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Putting Two Paws on the Wheel (Teaching Dogs to Drive in New Zealand)
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 | Chloe Stepney and Sharon Bernstein

Posted on 12/05/2012 9:04:00 PM PST by nickcarraway

Teaching pooches to drive in New Zealand

The New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals teamed up with the car company MINI to teach three rescue dogs how to, well, drive a car.

The car company modified one of its Countryman models to respond better to paws, and the animal organization picked three canines – Monty, Porter and Ginny – to be the drivers.

The idea is to show that the animals are intelligent, trainable, lovable and ultimately deserving of good lives and good homes.

“This is a fun campaign but we hope it will seriously encourage people to consider SPCA dogs for pets, “ said Simonne Mearns, MINI Brand Manager New Zealand . “We want this campaign to raise SPCA awareness and drive adoptions.”

New Zealanders will get a chance to see more of the dogs on Dec. 10, when a segment on them will air on the “Campbell Live” television program.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping

1 posted on 12/05/2012 9:04:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


2 posted on 12/05/2012 9:10:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SamAdams76

PING!


3 posted on 12/05/2012 9:17:04 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: nickcarraway

They probably drive a lot better than oriental women.

Oops! Did I say that?


4 posted on 12/05/2012 9:46:11 PM PST by Bullish (The stench from this amateur regime stinks all the way to Kenya.)
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To: nickcarraway

...I have no problem with this as long as they don’t text and drive... /s


5 posted on 12/05/2012 9:49:27 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: nickcarraway

Ohners of dogs shud hav to leev food alwaays ohhht on the flur.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 9:55:14 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: nickcarraway

Sorry ‘bout that. Just taught my dog how to post!


7 posted on 12/05/2012 9:56:09 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: libertarian27

How can you drive with your head hanging out the window?


8 posted on 12/05/2012 9:58:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: libertarian27

They have to be always on their leash.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 10:14:44 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway
Already been done:


10 posted on 12/05/2012 11:46:37 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: nickcarraway

This is something you will never get cats to do.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 12:20:58 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Slyfox

Toonces!


12 posted on 12/06/2012 12:48:03 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s nothing. In the US we teach jackasses to drive.


13 posted on 12/06/2012 4:05:52 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

14 posted on 12/06/2012 4:14:36 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Unlike many south FL “drivers”, the GSD can see over the steering wheel.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 4:22:29 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

On his way to Burger King,perhaps?


17 posted on 12/06/2012 4:51:15 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: left that other site
Unlike many south FL “drivers”, the GSD can see over the steering wheel.

I know what you're talking about. I have often wondered how these people drive since it appears to me that all they are seeing is a bit of the hood and the sky. How they orient their cars to the road is big mystery to me.

18 posted on 12/06/2012 6:11:12 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: Bullish

Asian women, Latina women, American women of Every Ethnicity and 2/3 of the men out there don’t know how to drive! Especially in NJ! :)


19 posted on 12/06/2012 7:03:11 AM PST by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: Nik Naym

The old days when SNL was kinda funny!


20 posted on 12/06/2012 7:04:37 AM PST by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: OldPossum

LOL!


21 posted on 12/06/2012 8:00:38 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: bramps
Hey Bramps, does your dog know your password?

8^)

22 posted on 12/06/2012 9:01:21 AM PST by Gargantua ("Barbie O'Bunga ~ America's First Fly-Strewn, Maggot-Gagging Fag President")
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To: Joe 6-pack

For crying out loud, I only let my dog drive ONCE! How was *I* supposed to know the dog would attempt to go “off road” at the first rabbit sighted?


23 posted on 12/06/2012 9:56:43 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Joe 6-pack

24 posted on 12/06/2012 5:35:22 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: nickcarraway

Houston traffic is already a dog-eat-dog place. Maybe true canines would drive friendlier.


25 posted on 12/07/2012 10:19:40 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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