American Bulldog Takes Owner For A Walk
You'd think someone was talking about a cartoon sketch if you walked in on a conversation about a dog taking its owner for a walk, rather than the other way round. But for one man this became reality - and luckily for us, it was caught on video.
In the hilarious footage, a 'giant' six stone American bulldog got a bit excited and took his 47-year-old walker along for a different ride instead.
In the video you see Dean Porter, who'd offered to walk his best friends' dog, being yanked completely to the ground and landing flat on his face like a Warner Bros 'toon.
Dean innocently puts the 40kg (6st) pooch Fagin's lead on and opens the gate for a nice stroll - but as soon as the gentle giant spots another dog, he sprints faster than Usain Bolt in a 100m final.
Fagin seems to forget all about poor Dean, who's pulled off his feet and forced to let go of the lead as he falls face-first into the floor, leaving him with whiplash and a bad back - and, you'd have to imagine, some severely bruised pride to boot.
Having quickly recovered the one-year-old dog, Dean thought he'd got away with his embarrassing mishap without anyone noticing.
This wasn't quite the case - Dean hadn't been as smooth as he'd hoped. It turns out a fellow dogwalker had told Fagin's owner, Luisa Nichol-Alvarez, to check her CCTV cameras as she was sure to see something that would make her 'wet herself'.
Dean said: "I have given quite a few people a laugh, that's for sure. It was a funny laugh.
"I phoned Luisa and Lee up and said I've got a bad back but didn't explain why - I was trying not to tell anybody what had happened.
"But they were just laughing their heads off. I asked them what they were laughing at and they explained they had seen the footage off the camera - so they knew why.
"I was going to try and get away with not mentioning how I had got injured but they were laughing, saying, 'We know what you've done.'
"I told them I'd done nothing. But they said they had seen how the dog had pulled me over. I had to be honest and say, 'Ah right, you've seen it then.'"
Thirty-three-year-old support worker Luisa said she couldn't stop laughing once she saw the footage.
She did the natural thing in this situation, sent the video to all their friends - who now won't let Dean live it down- and eventually it went viral.
Luisa, from Newcastle, said: "He is a big dog, a heavy American bulldog. I know his size so I always have fully control of Fagin when I take him out.
"But the dog sees Dean as his little playmate so he likes to push the boundaries with him. He knows he can get away with it more with Dean."
Dean used to walk Luisa's previous dog, but that was a Beagle who was a lot smaller.
Luisa said: "We called Dean and laughed at him. He laughed a lot. He kept saying, 'I told you the dog is too heavy for me.'
"He loves the dog but Fagin is hard work for him when he takes him for a walk - but it doesn't stop him trying. He still does it.
"This isn't going to put him off. He's the dog's babysitter so he has to do it."
Despite the embarrassment, once Dean has shaken off the whiplash, he says it is not going to put him off walking Fagin again, though he will be more careful next time.
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