A Dog's Tale
From hitting the perfectly timed belly scrub to sweeping through corners with ears flapping in the wind, Shimano’s new Original Film, A Dog’s Tale, celebrates the joy of mountain biking through the eyes of the trail dog. It all starts with Raven, a 13-year-old retired trail dog who lives a stone’s throw from the Ring Creek Trailhead in Squamish, British Columbia. Raven has spent countless days frolicking on loamy singletrack beneath towering spruces, but old age has slowed her down. Now, Raven happily lies in the driveway, watching dog after dog, and their human, head for the hills.
The film takes us from Raven’s driveway memories in British Columbia to Utah, to South Africa, and back again, meeting some of the feistiest, four-legged trail personalities along the way. They all enjoy the mountain bike world in their own way, just like us humans do, whether it’s hitting jump lines, lapping through the loam, or setting out to build new trail.
Born from the wonder of what Raven was thinking, A Dog’s Tale embraces the close connection with our riding companions, the crunch of the trail beneath our tires, along with the swoosh of a tail as we launch the next jump. Stop and consider this feeling the next time you see a pooch gazing fondly at you as you ride by. Let your mind wander a little and get a little closer to what's behind those happy eyes. Because there's always more to the moment than just a dog in a driveway, watching the world roll on by.