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In 1940, A. Douglas Thompson, a Tennessee paperboy, was delivering his papers when he was attacked and bitten by a neighborhood dog. Thompson had it taken to a pound. It was released to its owner a few days later.

But the owner of the dog, Gertrude Jamieson, was so upset at Thompson for impounding her pet that she began harassing him with obscene phone calls several times a day. She pets it up – for 43 years. Finally in 1983, at the age of 85, she stopped calling Thompson (who by now was age 59) – but not because she had forgiven him. The only reason she stopped calling was because she had suffered a minor stroke and was confined to a hospital room without a telephone.