Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Guide dog saves trainers from out of control car

A guide dog saved a man and a woman dog trainers in California when a vehicle swerve through a public sidewalk at high speed.

Todd Jurek and Danielle Alvarado, both employees of Guide Dogs for the Blind which trains dogs to assist visually impaired individuals, were training a dog in San Rafael, California when a 93-year-old woman who's trying to park her car lost control and put the car in reverse that smashed windows of some establishments. They were taking an 18-month-old Labrador retriever named O’Neil, out for a training walk when it happened.

"It was just an unbelievable sight to see something going backwards, barreling down the sidewalk," Jurek told the paper.

One of the trainers is blindfolded as part of the dog's training, they didn't see the fast approaching car but O’Neil sensed something is wrong and pulled his head backward, and it caught Jurek's attention who then also looked backward just in time to see the car.

Jurek said O’Neil underwent a series of tests on Tuesday to ensure he was not traumatized by the incident. Guide Dogs for the Blind says it hopes to have the courageous pup placed with an individual sometime in the coming weeks.

The news was reported by San Jose Mercury News.

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