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Charlie In The Water Factory

All he wanted to do was go joy riding. That’s the word at the dog park anyway. Indy 500 Champ - Me! Unfortunately the outcome was anything but joyful for the owner of Charlie, the black lab.

SAGLE, Idaho – Bad dog.

Charlie the black lab drove his owner’s car into the Pend Oreille River.

As Mark Ewing walked home Wednesday evening after returning from picking up a pizza, Charlie jumped into the car through an open window, and apparently knocked the vehicle into gear.

During Mr. Ewing’s absence, all Charlie heard was the kids belly aching about not having their pizza yet. Ever the service dog, Chuck jumped in the car to pick up his owner at the pizza joint, give him a ride home and stuff some Italian pie down the kids’ gullets.

“He somehow got the car into neutral,” Ewing said. “My car just went boom, down an incline and into the drink.”

Ewing could only watch as his Chevy Impala sank into the river. No dummy, Charlie jumped out of the window as the car went downhill.

Charlie got the car rolling by releasing the emergency brake, pushing the clutch pedal in with his lower paws and pushing the gear shift into neutral with his nose. It’s not hard, I’ve done it myself. Once rolling, I can only surmise he had difficulty gripping the steering wheel, leading to him to bail out of the vehicle.

“There’s nothing weirder than looking at your car cruising down your driveway when you’re not in it and seeing your dog jump out and then watching your car go splash,” Ewing said.

Actually, things got a little weirder when the tow truck driver showed up.

Before the driver dove into the water to hook the car up to his truck, he asked Ewing to hold his dentures.

“My car’s in the drink, I’ve got dentures in my hand and this guy Keith … goes swimming,” Ewing noted.

That is weird but I wouldn’t have had a problem holding the dentures for him. You know he’s not a flosser and they would have had some food in between those precious pearly whites. You take your treats where you can get him.

Anyway, Charlie is due in traffic court next week. I hope he doesn’t lose his dog license.

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