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California Dog Loves Parachute Jumping With Owner

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Meet Otis the Los Angeles California skydiving Pug, who loves to get airborne with his thrill-seeking owner Will DaSilva.

The ten-year-old pooch is quite the veteran when it comes to jumping from planes.

The latest pictures see him posing, with ‘doggles’ and all, during his 64th tandem skydive.

Strapped into his custom-made harness, Otis sits patiently on DaSilva’s lap as their plane climbs toward altitude. But once the jumping light goes on, Otis tucks in underneath and stretches his paws out like a bird.

According to DaSilva, Otis has been living the life at the Lodi Parachute Center in Los Angeles, California since he was a pup and has become part of the family as he lazes around the company’s hanger. 

His first jump was a quick five-second 3,000ft ‘hop and pop’ to see if he liked the experience and ever since then he’s been licking his lips at the prospect of getting up in the air.

“Initially we just wanted to see how he liked it, but he seems to love it,” DaSilva says.

“He’s totally aware of what’s happening when he free falls and just like a first-time jumper he gets all excited about it and gets nervous at the door.”

“Once he’s out though he’s just having a ball like a dog with its head out of the car window.” 

Otis’ popularity has also been quite a coup for the business’ owner Bill Dause, with people coming from across the country to jump with the four-legged daredevil.

“The intent was for a one-time novelty, but everyone else wanted to go along with Otis and see him jump,” Dause said.

DaSilva claims that despite the danger of skydiving, Otis’ main concerns are his unhealthy eating habits, with his nickname being ‘Hoover’.

“Otis is living the ultimate dream. He lounges around here all day, jumping for free and bumming food off the other divers.”

“He’s (probably) going to die of a food overdose, not from sky-diving,” he said.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

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Jeff Moreno
11 years ago

I got an iPad 2-32GB for $ 23.87 and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://x.co/ZE7O

Gmcil
Gmcil
11 years ago

I dont know about this.  Otis looks awfully stressed to me.

Angela
Angela
11 years ago

indeed, poor Otis looks very stressed to me too.

I think it’s insane.

Maui
Maui
11 years ago

He is by far stressed if you could see how excited he gets when he knows he is going for a jump.

Maui
Maui
11 years ago

and it’s not in Los Angeles, it’s in Lodi ,Ca

Maui
Maui
11 years ago

and it’s not in Los Angeles, it’s in Lodi ,Ca

Cawight66
Cawight66
11 years ago

If he was stressed he would be physically I’ll after and since it’s his 64 th jump I highly doubt it 🙂 go Otis !

milkapple
milkapple
10 years ago

This guy is a jerk. I can’t believe someone would do this to their pet.

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