Twig the skateboarding dog
Skateboarding is usually thought of as a sport for people – gnarly kids and adults who still believe they’re gnarly kids. However, there are some animals out there who can skate with the best of them, showing up the humans in their lives with their balance and, in some cases, ability to pull off some pretty cool tricks.
Tillman the skateboarding bulldog
From Tillman the world-renowned bulldog to lesser-known but no less inspiring tiny budgies, each of these creatures show skills on a board that some of us could only dream of. Here we bring together a special collection of photos and videos for you, showcasing the best of adrenaline-fuelled animals on skateboards. Word!
This squirrel seems to be able to ride a rail on its skateboard – which looks like it’s been custom designed for the little grommet. The diminutive skater may be cheating a bit by using twigs for balance, but it’s doing pretty well for a squirrel.
Skye the budgie here is looking pretty fly on his little tech deck. He grips it like a pro and seems to be using the mirrored surface he’s on to sharpen up his technique.
Jeremy, another parakeet, doesn't just skateboard. He jumps ramps and can even drop in on a half-pipe – with a little helping hand – and he looks like he’s having fun doing so. Jeremy would certainly qualify for the X Games budgie skateboard team. As some of his tens of thousands of fans have put it, could this boss bird be the next Tony Hawk?
Turtles may not be known for their blistering speed, but put them on a skateboard and we reckon the little dudes could be a match for even the fastest hares.
Luke’s totally rad turtle here has been watched by over 125,000 viewers on YouTube. It needs a little help to stay on the board but sure manages to zip around once it gets going. Is a kickflip beyond the shelled little thrasher? Probably – but give the turtle a break!
Mick the cat here has been featured on TV shows around the world because of his skateboarding feats, appearing everywhere from the BBC to Rachael Ray’s shows and animal programs in Canada. His favorite interests are breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and skateboarding, of course.
Despite being on diet food and with the exercise plan skating gives him, at 18 pounds Mick is still a very big boy (although as he says: “Enough with the fat jokes”). Mick sure is one cool cat – with pretty much purr-fect balance on a board too.
3. Guinea Pig
Now this is something you don't see very often: a skateboarding guinea pig! Nana just loved going fast down the driveway but sadly died after five years in 2009. He’d always been a little sickly but his owner put it down to bad pet store conditions before he was purchased. However, he did have fun while he was alive, and as you can see from the video up next, he was a great rider.
For those blown away by the scorching speed at which Nana's going, there’s a disclaimer: his owner explains that the video was sped up, so the guinea pig wasn’t going quite as fast as it looks. Still, props to the little rodent. RIP, dude.
This rabbit doesn't even have to be put on its skateboard. Like Mick the cat, it’s happy to hop on of its own accord. Although only seen by some 1,600 YouTubers so far, this is a rad rabbit that could be a rising star in the animal skating scene.
Judging from the video, our floppy-eared friend seems to enjoy the free ride across the room. Just the thing for a lazy 'wabbit!
Tillman the skateboarding bulldog has become quite a YouTube sensation – and with good reason. His videos have gone viral and millions have watched, because this isn't just an ordinary animal skateboarder. As well as being able to push off and keep going with speed the other creatures on this list couldn’t hope to match, Tillman can do tricks too. “He just pulled a no-comply, top-shove-it move that we got on tape,” said his owner Ron Davis in 2010. “What can I say? He’s an adrenaline junkie.” Davis has also trained Tillman to snowboard and surf.
Believe it or not, Tillman’s favorite food is apples. Tipping the scales at 60 pounds, he was skateboarding on all fours at nine months, and by 15 months he was turning. This badass bulldog is “spokes-dog" for Natural Balance pet foods, has been seen on numerous TV shows, and appeared in various other media around the world. However, what really sets Tillman apart from the pack is the fact that he holds the title of world’s fastest skateboarding dog, having skateboarded 100 meters in 19.678 seconds. That’s seriously fast!
Another cool canine, Twig the Sheltie (pictured in the lead image) came to skateboarding when her owner Sandy Clark noticed her checking out a toy skateboard at a dog training facility. After allowing her play with the toy for a while, Clark let Twig use her son’s long board to ride on. However, the Clarks had to have one made especially for Twig when they realized she didn't have the weight to be able to carve on her own. With her new board, complete with ceramic ball bearings, she took off like a pro, even riding ramps and steps. Like Tillman, she’s multi-talented, as she also boogieboards and skimboards.
The Aussies know how to treat their rats. This one has its own miniature skateboard. Now admittedly we don't know if the rodent can actually ride it but it is a great picture. Who said rats aren't cute? Or rad.