Have You Seen This? Meet Ouka, the paragliding dog

Ouka, the Samoyed dog, begs his dad to take him paragliding — watch the look on his face the first time they take off together.

Ouka, the Samoyed dog, begs his dad to take him paragliding — watch the look on his face the first time they take off together. (The Dodo via YouTube)



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THE FURRY SKIES — A few years back I was at the waterpark with my toddler daughter. She wanted to go on a slide but was scared and asked if I'd go with her. Of course, I said I would. I'd do anything to make my kids feel safe. I sat her on my lap and we headed down the slide. What happened, however, was the complete opposite of protecting her.

Turns out a 200-plus pound body carries a lot of inertia with it and what would have been a slow descent for my solo toddler turned out to be a NASCAR race to the pool below.

As we encroached on Mach speeds, we hit one final embankment and that aforementioned inertia toppled me over and right on top of my daughter. I tried to contort my mass from obliterating her into the fiberglass of the waterslide, but I didn't do enough and we plummeted into the water. I quickly got right-side up, found her and lifted her from the water. She had all her teeth, but her nose was bloody. My effort to make her more comfortable with waterslides completely backfired.

I bring this up because this moment tells me I could never do what Ouka and his human, Shams, do.

Shams said Ouka would run between his legs before he went paragliding and that gave him the idea of taking Ouka along with him. The video explains how Shams trained the dog and eventually took him to the sky.

Watching Ouka enjoy floating amongst the clouds is easily one of the most adorable/coolest things I've ever seen. I screamed like a child lost in a department store when I jumped off a high dive, so I would not be so calm, cool or adorable.

Watch Ouka's video and fall in love with this dog. I, on the other hand, need to take my daughter to counseling because summer is coming up and we really need to get on those waterslides.

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John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. He also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome, and it just so happens, that these are the three things he writes about.

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