Thursday, March 3, 2011
Reading Wild Dingo's post on biking with her dogs has motivated me to start biking again too. :D So instead of crawling onto the couch after work to sit in front of the laptop for hours I pulled my bike out of the basement and cleaned the dust off of it. Then I leashed the dogs and started off down the road. I think this is the first time I've ever taken both of them at once and considering I haven't been all the consistent with exercise lately I was probably putting my life in their paws lol.
However it turned out great! Jackal was on the inside, close to the bike, on the shorter leash and Storm was on the longer leash to the outside of him. I was holding the least in my hand, but refuse to put my hand on the handlebar because I've been there before. When Storm was a puppy I had her leash around my wrist and my hand on the handlebar. She stopped, by handlebars twisted and I hit the gravel. Ouch!
I had Storm in her collar instead of her headcollar so she was pulling a little bit, but a vocal warning from me was enough to slow her down so she wouldn't knock me off balance. I've let her pull me in the past, so I don't want to completely discourage it. Jackal did fantastic. I was wondering why he was staying at Storm's flank instead of charging ahead and realized her chain (not heavy at all) leash was bopping him in the nose. I'll have to find one of my softer leashes lol. At one point he tried to go to the outside of her, but was getting tugged on so he came back to the inside. He finally ducked his head under her leash and ran head to head with her, but he still didn't pull. :) I didn't take them far because I don't want them to pull a muscle. I'll build them up to the full two miles over the next week. After that I'll have to figure out a longer route or just do it twice hehe.
Anyway I had fun and wanted to share. Sorry there aren't any pictures. I probably would have died if I'd tried juggling two leashes and a camera on my bike. :) I'll get the rest of Storm's snow pictures edited and posted tomorrow if I have time. Hope you all are having a good week.