Meet Britain’s paragliding DOG – that regularly takes to the skies with its owners.
Henry the three-year-old cockapoo has flown more than 20 times over the hills of west Wales – and even in the Alps.
Owners Amy Jones, 38, partner Joe McCarthy, and Amy’s dad Rob, 67, leap off mountains and hills with the dog strapped on their laps.
Weather conditions must perfect to paraglide – and Henry flew this weekend as it was dry with low winds.
Video footage shows Henry looking relaxed as he flies with Rob, 67, over hills near his home in Tywyn, west Wales.
The pooch also enjoyed a bird’s eye view of his favourite beach on Boxing Day as he swept along the Dyfi Estuary.
He started high on the hills above Aberdyfi before paragliding down to the seafront – enjoying panoramic views across the stunning landscape.
He hops up onto the pilot’s knee and is “ready to go as soon as he gets his harness on”.
Amy, who runs a roofing firm with dad Rob, said: “Henry is hilarious – his expressions are very funny because he is always so happy.
“We go over to the Alps every year in a VW campervan and Henry comes with us and flies.
“As soon as he gets his harness on to paraglide you can tell he wants to go – as soon as it is on he’s ready.
“But Joe and I are very active and he does everything with us.
“We take him to Lake Annecy where he flies, swims and cycles in the trailer – it’s great.
“Passersby expect it to be a kid in the back but then they see his little head. People think we are bonkers but it’s so funny.”
The little dog also paddleboards with Amy, travels in a trailer with her on long bike rides and enjoys long walks up Cadair Idris mountain in the snow.
Henry’s love for the outdoors is a trait mirrored by Amy and Joe who met three years ago when he was a puppy.
He often flies with Amy’s dad, Rob, who has over 30 years of paragliding experience and was one of the sport’s pioneers.
Amy says playful Henry is small and will often disappear into the snow during walks on Cadair Idris. She added that Henry has flown “20 to 30 times” in total.
Partner Joe, a commercial photographer and videographer, described Henry as “so calm” as he flies.
Henry spends his time at home in Bryncrug, Gwynned, Wales napping and eating so he is ready to go outdoors.
Joe, who met Amy in a paragliding class, added: “Cockapoos are really lovely natured, gentle and caring dogs.
“He doesn’t shed so is a brilliant house dog but loves to go out. When I’m working he will nap, then he eats and is ready to go out again.”
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