Last updated at 14:52 GMT, Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Driving school for dogs

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Meet Monty: a four-legged friend on four wheels.
No, it's not a shaggy dog story, this pooch really is driving the car, after being trained by a charity in New Zealand.
Six months ago he was abandoned by his owners. But the charity hopes that by showing how intelligent dogs can be, more people will adopt them, putting dogs like Monty back in the driving seat.

four-legged friend

an animal with four legs

shaggy dog story

a long joke with an intentionally silly ending

abandoned

left behind

adopt

to look after a child or animal as your own

in the driving seat

in control

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.


four-legged friend/shaggy dog story/abandoned/adopt/in the driving seat


1. Mr Morabito said more than 3,000 people had already applied to ________ a dog.

2. More employees should be "____________" and own a share of the company they work for, the deputy prime minister has said.

3. Still, with so much human suffering, it may seem like a stretch to ask people to help ____________.

4. An agreed sale of its Indian operations to HSBC ran out of time and is now being __________.

5. "This may seem like a ___________ but it has a serious purpose."

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How did you do?

1

adopt

2

in the driving seat

3

four-legged friends

4

abandoned

5

shaggy dog story