Saturday was a great day for bikers and for animals.
The Maritime Motorcycle Touring Association’s annual Pet Food Run to benefit SHAID animal shelter was once again a huge success thanks the kindhearted bikers and animal lovers here in Lunenburg County and beyond.
I don’t yet have a final tally from SHAID, but I heard that we raised about $1,200 in cash donations. I know we delivered a pickup load of pet food and supplies, along with a bike trailer load, plus I watched as lots of people went inside SHAID’s gates to deliver dog and cat food and other goodies. There’s nothing quite like seeing a man in bike leathers heft a big bag of pet food onto his shoulder and wait in a line to drop it off to help animals who need it. So many people have no idea what bikers are all about.
We counted more than 125 motorcycles participating in the ride on Saturday, winding the route from Mahone Bay, through Lunenburg and Bridgewater and on to Whynotts Settlement. Many of those bikes were riding two-up, rider and passenger, so we probably had about 200 people involved. And they came from all over. There were at least five or six bike clubs represented and lots of other big-hearted riders. It really is a wonderful event for a great cause.
Our RoadDog had a fantastic day. Jake gets very excited about bike runs. He gets to hang out with his buddies from the bike club and make lots of new friends and he really seems to enjoy the buzz (or should I say the roar) of having so many bikes around.
The Pet Food Run really does seem to be his favourite though. It’s almost like he knows it’s all about helping animals who need loving homes. And it probably didn’t hurt that the shelter volunteers had lots of Timbits among the goodies to thank the riders.