June 24, 2008
People keep telling me I can't do certain things. First it was riding in heels, dresses, and skirts. Ridiculous! Absolutely possible. No sweat. Recently it has been riding with Dougal in my basket. People would tell me he's too big. Dogs don't like it. It's dangerous (some of these people think biking is dangerous in general). The two of us are going to get run over. The list goes on.
I wonder what these people would say about the countless women around the world who cycle with their children on their bikes! People need to get over being afraid and start being active members in their communities. Get over hiding behind four doors and four wheels, and maybe start realizing how to be considerate and caring for others on the road. This is just a hunch, but in my experience people who have to drive everywhere, all the time, year round... don't necessarily end up cultivating more courtesy on the road. In fact, a woman yelled at me to "get off the road!" just today. Much to my dismay this happens a lot in Edmonton.
Despite the doubts of others, I thought I'd try it before I wrote it off and it works wonderfully so far! Dougal loves it in there and most of all, going places with me. Cycling is a integral part of my lifestyle and Dougal is fitting in just as he should.
Yesterday we went to the Southside Animal Hospital for his third set of vaccinations. No rabies for Dougal! The vet didn't seem to think there was a problem with him traveling in a basket, either. Hush, naysayers!