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Guide dog saves his trainers

Labrador retriever alerts two people to out-of-control car careening toward them.

By Vetstreet Jun 13, 2013 2:32PM

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.

Photo: Guide dog in training O'Neil is being called a hero for alerting his trainers to an oncoming car. / NBC Bay AreaSurveillance 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.

Watch the amazing video here.

"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

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Jun 13, 2013 6:31PM
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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!

Jun 13, 2013 6:23PM
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I think this story is a bit over-stated.  The dog turned his head ...  Really?  That's it?
Jun 13, 2013 6:19PM
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uh...excuse me...the dog seen the car but didn't run until the guy in back did...I'm not putting down the dog because I think they are amazing helping the blind but the reporter who wrote this needs some serious meds...QUIT TRYING to sensationalize every damn story and making it look like a dog who was saving his own a$$ into a hero!
Jun 13, 2013 5:57PM
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Always some hero dog B.S., .......It's like I was working under my car and my dog barked at a cat, and just as I looked to see what it was the car fell.......the dog saved my life..... Folks don't believe everything you read!
Jun 13, 2013 5:34PM
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There's a reason old people keep driving- they have no other way to get around!! Not everyone wants to sit, drugged up, in a chair watching daytime tv. Think about what you want when you get old and start working on it now or live dreading the day someone takes your keys.
Jun 13, 2013 5:29PM
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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.

 

Jun 13, 2013 5:25PM
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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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