An adventurous dog has earned the nickname ‘Roof-us’ after going viral thanks to its unusual habit of appearing on top of a house and precariously running across the pointed roofs.
Medical secretary Cari Edwards spotted a neighbour’s lurcher perched on the top of their home in Aberdare, balanced perfectly on the ridge of the triangular roof – despite there seemingly being no way up. Hilarious footage shows the deft dog looking out across the valleys before turning tail and trotting across the canopies of the other eight houses in the street.
Cari, 28, and her family have seen the unnamed dog make the same climb daily for the past couple of months ever since its owner moved into the house. Her video has been viewed more than 1.8 million times on social media.
Cari said: “The dog is up there every day. I’m not sure how it gets up there but a lot of the houses on that street have extensions on the back so I think it jumps up onto that and then climbs on to the roof.
“He’s really deft up there and will walk across all of the roofs just casually. There’s eight in total. They only moved into that house in the last couple of months but it feels like the dog has been doing it forever. You see it up there all the time.
“We were worried at first because I’ve never seen a dog up there before and we were concerned it might fall but it looks so comfortable up there. It does it every day now so it must be doing it safely and we’ve got so used to it. The lurcher is so happy walking up and down those roofs.”
“You sometimes hear the owner calling it down and it happily gets back down. I’ve no idea what it’s real name is but we’ve nicknamed him Rufus now. It’s become a bit of a local celebrity now. A lot of time I’ll walk down the street and see and someone else will be filming it up there too. I’ve grown up with dogs all my life but I’ve never seen one do this before.”