“All Whisper wants is to be with her pack family. When we go on adventures, she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome papa.” —Dean Potter

BASE jumping with a dog … it sounds like a completely crazy idea. But that’s just what one of our longtime adventurers has done—and the experience was not what he expected.

Dean Potter‘s evolution over the past two decades from innovative rock climbing and linewalking to free-solo climbing to his hybrid free-BASE climbing and BASE-line walking have made him one of the most iconic and pioneering adventurers of his generation. The boundary-pushing American adventurer, 42, who lives in Yosemite, was featured in “The Superclimbers of Yosemite” in National Geographic magazine and on “The Man Who Can Fly” on the National Geographic Channel. He was named  one of our Adventurers of the Year for his record-setting wing-suit flight off the Eiger. You may have seen the instant classic video “Moonwalk,” which went viral, portraying Potter walking a high line on California’s Cathedral Peak in front of a luminescent full moon.

Anyone who knows Potter knows that his beloved best friend, Whisper, is always at his side. The four-year-old, 22-pound mini Australian cattle dog dances with excitement before hiking, climbing, and even surfing with her human family, which also includes Potter’s girlfriend, Jen. In his latest film project and directorial debut, Potter explores his fantasy of wing-suit flying with Whisper, the rigorous steps he took to make it happen safely, and the dilemma it stirred in his conscience. Here watch a preview of his 22-minute independent film When Dogs Fly, which had a world premiere last weekend at Mountainfilm in Telluride.

Below, Potter answered some of our questions about this project and how the experience changed him.

Adventure: How and when did you evolve from rock climbing into wing-suit flying? What is the next evolution for you?
Dean Potter:  There wasn’t necessarily an evolution from climbing to flying. They are two totally separate things. The current evolution for me is being creative in my arts, but having more of a balanced family life with Jen and her kids and Whisper.

A: How do you cope with the fact that this year alone there have been 26 deaths in wing-suit flying and BASE jumping, including your close friend Sean Leary? Do you think about giving it up?
DP: I want to fly for the rest of a very long life. During this recent deadly phase in wing-suit flying, I’ve focused my energy on gear innovation and something I call “Basic Safety,” a calculated method of pursuing my three arts that attempts to eliminate human error and gear imperfections.The deaths of such skilled fliers like my very good friend Sean Leary make me see that if there’s ever a question of safety, it’s always better to wait or walk down. Wing-suit flying can be safe if you are highly practiced and skilled and follow the fundamental rules of questioning yourself and waiting or walking down when something doesn’t seem “right.”

A: How did you meet Whisper?
DP: I met Whisper by Internet dating. I found her online and chose her because she was my favorite breed, Australian cattle dog–but mini, half the size. This allows our family to travel everywhere in the world with Whisper at our feet in the aircraft. Her small size also makes it easy for us to bring her on rock climbs that are too difficult for dogs by carrying her in a backpack.

A: When did you get the sense that Whisper was more adventurous than average? How did she start going on adventures with you?
DP: All Whisper wants is to be with her pack family. When we go on adventures, she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome papa.

A:  What made you want to take her wing-suit flying? It’s a very intense idea. You can’t ask her if she wants to or not … and the consequences could be lethal consequences for both of you.
DP: I’ve never had a close call wing-suit flying. I practice a very conservative form of human flight. When I fly with Whisper, we only jump off the safest cliffs in the world with the longest and cleanest rock drops. This allows Whisper to go on amazing, long mountain climbs and hikes with us, instead of being trapped in the car or left at home. It was mostly a matter of practicality of not wanting Whisper to miss out on incredible mountain dog-walks that led us to wing-suit flying together.

A: Did people tell you not to do it?
DP: None of my friends, or anyone I know, told me not to jump with Whisper. Anyone who knows me knows that I would never put my dog in harm’s way. They also know that I’m a “gear-geek” who has been innovating the best gear in climbing, linewalking, and flying for the past 20 years and knows more about safety than most anyone else in the outdoor industry.

