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#0829: Max and the Schnauzer

Original Air Date: 07.19.2008

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This week on Car Talk, it's the infamous story of Max and the dead schnauzer. Talk about above and beyond mechanic service. Meanwhile, can Amy convince her husband that she should drive the car? Fake illness of course! Nothing like a bad case of the pukes to put her behind the drivers seat. And Ray shares his tales of weatherproofing his butt. All that on this week's barking good hour of Car Talk.

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    Max and the Schnauser

    by grammamargo

    I loved the whole call, especially Max describing his hapless salesman who was so hungry that he rode his bike into the new car.

    Max and the schnauzer

    by crispykid1

    I was sure that the whole story was a set-up for the old "dead-dog" punchline. I went along with it enjoying the delivery as a joke until the very end when Max offered to put the dog up for adoption, and the guys offered to list it on their web site! The story was real! (Well at least the live schnauzer was real) I would have adopted that little fella myself if I had heard the story when it was told the first time, instead of as a repeat/ best-of summer fill-in.

    Favorite Moment: When I discovered that the dog really does exist.

    Das ist nicht mein Hund!

    by Anonymous

    Max's story got better and better. I had to pull off the road because I couldn't drive and listen to it at the same time. Does he have any more tales to tell?

    that was funny

    by thebigz

    that was the funniest story I heard on cartalk

    Favorite Moment: Dead dog

    Who is this argee??

    by Ruisseau

    If argee isn't "man/woman" enough to share fresh input in each and every review, he/she should be banned... Come on, argee, get with the program! Come to the party -- you might find yourself having some fun...

    love the accent

    by midnightrose

    when this aired, i was able to hear the whole show, but i sat in the car til max was done. what a great story and telling of it even if it might not be true. hans might have been too much, but the rest was entertaining and worth the air time.

    Favorite Moment: at the end thinking wow that poor guy or thinking, what a way to get rid of a puppy. still good story telling.

    Naming the Schnauzer

    by Ruisseau

    Fantastic story by Max -- personally, I like the name LUCKY!! :D And hey, maybe the good Lord MEANT for Max to have a dog.... Should he really be giving it away? And if he does, is he going to ask for $275?? Candy Cane

    Favorite Moment: Finding the dog, all for legs in the air... ha ha !!

    One of the funniest things I have ever heard on the radio

    by lnirenberg

    Master story teller with great punch line

    Favorite Moment: The mere fact that you let him tell the whole story


    by ltorigias

    Scripted or not, the funniest story I've ever heard on the radio.

    Jimmy Kimmel Forget Trying

    by Sheila

    Your man with the Schnauzer story (I am guessing in Southern California) absolutely has kept me laughing all day! This man needs to do this kind of rich and visually engaging saga on a stage somewhere! The whole scenario is like nothing I could ever imagine! I need a copy! I want a copy.

    Favorite Moment: Every shift from one segment to the next!


    Vincent Van Gogh's Relatives

    Unjustly forgotten, every last pun.

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