No Snopes item on it that I could find. Yet.

A charity in New Zealand is teaching three dogs to drive to highlight their intelligence and encourage more people to give rescued animals a home. The campaign is part of a push by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to find more homes for abandoned pets in New Zealand.

The three animals chosen by trainer Mark Vette are Monty, an 18 month old giant schnauzer, Ginny, a one year old whippet cross and Porter, a 10 month old beardie cross.

Their training began in September with simple movements, such as putting a paw on a mock gear stick, sitting in a driving position and holding a steering wheel. After five weeks their training progressed and movement was added by mounting training aids on a trolley. Next step for the dogs was to get in a real car, with a trainer in the passenger seat to help with the steering.



  1. Uncle Dave says:

    So, what will Alfred’s first comment be? How Obama is driving the economy into the ground? How’s he letting the country go to the dogs?

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      Ditto!

      Can’t improve on that at all.

    • ECA says:

      Umm,
      READ..this is in NZ..NEW ZEALAND..

      NOW to get them to read street signs, is going to be a MESS.

  2. fishguy says:

    More “busy-work” BULLSHIT for the media to distract us with. In fact, I am a bit surprised it appears here. “Uncensored” indeed.

    • Uncle Dave says:

      Media distraction – exactly why it’s perfect for here. What’s even more instructive is how many people actually think the dogs will be driving instead of it being what it is: a publicity stunt for adopting shelter animals.

      • fishguy says:

        What’s next? Facebook for Dogs? (see show #446, I think, or Conan).

  3. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    Obviously ……..

    1. Cats.
    2. Jobs.
    3. Photoshopped.
    4. Breeds
    5. Chihuahuas.
    6. My Ex.

    Too many targets.

    Alfie? Alfie is like Penguins. Any mention makes it a funny.

  4. MartinJJ says:

    Finally continue to sleep in the backseat while your dog drives you to work. It must be NZ’s answer to the Google self driving cars.

  5. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    The last time I let my dog have the car he buried it in the back yard.
    When I undug it, the inside smelled like poodle so I know he didn’t use it to get kibble at PetSmart like he said.
    I tell ya, I can’t trust him anymore. I do admire his ability to lick his own ass though.

  6. jim g says:

    I call Bullshot on this story

  7. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    None of you mentioned the competitive advantage NZers have with the steering wheel on the right, rather than left side of car.

    Its unfair.

    Now why didn’t Obama rail against the unfairness of it all, hmmm? What’s he hiding?

    • tcc3 says:

      The also have improved gas mileage. Their cars weigh less due to their clinging to the bottom of the Earth.

      The bastards!

  8. sargasso_c says:

    I live in NZ and quite honestly haven’t turned on the TV since the the end of the 2012 London Olympics.

  9. doggonedrivers says:

    bumper sticker…….

    WARNING! I accelerate for cats.

  10. MikeN says:

    Right to work laws have passed the legislature in Michigan, awaiting the governor’s signature. Now auto union bosses can’t take money from their workers without their consent.

  11. msbpodcast says:

    Oh crap! I can just imagine how this will read on a police report after the neighbor’s dog steals a car and goes joyriding.

    Its bad enough that dogs run off but now to have them drive off too…

  12. Grey Bird says:

    Wow, a totally new type of Service Dog. Before we had seeing eye dogs that lead their visually deficient person around, now they can drive them to the store too!