A: What challenges did you have to overcome to make it possible? Did you train with 22 extra pounds to see how you flew differently? Did you have to get special gear made to secure Whisper?
DP: I made an entirely new BASE-rig that would hold Whisper with the help of my friend and master rigger Pete Swan in Lodi, California. The first test flights were made with Whisper’s favorite stuffed animal, Lion, and some sand bags. Her test-dummy Lion survived the flights just fine and I knew Miss Whisper and I were ready to go.

A: What about Whisper’s goggles? Are they standard doggles?
DP:  Whisper wears standard doggles. At first we tried size small, but have now found size medium works best. We’ve learned it’s best to slightly oversize your dog’s doggles! Additionally, we found the standard straps on Doggles don’t hold tight at 100 mph, so we added double the amount of bungee cord to secure the doggles at higher velocities.

A: Did you do any test jumps with Whisper to see if she liked flying? Had she experienced freefall at all?
DP: We do a lot of roped rock climbing with Miss Whisper. We raised and lowered Whisper on static lines repeatedly during our big wall climbs of El Capitan with her. During these times, she’s gotten very used to exposure and the sensation of free hanging in the air. Also, Whisper would ride on my bicycle and motorcycle (up to 60 mph) a lot with me and got used to high speeds. She seemed to love the wind speed and begged to do it again and again.

A: What does Whisper do during the flight?
DP: Whisper loves being in her BASE-pack. Often I hear her snoring before I am going to leap off a cliff top into winged flight. The padding that holds her in the pack seems to comfort her. During the flight, I don’t feel Whisper move whatsoever on my back, but I’ve noticed in the videos, that she moves her head around as though she’s sticking her snout out of the car window.

A: What did she do after the flight? What did her behavior seem to indicate?
DP:  After a flight, Whispy is so excited. She runs around and shows off and celebrates and barks and yips with joy.

A: Did you make just one flight? Are you still flying with Whisper?
DP:
 Whisper and I have made about a dozen wing-suit BASE-flights together. Though I’ve been taking it easy and not flying with her for the past eight months, I have been drafting different designs of new doggie BASE-packs for Whisper, and I’m thinking of making her a full-face helmet. The problem with the original doggie BASE-pack design is that it’s too bulky and heavy and it reduced my mobility and agility. I’m presently working on a more space-aged flight capsule for Whisper so she’d be more comfortable, and we’d be more streamlined and safer in the sky.

A: What adventures do you pursue nowadays with Whisper?
DP: Whisper goes everywhere with our family. She walks Jen’s kids to school and plays with grandma. She swims, surfs, skis, paraglides, and rock climbs. She goes mountaineering, mountain biking, and long-distance running. Whisper dog especially likes chasing her Gourdo toy or rolling in lush grass and snow or chasing sandpipers and seagulls along coastline. We have found out that Whisper doesn’t like flying in helicopters or small airplanes when their doors are off. She also doesn’t like vacuum cleaners. They are all too noisy. She sends very clear signals that she doesn’t want to associate with these contraptions, by trembling and running away. We respect Whisper’s wishes. If she says she doesn’t want to do something, we sure don’t force her.

A: Is the full length film about more of Whisper’s adventures that just flying?
DP: 
The full-length 22-minute version of When Dogs Fly is about our little family’s vacation in the Swiss Alps.  During the summer of 2013, we lived in the tiny town of Wengen and camped on the West Flank of the Eiger and alpine climbed throughout the mountains and pioneered human-dog flight off of some of the most renowned alpine faces on earth. Additionally, the film goes inside my head and emotions and reveals my fears and internal questioning as well as the pure joy of being one with nature.

Learn more about Dean Potter.

Sound Off: What do you think of Dean’s fantasy of flying his his beloved dog and his resulting fear of putting her in harm’s way? 

Comments

  1. Alexander
    Estonia
    May 27, 10:05 am

    Life is Life

  2. Scott
    Exton, PA
    May 27, 12:31 pm

    Wow Now our pawed buddies can actually be our wingmen too. How COOL. I just wonder what the look in the dog’s eye is when they land. Releived or exhileration to go do it again! Thats real trust.

