VIDEO: Otis the Skydiving Dog

My dog, Shoko, is 3 years old, and is quite possibly the laziest dog in the history of canine-dom. This is a dog that considers the walk from my room to the bathroom as the equivalent of the ING NYC Marathon. Aside from his laziness, he is a dog of a discerning (actually, PICKY) tastes: Kibbles’n’Bits isn’t enough for this mutt’s delicate palate. No, only the finest Italian foods (pesto, cheeses, pasta) will satisfy this precocious pup (I blame my father, may God rest his soul, who often shared Italian delicacies with my dog, unbeknownst to me. Also thanks to my father, my dog only understands commands in Sicilian, and will look at you with a “CHILE, PLEASE!” look on his face if you command him in English). He barks at every squirrel that dares to scamper across the trees, but hides under the bed if the mailman comes to my front door with various packages filled with editorial bribery. Despite this obvious few-fries-short-of-a-Happy-Meal brain capacity of my beloved pooch, I do love the little guy. In fact, I refer to him as my “fur-kid.” But despite my love for my fur-kid, I can’t help but think that the fur-kid could take a page or two out of Otis’ book. Otis is a 10-year-old pug who likes to feel the breeze as he & his owner go careening towards the Earth. His owner, Will Da Silva, tells the Sacramento Bee that Otis has sky-dived 64 times over the past 9 years. Da Silva used to work at a parachute store, and one day, as he was careening towards the Earth, he got the brilliant idea to strap the dog to the front of his parachute. In comparison to my ‘Fraidy-Dog, Otis didn’t resist the harness when he was first strapped in. Da Silva’s fiancee thinks that Otis likes sky-diving because it reminds him of the feel of an open car window. (Uh…yeah…maybe if you were driving the Autobahn on the daily…) Peep the video of the pup in action HERE.