Cherokee dog performs scooter trick on various TV shows
by Laura Braddick
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Karen Cobb of Holly Springs talks about taking her 19-month-old Briard, Norman, on CBS TV’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’ Norman recently showcased his ability to ride a scooter on the ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ segment.<br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
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With just the push of a paw, one Cherokee County canine is scooting his way to fame.

Norman, a 19-month-old Briard, recently was featured on CBS TV's "Late Show with David Letterman" for his riding skills.

The 65-pound pooch can put his paws on the handles and push himself along on his black-and-yellow scooter.

"We sent in the video, and I honestly didn't think I'd get a call," owner Karen Cobb of Holly Springs said with a laugh. "Some people had been trying for years (to get on the show), and we got on our first try."

Mrs. Cobb, a former dog trainer specializing in obedience and behavior, was inspired to teach him the trick after a visit to the park one day when he was less than a year old.

"The first time we took him to the playground he was interested in my daughter's scooter," she said. "He thought he was a kid. So, we gave him a ride around."

From there she worked with him a few minutes a day to teach him how to mount the scooter and push himself.

"He took off. He learned pretty quickly," she said.

Norman's skills have attracted a pet agent who keeps him on file as "dog who can ride a scooter."

Norman starred in his own short clip on Cartoon Network that shows him riding his scooter with a cape on and his own theme music.

He was also featured on Fox TV's "TMZ" entertainment show scooting down the streets on New York during his visit to Letterman.

The first video of him scooting down the street of his neighborhood has had more than 127,000 views on his YouTube channel, which boasts 85 subscribers.

The pup also has 529 fans and counting on Facebook.

Now, Norman is learning how to sink a put with a golf club in his mouth and ride a bicycle.

"The people at the bike store look at my like I'm crazy when I go in and ask to modify the bike for a dog," she said.

The goal, Mrs. Cobb said, is to have Norman appear in a film or television series. She said she is even working on a potential movie pitch.

"We'd love for him to be in a movie," she said.

Although she grew up with a lot of rescued dogs as the daughter of a veterinarian in Long Island, Mrs. Cobb said she waited 13 years to get a Briard.

"I've never raised a dog from eight weeks," she said. "They are great dogs, but they have to have a very experienced handler or else they'll run the house."
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