Dear Teeghan,

A Letter to My Dog

I know you are in your golden years and don’t totally get why we share our home with foster dogs. You’ve never known neglect in your life and I could never imagine anyone ever treating you badly. But there are dogs just like you out there, not born to the same circumstances as you, who deserve a shot at a better life. It is your fault for being an amazing ambassador that I have chosen to share our home with shelter dogs who need a foster home until they find their own forever. You my dear are my forever girl and because of you, so many other dogs have found their way into homes to be someone else’s forever. You are the best. But I still hate it when you steal the covers. Xoxo.

Breed: Shepherd / Bully Mix

How to Cruise with Your Canine

Siberian Husky dog shawl and motorcycle glasses on a white background

Most canines love car rides, but did you know lots of dogs also love hogs. Why, there’s even a biker “gang” of dogs that travel together in Craven County, North Carolina. The riding group’s pups, which include a dachshund, a poodle and a Chihuahua, enjoy nestling on the back of their owners’ motorcycles and cruising the open road.

If your dog’s ears perk up when you start your motorcycle, maybe it’s time to see if your buddy also wants to become a biker. With a variety of dog-friendly transportation options on the market today, your furry friend could soon be enjoying roaring down the highway with you.

Let Your Dog Decide

Not every dog is going to enjoy motorcycle riding, so don’t force a reluctant pup onto the back of your bike. Some canines will find the noise too much for their sensitive ears, while others will not enjoy the sensation of having large trucks rumble up alongside them. If you know your dog tends to be on the timid side, biking may not be a good option for him.

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Put Safety First

Your dog is important to you—make sure he’s safe during the motorcycle ride to prevent any accidents or injuries.

  • Carrier Bags: Several types of carrier bags are available on the market. These types of bags are typically designed for smaller dogs, 20 pounds or less, and mount behind the rider.
  • Harness and Sidecar: For larger dogs, your best option will be a sidecar and a harness. Design your own system or purchase one straight from the manufacturer such as the Motorcycle Trike Pet Carrier.
  • Riding Accessories: Have your dog wear a doggy motorcycle jacket such as the “Born to Ride” model available from The Pet Boutique, and look even cooler by matching your dog with one of the motorcycle jackets from Lastly, don’t forget the doggles (doggy goggles) to protect their eyes in the wind!

There are also other options, including front carrier bags and saddlebags, on the market as well.

Start Slow and Take Test Rides

Photo by Jordan Colley Visuals

If you will be using a carrier, get your pup used to sitting in it on the ground first. Next, place the carrier and the dog on the motorcycle so that he can get used to the feeling of being on the bike. Start the bike and gauge his reaction. Does he seem scared or okay with the situation? Don’t take your dog on the road until he seems relaxed in the carrier or in the sidecar—a frantic, scared dog could compromise the safety of both you and your pet. It is important to take a few short test rides around your neighborhood before going any long distance from your house. Even after the first few times, make sure to stay local until you are positive your pup will be fine with cars and trucks roaring all around him.

Hit the Highway

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Once you’re sure your dog is comfortable on the bike, it’s time to take him for a longer adventure, but remember that you should stop several times to give your dog a chance to stretch its legs and relieve itself. For these longer trips, don’t forget to pack a leash, a tie out, some plastic bags and a collapsible water bowl.