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  4. Francisca
    Chile
    May 27, 6:10 pm

    Hermoso, me encanta el video !!

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  6. VIOLETA RICO ORTIZ
    PURUANDIRO, MICHOACAN, MEXICO
    May 28, 10:36 am

    CREO QUE A MI Y A MI PERRO NOS DARIA UN PARO CARDIACO, PERO FELICIDADS A ESOS DOS GRANDES AMIGOS.

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  12. […]          Whisper has her own webpage and you can see more of her on Dean Potter’s Instagram. Read about their story on NatGeo. […]

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  14. Patrick Sweeney
    Chamonix, France
    May 28, 2:07 pm

    That dog tears out of that backpack and sprints to his Mama thinking – :thank God that crazy guy let me get back to you!” Too funny.

  15. Raymond
    May 28, 7:47 pm

    总比把狗狗关在家里好啊!

  16. […] Publicado en YouTube este 27 de mayo, el clip tiene ya cerca de 100,000 reproducciones, pero aunque para muchos ha sido un momento divertido, existen quienes señalan que no está del todo bien meter a un animal en un backpack y obligarlo a saltar hacia el vacío. […]

  17. […] she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome Papa,” Potter told National Geographic‘s Adventure […]

  18. […] she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome Papa,” Potter told National Geographic‘s Adventure […]

  19. […] in this sort of thing. In an article about the jump and the film that goes with it, When Dogs Fly, National Geographic writes, “Dean Potter’s evolution over the past two decades from innovative rock climbing […]

  20. […] she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome Papa,” Potter told National Geographic‘s Adventure […]

  21. wang xuri
    China
    May 29, 3:58 am

    Meaningful and exciting outdoor activities that someday I could have a try.

  22. […] she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome Papa,” Potter told National Geographic‘s Adventure […]

  23. Deoacveritati
    May 29, 5:25 am

    THIS MAN IS A SELFISH IDIOT WHO IS PUTTING HIS DOG UNDER UNNECESSARY STRESS!!

    Just listen to what he said at the beginning of the video:
    “first there was this fairy tale”

    Don’t praise this guy please he is an idiot!!

  24. […] she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome Papa,” Potter told National Geographic‘s Adventure […]

  25. […] Geographic has released a wild preview of When Dogs Fly, an independent short film about extreme athlete Dean Potter and his “little family’s […]

  26. M S Prabhakar
    Mumbai, India
    May 29, 9:56 am

    Whisper is a very lucky dog…

  27. […] Geographic has released a wild preview of When Dogs Fly, an independent short film about extreme athlete Dean Potter and his “little family’s […]

  28. […] Read more about Potter and his “flying dog” Whisper in this Q&A with National Geographic.  […]

  29. Mester Krabs
    Everywhere
    May 29, 2:21 pm

    Wtf! This guy should not be celebrated for forcing his dog to ride along with him. You suck, NG, and Adidas, for sponsoring him.

  30. Roi'iikka-Ta Globetrotter
    united states
    May 29, 7:33 pm

    i would go see this in the movie theatre

  31. JT
    Austin
    May 29, 7:58 pm

    I agree with Deoacveritati, how hard is it to put yourself in the dogs position? Would you like being forced to do something this terrifying? He may be mellow and find this relaxing, but honestly the dog may be really stressed and I don’t know how the it can even breathe in flight. And the sad thing is, you see this a lot, people putting their pets in terrifying situations just sure their pet is a daredevil like they are, Just awful!

  32. Dean
    US
    May 29, 7:59 pm

    If you want to put your life on the line you’re FREE to do so, but you are a foolish idiotic individual to put the life of a pet in danger as well, next you will see this IDIOT base JUMPING with a Newborn!!! And you people will think the newborn is lucky?

  33. DJ
    Minnesota
    May 29, 8:06 pm

    Mary Anne Potts is a hottie!

