In one of the more lucrative contacts made through The Dog in the Clouds web site, promoter Don King has offered Roo one million dollars to launch herself over the Niagara Falls. Roo has agreed.
When Roo is set adrift on the calm waters a quarter of a mile upstream from the falls, she will at first float placidly towards the edge before joining the world's deadliest torrent to plummet 167 feet to the rocks below. Though others who have attempted this stunt in cast-iron bathyspheres and tanks built to the specifications of submarines have been dashed to pieces that were never recovered, Roo is not sure she will even use the barrel, as she predicts that she will in any event be in the mood for a swim that day. Promoter King notes that he has already hired workmen to emblazon The Amazing Roodini on the barrel (which is more of a little cask similar to the ones St. Bernards wear than a full barrel) in a special script that will not be readable until it achieves a high-speed spiral as it hurtles through the air, should Roo decide to use it.
In a statement to the press, King said, “I have been trying to find the right dog for this for years. Only a few have even considered it. No one ever stepped up to the challenge the way Roo has. Certainly none whose owners were willing to allow it.”
Roo’s father, Brian Beker, already facing allegations of mismanaging Roo’s trust fund, has been attempting to distance himself from the stunt, claiming that it is not up to him to usurp Roo’s autonomy in this or any other business decision and that he will be vacationing as a guest of the Elite Modeling Agency in Monte Carlo anyway at the planned time of Roo’s death-defying plunge.
Neither Beker’s office nor Roo have returned calls for comment.