Dog Driving Down Under

by Darren Jamieson on November 22, 2011

An especially talented canine has been spotted driving a large mobile home after observing his owner and learning to drive the bus.

A German Koolie, just two-years-old, named Woodley, was caught in control of the mobile home’s wheel as it raced down the road.

The owner of the bus, a Mr Richard McCormack, spoke of the intelligent canine and how he had learned how to drive the vehicle after watching him over time and had mastered the controls himself. McCormack was also keen to point out that it wasn’t the first or only time that this had happened.

Richard McCormack, 62, stated: “He sits next to me when I’m driving and in the driver’s seat when I’m not. The handbrake is on the dashboard and he’s seen me release it many times.

“He was just copying me. He’s tried it on before.”

The double-decker was brought, eventually, to a stand-still by Phil Newton, a passing pedestrian, who was walking past the bus being driven by the dog. Newton was able to get into the mobile home and get to the hand brake just in time to stop it.

Woodley had decided to go for a drive whilst Mr McCormack had stopped to pop into a local shop for just a few minutes.

McCormack said:

“I came out and saw the bus going down the road. I couldn’t believe it.”

The observant bystander, Mr Newton, 30, did a double take as he spotted the double-decker being driven by Woodley in Darwin, Australia, and then promptly leapt in through the open window of the bus to stop the vehicle.

Mr Newton was quoted as saying:

“This was weird, even for the Northern Territory.”

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