Yesterday the 47-year-old Lakey pleaded guilty in municipal court to filing a false report when Oreo, her 140-pound Great Dane, collapsed inside her home. Lakey called 911 and reportedly told the dispatcher that her "daughter" was gravely ill. Five rescue vehicles and at least a dozen emergency workers arrived at Lakey's home.
Lakey was then surprised when a paramedic arrived on the scene and threw her arms up in frustration to complain, "It's just a dog."
But, no, Oreo was much more than a pooch to Lakey and her husband. And here's where the story gets even more bizarre.
As the Post-Dispatch reports
in a story that's gone viral, the Lakeys did more than just call 911 the night their dog collapsed. They also administered CPR on Oreo. Unfortunately, the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (Cookies and Squeam, anyone?) wasn't enough to save the pet. Now Rose Lakey and her husband sleep each night in their king-sized bed with Oreo's ashes wrapped in a blanket beside them. Just like old times.
"This sounds crazy, but she was our kid," Lakey told the daily.
Crazy? Nah. Who are we to judge?
There are normal dog owners. Then there are those really, really absurd dog owners. (Think canine sweaters and T-shirts like the one pictured here.) Rose Lakey of O'Fallon, Missouri, falls squarely into the latter category.