A British guide dog named Jet is being called a hero for saving the life of her handler's year-old son.
Jet's owner, Jessica Cowley of Leigh, England, is legally blind. The 28-year-old was walking across a car park entrance with her son Jacob in a stroller, when a car came racing towards the trio, the Bolton News reports. The black Labrador, who's been a guide dog for 5 years, sprung into action, escaping her owner's grip to push Jacob's stroller out of harm's way.
"Jet saved Jacob’s life," she told the Bolton News. "I dread to think what would have happened if she hadn’t pushed him out of the way."
The car did collide with Jessica Cowley who was knocked onto a grass verge and suffered extensive bruising. However, Jacob only suffered a minor injury on his lip after Jet's push toppled his stroller on its side.
Veterinarian Caroline Purnell witnessed the incident and later told the Telegraph, "We feel that [Jet] really demonstrated exactly how important these dogs are. She showed no concern for her own safety and went to protect her handler's child before helping her handler."
"She.. thinks of him as her own," Jessica Cowley told the Telegraph. "What she did was extremely brave and I am very proud of her.”
Earlier this year, a guide dog in training rescued his handlers by alerting them to the approach of an out-of-control vehicle. Watch that footage here.