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(WTKR)   BASE-jumper straps his dog to his back for wingsuit flights off mountains. You really don't want to be the one who has to clean that backpack (vid)   (wtkr.com) divider line 53
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2014-05-29 10:55:31 AM
"Hey, there's a squirrel down there!"
 
2014-05-29 11:39:56 AM
How is this not animal cruelty?

And ... in before the blind skydiver joke.
 
2014-05-29 11:40:03 AM
I was really hoping for poop.

/leaving
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-29 11:41:12 AM
This is as stupid as forcing a dog onto a vegetarian diet.

He may think he's people...but you know better. Shame on you.
 
2014-05-29 11:47:24 AM
Idiot.
 
2014-05-29 11:49:00 AM
This guy is a farkng jerkoff for thinking that it's totally cool to do this.

Dogs are not people.  They do not seek or enjoy death defying stunts.  They also have no say in the matter when you force them to do it.
This guy really should be brought up on charges.
 
2014-05-29 11:50:44 AM
Holy fark, no. My dog nearly went into shock when I took her through the car wash. I felt so bad.
 
2014-05-29 11:52:07 AM
Dog is like, "That's it, focker. I am totally taking a dump in your penny loafers every chance i get and you better not say a GOD DAMN thing about it. Ever."
 
2014-05-29 11:53:03 AM
I found the video to be kind of funny. And the dog didn't seem to mind at all, looked like he was enjoying the ride.  Looked pretty excited after it was done.  Still, I wouldn't risk my dog's life by doing it, but whatever.  I don't find it cruel in any way.  At least not for this dog.  For my 2.5 lb chihuahua who is afraid of his own shadow, yes that would be very cruel.  But this dog seemed ok with it.
 
2014-05-29 11:53:04 AM

vudukungfu: How is this not animal cruelty?

And ... in before the blind skydiver joke.


THIS.  WTF is wrong with that idiot?
 
2014-05-29 11:54:13 AM

vudukungfu: How is this not animal cruelty?



More like animal cool-ty.

That was awesome and there was no indication that the dog had an unpleasant experience.  In fact, the video showed a pretty happy dog there at the end.  This type of relationship seems extremely positive.
 
2014-05-29 11:54:17 AM
I'm pretty sure dogs don't actively seek out the adrenaline rush when it's not related to survival.  What an idiot.
 
2014-05-29 11:54:40 AM
Be a bit trickier with my lab / dane / mutt; he'd need a wing suit of his own.
 
2014-05-29 11:58:02 AM

Wasabi and Soy Sauce: vudukungfu: How is this not animal cruelty?


More like animal cool-ty.

That was awesome and there was no indication that the dog had an unpleasant experience.  In fact, the video showed a pretty happy dog there at the end.  This type of relationship seems extremely positive.


But how would you know your dog wouldn't freak out before doing it?

That alone makes him deserving of a kick in the nuts.
 
2014-05-29 11:58:33 AM

Mentalpatient87: Holy fark, no. My dog nearly went into shock when I took her through the car wash. I felt so bad.


Hahaha, I had a similar experience and felt badly too.
 
2014-05-29 12:00:05 PM
My Rottweiler would not approve.
 
2014-05-29 12:02:57 PM
What an asshole.
 
2014-05-29 12:03:52 PM

jaymanchu: the dog didn't seem to mind at all, looked like he was enjoying the ride.  Looked pretty excited after it was done.


My dog, when terrified, looks like he's about to fall asleep. Many scared, such yawning! And when he's relaxed from those tense moments, he behaves similarly to this dog on the ground: jumping, tail wagging all over the place, excited.

My take: this dog is afraid for his life and would probably rather be on the ground the whole time.
 
2014-05-29 12:05:08 PM

gfid: Wasabi and Soy Sauce: vudukungfu: How is this not animal cruelty?


More like animal cool-ty.

That was awesome and there was no indication that the dog had an unpleasant experience.  In fact, the video showed a pretty happy dog there at the end.  This type of relationship seems extremely positive.

But how would you know your dog wouldn't freak out before doing it?

That alone makes him deserving of a kick in the nuts.


If he activated the "fight or flight" because the dog is terrified (assuming this is not his first jump, and therefore the dog would not know what is about to happen)...I would imagine the dog would either bite the owner or run away...

/animal cruelty is eating meat
//I eat meat
///It is YOUR animal, just like it is YOUR child. How can you define "cruelty" - slippery slope (yes, beating it is cruel...is keeping it chained cruel, maybe...is feeding a dog a vegetarian diet.......see?)
 
2014-05-29 12:05:26 PM

Wasabi and Soy Sauce: In fact, the video showed a pretty happy dog there at the end.


