By Sophie Norris
This is the moment a ‘show off’ streetwise dog used a skateboard to weave in and out of crowds in a London park – leaving wowed onlookers to move out his way.
Rachel Hardwick filmed the blonde French bulldog hopping onto the board and speeding past visitors in Clissold Park in Hackney, London, before turning it round in his mouth and going again.
Rachel, 25, had been on a birthday picnic with two friends when she spotted the unusual sight whilst enjoying a few afternoon beers.
The photographer claims he was confidently ‘picking up the skateboard and turning it around on his own’ before jumping back on.
Rachel, a photographer from London, said: “This dog was quite a celebrity – he was loving it.
“You could clearly see he was enjoying the attention on a Sunday afternoon and liked showing off.
“It was about five or six o’clock at night but the park was still busy.
“The dog was weaving in and out of the crowd, between parents and children, and people were just stopping in their tracks.
“He bumped into a child’s bike and everyone just jumped out of his way.
“He was picking up the skateboard and turning it around on his own like he did it all the time.
“It literally looked like he’d stolen his owner’s skateboard and ran off with it, but I couldn’t actually see his owner anywhere.
“Some people have been saying that he should have been on a lead, but he wasn’t causing any harm.
“I’d say he was doing that for quite a while, about five minutes, but when I came back 15 minutes later and he was gone.”
Rachel speculated that the dog could be Eric, a dog who went viral last year for his skateboarding antics and who was spotted at a nearby skatepark just two days later.
She had been at the park for the afternoon when she saw the pooch running around in the playground near her picnic blanket.
At first, she couldn’t believe her eyes – she even thought she’d had a few too many beers – but then she noticed others filming the dog.
Rachel said: “This was the first time I’d been on the park and we’d been celebrating two friends’ birthdays by having a picnic.
“I’d had a few beers with my friends so originally I even thought I might have drank a few too many.
“But as I went closer, I just thought ‘this is perfect’ and got my camera out like everyone else.
“I just want to know if he can do all the tricks now.”