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I have had my scooter for a month now and feel much more confident riding it than when I first got it. I cycle a lot (or used to before I got the Vespa!) and would sometimes bring my 20lb dog with me, in a backpack or a baby sling. She is very comfortable being with me on a bicycle and I'm considering trying a short slow ride with her on the scooter, to see how we both do.

Do you bring your dog on rides? Any tips? Better for the dog to be on my front or on my back? Mostly I would be commuting with her to work, which is all of a 5-8 minute drive. We usually walk together, and on days that I leave her at home, I take the scooter. But it would be nice to take both her and the scooter, if, of course, she is not freaked out by it.
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YES!

Tips:
1. Rides to/from destination under an hour each way
2. Cold water, snacks, & bowel for pup
3. Eye protection at minimum
4. Sturdy harness that won't come off if the worst happens
5. Waste bags because waste happens

If your dog hasn't ridden before, start small. Like 5 minutes small with lots of treats. Don't try to take an hour ride within the first few weeks. Instead, go on daily 5/10 minute rides to get your pup comfortable with the idea. If you get out their riding harness and they run or act like they are going to the vet, maybe riding isn't for them.
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Man, I'd love to have Twiggy (just 4 kilos) along with me on short trips. But it's my understanding that dogs have much more sensitive hearing than humans. I use earplugs on rides, due to the wind noise, so I can only imagine how the wind at speeds above 30 mph would affect her hearing over time. I don't intend any judgment regarding earplugs or transporting pets on scooters, but I'm just going to let her stay at home when I ride. The SF Bay Area drivers require all of my attention anyway.
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Waiting for Glen to get home
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I don't have any pictures but I was 18 years old when I brought Lightweight home. He was a mutt free puppy given away at the supermarket and a friend had just gotten home with him when I arrived for a visit.

My friends mom told him he couldn't keep it, they rented and no pets in the lease...

I had a used Honda 350 as my only transportation besides a bicycle. He was just a little ball of fluff at first so I put him in a brown paper sack and rolled the top closed and carried him home in the sack between my legs on top of the tank just like everything else I had to carry around.

After a very short time I decided to roll the top of the brown paper bag down a little, like you would roll up a pair of jeans that were too long so the bag would hold its position open at the top and Lightweight could feel the wind going over his head as we rode, to get him used to it.

It wasn't long after that I decided he didn't need the bag anymore, he got big quick and mutt that he was he turned out looking like a yellow lab, maybe a little on the smallish/lean side for that kind of dog, guessing around 45 pounds.

Anyway he would just jump up on the tank with me wherever I went. He would wedge his feet in between my thighs and the tank so I could squeeze a little to help hold on to him, and he would watch the road very carefully for bumps, turns, traffic, anything that might cause him to need to brace himself and he would push his back up to my arms reaching out for the handlebars and of course I would push back down towards him again to help hold him in place.

We were all over the place together on that bike and I am pretty sure he loved it. It certainly didn't take much encouragement to get him to go. Never any accidents or crashes with him on board thankfully.

We just got a new pup and I thought about taking him with me on the scooter to see how it goes but at just under 5 months old Jack is already over 40 pounds and a bundle of energy, might be tough to get him to sit still for it although he does sit very calm and still in the car so it might work. He did not seem to want to go into the bag when I did try it once.
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Uh... no
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This is my little buddy Pixie on my GTS
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My little Chihuahua pixie
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how about like this
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Or this! Nothing like a Ural for your best friend.
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Have a look on the the "Pet on Wheels"- / PoW-Box…
https://www.petonwheels.eu/
I have seen the box live a few times, it makes a solid and functional impression.
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Dooglas wrote:
Or this! Nothing like a Ural for your best friend.
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Well, that could work. I knew a fellow when I lived in Newport, Oregon who used to ride a horse down to the local bar in the evening. A few hours later, the horse was much better at making it back home successfully than the guy. All he had to do was hang on.
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Dooglas wrote:
Well, that could work. I knew a fellow when I lived in Newport, Oregon who used to ride a horse down to the local bar in the evening. A few hours later, the horse was much better at making it back home successfully than the guy. All he had to do was hang on.
I've had a horse get me home from deep in the redwoods, at twilight, with thick tule fog. Trust me, it's very dark, muted, and creepy for still having 'light' when you can't see past your ride's ears.
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she didn't like it.
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Awwww.....

but she's a good pup. Extra treats for her, ok?
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I just have a cat. But he's too cool to wear riding gear, so he doesn't go. Lol
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There was a time I had a fantasy of my dog Junior riding with me in a sidecar. Like fantasies we have for the lives of our children, our dogs can follow a similar independent path....

Junior willingly jumped into the sidecar but the moment I started the engine on the MP3 he leaped out and looked at me as if saying, "Are you nuts? I'm not going to ride in that infernal contraption."

No amount of cookies or cajoling could change his mind.
My late dog Junior seemingly ready to ride.
My late dog Junior seemingly ready to ride.
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