05/14/2014 AT 5:25 PM ET
Now this is one smart dog!
When Terry McGlade collapsed from a seizure, his rescue dog Major knew just what to do – he grabbed the phone out of McGlade’s pockets with his teeth and stepped on the screen for several seconds, automatically dialing 911.
“I probably would have been in severe trouble if he wouldn’t have called,” says McGlade, who told ABC6 that the dog had actually never been trained to call 911.
Though no one could explain the situation on the call to 911, the dispatcher got the message. “It sounded like a confused male, I’m not really sure what’s going on there,” the dispatcher can be heard saying on the 911 recording.
When the police arrived, Major was waiting out front to bring them to his unconscious owner.
McGlade, who is a United States Marine, was injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Two years ago, he adopted Major, a lab and pit bull mix mutt, who is trained to sense seizures coming on and help McGlade with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Right now he’s my world because he’s basically an extension to my body,” says McGlade. “I don’t think I could operate in the every day world without him right now.”