  34. S
    May 29, 8:11 pm

  35. Bryan
    May 29, 8:26 pm

    That’s animal abuse. The dog has no say in the matter, not cool

  36. Adrian
    Arizona
    May 29, 8:29 pm

    Really… This is incredibly stupid. Unfortunately the dog has no choice.

  37. Mark
    Baltimore
    May 29, 8:29 pm

    nice. but why does this guy talk like a baby…

  38. Francoise Macomber
    CT
    May 29, 8:53 pm

    This is a selfish , self centered fool who is endangering an innocent dog ! He is simply seeking attention and should not be praised for this lunacy. If you want to kill yourself — fine but do not take an innocent terrified animal with you . What next — an infant ? Jerk !

  39. MiliMils
    NYC,NY
    May 29, 9:09 pm

    I think he is doing “base”! What a creep.

  40. joe
    denver co
    May 29, 10:03 pm

    I am absolutely shocked that that man would put his beloved pet at risk like that. He does not deserve to own a pet. No respectable pet owner would put an animal in harms way like that for his own sense of warped adventure. I hope someone takes whisper away to a safer environment

  41. Tracy
    May 29, 10:18 pm

    There was no excuse for that. *He* may feel joy…I guarantee you his “beloved” dog does not.

    She should be taken from him immediately and given to an owner that respects her life and psychological health.

    I’ve rarely seen such a self-indulgent, irresponsible and sadistic treatment of an animal. If you want to risk your life, fine. You have no right to risk hers.

  42. Tracy
    May 29, 10:27 pm

    She gets happy at the prospect of being with her owner. She does not “want” to base jump. That’s anthropomorphizing at its worst.

    And not an excuse any reasonable and compassionate animal owner would ever buy.

  43. sw
    May 29, 11:31 pm

    Poor dog, has no saying!. I feel bad for the dog!:(

  44. ocem
    colombia
    May 29, 11:36 pm

    you are a selfish idiot!

  45. KING
    Canada
    May 30, 12:23 am

    The world has changed , That`s animal abuse , the dog has no choice .

  46. Zachary Kelly
    May 30, 12:33 am

    This is completely unnecessary and pointless. He claims his dog enjoys this. Possibly, but there is no way of knowing. Why risk it? If you really love your dog, you would let it live a normal life. Regardless, this will encourage other morons to force a dog into a similar situation. If we have standards for psychological abuse for children then why not for animals. Take the dog away from him please.

  47. Binay
    Bhubaneswar
    May 30, 12:42 am

    No words to explain…Just Awesome….

  48. thomas
    May 30, 1:02 am

    So Stupid !!!! poor dog

  49. Lisa
    May 30, 2:50 am

    So wrong on so many levels. The glasses aren’t even properly sitting on the dogs eyes, which means that it can’t even see. It only experiences the sick sensation of falling, while squashed into a knapsack. It looks terrified, when it’s being shoved in there. By all means, people should base jump if they choose to, it looks exhilarating and like a lot of fun. But leave the dog on the ground, where it’s happy. There is no indication whatsoever that the dog enjoyed any part of that. Dogs are incredibly loyal. It’s a shame for their loyalty to be taken advantage of in this way.

  50. Jason
    May 30, 2:51 am

    This man should be arrested for endangering an animal’s life.

  51. luciana de luordes madonna
    ITALY
    May 30, 3:21 am

    I HAVE NO WORD, POOR DOG IT’S PUBLISHED TOO

  52. Kamil
    Poland
    May 30, 3:30 am

    Amazing, make my day ;)

  53. […] Read mer about Pott'r an' his'n “fleeyun' dawg” Wisper n' thishere QA wit Nashshunal Geografic.  […]

  54. Jacques
    May 30, 4:03 am

    I love my dog and take her everywhere I can so I get this video; however, it is clear the dog isn’t into it.

    She is terrified on the rope walk, and has no say on the wings suit jump, but it’s pretty clear she isn’t into it. Any dog person can see the body language and it’s not good.

