Skidboot the Famous Dog Lives On

The owner of the former "Pet Star” winner considers movie about his special dog.

Posted: January 21, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

David Hartwig, the owner of the late Skidboot, an Australian Blue Heeler who became famous for his crowd-pleasing tricks at the State Fair of Texas and went on to star in his own children’s book and video, says he would like to make a movie about the special dog’s life.

“What better way to spend a midlife crisis than to do a movie about your famous dog,” he joked to The Associated Press.

Skidboot, who showed an uncanny knack for tricks soon after arriving at Hartwig’s Texas ranch, won Animal Planet’s Pet Star title in 2003, netting $25,000 in prize money. The dog died at age 14 in 2007, after going blind and suffering several health setbacks.

After Skidboot’s death, Hartwig began appearing with a new batch of Australian Blue Heelers (“just average dogs of average intelligence,” he says of Heelers Tiedown, Bois D’arc, and Little Skidboot), and briefly considered giving up show business altogether.

“I had to let the public convince me it was still worthy,” he says.


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jim   golden, Colorado

7/27/2013 10:50:51 PM

Skidboot showed all of us that a dog will do anything it can to please its master He certainly was one of a kind, or least one in a million...We will all miss him.

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gerryann   Skowhegan, Maine

5/30/2013 5:47:06 PM

I loved, loved, LOVED this dog. I was mesmerized watching him--and I recorded that Pet Star show and showed everyone who came into my house!!! I watched over, and over, and over again. I have always looked for a Blue Healer ever since. You don't find many around the Maine area or surrounding states, however. I thought one (female) would be good on a dairy farm.

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Alexis - 258357   

8/5/2012 5:49:54 AM

Skidboot was an awesome dog. We have an Australian Cattle Dog and Skidboot has inspired us to teach her some similiar tricks.

Powhatan VA

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Dr. Linda Kennedy   Lubbock, TX

8/13/2011 12:11:38 PM

David, Please continue your awesome work on behalf of Skidboot, all other Australian Blue Heelers and each of us. Thank you for caring and
Linda in Lubbock,
My Blue Heeler, Lady, loves to watch your special quality moments.

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