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Rescue Dogs Learn to Drive - ABC News (VIDEO!!)


Animals  (tags: rescued dogs, Good News, ABC WorldNews, animalwelfare, New Zealand animal rescue, promoting, adopt, dogs, video )

BarbCat
- 631 days ago - abcnews.go.com
A New Zealand animal rescue organization taught three rescue dogs to steer a car. The dogs used a jerry-rigged break and even shifted gears. The goal behind the stunt was to highlight the unexpected possibilities of rescue dogs and promote their adoption



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:19 pm
The video is the THIRD one down the page!
 

Pat B. (354)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:19 pm
WOW...how cool is this? I bet my little Corgi could do this. (Just kidding). She likes hanging her head out the window sniffing the air. Aren't rescue dogs the BEST? I think so. Thanks, Barb for this. xox
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:38 pm
Clever pooches. Hope it helps rescued dogs.
 

Ann W. (35)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:21 pm
Hey Barb - does this mean that if I get a rescue dog next time it will be able to drive me to the shops? Because I get mighty tired of walking!
 

. (4)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:26 pm
So cool! Hooray for the rescue dogs! That was great, hope it helps adoption. My dogs couldn't reach the steering wheel! Thanks Barb.
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:18 pm
That would be wise to teach them to drive a car? What if something bad happened?
 

Nancy Black (302)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:52 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, shared. Really cute and sounds neat, but it also sounds a hair dangerous. Wouldn't dogs to be hurt or people. Think there are other ways to make adopting dogs more popular.
 

Evelyn B. (43)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:28 pm
Believe it or not, we can't watch this in France! But there is an article on http://www.news.com.au/news/rescued-dogs-in-new-zealand-learn-how-to-drive/story-fnejlrpu-1226531319083, and there are clips on facebook under Drivingdogs (http://www.facebook.com/drivingdogs/app_106365926195124). The test drive is scheduled for next monday (10 Dec) according to the article
 

Evelyn B. (43)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:36 pm
Another link that works is http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/dog-tricks-canines-learn-drive-zealand-17883705 (first item discussed)
 

Evelyn B. (43)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:53 pm
And another longer video on http://news.sky.com/story/1021385/rescue-dogs-taught-how-to-drive-a-car
 

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:37 pm
Green star to Evelyn - we couldn't watch the ABC clip from here in the UK either - but I searched for 'rescue dogs taught to drive NZ' and got a load of clips - including this one - http://www.theaucklander.co.nz/news/dogs-can-drive-heres-proof-video/1648170/ - wonderful! Thanks Barb - and it was really amazing in a couple of them - the Giant Schanuzer didn't look like a dog driving - he looked rather like a human driving! Hooray for rescue animals - they really are the best!
 

Debbie Crowe (78)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:06 am
LOL. The dog looked so relaxed, like he had been driving a car for many years!! I hope this gives exposure to the dogs to get them adopted. Great gimmick!!
 

rene davis (74)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:36 am
As long as they don't go over 50 lol!
 

. (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:11 am
I may trust dogs more so than computer driven cars!
 

Danny M. (81)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:42 am
So cool! Thank you Barb!
 

Maru V. (38)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 11:13 am
Thank you for sharing. They are so cute and relax...
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 11:53 am
Noted and thanks for sharing Barb. The big Schnauzer looks like it is a better driver than I am :) At least it is more relaxed than I have been know to be. Hooray for Rescue Dogs coming up with such a clever idea for clever dogs!
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 11:56 am
Noted and thanks for sharing Barb. The Big Schnauzer looks like a better driver than I am :) At least it looks more relaxed than I have been known to be. Thanks to Animal Rescue for coming up with such a clever idea for clever dogs!
 

beka c. (48)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:34 pm
I saw this morning,a title, and thought fake. Its amazing. Again could not watch,as I am in country
not allowed for video.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:22 pm
Thank you Barb, just saw this on the news last night! Outstanding! LOVED IT! Hugs
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:02 pm
I don't think the dogs will be out on the road -- but they might be safer drivers than some humans :)
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:45 pm
Cool, thanks Barb. Now if I see what appears to be a dog driving a car in the near future I won't think I've lost my mind. Agree with Greenplanet....dogs would most likely not be putting on make up, shaving, reading the newspaper, talking on the phone, or texting while driving.
 

Richelle Rausch (43)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:04 pm
OK, but can they get a valid drivers licsence? And what happens if they see a cat on the road? Or a hot pooch? Sorry, but this is too funny!
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:56 pm
whatever works to get them adopted. thnx, Barb.
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 8:41 pm
Noted! Animals are so incredibly smart!
 

Missy O. (8)
Friday December 7, 2012, 3:48 am
I dont mind that animals are smart, but somehow this I don't like, if they need to "convince people" that the dog are smart and not second hand well then they should not have a dog those people. all animals should be adored and loved no matter what and if the owner needs convincing well then its not the right owner..

-Missy-
 

John S. (301)
Friday December 7, 2012, 4:23 am
Hope that they get there message accross, but I think most people will just see something funny.
 

Danuta Watola (1196)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 1:39 am
noted
 

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:04 am
WOW, just WOW!
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 7:39 am
Agree with Nancy Black.
 

Nan B. (62)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:21 am
I could honestly say they would probably drive better than most humans!!! But I would rather have this fur baby as a passenger, I feel like they deserve to be chauffeured!
 
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