HIGH ABOVE THE TREES — There are dogs, and then there are dogs.
Meet Whisper, the fun-loving pet dog of Dean S. Potter, a self-described "climber, line walker, and human-body-flyer." Potter, his girlfriend Jen and Whisper live in Yosemite National Park, where there's ample opportunity to suit up and take a dive, literally.
In this video, posted in 2014, Potter is shown taking his dog to the top of a very precarious peak, where he safely straps the animal up in his parachute backpack, dons a wingsuit, and takes flight. After a short time of flying, Potter pulls the chute and the pair float safely to the ground where Jen meets them.
According to Potter, flying is something of a spiritual experience.
"These mountain arts bring me peace," Potter wrote on his website, "and I play in the void and come closer to understanding interdependence. Death consequence reduces lesser motivations to the necessity, breath."
We're still waiting for word from Whisper on what he thinks of his owner's hobbies.
Special thanks to Tom Kuglin for the tip.