TORONTO – Jumping off a mountain peak sounds crazy enough. Famous rock climber Dean Potter did it with his dog strapped to his back.
Potter took his Australian cattle dog Whisper up the 13,020-foot Eiger mountain in Switzerland.
With the pooch securely attached to his back and sporting goggles, Potter, wearing a wingsuit, jumped off the side.
The two sped toward the ground before Potter deployed a parachute and landed them safely.
A camera on the back of Potter’s helmet captured Whisper’s reaction during the jump, which Potter uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.
The video, which has over 180,000 views as of this writing, has sparked some controversy.
While some say Whisper appears happy and excited, others say she looks terrified and that what Potter did was animal cruelty.
“Pure animal cruelty for the sake of ad money (Adidas),” YouTube user Radi Radev commented.
The video is a preview of a longer feature called When Dogs Fly, which is in association with Adidas according to the end credits.
The RSPCA told the Daily Mail, “Although both the dog and owner land safely, being strapped to a person’s back and dropped by parachute is likely to be a cause of significant stress and fear for the dog.”
Whether Whisper was distraught or not, she’s now earned the title of world’s first BASE jumping dog and has a growing fanbase.
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