With the rising costs in gas prices across the USA, I finally have ordered a Trailer, designed specifically for Dogs, that I can pull behind my Recumbent bicycle. Since I go to the park twice everyday with my Basenji Roo, and my Boston Terrier Bonzo, I have been spending a little extra on gasoline. The park we walk in is about 6 miles away from my house and Unfortunately the route I must take includes some hills. So after taking in consideration the extra cost of gas these days, I figured a dog trailer would pay for itself in a few months.
The benefits for me are, that I actually get to spend time on my bike (something) I enjoy, add the biking to my exercise, share the time with my pets, and still walk my dogs 6 miles a day.
I spent a fair time researching and comparing trailers and finally settled on the Burley Tail Wagon. I should have my trailer sometime this week.
I have to say that our Basenji has been a blessing to us. I have had four back surgeries that include a fusion in my neck and lower spine. Over the last 16 years, I have had to curb my physical activity, and of course like many other people, I have put on weight. In Feb of this year, I was told by my doctor that I had Type 2 Diabetes. So Miranda and I both went on the South Beach Diet, not only to lose the extra weight we both carry, but also to attempt to reverse my Type 2 Diabetes. I quit smoking, and after a few weeks on the South Beach Diet, I was able to come off the Meformin Medication that I was taking. I also started walking daily in the park in order to start to take 10% of my body weight off.
As those of you who might be following some of my threads know, we lost one of our Rescues, Snowy, an American Eskimo Dog who had been with us for at least 15 years. Snowy's Kidneys failed in March of this year. Of course it always hurts to lose a pet and companion who has brought joy into your life.
One Day Miranda, who like me has been around dogs all her life, came across a Basenji Puppy and fell in love. Of course I started to research the breed as much as I could, and we finally located our Basenji Roo. When we first saw and met our Basenji Roo, the connection between us was instant.
Since we understood that a Basenji needs a lot of attention and exercise, Roo became a motivation for me to exercise daily. Of course Miranda joins me after she gets off of work. We are both losing weight, and Roo is doing the opposite while growing and gaining muscle. Even my 20 year old son has decided to join Miranda, Roo, Bonzo, and Myself for some of our walks. Now only does our Basenji Roo get his exercise, but Bonzo is healthier than I have ever seen her. Miranda and I also get to really talk to each other. It also keeps us from spending time as a couch potato in front of the TV or the computer.
I know I am sort of ranting here, but I just wanted to share. It also shows the positive effects that a Basenji can have on its owners.
Jason and Miranda