A guide dog named Abby saved the life of his blind owner by holding his ground on the pavement and preventing his owner to go onto the road.
The owner Nathan Edge was extremely thankful to Abby for saving his life by restricting him from moving towards the road because of a soundless electric car.
Nathan had given the command to the dog to move forward because of being unaware of the car on the road, but luckily, the guide dog did not comply. Abby could see the car coming, so he steadfastly remained immobile on his spot and saved his owner’s life.
Nathan said that during his training before getting the guide dog, he was told to be stationary if the dog does not move first, and that is precisely what he did. The electric car had no engine noise, which made Nathan believe that the road was clear, and hence the wrong command was given to the dog.
Nathan has a Facebook page about Abby and his former service dog Hudson who has retired now and lives with a family not far from Nathan’s house. The purpose of the page is to pay tribute to both the dogs for their services. Nathan also has plans to start a daycare business for dogs at the beginning of next year.
The European Union law now requires all new low emission electric vehicles to have an acoustic vehicle alert system. However, there is no law making it mandatory for old electric cars already on the roads to get the system installed.
A spokesperson of a guide dog organization said that they were sorry about the incident that happened with Nathan and his guide dog. The spokesperson further added that they are currently running a campaign for people with sight-loss to ensure their safety.
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