Monday, June 15, 2015

How to Tire Out a Border Collie If You Don’t Have a Herd

Captain Jack considers my socks from the hamper and his pillow from my office to be his flock, his to move about the house as the need comes over him. It’s cute, but it doesn’t really serve the purpose of tiring him out.

This might. 

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This is our new 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash, attached to my recumbent bike. It weirded him out pretty good for the first few minutes, but now that he’s gotten the hang of it, he really seems to like it. We live near a bike path, so we can get going without worrying about car traffic, at least for the first mile. I’ll have to get some video of it. When he breaks into a gallop, I feel like Roy Rogers on Trigger, with Bullet racing alongside.

I also have to say I like our town. In the space of two minutes, yesterday, I passed a young girl on a unicycle and a guy on a Segway. The Segwayist yelled to me and Jack, “Man, that... is... cool!”

I  had to agree. But I’m already starting to see signs of Jack getting into shape. A vigorous forty-five minute run just leaves him wanting more. 

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At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is sooooo cool, Jeff! Did you engineer that? If so, you forgot to put in your bio: Pet exercise facilitation engineer. ;) Mary Blough

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Jeffrey A. Carver said...

Did I engineer it? Heavens, no. Actually, it was designed by a former aircraft engineer. Very cleverly made.

There are actually a lot of bike leash designs on the market (as I recently discovered). But this was the only one that I thought would mount on my recumbent. And it works perfectly!

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous MaryA said...

Jack looks like, "Okayyy, but next year, I'm getting the motorcycle, right? Right?"


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