    I’m sure there are some dogs that would love it, this dog doesn’t and it’s clear. He a houldn’t be jumping with whisper.

  55. Techno
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    May 30, 4:05 am

    Lucky dog :-)

  56. Andy
    Israel
    May 30, 4:07 am

    Selfish scumbag. He Shouldn’t be allowed to raise dogs nor kids in the future.
    I wonder what happened when he someday takes his 1-3 year old child on a base jump?

  57. Paul
    Hong Kong
    May 30, 4:33 am

    What kind of fucking idiot would put so much stress on a dog??!! This is one selfish asshole strapping a dog to his back just to gain some pointless fame!! Animal abuse at it’s finest right here!! This dip shit should be thrown in jail!!

  58. […] documented in detail on NatGeo’s Adventure blog, the preview features Whisper, the  miniature Australian cattle dog Dean takes BASE-jumping with […]

  59. Lussy
    Rome, Italy
    May 30, 6:14 am

    AMAZING!!!!
    simply magnificent!!!
    these are people I admire the most!!!!
    Go Whisper!!!!!
    thumbs up!!!! ^_^

  60. Alana Rapposelli
    United Kingdom
    May 30, 6:20 am

    We take our dog’s almost everywhere, if we fair that all will go wrong in live we will never even out out of our houses.
    I admired the adventure. They both did it and make it. !! :)

  61. Theresa Lawrence
    Boca Raton, FL
    May 30, 6:20 am

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy is nuts to risk his dogs life for his own desires?

  62. Alessandra manzotti
    May 30, 6:38 am

    I am not sure what the point is..if you love your dog so much, allow him/her to “be” a dog. You are just a egocentric person who is trying to be different. I wonder if you’d put your baby in the sack as well…there are so many other awesome ways to bond with your furry loved ones!

    Signed:
    Dog lover and owner of 4-

  63. Gevaudan
    France
    May 30, 6:38 am

    When pigs fly ? Ahaha! Great movie!

  64. coronanut
    spain
    May 30, 7:48 am

    I really can’t believe this is not considered cruelty to animals, this is in no way, way what nature had installed for this poor dog and i doubt his instincts believe this could some how be natural.

    Really disappointing to find such a video on National Geographic.

  65. Gerard
    Canada
    May 30, 7:55 am

    Dogs has a natural fear of heights. Imagine how scared the dog was.

  66. Lampurcias
    Spain
    May 30, 8:14 am

    Dogs are obviously land animals so they do not have the need to fly and they do not feel like flying.
    The most likely thing is that Whisper felt very uncomfortable during the flight.

  67. Peetrsoon
    Czech Republic
    May 30, 8:48 am

    I don’t like this film. The owner of dog is really selfish man and without a reason. If he could die it is his problem but I don’t think that his dog want to fly or die. Why do people still abusing animals for getting the money? And why the National Geographic supports this kind of abusing? I thought that your company is supporting protection of animals and environment!

  68. Tany
    london
    May 30, 8:48 am

    this is animal cruelty. it’s disgraceful that someone would do this to an animal. the dog has to chance to say if it wants to be flying at such heights (which i’m sure he doesn’t). That man should be ashamed of himself.. and so should national geographic for thinking this is a good idea and encouraging cruelty to animals. disgusting.

  69. Tany
    May 30, 8:50 am

    THIS IS DISGUSTING BEHAVIOUR! NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR HAVING EVEN POSTED THIS! ENCOURAGING ANIMAL CRUELTY. ABSOLUTE IDIOTS!

  70. Tany
    May 30, 8:51 am

    Oh i have an idea… let’s shove a baby that cannot defend itself into a back-pack and start sky diving. it’s fine isn’t it? a dog did it so can a baby…

  71. Tany
    May 30, 8:51 am

    Oh i have an idea… let’s shove a baby that cannot defend itself into a back-pack and start sky diving. it’s fine isn’t it? a dog did it so a baby can do it too…

  72. Animal Round Up |
    May 30, 8:58 am

    […] about the first base jumping dog? I was a little nervous, but once he landed and bounded around so happily, I was happy too. […]

  73. Tany
    May 30, 9:24 am

    what an absolute DICK

  74. Cathy
    Germany
    May 30, 9:36 am

    Why would anyone in their right mind do this to their dog????

