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Buddy (Assistance Dog)

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The Resume

    (circa March 2007- )
    Born in Michigan
    Resided in Scottsdale, Arizona
    German Shepherd dog
    Received media attention after dialing 911 during his owner's medical emergency (September 10, 2008)

Why he might be annoying:

    His owner Joe Stalnaker was unable to live alone, suffering from random seizures after a brain injury during a military training exercise.
    His barking and whimpering surprised and confused the dispatcher who answered after Buddy activated 911 on the telephone.
    The dispatcher asked Buddy if a person was available to talk, unaware that Stalnaker was having a seizure.
    911 dispatchers were among the many people who found the incident strange and unusual.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was adopted at age eight weeks from Michigan-based Paws with a Cause, which trains assistance dogs.
    Stalnaker trained him to press programmed phone buttons to activate 911 during a seizure.
    Scottsdale's 911 system had his address flagged with a message that a service dog could activate a call in an emergency.
    He activated 911 on two previous occasions when his owner was having a seizure.
    His actions and significance in his owner's life did justice to his name, 'Buddy'.

Credit: Pr31wnb


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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 15 Votes: 6.67% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 124 Votes: 54.03% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 44 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 341 Votes: 55.43% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 6 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 250 Votes: 62.80% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 194 Votes: 43.81% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 129 Votes: 51.16% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 102 Votes: 45.10% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 603 Votes: 46.43% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 29 Votes: 44.83% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 126 Votes: 34.13% Annoying