Saturday, 14 November 2009

Camera Critters #84, Pet Pride, cyclo-dogging

Cyclo-dogging requires a bike, a rider and a dog or two. Here are Barry and Buddy. Buddy's tail never stops wagging when he's happy and he's very happy here. Almost blind, walking or better still cyclo-dogging on an extending lead gives him confidence - he doesn't have to worry about where he's going, though he does sometimes trip over unexpected (unseen) obstacles. Cyclo-dogging gives him more rigorous exercise than walking (though fewer chances to stop and sniff) something he has missed since Barry had to stop running.

I tried cyclo-dogging the other day - Buddy stopped and I didn't - oops! More bruises and a reminder that I need to hone some skills!
To appreciate the sheer beauty and athleticism of a Dalmatian, horse-riding or cycling is imperative. The dogs don't change their cadence, just lengthen their stride, and they are magnificent.


Thank you to Misty Dawn and Bozo and his human for hosting these memes. To see more please click on their names.

20 comments:

  1. I've seen others run or cycle and always thought it was terrific excerise for a dog.
    He sure looks like he's having fun!

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  2. I imagine cyclo dogging could be tricky. Both dog and rider would have to quite well trained!

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  3. Looks like a great trail for dogs. Have you ever tried something called the Springer? It's for cycling with dogs. The great thing is if that the dog stops, you don't, so you can't hurt yourself.

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  4. Carletta - thank you. He has great fun.
    Janie - lack of training is why I fell off!
    LadyFi - we looked at the Springer and I can't remember why we didn't use it . . .

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  5. This looks like great fun! I've never tried this, but think I'd like it for a little bit. I definitely would want to get my sniffing in though and what if I see a squirrel? I think the bike would fall over as I'd probably go after it.

    Visiting from Pet Pride.

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  6. Monty is such a beauty.. this reigorous exercise for doggy is the best !!

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  7. Janice: Be careful out there for you and your critter.

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  8. Thank you kind people.
    Fishing Guy - I only cycle with Barry and he does the cyclo-dogging bit. I walk the dogs on my own and Frodo would never let any harm come to me but thank you for your concern:-)

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  9. Hmm cyclo dogging sounds fun and healthy.

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  10. Not heard the term cyclo-dogging before - obviously nothing to do with the other kind of dogging!

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  11. AL - it is!
    Gerald - LOL!! Certainly not . . .

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  12. I used to exercise previous dogs while riding a bike but these days I stick to walking.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  13. When I tried cyclo-dogging for the first time, I thought I was very careful, but I severely broke my ancle after the first 100 meters. Sure, this was bad luck. But I never tried it again.

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  14. Ooh Maria - how nasty! That's why Barry does it and not me until I've developed the skills!

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  15. I love to watch dogs who run or cycle with their friends--they look entirely focused and blissful.
    Great photo!--take.good.care.

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  16. Some dogs seem to really enjoy this! What a fun day for both!

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  17. Thank you serline and lisa :-)

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