NEWS OF THE WEIRD

Even a Dog Can Drive It

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Dog trainer Mark Vette showed off his best work in Auckland, New Zealand, in December: dogs driving a Cooper Mini on a closed course. Using knobs fitted to the dogs' reach, Vette taught mixed-breed rescue dogs Monty and Porter 10 discrete actions, including handling the starter, steering wheel, gearshift, and brake and gas pedals, and then put them behind the wheel on live TV. Monty handled the straightaway flawlessly, but Porter, assigned to steer around a bend, ran off the road.

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