28 thoughts on “Guide Dog Trainee Saves Trainers”

  1. I just found out about our loss of Idealist707. He seemed to be brave to the end and having only knew him by his words written here, I am glad to see that he took things in stride in how he presented his condition here. From his words, he seems to have lived a full life despire the setbacks human frailty challenged him with. He certainly offered a vibrant facet for us to read.

    I hope he finds peace. He surely is deserving of such. At least in this blog he can leave something for those who haven’t the chance to know him to remember him by, and that will continue in our world after the person has left us.

  2. Thanks for that, Mike Spindell, et al. Idealist was oversensitive and lonesome but he was a very smart guy with a good heart.

  3. Notice: Idealist707 died in Stockholm, June 10. For those who knew him.

    1. Malisha,

      Thank you for letting us know. I had feared that his bad heart finally caught up with him. I had sent him a couple of “E” mails off blog but received no response. I will personally miss him and his contributions to this blog. Sometimes he was over the top in his commentary, but I assumed it was due to his various debilitating health issues. Many times though his vast experience and intelligence was enlightening. I am glad he was with us for a time and that he got some pleasure from being here.

    2. I am very very saddened to hear of the passing of Idealist707. I would love to learn more about him if anyone has anything to share.

      As for ruffling feathers, I welcome it. This blog is strengthened with differing views. We do not need an echo chamber. While we are generally united in our love for civil liberties and free speech there is considerable variation of views on many subjects that are worth pursuing in a civil fashion. Obviously, I do not like the personal attacks or uncivil comments. Yet, this is a forum dedicated to free speech. We have only banned a couple of people in the history of this blog despite it being ranked as one of the most visited legal blogs in the world according to AVVO. What we ask is that people observe our rule of civility and avoid threats and personal asides. I am the only person who can ban an individual and it takes a demonstrated history of racist or hateful comments or a refusal to comply with our civility rule.

  4. Larry,

    It is the dog that looks back first. This causes the trainer in the blue, who is watching the dog, to look back. If you pause the video at the 4 second spot, the dog’s head is turned around to the left and the trainer’s is still looking at the dog.

  5. You know, Im not trying to rain on the dog’s parade here, but it wasn’t the dog who saved them. If you look real closely at the video, you’ll see that the man in the blue jacket (in the back) is the one who looks behind him first, sees the car, and pushes forward toward the person in front of him and it’s not until this push happens by the MAN that the dog begins running. This is so clearly visible, I don’t know how or why it’s being overlooked.

  6. LOL, Pete, I have kept sea cucumbers- they are tres cool- see the cuke with the long body and the many feathered mouth at 1:27- I had one of those from the Red SEa, The body was about 12-14 inches long and he was flourescent pink banded along his body. Yes, he was named Hoover because he vacuumed the hair algae for tiny life, er, foods. He was beautiful and had a lot of personality for being a (mostly) mouth and digestive tract. I liked him a lot and still, years later, mourn his passing.

  7. Pete, LOL excellent. The dog at 2:37 is on to something, something far too many humans have not as yet learned.

    Has anyone baked O’Neil a pound of bacon as a reward yet? If they haven’t they don’t deserve such a fine canine companion. Not steak but B A C O N, that center-cut stuff or “Food of the Gods” as it should by now be known universally- meat-candy as it were….. Ummmmm bacon.

  8. bettykath, It’s tough to do, and I commend you for taking actions.

  9. My mother was at a point where it was time to stop driving. She objected. We reached a compromise. She was to take a driver safety course, including an actual driving test. If she passed, she got her keys back, in the meantime, I would drive her wherever she wanted to go.

  10. The problem of the elderly who should not be driving I believe rests primarily on the family. We had a male member[the toughest ones] of the family who had no business driving. He fought tooth and nail about giving up his keys. I completely understood. It’s giving up a big part of your independence. But family members have to step up and we finally got through to my uncle by showing him news accounts of elderly people killing others in auto crashes. The govt. should be the last resort.

  11. Steve,

    And it’ll only get better…. But that’s perspective….

    Mike S.,


  12. David

    Echoing AY, OMG…..indeed. Age an aging person myself, I recognize that there has to be a point where one must stop driving. Down in Florida where I live it is sometimes frightening on the road driving near people of advanced age. Then again, there are many much younger people who also drive dangerously. For most of this country there is a problem with adequate public transportation and thus driving precludes isolation. About 34,000 people are killed in auto related accidents each year. That dog saved two from adding to the statistics.

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