An Australian sales assistant got the shock of his life when he saw a dog, a two-year-old German Koolie, driving a double decker bus through the streets of the northern Australian city of Darwin.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Phil Newton, said: "I thought, 'What the...! This was weird, even for the [Northern] Territory.'"
Newton said the dog was sitting in the driver's seat with paws on the steering wheel. The astonished man said he chased after the bus as it ran slowly down the road and climbed in through the window. He managed to engage the handbrake and stop the bus.
Newton said: "[The bus] 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."
NtNews.com reports the owner of the dog and bus, Richard McCormack, 62, said, he had parked his bus, his mobile home, on Winnellie Road, which runs down a hill, and gone into a yard to inquire about a repair work, when his dog took over. McCormack said, "I came out and saw the bus going down the road. I couldn't believe it."
According to The Sun, McCormack was not surprised that his dog, Woodley, would take over driving from him: "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."
Richard McCormack said he would adjust the handbrake to stop Woodley trying his paws at driving in future.