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Motor mutts pass doggie driving test with flying collars
France24 ^ | 12/10/2012 | Staff

Posted on 12/10/2012 8:40:09 PM PST by GlockThe Vote

AFP - A pair of highly trained canines guided a modified car along a New Zealand race track Monday, passing their doggie driving tests with flying collars on live television, despite the odd off-road detour.

In a heartwarming project aimed at increasing pet adoptions from animal shelters, a group of cross-breed rescue dogs from Auckland were taught to drive a car -- steering, pedals and all -- to show the potential of unwanted canines.

Footage of the motorised mutts learning their skills has proved an Internet sensation but their ultimate test came on Monday, when the two best performers, Monty and Porter, were put through their paces on national television.

Monty the giant schnauzer cross was first up, driving the modified Mini down the straight by himself, in what is claimed to be a world first.

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Cool!!!!!!
1 posted on 12/10/2012 8:40:13 PM PST by GlockThe Vote
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To: GlockThe Vote

Yabut, can they back up?


2 posted on 12/10/2012 8:48:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Probably better than the crimingrants here in NYC!


3 posted on 12/10/2012 8:49:22 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote
Part of driver training is learning how to deal with distractions...


4 posted on 12/10/2012 8:52:31 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Yeah, but I think it’s a little unfair with the cat-on-a-stick out front and all... /s


5 posted on 12/10/2012 8:54:16 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Sure they can do it with the steering wheel on the right side of the car, but could they do it with a normal car?


6 posted on 12/10/2012 9:00:14 PM PST by PAR35
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To: GlockThe Vote
Hey! Far Side Pictures, Images and Photos
7 posted on 12/10/2012 9:06:09 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: GlockThe Vote
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8 posted on 12/10/2012 9:08:42 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: GlockThe Vote
Cats are behind this. They need chauffeurs to do their bidding, and they need them now!
9 posted on 12/10/2012 9:37:30 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Paladin2

And can they parallel park?


10 posted on 12/10/2012 10:48:34 PM PST by twister881
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To: GlockThe Vote
See your driving dogs and raise you 2 surfing goats..


11 posted on 12/11/2012 1:50:41 AM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

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Poker-playing dogs anyone?


12 posted on 12/11/2012 3:48:10 AM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


13 posted on 12/11/2012 4:00:45 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Could have been worse. They could have taught monkies to drive.
Now if they can get a pig to fly.....


14 posted on 12/11/2012 5:52:31 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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15 posted on 12/11/2012 5:55:08 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GlockThe Vote

It’s all fun and games until...SQUIRREL!


17 posted on 12/11/2012 5:58:19 AM PST by Larry - Moe and Curly (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I would trust Linda-The-Dog behind the wheel of my car, but nor steering the Harley.

One HAS to draw the line SOMEWHERE.


18 posted on 12/11/2012 5:59:55 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: PAR35
steering wheel on the right side of the car

Sure...a dog could learn with the wheel on the wrong side of the car, no problem. :)

19 posted on 12/11/2012 6:02:01 AM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Let my dog drive a car? Maybe.

Buy, I’d have to take away her iPod. She’s a addicted to texting.


20 posted on 12/11/2012 6:48:44 AM PST by moovova
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To: Pride in the USA

I don’t think this video is the actual final exhibition, but it’s an updated version from the training videos we had before. Here you can see that Porter has learned to turn the steering wheel and “drive” on the oval track. What a GREAT advertising campaign this has turned out to be. Hats off not only to the dogs and the trainers, but to the ad agency that came up with this campaign...Auckland advertising agency.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWAK0J8Uhzk


21 posted on 12/11/2012 9:39:16 AM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice

Yep, the whole advertising campaign is brilliant. I hope many dogs are getting adopted as a direct result of these videos.


22 posted on 12/11/2012 10:29:14 AM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Eye of Unk

“Could have been worse. They could have taught monkies to drive.”

You obviously don’t live in Houston.


23 posted on 12/11/2012 11:31:41 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: GlockThe Vote

24 posted on 12/13/2012 5:14:30 PM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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