Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens riding a float in the Rose Parade in January. (Jason Redmond/AP)

Published April 21; UPDATED April 23

Billionaires — they’re just like regular people! Except with smarter dogs, apparently.

T. Boone Pickens and his wife Madeleine proved this at the Monocle on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, after the Texas financier’s appearance on a National Press Club energy-policy panel with Ted Turner.

Following dinner, their driver came around in an Escalade to pick them up — and just as he got out of the car and walked around to open the door for them, Mrs. Pickens’s dog (a small rescue pup named Tommy who was inside the vehicle) somehow managed to hit the lock button. And yes, the engine was running.

The Monocle’s maitre d’ Nick Selimos told us Madeleine Pickens came back in the restaurant looking for a piece of meat to cajole the dog and walked out with some mint candies to try to coax him into opening the door. Nothing quite that elaborate, said Pickens’s rep Jay Rosser: “It was more a collective effort to agitate Tommy” in hopes he’d hit the right button, but do you know what? He did! The dog managed to lower the window, allowing the group to get back into the car. Good Tommy! Good dog!

UPDATED 4/23: Madeleine Pickens tweeted: “The maitre D did not realize that the mint chocolates were for Me!! haha Tommy, the Super Dog!”