How did Biuf become a Skateboarding Dog?
Biuf (pronounced “be-youf”) is no ordinary dog, in fact, he was the runt of a littler in Lima, Peru. Supposedly, English Bulldogs are known to be sedentary and lazy, boy were we fooled! It is important to note that my husband and I are not professional dog trainers nor skateboarders.
When he was just 5 months old, Biuf started barking like crazy at all the kids in the neighborhood who skateboarded by him. We assumed it was the noise that scared him, and started our Google research, and were stunned to learn about bulldogs that skateboard, like Tillman (current Guiness record holder for fastest skateboarding dog in the world) and Otto, who Biuf met when he was a puppy and gave us some tips.
We decided to put Biuf on top of a skateboard, and that is were the story begins. It was in these crucial months (6 months – 1 year) that Biuf really developed his ability to ride. He is obsessed with the skateboard. He started off gnawing at it–the board itself and the wheels. He would spend 95% of the time eating the board, and 5% of the time trying to ride it. Over those six months, slowly and surly his obsession converted from eating the board (much to do with his teeth growing in), to riding on top of it. Biuf eats, sleeps and lives skateboarding. As his parents, we gave him the time and space to play with the board, and he has taught himself nearly everything he knows.
It is physically impossible to not smile when seeing a dog skateboard. Biuf, doing what he loves doing, brings joy to those around him. He spreads happiness wherever he is.
Biuf lives in Peru, a country diverse in geography, people and culture. Despite Peru’s economic growth and political stability, it remains a country struggling with poverty. Biuf spreads smiles throughout the country, among all people. One of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they do not judge, and they love unconditionally all those that offer their love.
Education is also an important mission for Biuf. In Peru, and much of Latin America, many dogs are not treated as pets and often starved and abandoned. Biuf promotes the importance of taking care of dogs and shares stories of love and compassion through his facebook page, El Biuf.
Lastly, Biuf is committed to building a community of skater dogs, to promote the health and wellness of dogs, and because skateboarding dogs are simply AWESOME! In Peru, we have started a club where up to 20 bulldogs meet weekly and try to skate. Now, we are excited to extend the community globally, and are excited to share photos, videos and tips with other skateboarding dog owners and those interested in learning!