If you were taking a stroll through a quiet neighborhood and happened to catch a glance of this majestic sight, you might bat an eye. You might do a double take. If you were (somewhat understandably) concerned about this surprising roof-dog’s welfare, you might even approach the homeowners to tell them, “Uh, I’m not sure if you know…but there’s a…dog…on your ROOF.”
Well, the family inside is aware that there’s often a dog on their roof. It’s their pet Golden, Huckleberry, and he just sorta likes it up there.
To put passersby at ease and ebb the parade of concerned parties knocking on their door, Huckleberry’s human put up a note explaining the whole weird scenario to those interested:
Huckleberry is living up to his name and learned how to jump onto our roof from the backyard. We never leave him in the backyard without someone being at home. He will not jump off unless you entice him with food or a ball!
We appreciate your concern but please do not knock on our door… we know he’s up there! But please feel free to take pictures of him and share with the world! #hucktheroofdog.
Of course, they ended it with a hashtag for photos shared on social media. Also, it seems a little strange that the owners mention that Huck is willing to jump 10 feet off a roof to chase food or a ball, but do nothing to suggest that people refrain from urging their dog to make that (seemingly dangerous) leap. Maybe Huck’s got the whole process down to the point it’s just not a concern.
This may seem like a pretty odd phenomenon, but not so odd that there isn’t a whole corner of Reddit devoted to dogs who just seem to really, really enjoy roofs. It’s called r/dogsonroofs, and boy does it ever deliver on that name.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Jackie Amidon Donaldson I lived in Peru for a few years and was constantly amused at how many dogs enjoy being on top of the roof of their owners’ houses. It seemed to be safer in the more congested areas of Lima than having them on the streets, like most dogs are kept. I can see how here in the US it’s an oddity that’s a cause for concern, but put in perspective with other parts of the world, it’s pretty common.
Shelly R Hammond We had a Beagle who would hang out on the roof too. He would go out onto our balcony and jump over the railing and watch over the neighborhood from the rooftop. His name should have been Snoopy.
Frank Haas When I was a kid my dog would sit on top of his dog house. Sometimes he would jump the fence when the house was close to fence. He was a beagle
Kurt Semel That’s idiotic. My dogs could get on the roof so I put up chicken wire to stop them. Dogs aren’t cats. One false step & he’ll be gone.
Becky Fly My daughter has a rabbit and he will hop on top and of everything he can. He loves to be up high.