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Guide Dog Saves Trainers from Car

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Guide Dog Saves Trainers from Car

Dogs are not only man’s best friend (and in this case, man and woman), they can be our protectors as well.

Todd Jurek, a training supervisor at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California, was with teacher Danielle Alvarado working with a guide dog in training, an 18-month-old yellow Labrador named O’Neil.

As the three of them were walking down the street, it appears O’Neilís sudden turnaround alerted the other two of what was coming their way: a black car driving in reverse, heading directly at them.

Fortunately, all three of them escaped unharmed, including the vehicle’s 93 year-old driver and her passenger. The incident is still under investigation by police, but the driver has been ordered to go to the DMV for an exam.

O’Neil must still pass his last evaluation, but Jurek expects him to pass with flying colors.

“You cannot train your dog for such a dramatic episode,” he said, adding that O’Neil will probably find a house within the next 2 to 3 months.

Some may say after watching the video that the male trainer looked back at the same time as O’Neil (the woman was blind folded), but even he reportedly claims that it was the dog’s sudden movement that saved them. Decide for yourself by watching the video on the next page.

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8:52AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:37AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Thank you Jason, for Sharing this!

5:20AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

great story,thank you for sharing 28/6

2:41PM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Well done- the dog looked back first, sharper ears I suppose.

3:13AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

dogs rule!

7:34PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

thank you for the article and video.

4:57AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Dog slightly first, but my goodness, it could have been awful!

2:20AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

OMG........... how shocking and scarey. Who would expect that to happen. My gosh all of them and any other pedestrians and drivers too were so lucky. What on Earth was that driver thinking? Wow............amazing, just amazing. I hope the dog is rewarded some how.

5:32PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

Dog looked back 1st.

3:01PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

They are all very lucky. In my opinion the dog looked back first.

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