No, this isn't an April Fool's joke or some sort of wacky car commercial. It's the SPCA Auckland (located in New Zealand) coming up with an innovative way of proving that it's possible to teach a rescue animal new tricks. Monty, Porter and Ginny are all dogs rescued by the SPCA Auckland, and each was taught the ability to drive a Mini Countryman around a track.

After being strapped into the driver's seat, the dogs are able to use their paws to start the car, steer it and work the gas and brake, which have been modified similar to a car setup for a special-needs driver. These dogs aren't being trained to drive on the street as any sort of driving-eye dogs, rather it is just a demonstration of how smart and docile rescue dogs can be regardless of how they ended up there. Porter was found wandering the streets, Ginny was abused by her owners and seized by the SPCA and Monty was surrendered by his owners to the rescue. Ironically, Porter and Ginny initially got carsick during the exercises, but have since gotten over this.

Think it's a joke? Scroll down to watch four videos showing the dogs in action and another to see what mods were made to get the Mini ready for canine duty. In the first video, you can also see that Porter does a better parking job than most humans!

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I wanna ride shotgun and my head out the window
      • 2 Years Ago
      in a bout a year or 2 this dog will be drifting around a track.
        • 2 Years Ago
        and the dog would win more championships than Ken Block.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porter is out cruisin' for bitches.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mind: Blown
      • 2 Years Ago
      That dog drives better than 90% people in my town.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rise of the Planet of the Dogs.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am going to get them to teach my dog so I can have a full time DD! lol
      • 2 Years Ago
      New Zealand's answer for the cruise control.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once these dogs have completed their training and are permitted to drive on their own, out on the highways and city streets without the aid of human handlers, they'll probably prove to be better drivers than many humans.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome what these guys are doing with these dogs
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was ready to write this article off, but the music really changed my opinion. How can you not laugh while listening to that and seeing the dog's awesome face?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never thought I would see the day.
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