Dog Can Call Emergency Services

A pug named Pei Pei from Vero Beach, Florida can dial emergency services by pressing a button on a phone for her owner who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and hearing loss. The man who is helped by her is a military veteran, who says he would probably be home-bound much more without her.

Pei Pei has also been trained to do the following things to help him:

  • Make circles around him when he is in a crowd if he feels panicked, to keep people away.
  • Lick his face when is having a nightmare.
  • Run in circles if the smoke alarm is activated.
  • Get his attention when the doorbell rings.

Pei Pei was adopted from a shelter and trained by Dogs for Life, an accredited animal assistance training center. They have been working with assistance animals for thirty years. Every year the also provide educational workshops for the public about dogs and how to train them. They are located in Vero Beach. Assistance Dog International says 18-24 months old is an optimal window for selecting a dog for an assistance training program.

The dog pictured above is a pug puppy – not the Vero Beach pug.

Image Credit: Snottywong


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katarzyna phillips

i'm glad that this army vet [i was discharged from the british army on medical grounds myself] can have the ability to live a 'normal' life whilst having a companion with him who loves him unconditionally. every time i see a charity that supports aiding people, i will always give money. once again, it proves animals are more willing to give than us humans

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold5 years ago

There is no end to the ways a pet, of any kind, can improve our lives. Pugs are a lot of dog in a little body. Never underestimate what they can do.

Elsa O.
Elsa O5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Dogs are amazing. Truly Mans best friend!

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold6 years ago

Pugs are very smart dogs. They are very loving and caring and make great rehab dogs. The only thing to remember is, that when a Pug is "off duty", they then show how much fun (and occassionally) how stubborn they can be. They are said to be a lot of dog in a little body and by goodness they are right.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe6 years ago

Thanks for the interesting story. Pei Pei, you go girl, and do your daddy proud!!!

Darla G.
Darla G6 years ago

It's nice to read about service dogs. This story proves that dogs of all breeds can be used for these tasks.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago


Deborah D.
Deborah D6 years ago

I love to see and read about the variety of assistance can be provided by service and assistance dogs. Thanks for sharing this article