Thursday, July 1, 2010

More bad driving by dogs

We've seen dogs going for parking lot joyrides, crashing into storefronts, and when they're not driving cars irresponsibly, trying to eat them.

I can't decide: Do these stories not count as news anymore, or has it become such a tradition that I should keep reporting on them? But this one's got an extra twist that may call to mind the reports of dogs shooting their owners. From the St Petersburg Times:

Searching for oil leaks underneath his pickup truck, Christopher Bishop placed his Ford F-150 in neutral and left the driver's door open.

Unwittingly, Bishop also left himself vulnerable to his rambunctious bulldog, Tassey.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, Tassey hopped into the truck and jumped around in the front seat, knocking it into gear and causing it to roll over the left side of Bishop's body.

Bishop, 43, was transported to Pasco Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It's hard to know, of course, whether this dog had murderous intent or was just a terrible driver, since even cursory research reveals that bad driving by dogs is rampant. Along with the stories we've blogged about, our friends at Dogster dug up another handful going back to 2001, and I'm sure in-depth reporting would reveal many more.

But either way, perhaps it's time to start addressing this problem with some canine education: Maybe dog owners need to make sure their pets have not just a dog license but a driver's license too.

(Yes, I've used that photo before. But really, you can't see that one too often.)

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