Poor Doggie...

Heh...If this is true, then it is pretty funny..in a weird sorta way...anyone able to debunk it?

An elderly lady with a dog, called Verizon phone company to say that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called; and that on the few occasions when it did ring her dog always barked before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.The phone didn't ring but the dog barked loudly and then the telephone did ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground post via an iron chain and collar.

2. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.

3. After several such jolts, the dog would start barking and urinate on the ground.

4. The wet ground would complete the circuit and the phone would ring.

...Which shows you that some problems can be fixed by just pissing on them.


by Eric on November 21, 2003 | Comments(4) | Psycho Rants

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WHERE did you get that????

posted by: Key on November 21, 2003 05:29 PM

Some crazy Canadian sent it to me in the e-mail...heheh...poor dog...dang, but it IS funny...

posted by: Eric on November 21, 2003 05:34 PM

Now that is funny, Eric, I can hardly type, I'm laffin so hard. My minds eye sees this hilarious picture. Thanx

posted by: ken on November 24, 2003 09:07 AM

Cute story but anyone with a basic knowledge of electricity could debunk it. Let's apply a little critical thinking to this one...

Assuming the dog was tied to a ground stake (only in older houses these days), it is just that: a ground. The dog would need to be *between* the ground and hot to become part of the circuit. This is why birds can sit on electrical wires - they don't complete the circuit. A dog simply tied to a ground stake would receive little or no shock because current would take the path of least resistance, i.e., down the metal stake into the ground.

Every part of "ground stake to dog" path would need to be conductive. If the dog was wearing a nylon or leather collar there would be no conductivity. Even if the dog was wearing a metal choke chain, it's fur would tend to be an insulator. The dog's collar would need spikes facing in order to make contact with the dog's body.

But even if the dog was somehow in the middle of the circuit and standing in a pool of liquid, there would not be sufficient current to close the circuit to make the phone ring. The voltage and current in a phone line are much too low to overcome the resistance.


posted by: JMAC on December 16, 2003 01:38 PM