This Cat Can Skateboard Better Than Most Humans—Watch Now!

by David Braybrooke 21 replies
This Cat Can Skateboard Better Than Most Humans
Or: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YRbakPK...%3DYRbakPKgU5Y

The animal trainer responsible for the skateboarding cat: http://www.malibudogtraining.com/201...ral-cat-video/

He was good enough to be on David Letterman!
“Robert, Thanks for being on the show, all the best” David Letterman –Late Night — New York
Source: http://www.malibudogtraining.com/testimonials/
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Most of it is faked. You just can't believe everything you see in videos these days. Video editing has become affordable to the masses.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        David, I don't have time to look at all those links now, maybe later. Sorry to spoil your overkill.

        If the skateboard is remote controlled, where's the motor? I didn't see one.

        If the scenes are real, why didn't the dog turn and look to see what was coming? It's not like a dog to ignore a noise coming at it.

        In some of the scenes the cat is supposedly skateboarding and no one looks at it as it goes by (and in some they seem to be looking).

        How did the skateboard move so far through the grass, all the way up to that tree?

        That's what I remember sticking out as fake off the top of my head. That doesn't mean the whole video is fake, but in my opinion, and not having seen the links you provided yet, I still say some of the scenes are faked. That doesn't mean they all are, but the issues I raised above need some explanation, don't you think?
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        • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          David, I don't have time to look at all those links now, maybe later. Sorry to spoil your overkill.

          If the skateboard is remote controlled, where's the motor? I didn't see one.

          If the scenes are real, why didn't the dog turn and look to see what was coming? It's not like a dog to ignore a noise coming at it.

          In some of the scenes the cat is supposedly skateboarding and no one looks at it as it goes by (and in some they seem to be looking).

          How did the skateboard move so far through the grass, all the way up to that tree?

          That's what I remember sticking out as fake off the top of my head. That doesn't mean the whole video is fake, but in my opinion, and not having seen the links you provided yet, I still say some of the scenes are faked. That doesn't mean they all are, but the issues I raised above need some explanation, don't you think?
          In some of the scenes the cat is supposedly skateboarding and no one looks at it as it goes by (and in some they seem to be looking).
          Not sure what you mean by this Dennis? One lady was on the phone and looking the other way from what I could see. Everyone else seemed to be watching very excitedly.

          How did the skateboard move so far through the grass, all the way up to that tree?
          Momentum from velocity perhaps? Underneath the skateboard is a remote control device attached from what I could tell.


          Many of the sources of my 'overkill' articles seem very legit to me. The YouTube channel quoted looks legit to me too.

          I'm not sure what your opinion on the Huffington Post is, but they reported on this cat too. This Is A Cat. On A Skateboard. (VIDEO)

          Their view is that some of the cat's tricks are aided by camerawork. However, they seem to give credit to the cat actually riding the skateboard. I have seen remote control devices with very well concealed components too.

          Cheers.

          PS - Here is the TV station that reported on this cat The skateboarding cat - Sunrise - Channel Seven - Yahoo!7 TV - Yahoo!7 TV
          I am contacting them for comment. This story intrigues me.

          More on the animal trainer:
          Meet Robert Dollwet who has trained police dogs for the military, animal actors for the television and motion picture industry in Hollywood and created countless happy homes for once frustrated dogs and their owners. After the animal actor experience, Robert opened his own company in Malibu, California, to help people and their pets. He recently fulfilled a life-long dream to live in Australia and, even better, he has been able to continue his 30-year dog training career there. Surprisingly, they even listen to him “down under” despite his American accent. This is not a how to video, but an opportunity to follow Robert’s story. In the video, Robert showcases Australia and the many talented dogs he has helped, particularly, Magic and Frida who over came aggressive behavior to be happy members of their households.
          He also trains cats.
          http://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/t...u-dog-training
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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by David Braybrooke View Post

            I'm not sure what your opinion on the Huffington Post is, but they reported on this cat too. This Is A Cat. On A Skateboard. (VIDEO)

            Their view is that some of the cat's tricks are aided by camerawork. However, they seem to give credit to the cat actually riding the skateboard.
            This is all I'm saying . . . well, that and some good editing. I have no doubt the cat can ride the skateboard, to what degree is the mystery.

