Saturday’s annual pet food run was a huge success!
Thanks to the generous hearts of bikers from all over the province, the Maritime Motorcycle Touring Association’s annual run to benefit SHAID Tree Animal Shelter was the biggest and best yet.
More than 130 bikes, the largest number we’ve ever attracted, participated in the run on a beautiful sunny day. Many of those bikes had two riders, so it’s safe to say about 200 riders took part in the event.
Those same bikers, helped out by a couple of local businesses, also donated $1,329.25 in cash and about $600 worth of pet food to the Whynotts Settlement shelter. Good for you, good for us as the sponsoring bike club and, most importantly, good for the animals who will benefit. It costs a lot of money to operate SHAID all year round and every little bit helps.
There were a few very special bikers along for the ride on Saturday. Jake was not the only dog on the run! He was joined by a dog travelling in a sidecar (it might have been a Shih Tzu — if not, I apologize, I never did get close enough to meet that four-legged rider) and a black female chihuahua. What could be more appropriate than dogs riding in a run to benefit other dogs.
Our RoadDog had a fantastic day. He hung out with his people from the bike club, he met lots of new people who came along to say hi, and he had a great ride in the sunshine in his new carrier. Jake always seems to catch the excitement of a charity run with so many bikes and lots of waving and tooting horns. He just loves it.
I have to say, unfortunately, the day wasn’t without incident. The run went off without a hitch, but two riders were injured after they left the shelter and headed back toward Bridgewater. A driver travelling in the other direction didn’t see them or didn’t look or something and cut them off. The bike had nowhere to go. The skid mark where he braked was no more than 10 feet long.
Luckily, Mike and Beth are going to be okay. They’re banged up and bruised and, I have no doubt, incredibly sore, but thankfully they’ll be okay. Their bike is toast, but it can be replaced.
It was a scary thing to ride up to that crash scene just moments after it happened, realize it was a bike and then learn that we knew the riders and they’d just left the shelter moments earlier. It could have been any one of us and we were all so grateful that they weren’t more seriously hurt.
Please, please, try to watch for bikes on the road. Please, please, pay attention to your driving and the road and the traffic around you, instead of looking here, there and everywhere.
Saturday was a good day for the animals, but it wasn’t quite so good for people.