Board dog


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm@ 95mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200)

Several weeks ago Tillman, the skateboarding dog made an appearance at a promotional event for Carter’s Pet Mart in Stockton. Never having seen the dog perform before I was a bit skepitcal at it’s abilities. After all, I thought it would be relatively easy to teach a dog to stand on a skateboard and just give him a push.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm@ 75mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200)

There was a big crowd gathered in the parking lot in front of the store, probably tripling the amount of cars on a normal day. Sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods he’s on tour in a large motorhome with his owner Ron Davis. An area about 100 feet by 50 feet was roped off for the English bulldog’s performance. Davis took a skate board out of a compartment in the side of the motorhome and Tillman was beside himself with excitement. He lept two feet off the ground trying to get at the board which Davis held at about shoulder height.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm@ 75mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200)


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm@ 75mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200)

Davis then forcefully rolled the board across the pavement and Tillman took off in hot pursuit. He caught up with it, and while still running, he put a paw on the board. A couple more gallops and he hopped on. The dog swayed back an forth causing the skateboard to rock, even lifting a wheel occasionally. I swear if a dog could smile, Tillman was doing it.


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm@ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)

If Tillman was smiling, so was the crowd who enjoyed his skating antics. At the end of the performance, the 13-year-old Chealsey Allmon of Stockton wanted an autograph. Davis held the hefty canine up and planted a dirt paw print on the girl’s cheek.

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