Came across “one man and his dog”, on a recent ride out, well a rider and dog to be precise, apparently, he takes his beloved dog everywhere, the dog looked across at me as though to say, “hey this is better than lazing in front of a fire”, I love the tinted ski goggles.
There’s a bloke we met and now see around quite often who has his two dogs on his scooter with him in a “tent” on the back - he said that he wouldn’t be able to get out and talk to people if it weren’t for his dogs, he’d be too anxious. They were great little dogs, very friendly. I am sure I have a photo somewhere, I’ll have a look!
Love dogs, love motorcycles, never mix the two, I’d be heartbroken if my dogs were injured-however “cool” people think they look.
I would be devastated too. Plus ours is taller than me if he stands up or sits tall on the sofa next to me; we’d make a very odd pair on a bike . Oh, and he’s not THE bravest soul so getting on would not be his cup of tea at all!!
Mine is a real hardy soul, well most of the time, I have not taken him on the back of my bike though as he is a little bit big, he loved fell running with me and even completed many Lakeland scrambles, he loved the Scottish and Lakes Mountains in winter.
So dangerous for all but especially for the dog.
I divisive issue for sure, personally I don’t have a view one way or another it’s up to the individual to make the choice I guess. On the same theme countless numbers of farmers ride their quads with a working sheepdog on the back, unsecured in any way (secure wire pen), this is the case for both lowland and hill farmers, to my knowledge I have never heard of a working dog falling of a farmers quad, they are regularly on public roads going from fields to fields. When my own collie came scrambling with me, I made him a harness from climbing slings and had him on a rope, much the same as if leading a person. People often thought I was a little crazy canoeing rivers in flood or climbing frozen waterfalls etc, however it was always my choice. What I’m diplomatically saying is everything we do in life carries risk, it’s about managing those risks to be best of our abilities. Eric Jones (look him up) I have chatted with him in the past, he is now in his eighties, Eric continues to have a very full and active life, climbing, sky diving and riding his motorbike (another Rocker rebel) Eric’s list of climbing achievements is both long and distinguished. Highlights included a solo ascent of the Bonatti Pillar in 1969, solo ascents of the North Faces of the Matterhorn and the Eiger (both first British solos). He came within an ace of summiting Everest with Rheinold Messner and Peter Habler in 1978 but had to turn back because of frostbite. Eric has also pushed the boundaries in base jumping, sky diving and high-altitude balloon flying doing what is believed to be the first ever base jumps off the Eiger and Cerro Torre as well as being a team member on the Everest balloon crossing. Like myself he has no “death wish” as people have often thought, I just loved what I was doing, I knew the risks and consequences and meticulously planned all I did. Now unable to climb or paddle rivers, thankfully I can still ride my bike and get out as much as possible, riding in a spirited manner as an ageing Rocker should. Ride safe all out there.
Living in the upper Towy valley I see farmers with collies on quads on a regular basis, usually doing 15-20 mph on rural roads going from one field to another and easily capable of jumping off in the event of a spill or collision, it’s a lot different than strapping a dog in a bag, box or ridiculous tent where if anything goes wrong they’re more than likely to get injured or worse and without the choice.
We make a life style choice to ride a motorcycle, animals don’t. End of rant.
Is it much different between being in a car? A dog gets the shitty end of the stick in a lot of car wrecks too.
Is it even legal to carry an animal in a rucksack on a motorcycle?
Yes, they’re not going to somersault then slide down the road or be directly hit by a vehicle.
Confession: I did used to take my ferret in a rucksack on my bicycle.
Braver man than me for trying to get a ferret into a rucksack in the first place!
She was soft as butter…unless you were a rabbit or rat
Bet she was a Polecat
She was a polecat x ferret
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