I’ve got a crazy scheme in mind. And being that its pretty crazy, I thought I better run it by a few sane people here (ok, so that means only sane peeps need reply … humm, that kind of narrows it down, eh?! )
I like to roll around town with the company of my wee dawg. He is only 11 lbs of spit and snarl - he is a ‘pitPom’. Generally we go longboard skateboarding together. And we like to go a long ways for a long time. When he gets a bit weary he begs a ride and then, comfortably settled in my arms as I kick and glide, we continue on our way.
So recently I figured: “Why not take him uni’ing with me”? along the same routes as I skate: bike paths, the seawall, etc? Say I’m on a 20 inch uni, not too fast for his wee paws, right? And say he gets tired? A little awkward to scoop him in my arms, maybe say I plop him into a doggie backpack…he rides for a while and then paws meet pavement again.
I don’t know if 11 lbs in a doggie back pack might be a bit much on a uni. What do you think?
should be fine, u will have to adjust to the weight a bit, just practice riding about with him in, sounds like a bloody good idea
think i could get a squid bag for my eight foot long, korean whale hunter?
if you could get your dog to ride on the front of your longboard it would be the most adorably cool thing I have ever seen. I would work on that if I were you.
The uni thing, it would probably work, but your dog might move around which would make it tough.
I have a chow lab mix named Uni, and a maltese (Chloe) and when we go for rides or cross country skiing I wear a pack for carying the little one when she gets tired or when the snow is deep. I have a pack that she can sit comfortably in with just her head sticking out it works great. She is a only seven pounds and I hardly even notice she is there. I definitly ride a little more carefuly when she is on my back and I take her out if I am doing something where I am more likely to take a tumble. The only thing I haven’t worked out is the camel back and dog but I dont take her on long rides anyway.
Leo, thanks for the links, the Radical products do look really top of the line. As for a doggie backpack, perhaps I confused you, it isn’t something for the dog to wear but rather for me to wear so that I can carry the dog on my back when he gets tired on a long ride.
Tellurider, its helpful to hear from someone who has tried this idea out. Did your dog take to the pack right away or were there some things you did first to help her get comfortable riding in there? Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
BTW, today I picked up a light duty trials uni and was able to walk the dog on the leash while I rode the 20 incher. I also looked at dog packs and tried him in a couple. So I’m on my way with this project and so far its looking hopeful.
I’ve ridden good distances (20 miles in a day) with a 50 pound pack. Falling over backwards really isn’t an issue, if you’re doing street/sidewalk riding. Mounting and idling are more challenging, but riding is not much different, even with significant weight.