THIS JUST IN: Fish Walkies!

According to the brillo peeps over at The Metro, a UK feller named Mick Madden says; “I was looking at my goldfish going round in circles in their bowl looking bored silly so I made this to take them out and about and they love it,”.


If you don’t wanna walk them, you can always Fish ‘n’ Flush instead, C.S.O.!


  1. Mary (the first) says:

    I Love it!

  2. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Can fish techno-trousers be far behind?

  3. Kirsten D. says:

    That is either the craziest or the cutest thing I have ever seen.

    …I like it!

  4. Haha! This is crazy! Nice of that man to think of how to quell his fish’s “boredom.” I wonder how he know they “love” it?

    I don’t know, aren’t fish more likely to go into shock if you move them a lot? Or maybe that’s just when you change they’re water…

    Pretty ingenious contraption!

  5. Leilani says:

    Ya gotta love the Brits!

  6. Oh carp. It’s fish ‘n chips, Mick! Not fish ‘n trips.

  7. I have to agree with crazy but ingenious! I’d be very worried about moving them around without a top on that thing. What if he trips or someone knocks it over?

  8. kibblenibble says:

    Glub blub blorb?

  9. Von Zeppelin says:

    As soon as the walk is over, he’s taking his dog for a dip in the aquarium.

  10. can’t lie, this is the stupidest thing i’ve seen today.

  11. Hey man, it’s Mick, and the rolling stones! Being a star is like living in a fishbowl…

  12. That is incredibly sweet, but he’d be doing them a gigantic favor by getting them a much larger aquarium. Comet goldfish can easily attain a size of 12-18 inches, and live 15 years or more with proper care.
    K, I’m done nuffing. Commence with the pudding-flinging.

  13. I think that’s the stupidest contraption I’ve seen all day – some people must have way too much time on their hands!!LOL!

    By the way how do you know if your fish are happy or not?

    Mine don’t tell me!LOL!

  14. soxfan413 says:

    What is that guy wearing? Pants and jacket are all matchy-tatchy, but it’s not a suit… Nice!

  15. lol like Jenny said you could just buy a humane fish tank since putting a goldfish in a bowl is pretty much straight up abuse.

  16. Quincy says:

    How would you know that the fish are loving it…?

  17. eternalcanadian says:

    Are you serious? There’s actually a way for people to take their fishies for a walk? Teehee! That is so funny!

  18. This makes me think of the sketch from Monty Python where John Cleese is trying to get a license for his fishy Eric. LOL

    I could picture the same guy getting his Eric the same walking setup.

  19. This is funny, but Jenny is right: way too small a tank for a goldfish.
    That being said, it did make me chuckle. The silly things people do!

  20. Anne Boleyn says:

    Is that Wanda?

  21. Beth (in NC) says:

    Very Monty Python. :-) And the fish and flush?? Who comes up with these things??? Now I want one and I don’t even know why…

  22. “They love it”
    As if he can tell what his fish love and not love…. What a joke.

  23. The aquarium is very small. But what if it’s just a temporary “walkies aquarium” and their regular tank is quite big? I wouldn’t want to wrestle a huge tank full of water onto and off the trolley every time I wanted to take Nemo for a stroll. I don’t own fish, but my pet rats have a small traveling cage they sit in when I take them places in my car, much smaller than their living cage.

  24. chanpon says:

    Please, oh please, enlighten us on the other side of the pond on precisely the difference between the fish’s “bored silly” face vs. the “loves it” face! Dying to know!!

  25. soxfan413 says:

    The bowl is too small to live in, but he’s just taking the fishy for a walk. I’m guessing a guy that cares this much would have an appropriate tank at home for his fishy, and maybe might really be able to tell when his fishy is happy.

  26. bad cat robot says:

    I think the fish might like to have a fishtank it controls instead. Behold, the Terranaut!

  27. Or …. he might consider getting a larger fish tank that would be more appropriate for their size and be a little more humane.

  28. LOL!! I need to meet this guy. I think he would make a genius friend.

  29. Illise says:

    I never tough i could see something like this lol and i tough the life of a pet fish was boring lol

  30. Jyllibean says:

    Jenny- I agrees, fishy needs a bigger, boredom-reducing house. “They love it.” REALLY? Did you ask? You know, the fish? Not cute, not today.

