aside from the fact that he was unbearable cute, one of the reasons why mo was such an appealing puppy for oats and i was the fact that he’s not likely to grow to be much larger than 30 lbs. that, combined with his young malleable mind, made him an ideal candidate to be groomed for our lifestyle: we needed a dog who could be trained to enjoy life as seen from a bike trailer on long journeys, because we have planned many of them for the upcoming years and would hate to leave him behind. besides which, it’d make our grocery runs a lot easier.
i have a big bike trailer made of hard plastic that is quite good for hauling stuff, but not so excellent for small puppies. luckily, oats found a metal-framed tent-style one for only $35 on cr@igslist, and it even folds away for easy storage. this afternoon was the first bit of mo-meet-trailer training: we got him an especially yummy/revolting bone, parked the trailer in the corner of the kitchen, propped it up to that it would be sturdy, and tucked inside his favourite blanket. as you can see from the photo, the experiment was a success… not only did the bone keep mo quietly playing for upwards of an hour, but after that he decided that the trailer would be an excellent spot for a nap.
a few more days of this, and we’ll try it outside… and then on the road, biking off into the sunset on crazy adventures together.