A Labrador retriever is being hailed a hero after successfully pushing a baby's carriage out of harm's way in Twist Lane, Leigh, reported Friday's publication of the Telegraph.
The dog, named "Jet," has been a guide for her guardian, 28-year-old Jessica Cowley, for five years.
On this particular day, Jet sensed danger before Cowley was aware that there was even a problem.
As a car careened out of control towards the carriage, which held Cowley's one-year-old son, Jacob, Jet wrenched free from her guardian's grasp and pushed the baby's pram out of the car's deadly path.
Cowley was struck by the out-of-control vehicle, and "sent flying," but her baby was spared serious injury.
According to The Bolton News, Cowley sustained serious bruising from the impact, but she is now home from the hospital and recuperating.
Jacob's mother is grateful for Jet's quick reflexes and devotion. She stated:
It doesn't bear thinking about what might have happened if she hadn't have done what she did.
“She was worried about me but once she had licked my face and checked I was conscious she was fine.
She loves Jacob and thinks of him as her own. What she did was extremely brave and I am very proud of her.”
The frightening incident took place outside of Jet's veterinary clinic.
Veterinarian Caroline Purnell, who saw the incident, commented on Jet's heroic action:
"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."
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