That’s one way to chill out. Caroline the black Lab sent her owner’s truck into a swimming pool when she got scared during a grocery store run in North Carolina. According to FOX 11 news, Ruth and Michael Smith’s pooch gets nervous in the car and always does the same thing. “When she gets scared, […]

By Amy Jamieson
May 06, 2015 07:25 PM

That’s one way to chill out.

Caroline the black Lab sent her owner’s truck into a swimming pool when she got scared during a grocery store run in North Carolina.

According to FOX 11 news, Ruth and Michael Smith’s pooch gets nervous in the car and always does the same thing. “When she gets scared, she’ll go down on the floorboard of the truck,” said Michael Smith.

This time, 90 lbs. of dog landed on Ruth’s foot and the gas pedal. In an effort to avoid people or cars, Ruth steered the Dodge Ram (which was going about 55 miles per hour) across a parking lot, through a fence and into John McNamara’s swimming pool.

“We hit the water, and I’m going ‘Where in the name of God is this water coming from?’ ” Michael Smith said.

For McNamara, a quiet moment in the kitchen became unforgettable in an instant. “Honey, there’s a truck in the pool!” he said to his wife as he looked outside.

“[She] just laughed at me and said, ‘What are you doing, smoking or something?’ I don’t smoke. I said ‘No, I mean it!’ ” McNamara told FOX 11.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the crash – except for the car, which is totaled – and Michael seems relieved that things played out the way they did.

“I hate that that happened to his pool, but I think that might have saved our lives,” he said.

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