29/03/2012 06:08 BST | Updated 29/03/2012 06:19 BST

Dog Saves Its Own Life By Accidentally Dialling 999

A 999 call is made. No words are uttered, but the emergency services operator on the other end of the line can hear heavy breathing and is understandably concerned. An ambulance is sent out to the phone number's address.

The caller? George, a two-year-old Basset Hound from South Hiendley, West Yorkshire, who'd managed to get himself tangled up in a phone line - and then, somehow, tapped the '9' button three times.

As you might have guessed, George's owners weren't at home at the time, with Steve Brown and his daughter Lydia unable to help their beloved pooch - so it was up to friendly neighbour Paul Walker to help the emergency services to save the day.

"He was absolutely terrified and could not free himself," Walker told The Sun. "I knew I had to get him free quickly so I just ripped the wire out. Incredibly, you could see where his paw print was on the phone to ring 999 - he literally saved his own life."

It's not the only time a dog has managed to inadvertently save himself - last year, 15-year-old Patches saved his own life by singing "happy birthday," the Daily Mail reports. Up until then, the dog in question was reportedly on death row after accidentally ending up at the pound.

In a joyous turn of events, a dog carer looking for him called the establishment, and as a test to see if the pup was indeed Patches, and not a stray, started singing the song. When Patches started howling along, he was sent back to be reunited with his family. Happy, happy days.

And for more impressive dog tricks, here's a video gallery of impressive dog tricks. They're pretty impressive - if not strictly life-saving, admittedly.