Yes, you read it correctly, dogs are driving cars and while you might think it is some sort of ridiculous spoof, it is actually spot on. The SPCA in Auckland New Zealand wanted to find some innovative ways to show how smart dogs are and how you should adopt a rescue dog as a new additional to your family. What other way to show off a smart dog than to put him behind the wheel of a car? That is exactly what this particular SPCA is doing. While you might think they would have used only super, perhaps genetically enhanced dogs to take on this feat, they choice rescue dogs themselves to help them show you that even though they were tossed aside by someone else, they are still lovable, and obviously, very teachable.
The first three dogs to step in the driver’s seat, first in a tester and then in an actual Mini Countryman are Porter, Ginny and Monty. Different breeds with different stories, but all three seem to really enjoy their time behind the wheel. Porter, is the first and he was found wandering around all alone. Ginny was abused by her owners and the SPCA rescued her from a sad life. Monty was surrendered by his owners for unknown reasons, being un-trainable could not have been one of them.
The dogs are strapped into the driver’s seat in their own style of seatbelt, are trained to start the car with their paw, steer it and work the gas and brake. The gas and brake pedals obviously had to be modified, much the same as they would be for a special needs driver. Now, if they can train these dogs to drive down to the corner store to pick up milk, bread and eggs, everyone will want one.