Harry the pooch is an ‘old paw’ at paragliding

Harry all harnessed up as he prepares to paraglide with his master Tony Conway
Harry all harnessed up as he prepares to paraglide with his master Tony Conway

HIGHRISE Harry the Paragliding Pooch has plummeted thousands of feet off the side of Northern Ireland’s tallest mountain.

The daredevil dog has become an old paw at the paragliding, accompanying his owner Tony Conway on his latest craze.

Tony Conway puts a harness on his paragliding pooch Harry

Tony Conway puts a harness on his paragliding pooch Harry

Tony, who works at Brownlow Resource Centre, got the idea from long walks up hills with Harry.

As a tandem paraglider with plenty of flights in the Mourne Mountains under his belt, enthusiast Tony Conway decided to bring Harry on board.

He took the ten-year-old collie cross along as a passenger recently and confirmed the pooch “didn’t mutter a word” during the flight from Slieve Donard.

“My wife and I designed and created a harness so that I could take Harry for long hill walks and then fly down,” said Tony.

He said he had been flying for nine years and feels this summer’s flights with Harry are the first of its type ever done from Slieve Donard.

And the daredevil pilot strapped a fixed camera to his helmet to capture Harry’s high-flying exploits.

It was definitely a case of puppy love when Tony took to the skies with his pampered pooch.

It took about 20 minutes to glide the 2,700 feet from the top of the peak to the beach in Newcastle, County Down.

That’s one way to bring your pet home after a long uphill hike... It’s a dog’s life.