I saw this man, accompanied by a friend, park his Harley just below The Doctor’s Office in Friday Harbor, WA (the source of excellent breakfast sandwiches, frothed OJ, pastries and ice cream). I looked away for a moment, and when I looked back, they were walking with a Yorkshire Terrier. Where, I thought, had the Yorkie come from? As we were heading home, we passed the motorcycle, and its owner showed me how he’d rigged up a carrier out of a sturdy hamster cage and a couple of stout bungie cords: His pup just fits through the door of the cage, which he then secures with a carabiner. The cage itself just fits inside the rails around the rear platform on his bike.
Such a clever set-up! He’s having a sturdier carrier custom-made for his motorcycle, however. It will have a locked opening only on top, and will also lock to his bike, so he can safely leave his pup behind if he needs to run into a store briefly. He told me that the extra effort and expense are absolutely worth it: His dog hates to be left behind, and he loves the company. The only fly in the ointment? He has goggles for his dog, but his pup refuses to keep them on!
Winner of last week’s giveaway
Last week’s prize was a new, unused PurrfectPlay.com felted ball suitable for a medium-sized dog (reviewed by Dog Jaunt earlier this year). Four of you posted pictures — thank you so much! I loved them! The randomly-selected winner was Emma (Photo #3). Jane, please email me your mailing address, and I’ll send you your prize. My address is at the bottom of Dog Jaunt’s “About” page.
The new giveaway
Please send me your favorite dog travel photos! They’ll get listed below, for everyone to click on and view — and they’ll give you a chance to win a DogLock locking leash. This leash, the only one I’ve ever seen that locks your dog to a support but also locks around your dog’s neck, used to be offered by Ruff Wear but has been discontinued in the U.S. It’s apparently still available in Australia; originally costing $27 when Ruff Wear sold it, it now costs $62 (U.S.). The one I’m giving away is new and unused, but has been removed from its packaging (which I have, and will include) to try it out on Chloe. I learned that although this leash does its job well, it’s too heavy for a small dog. This is a prize for a dog 25 lbs. or over!
The rules remain the same, except that this week’s Photo Friday will close at midnight (Pacific) on Wednesday, August 25. The winner, chosen randomly by the Otto Method, will be announced in the next Photo Friday post, on August 27.
Here’s how it works:
- If you have a blog or a website, post a dog travel photo on your site on Friday and link back here to the current week’s “Photo Friday” post so that your readers can see other great dog travel photos. Please take a moment to make sure that you are linking directly to your photo post instead of your homepage.
- If you don’t have a blog or a website, simply post your photo to Flickr (or Facebook, Twitpic, etc.).
- Using the inlinkz button below, paste in the link to your photo or your blog post. That way, Dog Jaunt will link back to you. Please include a few words in the “Name” box describing where you took the photo (in this case, “Name” refers to the name of your photo, not your name!).
- Alternatively, heck, just e-mail me your picture (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll post it for you!