A pensioner is feeling pretty embarrassed after reporting ‘hackers’ for deleting hundreds of her Facebook posts – only to find out it was actually her dog, who had sat on her phone.Linda Meems was shocked when she logged into the admin page for her hometown’s social media group, Spotted Turburty, to find that loads of her posts had been deleted. Linda, 69, fired off a Facebook message from her iPad last Tuesday to group founder Chris Ward to clear her name and explain she had been offline as she was in the bath.
Concerned she had fallen victim to hackers, Linda reported the suspected fraudulent activity to Facebook and swiftly changed all her passwords.
However after hearing a ‘weird’ noise coming from under her three-year-old dalmation-labrador Bo, she fished out her phone to discover the dog had deleted all the posts with his bottom.
The gran-of-seven has vowed to never leave her phone near Bo again – and captured a snap of him looking very guilty after recovering it.Linda, originally from Tutbury, Staffs, said: ‘I felt sick when I realised what had happened.
‘I then had to phone Chris feeling very embarrassed and frustrated but thankfully she only laughed – most of the [group’s] members have had a good laugh too. ‘When I originally logged into the Spotted Tutbury group I realised the cover photo had changed and there was more than 100 items that ‘Linda Meems’ had deleted.
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‘I remember thinking “I haven’t, I’ve not been online” and in a panic I contacted Chris.
‘She said “I bet you’ve been hacked you need to get in touch with Facebook”.
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‘I remember wondering where my phone was and then all of a sudden hearing a really weird noise.
‘I realised it was under one very big black dog and I fished it out and never thought any more about it.
‘But later I thought “oh dear the dog’s been on my phone”.’Retired retail manager Chris, who lives in Hatton, Derbyshire, said: ‘We all panicked because we didn’t know what was happening.
‘Linda messaged me to say there was something weird going on with the page.‘I logged on and saw it repeatedly said ‘Linda Meems has deleted this post’.
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‘I put a message on the group straightaway to say we had a gremlin and in the meantime we logged the issue with Facebook.
‘Linda finally solved the mystery when she messaged me to say she’d found her phone underneath the dog.
‘I can laugh about it now – you couldn’t make it up could you?
‘The guilty party’s new name is hacker dog.’Retired control room operator Linda, who was born and lived in Tutbury for 52 years before moving to The Netherlands, had spent the morning gardening and then enjoyed an hour-long soak in the tub.
After drying off she logged onto the site and it was then she spotted the bizarre goings on.Linda said: ‘I’m admin on the page because I lived there all my life until I met and married a Dutch man – my husband Bert Meems.
‘The Facebook group is a wonderful link to home. We all feel very close – it’s like a big family.
‘It’s great to be a part of the community even though I’m not there.
‘That morning I’d decided to do some gardening and had my phone in my back pocket with a certain signal on when it’s something coming up from Spotted Tutbury.
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‘As I was very dusty from my work I decided to go for a bath. I dropped my phone on the chair and went off had a good long soak in the bath with a cup of tea.
‘I put my iPad on and remember thinking that Chris must have changed the cover photo, then I saw all the posts I’d supposedly deleted.
‘When I realised Bo was the culprit, I said “what have you done?”.
‘Of course you’ve only got to say that and you get the puppy eyes as he knew he’d done something he shouldn’t have, but didn’t know what it was.
‘The chair I put it on is a rocker, when he climbed up onto it the phone must have slipped down and he got straight on top of it.’
Despite initially feeling embarrassed about deletion of the posts, Linda said she’s started to see the funny side and relaxed when she realised it wasn’t a genuine security breach.
Linda said: ‘I felt stupid at first and worried what people would think, but then I just felt relieved when I knew it wasn’t a serial hacker.‘In future I’ll leave my phone somewhere Bo can’t plant his bum on it.
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‘Since that happened everywhere I’ve gone my phone has gone too – the garden, the shower even the hairdressers – it’s definitely taught me a lesson.’