Watch: Golden Retriever at top of a hill does the most unexpected thing!

Leny the retriever sits on a bench dog-happy
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If you live in Spokane on the west coast of the United States keep an eye out for sliding dogs. Leny the Retriever has a pastime, and it’s not the canine norm.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 30/11/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22

Golden Retrievers have a reputation for being clever, loving, thoughtful and downright awesome. But what they don’t have a reputation for is sliding down hills. Yet that is exactly what one dog from Washington State enjoys doing the most.


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Leny has even made a name for himself by his sliding. His Instagram account, which includes a handful of videos of his new tricks, is followed by 26.6k people. That’s not an insignificant number, and is pushing Leny ever closer to the realm of an internet sensation!

There are three categories on Leny’s accounts: “Leny’s slides”, “Leny’s bombs” and “Car rides!” In all of them Leny shows himself to be extremely intelligent and loving every second.


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The interesting thing you will notice about Leny’s method is his way of deliberately shaping his body to get the best slide possible. That shows self-awareness, something most behaviourists say dogs don’t have.

Other tricks

Last year Admiral published an interesting article about how to make your pet an Instagram star. Primarily, it was focussed on the likelihood of account holders with a large number of followers becoming internet influencers, especially of pet food and toy brands.


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Admiral writes, “There’s a reason your pet deserves to be Instagram famous! Accounts with personality and character will outperform other accounts. Make sure your posts are relatable and emotive.”

They list such Instagram stars as Doug the Pug, Grumpy Cat (RIP) and the slightly odd I am Lil Bub.


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We think Leny has what it takes to make his owner an internet influencer. Whether that happens or not this Spokane Golden Retriever has already entertained us to the nth degree.

Carry on sliding Leny!


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