Roo jumps off another cliff

I know. I know.

But it's not like I ordered Roo to leap off this cliff. She's just a born daredevil, no different from kids who drop themselves from sheer rock faces on mountain bikes, except that Roo doesn't smoke pot. And after years as a competition pilot, of traveling to some of the world's most dangerous places, and even of knowing what it is like to be gravely injured doing it, I don't have it in me to deny another adventurous spirit adventure. I have to trust that Roo has a better idea of what she can handle than I do when it comes to the way she can move and swim and even fly. And I also think she deserves as much autonomy as possible. No dog, including Roo, gets a lot of it.

For weeks Roo has been walking the rim of that cliff, wondering what it would be like to soar off the edge. She's been gearing herself up to do it for a long time. 

This is a video postcard of what Roo lives for. I'm not interested in arguments about how it would be better for her to be leashed and protected all the time. I just don't believe in it. This is the kind of stuff that makes Roo happy.

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