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Old 02-12-07, 01:07 PM   #1
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Taking My New Bichon On A Ride

Hi! I have a new Bichon Frise puppy. She's only 3 mos. and 6 days - and it's the dead of winter here in PA, where we live. But when spring comes, I want to take her out riding with me. I have a hybrid bike and plan to buy a dog carrier for the handle bars. She will grow to be between 8 and 11 lbs.
Before I ride with her, I want to put an 8 lb. weight in a basket on my handle bards and test out riding with that weight in front. I plan to take her for flat rides ... suburban, neighborhood rides ... maybe 30 mins.

Do you ride with your small pet in a carrier?
Do you have any advice, carrier recommendations, or interesting info. to share in this regard?
Please share your stories. I'd appreciate reading your post. Thanks!
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My dogs are a little too big to ride with me (100lbs + each)
Cynthia's Twigs makes front and rear mounted dog baskets for surprisingly little money.
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My boyfriend is considering taking the framework of an old Burley trailer and attatching a travel-crate to it for the dog to ride in. Then you don't have to worry about your dog getting a wild-hair and bailing to go chase a squirrel.

I used to ride with the family dog in my handlebar basket when I was a kid...our dog was about a 15-pounder. It was no problem, but there are safer, saner ways.

Nowadays, I would totally want to be sure the dog couldn't bail. Monika was good about staying put in the basket, but some dogs are way more impulsive. I'd definitely prefer to go with some kind of trailer/kennel combination. Even a crate on a BOB would probably work pretty well, if you lashed it down well.
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