This adventurous puppy has spent the pandemic quarantine learning how to – SKATEBOARD.
Darrel now skateboards for 20 minutes, five days-a-week, propelling himself along with the help of his hind paw.
The mutt – a mix of pitbull, border collie and Australian shepherd – has to be forced to take a break to protect his paws.
Owner Hailey Adair, 29, said: “We take a couple of days off a week to give his paws a rest.
“He is working on steering the board but he is really good at turning the board around himself. The moment that he sees a skateboard he runs over and gets on it.
“He gets really excited when he sees other skateboards going down the street.”
Hailey, an office administrator, from Edmonds, Washington, introduced her beloved hound, 18 months, to skateboarding as she hoped it would make quarantine more interesting – for her and for Darrel.
She added: “We got a little skateboard at first and right away he was on it and totally comfortable.
“We could tell that he was ready for a regular skateboard. It is a great bonding time for us.
“It’s super mentally stimulating for him and it helps him balance. It has helped me too.
“I was finding it difficult to take a break from work but for 30 minutes a day I get to see him skateboard.
“It’s super entertaining for him and it’s been a really good exercise for all of us.”
Hailey and her husband, Nick, 30, hope that Darrel will become even more skilled and want to take him to a skateboarding park.
She added: “We are trying to get him to the point where he can go to a skatepark. We are working on his hills.
“We want him to be able to go and see other people doing it.”
Hailey shares videos of Darrel’s skateboarding adventures on his Instagram account – @darrelthedoge – and she hopes that the clips bring happiness in difficult times.
“We are just trying to bring happiness to people right now in a time that’s really uncertain,” she said.