There may never be another dog quite like Skidboot.
When David Hartwig stumbled upon a litter of puppies in his barn on Christmas Eve in 1992, he decided to keep one for his family to raise. At the time, he had no idea it would be the start of a very special relationship.
Hartwig named the pup Skidboot, and began training him obedience techniques and special tricks. Over time, Skidboot’s talents became more and more impressive. He began to entertain friends and family of the Hartwigs and eventually started to perform at local rodeos. After he was asked to perform at the Texas State Fair, Skidboot began attracting the attention of Hollywood. He was even featured on The David Letterman Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
His rise to stardom was shattered when he was kicked in the head by a horse. Letters and well-wishes came pouring in from fans across the world. After teetering on the edge of death for a week, he made an incredible recovery and returned to performing.
Although Skidboot passed away at the age of 14 in 2007, he legacy still lives on through Hartwig and the many lives he touched while he was alive.
Watch the video below to find out more about the legacy of Skidboot.