            I'm sorry if my initial response didn't seem like I appreciated the video, I do. It's as entertaining as any. I actually appreciate good editing as well. I just have my doubts about some of the tricks. It's all good. The net needs skeptics, too.
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            • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
              Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

              This is all I'm saying . . . well, that and some good editing. I have no doubt the cat can ride the skateboard, to what degree is the mystery.

              I'm sorry if my initial response didn't seem like I appreciated the video, I do. It's as entertaining as any. I actually appreciate good editing as well. I just have my doubts about some of the tricks. It's all good. The net needs skeptics, too.
              Points taken. Thanks for your comments Dennis.
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    I find it entertaining to watch even if the video is authentic or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I've seen animals skateboard before. Some of them are really good at it. Not sure if all videos are fake or not, but there are animals that can board.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I've seen animals skateboard before. Some of them are really good at it. Not sure if all videos are fake or not, but there are animals that can board.
      This is a real animal news article. A feature story on morning television news broadcasts showed clear, untouched footage of the talented cat on board. Just want to try and give true credit where it is due, for man or beast.

      Here is the YouTube channel of the animal 'trainer'. http://m.youtube.com/user/CatTrainer...FCatTrainerToo
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    i want to see the cat do kickflips
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    • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
      Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

      i want to see the cat do kickflips
      And jumping through some firey hoops, blindfolded. I mean talk about a lazy cat. No sardines for you Didga!
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  • Profile picture of the author alistair
    You can see the wire pulling the skateboard along when the cat jumps over the second dog. Basically I think the cat is just standing on the skateboard while it's being towed when there are close camera shots and being pulled by the wire for longer shots. Still somewhat entertaining though.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
      Originally Posted by alistair View Post

      You can see the wire pulling the skateboard along when the cat jumps over the second dog. Basically I think the cat is just standing on the skateboard while it's being towed when there are close camera shots and being pulled by the wire for longer shots. Still somewhat entertaining though.
      Still, a clever cat!
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        Originally Posted by David Braybrooke View Post

        Still, a clever cat!
        Hold the horses! There were people who thought that was entirely real and didn't employ special effects?! LOL.

        Also, the cat acted with professionalism and can't be faulted for mistakes made by the crew.
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        • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
          Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

          Hold the horses! There were people who thought that was entirely real and didn't employ special effects?! LOL.

          Also, the cat acted with professionalism and can't be faulted for mistakes made by the crew.
          I spoke with the man who made the video and I am convinced that the cat is riding the board! No one suggested that the cat was providing legwork for board movement itself. She is on the board and she rides!
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            Originally Posted by David Braybrooke View Post

            I spoke with the man who made the video and I am convinced that the cat is riding the board! No one suggested that the cat was providing legwork for board movement itself. She is on the board and she rides!
            I know that cat. It's not so clever. At the library, that cat was just looking at comics, but still had to lip read.
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            • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
              Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

              I know that cat. It's not so clever. At the library, that cat was just looking at comics, but still had to lip read.
              Well that's because the book catalogue at the library was out of order that day!
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              • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
                The cat is as real as the catgut towing it.

                Good vid!
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                • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                  If you put a skateboard on the floor in my house - it wouldn't be long before a cat was sitting on it. Same is true for a newspaper on the floor - it's what cats do.

                  A cat will stay on a skateboard or in a wagon, etc for a certain amount of time - and that was cleverly edited mixing in backgroundss, etc - but I did catch a couple places where the editing was "off" (in one, the cat jump on the skateboard and then backwards up to the perch then down again - no cat does that).

                  It's fun and cute - took a cat willing to spend some time on a skateboard and ran with it. My son has one of those remote vacuum cleaners - he has two cats. One hides when the vacuum thingie starts up - the other cat jumps on it and takes a ride.
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