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Volvo thinks they’re being smart. They recently announced a driverless vehicle that offers a type of valet service without the tip.

Using a phone app, the car will drop you off at the door, find an open parking spot and pick you up when you’re ready to leave.

As innovative as this might sound, Volvo’s still a few steps behind a New Zealand animal shelter. They teach dogs to drive.

Porter, a bearded collie cross (Source:
Porter, the driving dog (Source:


Driving dogs offer endless possibilities. Sure, they could drop you off and pick you up. If temperatures were hot, you’d just want to make sure they left the windows open or the car running while they waited.

Additionally, they could easily run errands – pick up dry cleaning, prescriptions, take-out. With the proven ability to safely operate heavy machinery, they could be taught to vacuum, do laundry, mow the lawn and run the snow blower. Who knows – they might even learn to clean windows.

That’s a lot more than Volvo’s driverless car will ever be able to do.

At our house, we’ve already taught our dogs to do windows but it’s kind of hard to see through the spit. In looking at driving, we’re going to take a conservative approach. We’ll start them with the driverless car and see where it goes from there.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


Check out Porter’s amazing driving skills! (Source:



About the Author

Pam Waits has more than 20 years of experience in human resources with 10 years in the top HR spot for mid-sized companies. She currently works as a Human Resources consultant. Additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Pam is also a writer and humorist, defying the perception that human resource professionals lack a sense of humor. She’s a leader who believes humor is an important part of a healthy business culture and a necessary part of life. 
If you’re too busy to laugh, you’re too busy.

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