So, after weeks of planning and organizing, buying and wrapping, decorating and baking, Christmas has come and gone. It was great!!!
We had a wonderful holiday in our house, filled with lots of fun, too much yummy food, a few drinks here and there, and some relaxation thrown in towards the end. Now it’s pretty well over, except to figure out where to put all the stuff that’s still under the tree, take down the decorations and put everything back to normal.
It’s a strange custom — a marvelous one, but still rather odd. It’s no wonder Jake looks at us like we’ve lost our minds when we suddenly move the furniture, bring a tree into the living room, drag huge boxes down from the attic and hang things all over the house. He quickly figures it out and decides to join in the fun, but there’s always that moment when he all but rolls his eyes as if to say “Oh no, my humans have lost their minds again.”
Speaking of losing our minds, I have no doubt that there will be some people who will be sure we finally have when I reveal what Jake got for Christmas. No, Santa didn’t brink him his own miniature motorcycle. I know he’d like that, but there’s just no way those short legs could reach the foot pegs.
In addition to the usual gifts under the tree and stocking stuff — a new collar, a doggie blanket, treats and stuffed toys — our boy also got … drum roll please … a new custom carrier for on the back of Steve’s bike.
Steve and I first started talking about it back in the summer and found a bike builder in Liverpool who could make what we wanted. Tony Roy of Custom Design Cycles admits he thought we were a little strange when Steve first called him about a dog carrier, but he did a fantastic job. Tony has his own not-so-large dog, so he understood our desire to keep Jake as safe as possible.
With Steve’s design drawings and a couple of sessions going over what we wanted, Tony built exactly what we needed. In fact, in some ways he built us something better than we wanted. He did the most fantastic job on the windows of the carrier, so much better than anything we came up with for a design. He also built brackets which attach to the bike and help support the extra weight. It really is an amazing job overall.
The carrier is painted to match Steve’s bike, with a special paint job around the windows and door and decals that say … you guessed it … RoadDog. Actually, it says RoadDog on the back and has paws on the sides between these sort of tribal swirls.
There will be more pictures in a few months when we get the carrier on the bike. For now, it’s sitting in a corner not too far from our Christmas tree with a big red bow tied on the door. Don’t worry, I’ll get rid of the bow before spring.