In an incredible story of animal heroics, a guide dog saved an infant by pushing a stroller out of the way of an out-of-control car that was careening straight for the baby, reports MSN Now on Sept. 20.
A U.K. woman named Jessica Cowley, who is legally blind and uses a black lab guide dog named “Jet,” was walking in Leigh, England with her one-year-old son Jacob, when Jet spotted a car coming straight for them. Jessica says Jet wrestled away from her and moments before the car would have hit Jacob, pushed the stroller out of harm’s way.
The car hit Jessica, but she was able to jump out of the way slightly and was not seriously injured. The stroller tipped, but little Jacob escaped with only a little cut on his lip.
“Just before [the car] hit me I felt Jet let go," Jessica described. “She’s a strong dog and she pulled out of my hand and actually pushed the [stroller] out of the way. It doesn't bear thinking about what might have happened if she hadn't have done what she did.”
Cowley, who has tunnel vision but is considered blind, said Jet was never trained to act in a protective manner for her son, which makes the dog’s actions especially surprising, and endearing.
"She reacted really quickly, and she's just amazing… Jet is trained to help me but she's not trained to do that sort of thing," Jessica said.
After the accident, Jet came over to Cowley and did what all dogs do to make sure their owner is OK: Jet licked Jessica's face up and down.
“She was worried about me but once she had licked my face and checked I was conscious she was fine,” Cowley said, adding that Jet “loves Jacob and thinks of him as her own. What she did was extremely brave and I am very proud of her.”
A veterinarian actually saw the accident and was quick to offer praise for the work dog’s heroics.
“We feel that she 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,” vet Caroline Purnell said.