Guide dog saves his trainers
Labrador retriever alerts two people to out-of-control car careening toward them.
O’Neil, an 18-month-old yellow Labrador retriever, passed his last test as a guide dog in training with flying colors. He’s being hailed as a hero for alerting his two trainers to an out-of-control car careening backward down a sidewalk in San Rafael, Calif., on Monday morning.
Surveillance video shows trainers Todd Jurek and Danielle Alvarado jumping out of the way as they’re narrowly missed by a car driven by a 93-year-old woman who thought she was stepping on the brakes while parking but accidentally hit the gas, reported KTVU.
"I think O’Neil heard the wheels come up on the curb, so he heard that before I did,” Jurek said.
When the dog tugged at his harness and turned around, the trainers realized they needed to move quickly. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident.
— Watch it at NBC Bay Area
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Photo: Guide dog in training O'Neil is being called a hero for alerting his trainers to an oncoming car. / NBC Bay Area
My grandfather quit driving in his early 70's. He still had a valid drivers license for several years after that, but he knew he could no longer drive himself safely, so he had his children and grandchildren drive him where he needed to go. I really admired him for making that decision even if it was inconvenient, and perhaps a little discouraging for him.
Love ya Pops... RIP!
I wish these guide dogs were not part of the over population problem. Guide Dogs for the Blind "run" puppy mills in order to have enough dogs to choose from for their programs...or so they say. I say, with millions--MILLIONS!--of dogs euthanized annually they could find enough qualified candidates if they tried. I won't donate a dime to their organization until they get with the 21st century.
There are too many stories of older folks in their late 80's and 90's doing this.
I say there should be bi annual testing for anyone over 80 just so that the public is safe.
I had to take my grandmothers card and it was hard but every time I went to see her she had a new scrape or dent that she did not know how got there.
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