Last week, emergency dispatchers in Thames Valley, England received a strange 999 call from what sounded like a person in distress. Instead of detailing their emergency, whoever was on the other line seemed unable to answer, responding only with heavy breathing.
Naturally, an officer was rushed to the address to investigate.
Right at that very moment, Mary Amos-Cole, who lives across town, was wrangling her cordless telephone from the mouth of her two-year old dog Leighton, who had grabbed it and run out outside. Soon she discovered that he'd actually been calling the police on himself.
"Next thing I knew there was a policewoman at the door asking if I was all right. That's when we realized it must have been Leighton, Mary told the BBC.
"She said a colleague answered the call and all he could hear was heavy breathing, which I guess was Leighton panting. They didn't know which emergency service we needed, so she was sent to check our address."
Thankfully, says Mary, the responding officer seemed understanding of the situation.