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  1. #1
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    Saw Something Weird Yesterday

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    Riding down a bike trail, I saw a gal laboring uphill coming towards me. She was pulling one of those trailers you stick toddlers in, and I thought, "She sure is working hard. Must be a big kid in there." When I got closer, I glanced into the window and saw -- a tiny little DOG! It was one of those fuzzy lap dogs that could fit in a purse.

    Hmm, come to think of it, maybe she could just get a really big bike bag and squeeze the dog in under her saddle...
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    LOL, I thought about doing that with one of my golden retrievers. The smallest is in the 65 lb range....

    A couple years ago, I met a fella who rode about with his dog in a doggie backpack. The dog LOVED it. But this was a small terrier.

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    That's funny because just yesterday I saw a guy pulling one on the trail and it had 3 Dachshunds in it!!! DH said as much as we love our dogs, he thought he would leave his at home!
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    I can't see me pulling a 90 lb german shepherd.

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    There is a lady that regulary rides the Mt. Vernon Trial on weekends pulling a baby trailer with 3 little fuzzy dogs riding in it.

    Not having a dog (and when I did, it was a Chesapeake Bay Retreiver), I don't get it why folks can't leave their dogs at home. As long as she's not holding up traffic, which she doesn't, guess I shouldn't care.

    I did think it was odd the first time I saw it!

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    There's a guy from around here who pulls a Briard in his kid carrier. Look 'em up, they're bigger than a German Shepherd!

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    Only in America.

    Personally, I think they should train the dog to peddle the bike and THEY should ride in the little trailer behind.
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    I have a trailer made specifically for dogs. (Croozer Dog)

    haven't taken the dog out yet, but haulin' his 70lb heinie would certainly add some oomph to my bike's engine.

    (figured the box-on-wheels style trailer would be great for grocery runs)
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    There's a lady in our neighbourhood who runs her dog each morning - she rides her mountain bike and this black lab type dog is on his leash that she's holding. She doesn't appear to have the best bike handling skills, and her dog doesn't seem to be very well behaved. I have to put my dogs in the backyard in the morning instead of the front yard so her dog doesn't dart over to bug our dogs - it happened a few times and I thought she was going to crash hard! I'm not convinced that big dogs and bikes mix. We leave our wonderful border collies - 50lb and 70lb each - at home when we ride.

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    No, bikes and dogs on leash not a great idea. I give them a wide berth...if I can.

    Well, apparently my partner who cycles around more often than I during the day (he's semi-retire), sees enough people on bikes carting their dog(s) around. Sometimes the tiny pooches are in knapsack.

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    there are dog specific trailers out there for purchase.

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    I tried bike & dog once. We lasted 20 feet. Did not work and it was a very well trained to leash sort of dog. It hurt too. having said that, i understand they've made some cool systems for bikes and dogs (on foot) the lady who looks like she has poor skills sounds pretty good if her dog is unruly. I have no idea how she could stay on the bike!
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    http://copenhagengirlsonbikes.blogsp...dog-cargo.html

    I really doubt this is only in America. We see folks around here pulling dog trailers and also carrying small dogs in front baskets. I don't see anything wrong with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    I can't see me pulling a 90 lb german shepherd.
    How about the other way around?
    Dogs like to ride in cars, why not behind bikes?
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    Doggy Bag

    I'm not a dog person, but I came across this contraption the other day, which makes the doggie trailer seem like overkill, especially if you're talking about a purse dog:

    http://www.bikemania.biz/Rixen_Kaul_...opperdoggy.htm

 

 

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