Bailey, a Golden Retriever from Herefordshire, had run off with a cordless phone in his mouth and dialed 999 while chewing it, police said. The operator raised the alarm when she heard heavy breathing and shouting.
“Come out or else, I’m warning you”, were the last words she heard before the call ended and she alerted police.
Hide and seek
When the operator finally managed to call the number back, Jodie Halfpenny explained that her dog Bailey was to blame. He had stolen the handset and run off into the garden to chew it, she said.
Ms Halfpenny, from Withington, Herefordshire, and her partner Jamie gave chase, but Bailey thought it was a game and hid behind the shed and refused to come out.
The call was made at about 1630 BST on 20 April just as the couple were ordering Bailey to come out.
Ms Halfpenny said: “Bailey chews everything he can just now, but we didn’t think he could dial 999.”
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “Staff thought they had a violent domestic or even a potential murder on their hands. “For a few moments, they wondered what sort of incident they were dealing with.
“An operator phoned the number back hesitantly, only to be greeted by a very apologetic woman who confirmed that all was well and that the culprit was not her husband- but the dog. You just couldn’t think this stuff up, could you.”
On January 20, 2009, we learned about a loss in our Land of PureGold Foundation family, a loss for Marti Brown, one of our wonderful Board Members. From Virginia Beach, Marti began her interest in Goldens in 1978 when she and her husband, Joe, lived on their horse farm. At the time, they both thought Goldens would be a perfect fit because of their friendly nature. Sadly, our board member, Marti Brown, lost her Golden Angel Carly girl to cancer on January 18, 2009.
Dogs come into our lives, leave paw prints on our hearts, and we are forever changed. At first they need us, but then we need them. As a result, losing that shadow at our feet is heart wrenching. But, with time and much healing those cherished memories, which never leave our heart, allow us to rejoice in the many walks that made our journeys together worthwhile.
Meet Katly, Marti’s latest therapeutic intervention, to combat the unbelievable sadness that comes when these Golden souls leave our sides. She just arrived this week and is already taking over the place.