  31. Copperbat says:

    ahahahaha so awesome!

    This is the fishy-fish answer to the cat that scuba dives! XD

  32. firedog says:

    wouldn’t it be a little like being in a mobile earthquake from the fishy’s point of view?

    [Or, like, maybe, waves? Some kind of current? Honestly. – Ed.]

  33. Karisma says:

    What a crazy guy.

  34. Don’t fish have like 15 second memories or something?? You’d look a lil bored or confused too if your memory reset itself so often ;o)

  35. The quote says that they normally live in a bowl. Now this bowl could be a very large bowl that has the water changed frequently, but long term the fishy (and what a handsome fishy at that!) would thrive better in a big tank. Lots of times we don’t know all of the facts regarding the photos that Meg posts. Regardless, I felt the need to dismiss rumors about correct goldfish care; I work in a petstore and my advice unfortunately falls on deaf ears a lot of the time. I figured the (mostly) reasonable and rational folks that visit this wonderful website would be pleasantly surprised to know just how long a goldfish can live, ect.
    With all that being said, nothing is more endearing than a pet parent allowing their companions to be involved with whatever they’re doing-even fishies!
    Hopefully dad chose the least bumpy sidewalks!

  36. berthaservant says:

    I would like to design a fish tank in the shape of a boat so I could take my fish for a swim in the lake!

  37. Starlinguk says:

    *starts obligatory fish pun thread*

    I don’t know, is that the plaice for goldfish?

  38. Haha now that’s better to walk than a dog or cat. Hope that fish could get enough exercise and… enough memories to remember the outside things.

  39. Maybe he takes his fish for walkies to visit other fish and they can have a “fishy” day out!!

    As strange as this guy might be he must really ♥ his fish!!

    That’s cute!

  40. Blondie says:

    NTMTOM: LMAO! Ex-NASA. Fantastic for walkies!

  41. temperance says:

    i find this incredibly sweet. and, as for the complaints that it’s too small; it’s just for going walkies, people- if it was any bigger it’d be too heavy to pull, water is heavy!

    also- i have no problem believing he can tell if his fish are happy or not. i’ve talked to people who’ve had fish as pets and they have personalities just like anyone else if you take the time to pay attention…

  42. ingemary says:

    Buy a SQUARE tank !

  43. Momcat says:

    I would love to see mu neighbors doing this. At least I don’t think fishies would poop in my yard!

  44. hf080677 says:

    I would think that would be stressful on the fish, all the bumping on the pavement. My goldfish liked to watch TV and watch me play Nintendo back in the day, it was much calmer for him/her/it…

  45. Hon Glad says:

    I hope he sheilds the fishes gaze as they pass the fish and chip shop, think of the trauma.

  46. Kristabelle says:

    Ummmm…………………….. (how do you do that eye bulging smiley?)

    [Stick an eight and a capital o together, like 8 O , only with no spaces. 8O – Ed.]

  47. PhysicsProf says:

    Newton’s first law at work here, people. Note that the tank is supported by bungee cords (much like the shock absorbers of your auto). Inertia prevents any sudden and disconcerting jostles.

  48. Wow…that is a really stupid idea. Honestly, some people are just too much.

    [Good luck at life. With that attitude, you’ll need it. – Ed.]

  49. I am pretty sure I have now seen everything. I guess I’m done. Thank you.

  50. dawgpup93 says:

    WHOOO!!! Its about time!!! lol ^-^

  51. nrosetulip says:

    @NTMTOM: they’d better be on the lookout for Feathers McGraw

  52. skippymom says:

    I don’t think this is real. I can tell by the pixels.

  53. Shannon says:

    I love this idea – one of the reasons I don’t have fish is b/c I always feel sorry for them cooped up in that aquarium their whole lives. Maybe this makes a little difference!

  54. brinnann says:

    Yeah, skippymom, they sound all wrong! ;)

  55. Katrina says:

    OK, the fish loves it. S/he is in ‘suspended animation!’ Yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk…suspended because it is, oh, you gottit already never mind.

