This seems crazy but apparently there is a driving school for dogs in New Zealand. Before you ask why, watch the video below because it is quite amazing. The lessons are part of a campaign by SPCA Auckland, to change people’s opinions about rescue dogs. The aim is to show the intelligence of these dogs who are seeking homes and highlight the fact that their abilities are in no way hampered just because they have ended up in a shelter.
Here is a video of three dogs – Porter, Monty and Ginny – driving their specially fitted out car (refresh the page if the video does not load):
These three dogs have all come from the SPCA shelter in Auckland. You can read more about their stories on the SPCA Driving Dogs Facebook page. Here is Monty’s story:
Hi I’m Monty.
I’m a Giant Schnauzer cross. I’m 18 months old and I’m a boy. Oh, and I’m learning to drive a MINI.
In June I was surrendered to SPCA Auckland because my owners couldn’t look after me anymore. That was a sad time in my life but I’ve moved on. I have a car now.
I’m a big, strong boy so I’m looking for someone to handle my big personality. Some people say I’m a bit of a goofball, but I reckon they’re just trying to keep me humble.
My fur is a bit longer than most other dogs, so I need regular brushing to keep me looking sharp. I respond well to training (clearly) and once you set some rules and boundaries, I’ll be a great pet.
At this rate, I may even pick the kids up from soccer practice one day.
This is quite an amazing campaign by the SPCA Auckland. I know people online are already asking if it is a hoax, but as far as we can tell it appears to be a genuine program. For all the details and videos check out the Driving Dogs webpage.
I know it would great if Cress could drive our car, the least he could do is drop me at the shops when we need to grab dog food at the last minute 🙂