The SPCA's world famous driving dogs have all been adopted by
the animal trainers who taught them their new tricks.
Porter, Monty and Ginny made headlines after they became the
first dogs in the world to drive a car - a specially rigged
Mini which they drove on a racetrack.
News of their exploits went viral online and featured on the
Late Show with David Letterman in the United States.
SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin said they had
been "inundated" with offers to adopt beardie cross Porter,
giant schnauzer cross Monty and beardie whippet cross Ginny.
But they decided to give them to the trainers from Animals On
Q who spent eight weeks teaching them to drive.
Ms Kalin said trainers Mark Vette, Jazmin Vette-Dal Bello and
Rosie Miles were caring people who had formed strong and
obvious bonds with each dog.
"Our mission is always to find the best possible home for
every animal and we are convinced the trainers will provide
excellent homes where Monty, Porter, and Ginny will get all
the love, stimulation and healthy exercise they need to live
very happy lives indeed."
Mr Vette says all three dogs were "in dog heaven" in their
Monty now lives with Mr Vette on his farm in Waimauku with "a
pack of great dogs" - most of which have also been adopted
"Together they play for hours in the numerous ponds,
paddocks, and forests.
"Monty has become an awesome companion and is even taking on
the role of watchdog, although he is all bark and no bite.
"He follows me everywhere I go, normally with a stick or
someone's shoe, some typical retriever-type traits that make
them such entertaining dogs. He has a great nature and is
very friendly with everyone who comes to meet him."
Ms Vette-Dal Bello, who adopted Porter, had a very strong
bond with him from the get-go.
Porter now follows here wherever she goes, and he has grown
close to rescue dogs Tuss and Senna, who had given him much
He used to be fearful of loud noises but is now more relaxed.
He continues to get behavioural training.
Ginny, who was adopted by Ms Miles and her long-time friend
Heather Bridgford, now has the run of 16 acres of land with
two friendly Dalmatians to play with.
She is curious, playful and affectionate and - like Porter -
she had come out of her shell around other animals and
"All in all, this has been a fantastic success story that has
proven on a world stage how animals that have had a difficult
start in life can, with love, care, and attention, become
beautiful and forgiving well-rounded companions," Ms Kalin
SPCA Auckland said there were still many more loving, smart
and capable dogs waiting to be adopted at SPCA centres around