  56. i can believe the guy may know if the fish likes it, think of how excited most fish are when they see you and think you might feed them. if the fish is excited when it sees the ‘walkies net’ for transferring to the mobile bowl, then it probably likes it. i’d be a lil worried about temperature shock from sun or wind, but i imagine anyone who loves their fish this much keeps a good eye on things.

    i knew someone who made a sort of ‘lookout tower’ for his pond and the fish used it constantly. i give my goldfish fruit to try once in a while and she seems to savor it.
    her tank is in the middle of the kitchen and she follows you around the room as you cook. they have short attention spans but they can learn tricks, how do we know they don;t enjoy more variety and activitiies? i can’t see doing it myself, but i suspect my goldfish might like it if i did.

    and why do ppl post outraged comments w/o at least scanning the other posts first?
    [You don’t want me to answer that. – Ed.]

    pass the pudding.

  57. skippymom says:

    Brinann, I think you will probably agree that they don’t smell right, either. There’s definitely something fishy going on here.

  58. Who ever said you couldn’t take a fish for a walk?

  59. Of course he knows his fish love it, the fish must have a little fishy smile on his fish face! So funny! My fish used to jump out of his tank. I put up pictures outside of his tank but I don’t think that was enough, now I know where I went wrong!

  60. sunnymum says:

    This person has a very compassionate intention, good for him! How great that he is going full throttle to do what he thinks will bring some joy in to his animal companion’s life. This rocks, ha, literally and figuratively. :)

  61. Copperbat says:

    Hmm. Maybe on a larger scale, the owner is trying to filet niche for fish prams and this is how he lures potential customers. One school of thought, anyway.

  62. Er, I’m not sure if the fish really ‘likes it’ but it’s heartwarming to see someone go to such lengths for a critter. It’s pretty weird, but totally sweet.

  63. bwcanfield says:

    You can tell if a fish is content by watching how it moves. A panicked fish is obvious enough; it appears to be in a state of panic. Fish can look curious- they swim up as near as they can get, and watch what is happening. If they run and hide, they’re scared. If they think you are going to feed them, they swim to the top, in expectation. And if they are bored, they swim back and forth, just like a person pacing. Goldfish aren’t that intelligent, there are some fish that you can teach tricks, and interact with them easily enough; you just have to observe a little more closely.
    By the way, a fellow my friend taught at the UDT outfit on Silver Strand near Coronado, taught a guppy to jump over a match stick using food as a reward. It got him a job at Seaworld, teaching a certain killer whale. Weird, but true. I’ve met him.

    Aquatic in Chula Vista;

    BW Canfield

  64. My former boyfriend (now husband) and his brother “won” a goldfish when they were kids. Said fishy was still alive ( and large enough to feed one person- although of course we never ate him!) when my husband was in University! he lived at least 15 years!

  65. actually theo, i’d love the answer to that XD
    [Sometimes, you just need to trust. – Ed.]

    not saying i carefully read every comment but i do try to scan thru to make sure 37 ppl haven’t already made my point. is it that hard? *goes back to the pudding*

  66. Paunchie says:

    oooh feesh a feesh a feeshy ooooo

    that went wherever I did go!

  67. That looks just awesome. Great way to get your fish out. =)

    – Lora

  68. I’m still speechless over this one. Lol! But I’m all for fish rights.

  69. When he has the fish riding a bicycle, then I’ll be impressed.

    [ :lol: – Ed.]

  70. AnimalLady says:

    Please don’t walk your fish!!! The activity of moving your fish’s home, the vibrations from said movement, and the new surroundings can stress your fish so much that they either become ill or die, or sometimes both. This is why fish die after you move them to a new house. It’s a compassionate and wonderful gesture, but fish aren’t supposed to go on walks for good reason. Please be careful with your fish, they are more delicate than you realize. =( No deadem fishies pleeze.

    [Which is why the rig is specifically designed to minimize this. Also, if fish couldn’t handle a little water movement, rivers & waves would be seafood armageddon. Perspective, please. – Ed.]

  71. /me trusts theo

  72. The Jazz Butcher song about girls who keep goldfish… it is in my head all day after seeing this photograph.

  73. Teho, have you had a break today?

  74. …???

  75. 8O

  76. :mrgreen: !

  77. apotheosis says:

    It’s kinda like a woman without a man, if all those old bumper stickers were right.

    (yeah, I’m old.)

  78. The picture makes the guy look like he is 10 ft. tall.

  79. Lauralyloo says:

    @ Wend

    woah, your husbnd had a goldfish that lived for 15 years?!! That HAS to be some kind of record for pet goldfish lifespan!


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