My post yesterday was long and possibly a bit boring unless you have an intense interest in Auckland transport funding (which I kind of do, but I appreciate not everybody shares that).
So, just for a change – check out this story about a stray dog who followed a group of cyclists 1,833 km over 24 days.
“She was lying, tired, on the street around Yajiang, Sichuan province,” cyclist Zhang Heng, 22, told China Daily. “So we fed her, and then she followed our team.
The cyclists quickly embraced the dog as their race mascot with Xiao Sa following along their route, running on dirt roads and climbing 12 mountains.
“Many people stopped cycling in some sections, then took the bus, but the dog made it,” Zhang said, calling the stray canine a “buddy and a friend.”
And, just to make sure the story ends happily, one of the cyclists has decided to adopt her.
Isn’t that sweet? Well, it certainly makes my plans to cycle from Auckland to Thames next summer look a little less ambitious…
What do you think? Have you ever taken a dog cycling? Is it a good way to exercise them? I always think I’d be scared they’d run between the wheels but then I’m probably scarred by the various dogs who have bitten me on bikes.*
*And that reminds me of another story about dogs and bikes, but that’s a topic for another post.