beasley helped train Faith herself."She's a real trooper," Beasley said Thursday.The day of the fall, Faith "had been acting very clingy, wanting to be touching me all day long," Beasley said.