For most people, flooded streets mean staying inside. But for Bo, navigating the water was as easy as pulling out his surfboard.
About a year ago, when a powerful storm swept the streets of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, looking like a riverbed, Peter Rosen tried to teach his dog to wave surf. Rosen wants Bo to remember his surfing skills when the streets are flooded again recently.
Rosen told The Dodo: “We took the board out and he recalled it right away and jumped on it right away.”
Neighbor Rachel Frank was trying to take her dog across a flooded sidewalk when she spotted Rosen and Bo preparing to ride the wind and waves. By the time she came back from the walk, they had hung ten on the street.
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“I couldn’t stop laughing and filming,” Frank told The Dodo. “My dog was with me and just wanted to jump in and play.”
Initially, Rosen tried to teach Bo to surf in the ocean, but the small waves in southern Florida weren’t enough to propel the board.
Soon, Rosen discovers that flooded streets may be better suited to Bo’s abilities. He starts teaching Bo by manually pulling Bo through the water. Slowly but surely, Bo found a balance. Eventually, they added electric bikes.
“He’s very talented,” Rosen said.
Anything that would bring him closer to Rosen would be a good idea for Po, who was adopted after Rosen found him in the Cayman Islands about three years ago. Rosen and his husband met Bo on vacation, and Bo’s previous owner was no longer able to take care of him. They took Bo on a hike around the island and he adapted. Soon, Bo was officially adopted, and their adventure continues to this day.
Surfing isn’t Bo’s only unique form of transportation. He can often be seen riding the sidecar of Rosen’s Vespa or snuggled in the kennel like Rosen’s skateboard.
“He was very passionate about anything I wanted to do,” Rosen said. “He just wanted to be with me.”