  75. Chris
    Bolivia
    May 30, 10:30 am

    @Tany, my thoughts in entirely. That dog must have been terrified. I’d like to punch him in the nose.

  76. Parinaz
    May 30, 10:49 am

    I wonder how people wont consider this as animal cruelty. The dog has no consciousness and no choice in respect to what is happening for him. the natural choice of the doge is not flying, has he ever try to monitor his heart rate to see whats happening for him? experiencing the fear might be enjoyable for us as the humans cause we have consciousness about what we are doing but not for the poor animal whom his natural choice is making the best decisions to be alive. I really wonder and disappointed how this is supported by the community.

  77. Memo
    May 30, 11:11 am

    I cant believe NG would sponsor such a moronoic selfish prick.
    Dogs where made to live in the ground, and sheperd dogs do not belong to altitude thrill rides.
    Clearly NG has sponsored a moronic slefish prick that has no concern of how his dog feel. He also speaks like a man child that didnt grow up.

    NG I tought you where better than this.

  78. Tookie K
    usa
    May 30, 11:13 am

    This is animal abuse in my opinion. Who’s he to speak for the dog that he/she wanted to do this??? The dog might want to go every where with him but I’m not sure this one of the place he/she wanted to go.

  79. Carmen Llusá Pérez
    Barcelona, Spain
    May 30, 12:11 pm

    Unfortunately this man is crazy. How it´s possible that he thinks his dog loves to do this dangerous things? Poor dog. And it´s incredible that National Geographic supports stories like this.

  80. Orlei Jr.
    Porto Alegre - RS - Brasil
    May 30, 12:15 pm

    People are capable of doing anything for publicity. Shameful to support this NatGeo!

  81. […] Learn more about Dean Potter and his dog, Whisper, here:http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/27/video-when-dogs-fly-dean-potter/ […]

  82. […] This dog is more bad ass than me. And you too probably. […]

  83. Hanne
    May 30, 3:22 pm

    You can do all sorts of “cool” and “adventurous” stuff with a dog, but you are the responsible person to keep you animal safe and happy. This is so NOT cool from the owner, but also from NG for supporting this nonsense!

  84. […] wasn’t Whisper’s first jump, according to National Geographic. The 4-year-old dog has embarked on a dozen flights with Potter and after each landing, she […]

  85. nd
    London
    May 30, 5:42 pm

    ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!
    PETA, pls visit this guy
    cannot believe he got sponsored by ADIDAS
    If he wants to get famous he should do this on his own, without taking advantage of poor Whisper, that simply does not have a choice with such ” owner”
    quote
    “This allows Whisper to go on amazing, long mountain climbs and hikes with us, instead of being trapped in the car or left at home.It was mostly a matter of practicality of not wanting Whisper to miss out on incredible mountain dog-walks that led us to wing-suit flying together.”
    How selfish!

  86. me
    right here
    May 30, 7:18 pm

    I love this video and I rescue dogs there’s a dog laying across my chest right now so all of the critics of him your wrong that dog is right where he wants to be

  87. Tom
    United Kingdom
    May 30, 8:23 pm

    This is so incredibly stupid and pathetic that I cannot even put it in words…

  88. […] wasn’t Whisper’s first jump, according to National Geographic. The 4-year-old dog has embarked on a dozen flights with Potter and after each landing, she […]

  89. […] wasn’t Whisper’s first jump, according to National Geographic. The 4-year-old dog has embarked on a dozen flights with Potter and after each landing, she […]

  90. Lorin
    Australia
    May 30, 10:12 pm

    Of course it’s an Australian Blue Heeler! The best dog in the world! I want this dog when i’m older.

