A dog who “LOVES laying on electronics” gave her owner’s fiancée a scare by taking a nap on his phone and sending some bizarre text messages.
In a series of tweets sent Sunday morning, Twitter user @DopeyMcGeee, who goes by Rye, said that his fiancée was out of town, and he fell asleep while texting her. But that wasn’t where the texts ended as his dog, Rosie, took control of the phone.
“Dog came and laid her bare belly on the turned-on screen and managed to send texts that definitely made her think I was having a stroke,” Rye wrote, alongside a screenshot of Rosie’s conversation with his fiancée.
After a string of gibberish, including a one-second audio message Rye described as “just my dog belly rubbing the phone,” Rosie somehow typed—in three separate messages, one per word: “The brain hurt.”
“Are you ok?” she replied—and Rosie found perhaps the worst way to reply to that question: “N;”
“My dog and I managed to ruin her night of dancing with her best friend. I definitely owe them both a night out,” Rye added in the thread.
Thankfully, Rye is fine. He told Newsweek that his fiancée was visiting Portland, Oregon. Rye was at home in Florida, with a three-hour time difference. Rye set an alarm for 3 a.m. his time—or midnight her time—to say goodnight. But he ended up falling asleep when sending the message, and since Rosie is “a cuddler,” she hopped up next to him.
“She has a hairless belly and she moves around a lot in her sleep,” Rye told Newsweek. “The keyboard is one of those types that you just have to slide your finger between letters to type out words.”
However it was a case of Rosie somehow “[managing to] type out the exact wrong things and the exact wrong time.” Rye’s fiancée was at a bonfire at the time, in honor of a friend’s mother who had recently passed.
“Everyone was gathered around telling emotional stories about loved ones that had passed away, and some were even sharing stories of how they felt the presence of departed loved ones visiting them,” Rye said. “It was in the midst of this, that I awoke to my alarm and started texting her goodnight and fell asleep doing so.”
The texts alarmed Rye’s fiancée, who showed them to her friends, who all agreed that a call to 911 was in order. An officer went to Rye’s place and woke him up to do a wellness check.
“I explained what had happened to the officer and he said ‘Yeah…that happens sometimes,'” Rye said. “And all I could say was ‘……it does?'”
Thankfully, everyone sees the funny side now. Rye says everyone’s been laughing about it, even his parents. But as Rye says, strokes are serious.
“Strokes are no joke, so it made me feel loved that they reacted how they did,” he said.
When a stroke actually happens—and isn’t a false alarm triggered by a wriggly pup—it’s very important to act quickly. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “During a stroke, every minute counts!” Symptoms of a stroke include numbness and weakness, particularly on one side of the body; confusion; trouble seeing; trouble walking and severe headache, according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends using the F.A.S.T. method to determine quickly if someone is having a stroke. Quoting the CDC, F.A.S.T. stands for:
- Face: “Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?”
- Arms: “Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?”
- Speech: “Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?”
- Time: “If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.”
The CDC also recommends noting the time that symptoms appear—and to call an ambulance so treatment can begin on the way to the hospital.
Since Rye didn’t suffer an actual stroke, however, the internet responded with a number of memes poking fun at the situation.
Twitter user @AlboUnderhill used the Star Wars Anakin/Padme meme format to illustrate the situation.
Others reacted to the message itself.
“Okay but as someone who had stroke-like symptoms caused by a major migraine this legitimately isn’t too far off of what I typed out to my friends,” @kayschulte wrote.
“That “N;” is truly some bad luck. Of all the responses,” @smallgraygames wrote.
User @graypets shared a bit about their own critter that’s a fan of electronics.
“One of my kittens opened Netflix with her paw. I didn’t know I HAD Netflix,” @greypets.
Finally, @mrbigwalt shared a very similar story of his own.
“Similar thing happened to me 4 days ago. Texts were coming from my wife’s phone, and I thought she might be having a stroke. It was from our 18 month old granddaughter who my wife was babysitting,” he wrote.