IF you see a pooch riding pillion with their owner on the roads, don’t be surprised because biker pets are one of 2019’s biggest emerging trends.
A record 25,209 dogs — plus a handful of cats — are riding around the UK, a survey reveals.
Biker pets, who look ridiculously cute while doing it, ride an average 17.5 miles per week.
And there are a variety of options for animals to have a smooth ride around town.
Some 21 per cent of pets like to sit in a sidecar, 16 per cent use a tank bag or satchel, 12 per cent use the back box of the bike and ten per cent like to sit in a seat, according to the research by Carole Nash motorcycle insurance brokers.
One pup in particular who loves to travel around with her owner on a trike is Moomin, a five-year-old Miniature Dachshund.
The pooch has travelled all over the north of England with her owners Jools and Dee Woodwill from Rawcliffe Bridge, East Yorkshire.
“She goes nuts when visitors arrive on bikes”
Moomin didn’t like being left alone and the obvious answer was to find a way to take her with them — and riding around on their bike was the perfect solution.
The opportunity to travel on two wheels has benefited Dee, 43, who is severely disabled, to deal with her anxiety.
Moomin acts as support dog whilst the trio are out and she also gets the chance to meet other biker pooches at biker events.
Jools, 51, says: “As many people with severe disabilities find, Dee always feels she is being scrutinised and watched by people and Moomin really takes the focus off Dee and also gives her a wonderful sense of comfort.”
The success of their first trip to Squires Cafe Bar in Newthorpe, Leeds, 20 miles away from home has meant that the trio have never looked back.
Jools says: “Moomin absolutely loves being out on the bike. She gets excited as soon as she sees her denim jacket (this is only used on the bike) and goes nuts when we have visitors arrive on their bikes as she knows it might mean a ride out.
“She also loves all the attention she gets everywhere we go.”
Jools, who is an experienced rider and ridden all types of bikes all over Europe, is extremely cautious that his pooch is safe.
He says: “Getting injured is a concern for any biker, so obviously it was, and is a worry about Moomin.
“However, until recently she has always been on Dee’s trike, which is a very stable platform.
“We made sure we had a high quality dog carrier so she’s secure, we don’t tear around the roads.”
Star of the week
BUSTER the Jack Russell/Pug swallowed a teddy bear’s head but lived to tell the tale.
The four-year-old family pet loves to get his paws on stuff he’s not supposed to – socks, baby wipes and even tablets.
Lauren Street, 30, from Birmingham, realised Buster wasn’t his usual hyper-self.
While X-rays were unclear, vets decided to operate and found a teddy’s head in his intestines – and if it was left any longer it could have been fatal.
Despite his ordeal, Lauren says: “I don’t think he will stop eating things. After his op he went outside and tried to eat something.
“He’s a brave boy and was so good recovering we felt he deserved to be star of the week.”
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AMANDA WRIGHT, 30, of Newcastle upon Tyne, fears her dwarf hamster Minnie is lonely.
Q) MINNIE has all the toys in the world and we constantly take her out of her cage to play with her. I often think another hamster would help or are they best off alone?
A) IT depends on the type of hamster. Golden or Syrian hamsters are solitary and need to be kept alone when mature. You see them sold in groups as youngsters but once they grow up, they will fight viciously.
But dwarf hamsters can be social and do well in same-sex pairs or trios – IF raised together from a young age. It can be very difficult to introduce adults and expect them to get along.
You could get another dwarf hamster of the same sex and slowly introduce them on neutral territory, supervising carefully for any sign of aggression. But you may end up with two hamsters in two cages if they don’t get along.
SAM GILBERT, 23 from Malton, North Yorks, has concerns about his Shubunkin fish, Fish Finger.
Q) I’VE had my fish for more than a year. He lives with ten other fish in a tank. Some white spots on his skin have got quite prominent. I read it could be poor water quality but I change the water regularly.
A) “White spot” is a disease caused by a tiny parasite and usually comes in with new fish or when fish are stressed or overcrowded. You don’t mention if the 11 fish in your tank are all goldfish or shubunkins but if so, you would need a massive tank.
Goldfish are messy, grow large and produce a lot of waste for even big filtration systems to manage.
In reality, they are far better in a large pond than all but the biggest indoor tanks.
Take a sample of water to your local shop for testing, as water quality is the main factor with disease. But white spots on fish aren’t always due to disease. If Fish Finger has spots only by his gills and head, it may mean he is a boy coming into breeding condition.
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