  91. […] she goes on adventures. She’s just a loyal pup with a very adventuresome Papa,” Potter told National Geographic‘s Adventure […]

  92. Wendy
    Canada
    May 30, 11:15 pm

    Unbelievable. I see a terrified dog and an extremely arrogant man. Such an abuse of an animals trust! I am shocked that National Geographic is involved in such flagrant abuse of an animal.

  93. paul smith
    vancouver canada
    May 30, 11:17 pm

    this is stupid and cruelty to animals . someone will report and adidas will remove sponsorship , cliff bar as well

  94. ANI
    ARGENTINA
    May 31, 12:29 am

    NO ME GUSTA PARA NADA QUE EXPONGA AL POBRE ANIMAL ASI POR MAS SEGURIDAD QUE ELCREA TENER ES LINDO LLEVARSE A LOS ANIMALES A AVENTURAS PERO NO DE ESTE ESTILO ASI QUE MI QUERIDO SI QUERES TIRARTE HACELO SOLO ES TU VIDA NO LA DEL PERRO.

  95. Yu So Wong
    North Korea
    May 31, 12:47 am

    This is pure ANIMAL ABUSE. But this is “kosher” because the leftist NG endorses it. In a normal place Dean Porter would be arrested and NG would be shut down for a month for promoting ANIMAL ABUSE.

  96. David Katz
    Toronto
    May 31, 1:33 pm

    Dean is such an ass. This is just as bad as the guys who made a donkey parasail.

  97. Scott C
    USA
    May 31, 2:51 pm

    I think it’s AWESOME!! Whisper sure seemed to enjoy the ride!!

  98. Dennis K
    Puget Sound, USA
    May 31, 10:24 pm

    This is what National Geographic has come to, seriously? Supporting animal abuse for entertainment purposes?

  99. Roger
    Madison
    June 1, 10:06 pm

    The dog enjoys being with her pack. I doubt she enjoys being in a backpack or suspended on rope swing. The dog is one impulsive jump away from death. How would he feel if his dog died because of his egoism. Keep the dog safe. That dog could live for 16 or more years. Enjoy them without putting that wonderful dog at risk. I have three dogs. I would never take them on a base flight or rock climbing. The risk to the dog is too great. Wake up before you or your dog suffers death or lifelong disability.

  100. […] wasn’t Whisper’s initial jump, according to National Geographic. The 4-year-old dog has embarked on a dozen flights with Potter and after any landing, she […]

  101. dimitris leon ferguson
    germany
    June 2, 6:33 pm

    at least i hope that Adidas is not a sponsor, i forgot the not sorry

  102. ROBIN
    Canada
    June 3, 5:52 am

    The film cuts to a happy dog running over a parachute. Everyone is assuming too much. It may be that it’s another dog…another situation. Who . It’s film and TV has made everyonei nto drones.
    The dog shouldn’t be thus exposed. Simply. It’s not the 60 and space age testing anymore.
    NG is definitely on my loser list for this too…but so far just this. Most else is still awesome.

  103. […] Du kan læse mere om “Whisper” og Dean i et interview på National Geographic her […]

  104. […] she was my favorite breed, Australian cattle dog–but mini…” said Potter  in an interview with National Geographic Adventure, Whisper’s small size made it easy for Potter to bring her on rock climbs that are otherwise […]

  105. Efe Buyuran
    Turkey
    June 7, 7:12 am

    I’m uncomfortable watching the innocent dog on such a risky situation. I’m sure this guy knows what he does but he shoudn’t impose his will on his dog. There is no sense in it.

  106. Andrea
    June 7, 10:20 am

    I’m sorry this is just wrong. Let Whisper be a dog!
    Don’t understand how National Geographic can actually support this type of stunt.
    Really dissapointed that I saw this in NG.

  107. tami
    New York
    June 7, 8:03 pm

    This is disturbing. That poor dog is forced to do something unnatural.

  108. Cynthia
    California
    June 8, 5:36 pm

    That dog would NEVER jump off anything higher than it knew it could be safe jumping from. Imagine the terror! What a scam to say that Whisper is a jumper- the man is a nut and the dog has to go along for the ride- she is forced to go. Someone please take her away from him!!!

