Hey, nice to meet you! You seem great – I hope we can be best friends!
Now, the first thing I do when I meet someone new is tell them what I do. I’ve met people with all kinds of cool jobs! Students, Uber drivers, chefs, teachers, pilots… Wanna know my job? Well let me tell you! I’m a cop dog!
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You know what that means? When you’re a cop dog, it means you have a responsibility to protect and serve people. And to do that, you have to stay in shape and train ruthlessly. You need to be smart and have mad skills. It’s not for the faint of heart!
My owner is the one who’s taught me and trained me, and I think he’s done a great job. It’s because of him that I’m a tough and respectable police dog who’s good at my job!
It’s also because of him that I’m not just an ordinary police dog. I have tons of other skills too! The truth is, I’m a dog who can walk on tightropes. Wait – it gets better. I can walk on two tightropes with a blindfold on.
It still gets better! I can walk on two tightropes holding another rope in my mouth. But wait, there’s even more! I can walk on two tightropes, reach the other side AND then turn around and go back to the other side. Told ya I wasn’t an ordinary cop dog!
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Some humans get scared for me whenever they watch me perform on the tight ropes. And I gotta admit, it’s a pretty scary feeling at first. But I’m used to it now. Luckily, I have a fantastic trainer and owner that I love and trust completely, so mastering this routine wasn’t that difficult. I know my owner is always watching over me, even if I can’t see them, which makes me feel calm, cool and collected.
Right off the bat, I can tell you that walking on tightropes is all about maintaining my balance. I think I used to be a circus dog in another life, because this comes easy peasy lemon squeezy, once I get my bearings! It’s a bit tricky to get started since I perform blindfolded each time. But whatever I do, I must make sure I maintain balance across my four paws. Taking it slow, helps too. Take notes, future carnies!
How did I get started tightrope walking, you ask? Well, my human got me started! It all started with walking along rope on the living room floor. It was just a silly joke at first, then a game we played every day, and then something I started practicing on my own. It was fun! I kept practicing even after my human started putting the rope in the air.
Once I got even better at this, we started sharing our show with other people. It’s only gotten better from there, and I love sharing my trick with humans! I hope I was able to inspire and entertain each and every person who’s seen me perform, including you!
Anyway, you might be wondering what’s the deal with my act in terms of my job? Like, how is one connected to the other? Well, you’d be surprised how much this helps my work! For starters, having excellent balance means I can chase criminals along the edge of a roof without thinking twice.
That’s just an example, by the way. If you’re a police dog, there are many situations where good balance comes in handy. As for the rest of it, well, I love doing it, and the humans love to see me doing it. So I’m happy to please and oblige!