Maggie and I finally succumbed to temptation and got ourselves a puppy!
In our defense, we did exercise sufficient restraint to at least get a really small puppy. Billy’s father is a 3.5 pound toy poodle, and his mother is a 10 pound Yorkie Poo (½ poodle, ½ Yorkshire terrier). So we know two things:
- Billy will not grow very big
- Billy’s father is a very brave, determined and athletic fellow
These are both good things, IMO. But now we have to figure out how to integrate Billy into our cycling lifestyle – we don’t want to leave him home alone while we go cycling. Billy will be fearless enough to go cycling with us, and small enough to fit in some kind of basket. Now we just have to figure out the best and safest way to accommodate him on our bikes, and get him trained to it while he’s still young.
I once tried to take an older dog cycling. He was not used to it, so he whined in his little basket. No problem, I thought, he’ll calm down once he’s used to it. Then he threw up, and the wind ensured that I was instantly covered in dog vomit. At which point I realized he was whining not because he was afraid, but because he felt nauseous. Needless to say, we never went cycling again.
I am trusting that Billy will turn out to have a stronger stomach, especially as we will get him used to cycling while he is still a pup.
So this is my aim: to get my puppy cycling just as comfortably as this little dog. First, however, I will need to find the perfect basket to accommodate my perfect dog.
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