  109. Tara
    Canada
    June 8, 8:36 pm

    Based on this article, he shows that he understands his dog has fears, and when she gets scared he backs off. Many of you make a good point in that the dog has no say, but if you listen to him he took immense safety percautions, and he clearly loves his dog. Maybe this shouldn’t happen, i don’t know, but he doen’t show any malice, the dog looks healthy, and if it were decided to cruelty i don’t believe it was his intention. It appears he just wants to share his joy with his dog, and if he were told to not do it and were told it was cruel than it seems he would stop. Also he has done this with her more than once, and if shes shown no fear after the first or second time, its just something to consider.

    but aside from that debate, this is very cool, and i felt very happy watching, it was adorable, id be interested in seeing the full 22 mins.

  110. nealkinevil
    Canada
    June 8, 10:11 pm

    National geographic you should be ashamed for supporting this mentally ill behavior. If you folks couldn’t recognize just from the way this, sicko, talks in a, childish fashion, then maybe you should reevaluate your perception of the world and open your mind to the fact that encouraging this behavior sucks. Base jumping is easily the most dangerous stunt that there is out there, with an estimated 1 in 60 participants experiencing an accident usually fatal. That dog doesn’t deserve this anymore than it should be run behind a truck for exercise.

  111. Judie Harrington
    Colorado
    June 9, 9:35 am

    I think Dean needs to take a few classes in recognizing stress signals in dogs!!!!

  112. Martin
    June 9, 4:32 pm

    What do you think of Whisper’s fantasy of flying her beloved “papa” [puke!] and her resulting fear of putting him in harm’s way?

  113. […] Dean Potter and his BASE Jumping Dog. Dean Potter is known for his adventurous antics, and has decided to bring his cattle dog Whisper […]

  114. Mike
    US
    June 12, 12:08 pm

    I had to chime in and echo the feelings of so many others. This is terrible!
    This man is attributing his own feelings to the dog. I hope he will read these comments and be convinced. *Please stop abusing your dog.* The dog is stressed, scared and uncomfortable. Please do not make it do these things. It is touching (in a sad way) how willing the dog is to endure terror in an effort to please it’s owner. It runs around afterward because it is relieved to have escaped death.
    To all corporate sponsors, and to NG – PLEASE do not support such behavior.

  115. Frank Spencer
    Austin, Texas
    June 12, 1:12 pm

    A dogs love and loyalty go further then we human deserve at times. Please not done do that any more.

  116. Frank Spencer
    Austin, Texas
    June 12, 1:16 pm

    A dogs love and loyalty go further then we human deserve at times. Please don’t do that any more.

  117. GLORIA ESTEBAN
    Spain
    June 18, 4:31 pm

    Poor dog, so scaring experience. Don’t do it any more with any other animal, please. Just love animals with respect.

  118. GLORIA ESTEBAN
    Europe-Spain
    June 18, 4:35 pm

    NG: it is wrong of you to support such videos because this deal is such an animal torture. Flying means a threat to the poor dog. Please, stop it.

  119. […] Learn more about Dean Potter and his dog, Whisper, here:http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/27/video-when-dogs-fly-dean-potter/ […]

  120. […] Watch the video trailer and learn more about Potter’s adventures with Whisper in this interview. […]

  121. […] the video trailer and learn more about Potter’s adventures with Whisper in this interview.Learn more at http://www.deanspotter.com or on Instagram […]

  122. mara
    Belgrade
    July 26, 3:04 am

    I was really upset watching this. I do not doubt that he loves Whisper, but he puts her in a very stressful and dangerous situation based only on the assumption that she wants to do something that is completely against her nature. Please do not do it again.

  123. […] Oh, and the experience also resulted in a 22-minute independent film, “When Dogs Fly.” […]

  124. […] on the film from which this clip derives, When Dogs Fly, is available at National […]

  125. jon
    dc
    September 10, 5:12 pm

    Animal cruelty.