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A Few Words About Biking and Dogs

Bikes and Dogs

I have a problem with bicyclists I have observed lately. It seems that they think they have found a cool way to exercise their dog while riding their bike. The rider holds the leash attached to his/her dog and rides merrily along, block after block, oblivious to the poor animal running along side, tongue hanging out, no water, no stopping to rest, pee, etc. While there is no law against doing this, it surely seems unnatural and cruel at least and dangerous at best. Might Bay Woof comment on this?

C. Ganderson

 

Editor’s note: We checked in with a few credible sources and conclude biking with your dog can be a fine experience—if done correctly. Experts recommend using a bike-specific tangle-free leash, attaching the lead to a body harness, implementing a solid and gradual training program first, and letting the dog set the pace. Riding inattentively while holding the leash sounds like trouble.

 

That’s Caninica Productions

I saw that the post on Canine Classics is up on BayWoof.com—yay! We’re so thrilled. However, our name and website were misspelled in print [“Clever Songs on Canine Classics,” July]: It’s Caninica Productions and www.CaninicaProductions.com.

Donna Glass

 

Corrections & Clarifications

In July, as noted above, we goofed on the name and website associated with Canine Classics and have corrected both online. And responding to June’s article “Christine del Ponte and The Tiny Pitbull Make a Huge Difference,” rescue founder Christine del Ponte said Petaluma Animal Services does not absorb the cost of spaying, neutering, or vaccinating Tiny Pitbull animals. Additionally, the first dog del Ponte assisted was a female, Sherrie, whose success led to placing Tilly, the original Tiny Pitbull rescue. Del Ponte also said “aggression” is not a word she would associate with any animal her organization aids, though some may suffer from kennel stress or struggle in a shelter environment. “The use of the word aggression in the article is not something I would ever say,” she emailed. “The misuse of that word is something we talk about so often, that it really stings that it made its way into this article. We help dogs out of all situations, not just ones who are in shelters.”