All work and no play …
All work and no play makes RoadDog’s life dull.
If you don’t believe me, just ask any one of the several people who have been gently giving Steve and I a hard time for working so much around the house and keeping our motorcycle-loving Cairn terrier off the roadways. I won’t name names, but you know who you are.
Well, you can rest easy because we took Jake riding on Sunday. Having worked hard on Saturday spreading a truckload of crushed rock in our driveway, we felt quite justified in taking the day off. Well, both justified and too tired to do anything else. I wasn’t sure I could keep my arms up to ride, but I managed it.
We headed through Mahone Bay and Chester then around the Aspotogan Peninsula and back, with a pair of stops, the first at the Bayswater Beach park so Jake could run about and enjoy the day and the second, of course, at Tim’s in Mahone Bay so he could have a Timbit. It was such a beautiful day and we had a wonderful ride.
And before those of you who have been concerned for Jake’s entertainment grow worried again, he’ll be out riding again this Saturday. It’s our bike club’s annual Pet Food Run for SHAID animal shelter and we wouldn’t miss a chance to help out the dogs and cats looking for forever homes.
Steve and I know Jake is one of the lucky ones and appreciate the joy he brings to our lives. Not all dogs and cats are so lucky and shelters always need more cash and supplies to keep them going. Without that public support, the animals have no hope at all, but with more support places like SHAID can do even more to help our four-legged friends.
So on Saturday, rain or shine (but we really, really hope shine), the three of us will join our fellow members of the Maritime Motorcycle Touring Association and other riders from all over the province. The ride leaves the parking lot across from Mahone Bay’s three churches at 1 p.m. It travels through Mahone Bay to Lunenburg, then on through Bridgewater before ending up at the animal shelter in Whynotts Settlement.
If you want to cheer on the riders, including Jake, who are out there to support the animals, feel free to wave and shout as we ride by. Better yet, if you’d like to help the cause, MMTA members (you’ll recognize us by our bright yellow club jackets and t-shirts) will be happy to accept donations at the three churches before the run or you can take them directly to SHAID on Saturday afternoon. Better still, if you ride, please come and join us. All riders are welcome.
Most riders give money since it’s easier to carry on the bikes, but the shelter is always in need of pet food and other supplies. Whatever the donation, it will be greatly appreciated by SHAID, the MMTA, RoadDog and his four-legged friends.