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Guide dog saves two of its trainers from being hit by runaway car

By Mason White 11:04 AM June 13, 2013
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By: Debbi Gross
(Scroll down for video) A guide dog in-training has proven the it got what it takes to help and protect a blind person.

The guide dog saved its handler and trainer from being injured in a car crash in San Rafael, California. The dog alerted them to a runaway car on the sidewalk before it could hit them.

Todd Jurek, a supervisor, was training the guide dogs for the blind, accompanied by O’Neill, an 18-month-old labrador. One instructor, Danielle Alvarado, was blindfolded in a field trial when a black car almost backed into them. The video which was uploaded to the internet, shows the dog turning around spotting the car moments before it hit them, and the group immediately ran to safety.

“The dog reacted probably two seconds before I did,” Jurek said. He turned around, saw the car, then I turned around, I saw it, and we ran,” Jurek added. The driver of the black car was reportedly a 93-year-old woman. Luckily, nobody was hurt in the incident.
O’Neill is in the process of completing its training and will be matched with a blind person in about two to three weeks.
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