DOG "Woodley" takes his master Richard McCormack's bus for a spin
Watched his master too well: Woodley, a German Koolie dog, drove the double decker bus along the street when Richard McCormack nipped into a shop in Darwin. Source: Northern Territory News
SALES assistant Phil Newton could hardly believe his eyes when
he saw a dog driving a double-decker bus through the streets of
the Australian city of Darwin.
"I thought, 'What the ... !'" he told Northern Territory News.
"This was weird, even for the [Northern] Territory."
Newton, 30, said the dog was sitting in the driver's seat with
its paws on the steering wheel. He chased after the runaway
bus, leapt through an open window and rammed on the handbrake.
"It ran for a couple of hundred meters (yards), swerved across
the road, went up on the footpath and was just about to run into
a parked car when I stopped it," he said.
Woodley, a two-year-old German Koolie dog, appeared to be
unrepentant about his aborted joy ride.
His owner, Richard McCormack, 62, said, "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."
McCormack had parked his massive mobile home and popped
into a shop for a couple of minutes but that was enough
for Woodley to go for a spin.
"I came out and saw the bus going down the road.
I couldn't believe it," he said.