Monday, February 6th, 2023
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Retrievers Behind the Wheel

Here at the Offbeat Outdoors blog, we know how passionate
retrievers are about the water. Here are three Labs that showed
equal enthusiasm for driving.

Lab Takes Spin

Charlie the black Lab was so thrilled to see his owner return home
from a trip to the store that he leapt into the car’s open door as
Mark Ewing carried a fresh pizza into his house.

When Ewing turned to look back at the car, he couldn’t believe
his eyes. He watched-frozen and dumbfounded-as his car speed down
the driveway, heading straight toward the Pend Oreille River.

“He somehow got the car into neutral,” Ewing told the Spokane
Spokesman-Review. “My car just went boom, down an incline and into
the drink.”

And Charlie? Well, he safely bailed out before the car hit the
water.

“There’s nothing weirder than looking at your car cruising down
your driveway when you’re not in it and seeing your dog jump out
and then watching your car go splash,” said Ewing.

It’s a safe bet that Charlie didn’t get any pizza leftovers that
evening.

Retriever Drives Boat, Dumps Angler

Police in Florida were summoned after an angler’s black Labrador
retriever knocked him out of his boat, and then circled around him
at high speed while floundering fisherman shouted for help.

Ocoee resident Robert Bates was preparing to head to shore after
an evening of fishing with his Lab, Shadow, when the dog hit the
boat’s throttle, tossing the angler overboard.

Witnesses called police to the scene, though a resident with a
boat was able to rescue the dunked fisherman–and retrieve his
retriever-before authorities arrived.

Officer James Berish with the Ocoee Fire Department said Bates
was examined and released from a nearby hospital for possible
hypothermia.

“The only thing (Bates) said was, ‘That dog couldn’t drive the
boat,'” Berish told The Orlando Sentinel.

Good Dog, Bad Driver

Police in a suburb of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory reported a
pedestrian was more than a little concerned when he observed a
black Labrador retriever speed by him–while driving a red pickup
truck.

When Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived at the scene, the truck
was blocking traffic in the middle of the road. The dog, described
by officers as “exuberant,” remained behind the wheel.

The RCMP went door-to-door in the neighborhood and eventually found
the Lab’s owner–at a friend’s house, watching a hockey game.

RCMP Sgt. John Sutherland, in a tongue-firmly-in-cheek press
release about the incident, wrote, “Subsequent investigation
indicates that the dog was celebrating the hockey victory and
knocked the truck into gear, causing it to roll down the
hill.”

There were no injuries or damages in the incident. Police did not
say whether the dog would be cited for having the wrong kind of
license for operating a motor vehicle.

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