Reuters reported this story from the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, but we felt it was incomplete: We contacted Dziewcze, the dog in the article, by phone. The following is a transcript of our exclusive eXoNews interview:
Dog Dials Emergency 999

WARSAW (Reuters) February 6, 2000 - An ambulance and fire-brigade rescue squad answering a presumed emergency call in a Polish town found only a dog left alone in a flat, Poland's biggest daily said.

"Our dispatcher received a call but heard only the howling of a dog at the other end," Gazeta Wyborcza quoted duty doctor Jaroslaw Jazdzyk in the town of Zabrze as saying.

"We reckoned someone in need of help had dialled our number but was too weak to say anything."

But the emergency workers found only a dog, owned by a woman doctor, and the phone off the hook.

Jazdzyk said the dog must have knocked the receiver off the telephone and accidentally pressed the "9" button with its paw, activating the emergency number 999.

eXoNews: Hello?

Dziewcze: Szczekac! (in English, "Bark!")

eXoNews: Hello! This is eXoNews calling from Hollywood, California. Is this Dziewcze?

Dziewcze: Szczekac?

eXoNews: Hello, Dziewcze! Thank you for taking our call! Would you mind answering a few questions?

Dziewcze: Szczekac? Wachac! (in English, "Sniff!")

eXoNews: We read about your recent adventures with the rescue squad and we thought maybe there was more to the story.

Dziewcze: Szczekac! [Wachac.. wachac..]

eXoNews: Would you like to fill us in on what happened from your point of view?

Dziewcze: Szczekac!

eXoNews: The Gazeta Wyborcza news report stated that you "must have knocked the receiver off the telephone and accidentally pressed the 9 button" with your paw to call the rescue squad.

eXoNews: Is that how it happened, Dziewcze?

Dziewcze: Szczekac! Szczekac! W-w-wyc! (in English, "Howl!")

eXoNews: Ah, yes! And you howled into the phone when the call was picked up. What was that about? Were you trying to tell them something, Dziewcze?

Dziewcze: W-w-w-wyc!

eXoNews: What were you trying to tell them, girl? Was someone in trouble?

Dziewcze: Szczekac!

eXoNews: Who was in trouble, Dziewcze? What was wrong, girl?

Dziewcze: Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac!

eXoNews: Uh, not sure we're getting that, Dziewcze..

Dziewcze: Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac!

Dziewcze: W-w-w-w-w-wyc!

eXoNews: Calm down, now.. let's not get ex..

Dziewcze: Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac!

Dziewcze: W-w-w-w-wyc! [Muffled pause. Sound of glass breaking.] Szczekac!

Dziewcze: Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac! Szczekac..

eXoNews: OK. Maybe this isn't a good time to..

Dziewcze: W-w-wyc! W-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-wyc!

eXoNews: Well, I guess that about wraps it up for now..

Dziewcze: W-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-wyc!

eXoNews: Thanks once again, Dziewcze! And be sure to check out our web site!

Dziewcze: Pozegnanie, Amerkanski! [Smiech.]

eXoNews: Bye, now. That's a good dog..

 

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