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Lab sends car into river, makes owner retrieve it

Fri., June 22, 2007

Charlie is in the doghouse.

The sweet-looking black Lab from Sagle, Idaho, totaled his owners’ car Wednesday after knocking it out of gear and into the Pend Oreille River. Coupled with the dog’s habit of chewing the family’s furniture, Wednesday’s incident brought Charlie’s damage toll into the thousands.

Luckily for Charlie, his owner has a sense of humor.

“He doesn’t know what he did,” said Mark Ewing, who watched his Chevy Impala sink in the river.

Ewing had just returned home from picking up a pizza. As he walked to his home, Charlie jumped in the car through an open window.

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

Charlie leapt back out the window before the car plunged into the water.

Ewing’s son quickly got a kayak and paddled to the car, popping open the trunk to rescue golf clubs and other items.

“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.

For the Sagle man, things got stranger after the tow truck driver showed up.

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

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


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