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Dog accidentally 'drove' owner's car into pond

German Shepherd Puppy Takes Car For Joy Ride

All dogs seem to love a good car ride, head hangin' out the window, tongue flappin' in the wind -- you know, the usual. Much to her owner's surprise, a German shepherd puppy in Massachusetts decided to trade in her window seat for a chance to get behind the wheel.

WFXT spoke with Rosie's owner, John Costello, who says that when he started up his car, "Rosie had her own ideas."

"The dog just jumped in and hit the gas shift and the car jerked and when she slammed it into drive, she fell on top of the gas pedal."

Yes, the dog went for a drive ... right off the road. Unfortunately, Rosie launched the car right into Bolivar Pond.

Poor Rosie climbed into the back seat, but with help from bystanders, the adventurous German shepherd made it safely to shore.

"She is safe and sound, but that car is a total loss." Thankfully, Costello says he has car insurance.

The Canton police were so amused, they even posted a photo of the pup on Twitter, noting Rosie was just "going with the flow of traffic."

As you can imagine, that's pretty much a one-of-a-kind 911 call.

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chuckhalper June 03 2014 at 11:37 AM

Maybe he can sue the car company for sudden acceleration.Its pawsible---

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Bernie chuckhalper June 03 2014 at 12:46 PM

I hope his lawyer doesn’t read your post…..

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Brian M Benjamin chuckhalper June 03 2014 at 4:53 PM

good one !!!

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coopdabomb June 03 2014 at 7:48 AM

I bet this guy did this himself and blamed the dog.

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Bernie coopdabomb June 03 2014 at 12:45 PM

I’m with you on that….. he might have been distracted by the dog or the dog may have jumped on him causing him to lose control of the steering and he panicked and stepped on the gas instead of the brake..
Hard to imagine that if he was sitting behind the wheel with his feet in position at the pedals that the dog would have fallen on the gas pedal.

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Franco coopdabomb June 03 2014 at 11:51 PM

Poooo Fido! :O(

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Dave June 03 2014 at 8:29 AM

What kind of car will allow you to shift out of park without stepping on the brake at the same time?

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Richard June 03 2014 at 10:12 AM

From a mechanics perspective and knowledge, the 'newer' vehicles CANNOT shift into gear unless you spet on the brake and press the little release button on the sode of the shifter (if it is a floor center shifter) or the brake must be stepped on to release the column shifter. Unless this dog is the reincarnaton of Houdini, it is impossible for this to happen. Would like to see what the insurance company comes up with.... Obviously the police were fooled...

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YOUNG'S TOBACCO Richard June 03 2014 at 4:54 PM

I got a 2014 silverado a 2010 traverse and a 2010 impala and went and checked I can shift all from park to anywhere without pressing the brake

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thermals35 June 03 2014 at 7:45 AM

That is not even possible, great police work.

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mukamukaman June 03 2014 at 8:35 AM

the dog completed every dogs dream like male humans 2 females at one time and for a dog a drive with his head out the window and a swim in the pond at the same time. he is the envy all dogs everywhere and if dogs knew how to use the internet he'd write "check it out B!^@%#"

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kint98 June 03 2014 at 10:22 AM

We commented this during our morning show. Cute this little K-9. I love German Shepard's. They make a great family pet and also a family protection dog.

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David S. June 03 2014 at 4:30 PM

The dog shifted and hit the gas pedal....baloney.

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patsy963 June 03 2014 at 9:02 AM

It is his fault the insurance company won't pay .

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pobo52 June 03 2014 at 12:03 PM

Ain't buying it. Fairly new Dodge requires foot on brake to shift and the button on the shifter must be pressed and the shifter moved out of the park notch, past the reverse and neutral notch and into drive. The insurance company won't be able to replicate this feat. Bet his dog ate his homework too.

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