The Water Bowl: Coming Through! Rescue Dogs in New Zealand Learn to Drive

Rescue Dogs in New Zealand Learn How to Drive

12/07/2012 AT 11:30 AM EST

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In order to the put the intelligence of rescue dogs on display, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New Zealand taught three rescue pooches – Monty, Ginny and Porter – to drive a modified Mini-Cooper. The animals were taught to memorize a chain of movements, which allowed them to successfully accelerate, brake, steer and change gears in the vehicle. –New York Daily News

Findings from two related experiments showed that people felt more confident and generated more goals when their pet was around or even just on their mind. Participants of the study who were either in the same room as their pet or were thinking about their pet also fared better in a blood pressure assessment than a third control group, whose members had no pet involvement. –Scientific American

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Sarajevo has become an unlikely safe haven for dogs as one of the only Bosnian cities to uphold the country's law against killing strays. As a result, residents have taken to gathering strays from the street and leaving them at a shelter run by animal activist Amela Turalic in the city. "We have a perfect law," she said, but the problem is that, "the law was adopted almost overnight without anybody providing the conditions for its implementation." –Huffington Post

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