Bonnie the Deaf Dog Alerts Owners to Burglar

A funny, but potentially dangerous story comes out of Oregon involving a 3-year-old deaf dog named Bonnie and a 25-year-old burglar.

Last week, Dan Strasser awoke at about 6:00 AM to noises of his English springer spaniel, Bonnie, running around the living room more rambunctiously than normal for that time of day.  “I figured a skunk or squirrel got into the house because I have a door that I keep cracked for her [Bonnie] to go in and out of,” said Strasser.

What Strasser found was a burglar in the house attempting to steal his laptop computer.  Bonnie, being such a friendly soul, thought the man was there to play with her. The problem is they played a little too long and hard.

When Strasser arrived on the scene, the perpetrator, later identified by police as 25-year-old Thomas Lowell, decided to run.  The problem for the bumbling would-be-thief was he left out the wrong door.  Instead of exiting the back door — the way he entered — he went into the crowded garage and fell down.

Strasser yelled for his girlfriend to bring him his gun and call 911. When Lowell brandished a knife, Strasser showed him his gun, which convinced Lowell to stay put. “There was a lot of, ‘I’m sorry,’” said Strasser. “He starts talking about how he wants to go home and see his kid and asks if I would please let him go. All the stuff you’d say if you’re caught and you don’t want to go to jail.”

Lowell begged Strasser not to hurt him after Bonnie decided to sit on him as he lay on the garage floor. When police arrived, Bonnie let them handle the intruder who was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and parole violation.

Dogs are a magnificent species who have total loyalty and unconditional love for their humans.  Kudos goes to Bonnie who handled a potentially threatening situation with a mixture of playfulness and aplomb. Lowell told police he thought Bonnie was a police dog and was too scared to move.

And, yes, Strasser will be installing a doggie door for Bonnie so he can keep the back door locked in the future!


Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Donna Ferguson
Donna F5 years ago


Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago

Don't do the crime ... good dog!

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder5 years ago


Irene S.
Irene S5 years ago

This story clearly shows the benefits of a crowded garage!

Jacqueline GLYDE5 years ago

What a wonderful dog ,is your Bonnie

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Janne T5 years ago

Nice one Bonnie, your the BOMB beautiful!! :)

Shannon Moody
Shannon Moody5 years ago

Nice one Bonnie! and kudos to the owner too

B J.
BJ J5 years ago

Glad the incident ended without bloodshed. Had Strasser not been a responsible gun owner, burglar/parolee carrying a drug may have decided to use his knife. Hmmm. . . . Depending on size, dog doors may not be any safer than leaving door open.