Sunday, January 11, 2009

You know that skateboarding has come full circle when it goes to the dogs — literally. From bulldogs to Yorkies and everything in-between, hard-core skateboarders have been teaching their beloved companions the moves, and among the cream of the crop and becoming an internet sensation is Tillman, the English bulldog.

The tan and white pooch can ride on 3 legs and kick with the other before jumping on, steer left and right around corners, and even tackle ramps, weaving in and out of amazed bystanders at breakneck speeds.

And when he comes a cropper he coolly flips the board over, tucks it under a paw and lifts it up with his teeth before putting it back on the ground.

The 3-year-old dog has become a worldwide star after his owner Ron Davis posted a video of Tillman skateboarding on the internet, which has been viewed by more than 4,000,000 people.

“He absolutely loves it and just whizzes around.” said Ron.

The zany bulldog has become a star and featured on TV shows, commercials, and sports events since his first video of his antics was released on the web.

Tillman started skating when he was only 6 weeks old. Ron said he discovered the incredible talent when he stood him on a skateboard while he was merely a tiny puppy.

“To begin with he was too little to push it along himself so he used to just stand on it and wobble.”

“I tried teaching him how to push off with his paw and he soon got the hang of it and took to it like a duck to water.”

“As he has grown and got stronger he has picked up speed and he can now go faster than I can run.” said the construction manager from California.

“He doesn’t just stumble along; he can properly skate down roads at speeds of more than 10 mph (16km/h).”

Tillman has become so popular that he has to skate in secret locations to avoid the massive crowds he draws wherever he goes.

“In all other aspects Tillman is a normal dog.” Ron says.

“Some dogs have a passion for chasing balls but Tillman’s is skateboarding — he lives for it really.”

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