Dog “Steals” Owner’s Truck

MaxMax the dog likes to be in the driver’s seat.

When Charles McCowan of Azusa, California stopped for a cup of coffee and left his dog in his truck, he would never have guessed what would happen next.

After getting his coffee, McCowan went back to the parking lot to find his truck gone. He thought that both his truck and dog were stolen, and he reported the incident to the police.

But not until the authorities saw a surveillance video did they figure out what had happened to McCowan’s truck. The officers told McCowan that he would not believe what they saw.

McCowan apparently had left the truck in neutral and Max had pawed the handbrake, which caused the truck to roll backwards.

The truck rolled through five lanes of traffic and came to a stop at a gas station across the street.

Max and the truck were unhurt during the adventure.


17 Responses to “Dog “Steals” Owner’s Truck”

  1. KAEfamily says:

    The carnage that could have occurred because of a dumb pet owner!

  2. Nancy G. says:

    I don’t see where he was dumb. He had the truck in neutral and the hand brake on. He had his dog in the vehicle, not tied to a lamp post out front of the store. It wasn’t July, with the temp around 97 degrees. This was an accident. Accidents happen. He could have put it in ‘park’, tho…

  3. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Perhaps the truck has a manual transmission — no parking gear, then.

  4. kathy says:

    c’mon ladies—-all’s well that ends well!

  5. suzeq says:

    it doesn’t say whether the car was running or not-either way the human screwed up,not the dog. thank God it wasn’t a tragedy for either one,or innocent people!!!

  6. Ken shin says:

    The truck, did have a manual transmission or HE WOULDN’T OFF PUT IT IN PARK. DOGS are smarter than you think they are, the dog knew that (that stick) the parking brake made it go. I HAVE SEEN OTHER OWERS DO A LOT WORSE (AS STATED ABOVE) IN HOT WEATHER, TIED TO A LEASH IN THE BACK OF A PICK UP ,THE TRUCK STOPS–THE DOG JUMPS OUT—BREAKS ITS NECK!!!!…..I SEE NO NEGLECT HERE…..

  7. Don Earl says:

    With a manual transmission, the usual practice is to park it in low gear so if the brake fails, the engine compression will keep it from rolling, or at least slow it down. And, does anyone remember the old “turn the wheel to the curb” thing? That’s so if the brake fails, the car rolls to the curb and stops.

    Once upon a time, these were things a person was required to know in order to obtain a license to operate a motor vehicle.

    44,000 people are killed on US roads each and every year. The scary part is most of these accidents are caused by people that aren’t drunk, but drive that way all the time, even when they’re sober.

  8. Chuck U. Farley says:

    Ohhhh…look at the picture, folks. This couldn’t be the owner’s fault, the dog is a PIT BULL! I mean, we all know those demon dogs are all evil, right? So not only do they snack on smaller animals and other dogs then make a satisfying main course out of unwary children and slow adults, but they commit GRAND THEFT AUTO too!

    Next thing ya know we’re gonna have gangs of bloodthirsty pit bulls roaming the streets selling crack and strafing innocent bystanders with automatic weapons.

    Wait and see, it will happen!

  9. Dragonkitty says:

    Chuck, you crack me up!

    Thank goodness nothing worse than confusion ensued! This could have ended so badly!

    ~The Lioness

  10. KAEfamily says:

    There is a special precaution a competent driver of a manual transmission must know regarding parking: leave the car parked in the lower gear in addition to the hand brake. And all drivers must know to always turn the wheel to the curb depending whether it’s uphill or downhill.

  11. Ken shin says:


  12. KAEfamily says:

    Ken Shin,
    I think Chuck U. Farley’s comment is meant to be facetious. And please unlock your Caps Lock key. Some folks might be wondering why you are screaming ;-)

  13. Ken shin says:

    i was not screaming, “SORRY”, i was just trying to make a point….

  14. MAC`s GANG says:

    I agree with Chuck.
    I think they`re evil and out to take over the world.
    Mine locked me out of my car and I know it was intentional.
    They always steal your car keys just before they suddenly turn, so they can make a quick get-a-way.
    Mine demanded a ransom before he would give them back.
    I think he probably went to Walmart and had a copy made before he returned them.
    Yup evil and smart.
    I expect this to show up in those google alerts about evil “Pit Bulls”
    I`m sure the smart part will be left out.

  15. Chuck U. Farley says:

    Hey Ken shin…that was “sarcasm”, dude!


    Pronunciation: \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

    1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
    2 a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
    b: the use or language of sarcasm

  16. Ken shin says:

    Yea, like i said sorry, dude, i believe peoople say what they mean &mean what they say…….I dont get into sarcasm, nor have the time to deal with dictonary..a’s..and..b’s…of meanings…

  17. Miller says:

    The dog has been reading too many Calvin & Hobbes books.

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