By Jack McKay @_jackmckay
Scroll down for the full story
Videographer / Director: Jose Carlos Jimenez
Producer: Jack McKay, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal
Canine catapult Antara is Mexico’s Grand Champion of Vertical Wall climbing - defying gravity to run up walls and trees.
Owner Rafael Caraveo Saldivar, 34, has been training his prize-winning pooch for a year and a half until she recently broke the Mexican record.
Rafael trains Antara two hours each day, five days a week at his home in Comalcalco, Mexico.
The athletic dog takes part in the canine version of the Olympics during which pitbulls show off their speed, strength and agility.
As well as the vertical climb, dogs compete to see who can hang from a bar the longest, run on treadmills the fastest and pull weighed sleds.
Rafael said: “I’ve never seen a dog who could reach the four-metre level before. Antara is really amazing.
"People say pitbulls are aggressive animals but this dog is exactly the opposite. She is always with my children and family - they are always playing.”
Rafael, 34, and wife, Ana Karen Riverol Alverez, 26, regularly take their dog to shows around Mexico.
Ana said: “Antara is a very docile, obedient and good natured dog and she does what she enjoys with a passion.
“I hope that in the future she can break her own records, not just in vertical climbing but in other events too.
Rafael, who has been training dogs since he was a boy, said: “She constantly surprises us with how much she improves. In one month she went from being able to jump 3.4 metres to 3.6.
“We kept training her and she was getting higher every jump - then she reached 4 metres, making her only the second pitbull to reach that height at world champion level.
“We were very happily surprised and extremely proud that she wins lots of events.”
“In the future we hope the whole world will know who she is and one of her offspring will continue her legacy."