Sugar the motorcycle riding dog

I want a dog house

My wise old grandmother

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My wise old grandmother used to say that if you live long enough, things come full circle. I’m just hoping I don’t live long enough to see the return of bell bottoms and leisure suits………..

Except for short periods of time, I’ve always had pets — dogs, cats, birds, snake, rabbit, mice, rats, pigs, cows, horses, armadillo, monkey, fish, guinea pigs, hamsters. I have always considered myself a dog person, though (shhhh! Don’t tell Zoey the Cool Cat).

Two pictures of Penney (long-haired dachsund) and Sugar (Chow Chow/Basenji mix), my dogs from 1980 when I was living in Houston:

Penney and Sugar

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Sugar the motorcycle riding dog

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That’s Sugar on the motorcycle. I used to let her come outside with me as Ii was putting on my motorcycle helmet. One day she jumped up on the seat. That gave me an idea, based on seeing people on both bikes and motorcycles carrying their dogs either on the seat in front of them or in a front handlebar basket.

Instead of going wherever it was I was going, I let Sugar stay there, got on the motorcycle (A Yamaga 700 Virago), started the engine, revved her up to see if Sugar could tolerate the noise (she could!), and took off slowing down the street and around the neighborhood. Sugar had no problem and was as happy as could be.

Eventually, she was riding with me to Dallas, Waco, and Houston. The speed limit then was 55 mph, but we got up to 59 mph. Going 4 mph over the speed limit was a habit of mine based on hearsay that the highway patrol didn’t give tickets if you were doing less than 5 mph over the speed limit.

Now, with the newfangled dog houses that I’m seeing, I’m thinking I need a dog. Or maybe I just need a dog house:

The Dogg House

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The Dog House

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23 thoughts on “I want a dog house

  1. poetjena

    Loved this post! How could I otherwise?

    I’m a sucker for animals, well at least most, except in those homes where bunnies might potentially overshadow the family dog. Ok, I admit it, I am ever such a little bit ‘sizist’….

    A pity I don’t live close enough to open water to be able to afford to dream of such a “dog-house” as you picture …. Amusing to think though, that it has that name, because apart from fitted kitchen it also includes a canine mid-shipman!


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      California law requires pets to be leashed or otherwise constrained when riding in the back. If you want to see dangerous, go to Texas where driving while drunk is still fairly legal, you can carry your loaded shotgun or rifle in your truck, usually proudly displayed on a rack hanging in the rear window, and, of course, your big dog in the truck bed jumping in and out at every stop sign.


  2. Lindy Lee

    Heart breaking to see a pickup truck careening on the freeway at 80 mph with a dog running around loose in the back, not to mention the proud display of rifles on a rack in the cab; ignorance is not bliss…



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