A guide dog-in-training earned his stripes Monday morning when he alerted his handler and a fellow trainer to an out-of-control car seconds before it barreled into them.
Todd Jurek, a training supervisor for Guide Dogs For The Blind, was accompanying O'Neill, an 18-month-old labrador, and apprentice instructor Danielle Alvarado, who was blindfolded, on a field test in San Rafael, Calif., when a black car nearly backed into them, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
Security cameras show O'Neill spotting the vehicle, and the group immediately running for safety.
"He [the dog] reacted probably two seconds before I did," Jurek told KTVU. "He turned around saw it, then I turned around saw it."
"The worst could have happened ... It's pretty incredible nobody got hurt," he said.
According to the Journal, the driver was a 93-year-old woman and the DMV is investigating her driver's license.
O'Neill is in the process of completing his testing and will be paired with a blind client in two to three weeks.