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Through the eyes of Whisper

The companionship between dog and human is remarkable. A dog will literally follow you to the ends of the Earth and be happy along the way. Dean Potter and his dog Whisper personify this relationship and it's something we can all aspire to have. 

Whisper trusts her papa... Descending #ElCap with very valuable cargo. Insured by @StrideHealth @AdidasOutdoor @Fiveten_Official @MetoliusClimbing @Ruffwear @Goalzero @Guayaki #NeverLeaveTheDogBehind #JohnMuir #Stickeen #Dog #Pet #Freedom

This past weekend, the American free climber, alpinist, BASE jumper, and all around outdoorsmen passed away during a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park. He left behind his girlfriend, Jenn Rapp and his Australian cattle dog mix, Whisper.

Whisper had a life that mirrored the life of Dean; adventure, excitement, exploration. She fully trusted Dean to protect her and keep her safe even while performing the most extreme activities on Earth. It goes without saying, the life that Whisper lived says a tremendous amount about Dean. 

Dean hated leaving Whisper alone while he was adventuring so over the years, he trained Whisper to be quite the athlete. Whisper was no stranger to being suspended on a Yosemite wall. 

Miss Whisper-Dog stays put at a bolted anchor on #LeaningTower for a few minutes while Graham Hunt and I set up the ropes and prepare her cozy down-jacket nest for her airy afternoon bivi, while we work the crux pitch. @AdidasOutdoor @FiveTen_Official @MetoliusClimbing @Ruffwear @Goalzero @Guayaki #Freedom #FlyFree

Or doing a wingsuit jump.

We are proud to announce, When Dogs Fly is available for the very first time in its entirety at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/whendogsfly. Click directy on the live link located on our Instagram profile page. View the true story of the world's first wingsuit BASE-jumping dog and her quirky family as they quest towards the farthest reaches of what's possible while keeping the family together. @AdidasOutdoor @FiveTen_Official @Ruffwear #Dog #Pet #NeverLeaveTheDogBehind #FlyFree

or just taking in the Yosemite view.

In #Yosemite with Whisper. @adidasoutdoor, @fiveten_official, @metoliusclimbing, @clifbarcompany, @ruffwear. #freedom #flyfree

Dean lived a risky life but nobody can fault him for that. Dean found his comfort zone at the end of his limits. 

“Life and death is right there for all of us. It’s the most common thing we all share.”
— Dean Potter

Today we celebrate the life that Dean Potter lived but we also mourn the loss of Whisper's best friend. As any dog owner fully understands, a dog can be just as important to our lives as the air we breathe. Dean Potter was a man with a huge heart that loved sharing his life with Whisper. 

If you knew that tomorrow was your last day, how would you spend it with your dog? 

Minds of Mountainfilm 2014 - Dean Potter from Telluride Mountainfilm on Vimeo.