I'd be overjoyed as well to be back on the ground.
 
2014-05-29 12:07:37 PM
I'd have to drug my Treeing Walker Coonhound to get her into the backpack, so she'd never even see the ride.
 
2014-05-29 12:07:47 PM
gfid:  But how would you know your dog wouldn't freak out before doing it?


You really can't know until you do it.  It's probably a similar experience to a dog riding on a motorcycle.  Plus did you see that dog on the zipline?  He's obviously a pretty in-control animal.
 
2014-05-29 12:09:11 PM
Would this be the Korean version of Jimmy John's? Freaky fast delivery...
 
2014-05-29 12:16:10 PM
I don't know, I've met one or two dogs which were absurdly fond of having the wind in their faces and might have enjoyed something like that. Maybe.
 
2014-05-29 12:19:01 PM
My Great Dane would totally do that, but I'd be worried about our glide ratio.
 
2014-05-29 12:19:36 PM

gfid: But how would you know your dog wouldn't freak out before doing it? That alone makes him deserving of a kick in the nuts.


If it freaked out enough, the guy would crash. Serves him right too.

I still don't buy that the dog is actually enjoying all that. My dog acts like that after I get done brushing her, because she's so happy that I'm done. Dogs enjoy a lot of things with their owners; they don't need to jump off cliffs with them to experience happiness. They're just as happy to go for a walk with you.
 
2014-05-29 12:20:23 PM
I agree this borders on cruelty.  The dog has no choice in the matter and doesn't realize the danger.  People who own animals are supposed to be smarter than they are and keep them from doing stupid stuff to kill themselves.  I rank this right up with those who let their dogs ride in the back of their pickup trucks.

Suppose Batman lands wrong and lands on the dog?
 
2014-05-29 12:22:52 PM

ColTomParker: I'd have to drug my Treeing Walker Coonhound to get her into the backpack, so she'd never even see the ride.


My coonhound would get in the backpack.  He's pretty laid back.  Actually let me carry him two miles in a fireman's carry once (it was really hot out and he was clearly not going to walk anymore).

Great dogs.
 
jmf
2014-05-29 12:23:42 PM

sethen320: I'm pretty sure dogs don't actively seek out the adrenaline rush when it's not related to survival.  What an idiot.


They probably chase cars for survival...

Moron.
 
2014-05-29 12:25:58 PM
so if you tied a dog to the roof of your car, would you get in trouble?  how is this different?
 
2014-05-29 12:33:12 PM

FLMountainMan: ColTomParker: I'd have to drug my Treeing Walker Coonhound to get her into the backpack, so she'd never even see the ride.

My coonhound would get in the backpack.  He's pretty laid back.  Actually let me carry him two miles in a fireman's carry once (it was really hot out and he was clearly not going to walk anymore).

Great dogs.


I have a Treeing Tennessee Brindle, and she does that too.  She just lies down and refuses to walk any more.  I don't think she'd let me fireman-carry her, even if I could.
 
2014-05-29 12:39:10 PM
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Motorcycle backpack dog wants to try it out. And has a biatchin' helmet.
 
2014-05-29 12:40:55 PM
Jeez, cut the guy some slack.  A lot of dogs love doing human-type stuff.  A friend used to take his dog for rides on his motorcycle (sat in a basket on the back).  You can find YT videos of dogs scuba-diving.  Then there are the military dogs that willingly jump out of planes and helicopters.
 
2014-05-29 12:42:42 PM

Salmon: Be a bit trickier with my lab / dane / mutt; he'd need a wing suit of his own.


I'm having a lot of trouble getting that image out of my head.

Thanks.
 
2014-05-29 12:52:12 PM

dj_spanmaster: My dog, when terrified, looks like he's about to fall asleep. Many scared, such yawning! And when he's relaxed from those tense moments, he behaves similarly to this dog on the ground: jumping, tail wagging all over the place, excited.

My take: this dog is afraid for his life and would probably rather be on the ground the whole time.


This is what I think, too. Everything about the look on that dog's face at :10 says "oh, God, no, not this again". He's probably being a good boy because he thinks this is just what his pack has to do for some reason, but that is not the same as enjoying it.
 
2014-05-29 01:13:09 PM
That video was not the first time this dog has jumped with him. Its a regular thing for them. If the dog did not want to do it then it wouldnt do it. Its that simple.
 
2014-05-29 01:27:48 PM
My female pug has the same "doggles", just pink.

/has one eye left
/gets a lot of honks in the convertible
 
2014-05-29 01:28:26 PM

Wasabi and Soy Sauce: That was awesome and there was no indication that the dog had an unpleasant experience.



