A talented pet bulldog has become an internet sensation after videos of her skateboarding attracted thousands of views online.
Owner, Debra Chandler, 33, says her beloved pooch, Pumpkin, has proved to be a “complete natural” at the action sport since taking it up as a puppy.
The 14 month old dog has taught herself how to skateboard and enjoys nothing more than scooting around the streets much to the astonishment of onlookers.
‘She can go quite fast’
Debra began filming videos and taking pictures of Pumpkin riding around near her home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in Leicester, and posted them on social media.
Since then, Pumpkin has become an online hit, with videos of her in action being viewed thousands of times.
“It started when she was just an eight week old puppy and we bought her a skateboard just for a laugh, really,” said her owner.
“I’ve seen bulldogs in the USA skateboarding but none over here and thought it would be great if she took to it.
“We’ve never forced her on it or used treats to tempt her. She just naturally jumped on it and proved to be a complete natural.
“It took her a while to master it though but now she’s always by the garage or the car constantly looking for her skateboard.
“As soon as I show her the skateboard she starts jumping up and down and gets really excited.
“She’s got a drive to do it. She just climbs on board and then casts herself off – she can go quite fast
“I just let her do it because she finds it so much fun and she can just keep going and going.
“She’s completely obsessed with it. Even if I put out a bowl of treats in front of her, she wouldn’t be bothered and would only want her skateboard.”
A social media star
Debra already has Facebook and Instagram pages set up for Pumpkin, as well as a new YouTube account, and hopes to grow her online presence further.
She added, “I want to find someone who will sponsor her and maybe get her a new skateboard.
“But for now, we’re just happy that people enjoy watching her.
“I’ve taken her to industrial estates and skate parks and I’ve even had neighbours trying to film over my fence and them telling me they were going to sell the footage.
“Pumpkin’s dad, Prince, who is five and a half years old, runs after her when she’s doing the skateboarding. But he never fancied the sport himself.”