Animal trainer Mark Vette in conjunction with the New Zealand chapter of the SPCA trained three rescue dogs, Monty, Ginny and Porter, for three months to teach them how to go, stop, and change gears.
Monty has been chosen to demonstrate his skills on live television in New Zealand next week.
The stunt has a serious purpose, to show how intelligent rescue animals can be, whether as workers or family pets. People sometimes think abandoned animals are second class, but they can be as intelligent as any other pets.
There are no plans to teach cats to fly airplanes.
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Samie Kennedy and Zilla have a typical owner-pet relationship.
They are best friends. They go for walks and motorcycle rides. But Zilla is far from the kind of pet one usually takes for a walk. Zilla, named after Godzilla, is a 5-year-old red iguana.
Kennedy had wanted an iguana after watching one smoke a joint in a Cheech and Chong movie and he “thought that was pretty cool.” He got Zilla free as a baby when a local pet store went out of business in 2007.
Zilla is now a little over four feet long and weighs about nine pounds.
There are few places the two don’t go together. For walks Kennedy leashes him to a harness that resembles a biker’s black leather jacket because he wants Zilla “to look real cool.”
Zilla perches on Kennedy’s shoulder when he rides his motorcycle because that obviously looks cool.
Kennedy has arranged his apartment to accommodate his cold-blooded best friend. There is no mention in the story whether they partake of the cannabis together on occasion.
Ugly, weird, or cool is totally in the eye of the beholder but we think Zilla is pretty cute in his unique reptilian biker dude way.