I'll believe that when I see vids of the dog climbing into the rig by himself.  Until then, it's animal cruelty.  Asshat can risk his own life, but not the dog's.
 
2014-05-29 01:36:46 PM
What does the USPA say about this? Can they at least publicly come out and say that they don't endorse involving animals in parachuting?

/What's the dog's name..."Flydo"?
 
2014-05-29 01:50:45 PM

420Gabriel: That video was not the first time this dog has jumped with him. Its a regular thing for them. If the dog did not want to do it then it wouldnt do it. Its that simple.


No, of course not. It would bite his hand off. Dogs are known for not being obedient and for turning on their owners. That's why we love them so much--the unpredictability and terror of ownership.
 
2014-05-29 02:06:44 PM
I've never seen so many farkers agree with me in one thread before.
I need to reboot my PC, and come back later.
 
2014-05-29 02:09:30 PM

cryinoutloud: 420Gabriel: That video was not the first time this dog has jumped with him. Its a regular thing for them. If the dog did not want to do it then it wouldnt do it. Its that simple.

No, of course not. It would bite his hand off. Dogs are known for not being obedient and for turning on their owners. That's why we love them so much--the unpredictability and terror of ownership.


I sense sarcasm.

You think a dog that has basejumped before, and is terrified of it, would willingly do it again because he was told to?
When dogs are scared they show it very clearly. The tail gets tucked, they whimper and crouch, and back away from whatever is scaring them. Or they attack.
This dog calmly ziplines across a canyon, then is calmly strapped into his harness. He has done it before so he knows what is happening, and yet he remains calm and goes along with it. While it may not be his favorite thing it is very clear he is not afraid and is willingly going along with it.

csb/ when I was younger my friend and I would jump off a bridge into the river about 25 feet below. His dog jumped with us and loved it. The dog would run back up to jump again and again.
 
2014-05-29 02:29:26 PM

420Gabriel: You think a dog that has basejumped before, and is terrified of it, would willingly do it again because he was told to?
When dogs are scared they show it very clearly. The tail gets tucked, they whimper and crouch, and back away from whatever is scaring them. Or they attack.
This dog calmly ziplines across a canyon, then is calmly strapped into his harness. He has done it before so he knows what is happening, and yet he remains calm and goes along with it. While it may not be his favorite thing it is very clear he is not afraid and is willingly going along with it.


He doesn't look all that calm--he's squirming around and as far as I can see, he's glumly accepting of being put into the backpack, like "oh, here we go again." He loves his master so he just curls up and accepts it.

I'm telling ya--that happy dance at the end is the same thing my dog does when I get done brushing her--she's deliriously happy that I quit torturing her. Yeah, that dog's really happy at the end--happy that it's over. FOR THIS TIME. Until the next time his adoring human wants to torment him again.

the dude should get some human friends to endanger his life with. They can all jump off cliffs until the cows come home. Leave the dog at the bottom to welcome him. It would be much happier.
 
2014-05-29 02:38:15 PM
cryinoutloud:

He doesn't look all that calm--he's squirming around and as far as I can see, he's glumly accepting of being put into the backpack, like "oh, here we go again." He loves his master so he just curls up and accepts it.

This is pretty much how I saw it.  Those who say the dog is having the time of his life doesn't own or know how to "read" them.  And when they got done, sure the dog was happy.  He was like "Thank God I'm on the ground again!"
 
2014-05-29 02:39:05 PM

smunns: My female pug has the same "doggles", just pink.

/has one eye left
/gets a lot of honks in the convertible


Has she got one eye right too?

/Try the veal.
//Won't somebody please think of the children doggies!
 
2014-05-29 03:15:31 PM

jmf: sethen320: I'm pretty sure dogs don't actively seek out the adrenaline rush when it's not related to survival.  What an idiot.

They probably chase cars for survival...

Moron.


Seriously?  You really believe a dog chases cars for the rush and that it has nothing to do with territorial instincts and what appears to be a fast-moving invader?  I'm not a dog, so I suppose I hold as much credibility on the subject as you do but your theory seems a little off.

Moron.
 
2014-05-29 03:31:36 PM
What a terrible hippie voice-over.
 
2014-05-29 04:00:46 PM
I'm as far from being for animal rights as can be without being for animal cruelty. It does not matter if the dog enjoys it, this is putting it at risk needlessly.
 
2014-05-29 04:16:33 PM
Anyone else hoped the dog liked chewing on straps to teach the farker a lesson?
 
Rat
2014-05-29 04:51:20 PM
I don't see why doggies can't be thrill seekers.  Who am I to try to read a dogs mind.

© though personally, I'd never jump off a perfectly good cliff if there was a path back down
 
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