April 06, 2022
Major doesn’t have thumbs, but he’ll make life-saving phone calls if he needs to.
Marine veteran Terry McGlade was wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and suffers from seizures and PTSD. Major, his pitbull lab mix, is trained to help with both.
One Spring day in 2014, Terry collapsed in his backyard, and began seizing. Major called an audible, going way outside any formal training he’d received, and pulled McGlade’s phone out of his pocket.
Police dispatch received 10 calls before they sent an ambulance. Do you know how long McGlade must have been seizing for a dispatch to hang up 10 times?
Did you also know a dog stepping on your phone can call 911?
Again, nobody trained Major to use a phone, but he figured it out by watching his owner use it.
When paramedics arrived, Major was waiting to lead them from the curb to the backyard. McGlade is okay, and he has a new phone since his old one has bite marks.
Major now uses the old one to swipe through potential mates on dog dating app Boom Chickahuahua where his profile just says, "Stud."
A dog's instincts go unmatched.
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