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Safe Biking For Spring!

If you enjoy touring the town on a bicycle, there's no reason why your little dog should be excluded from your sunshine-y fun. Products like this Buddy Bicycle Basket ($65) let a pooch come with, no problem. I've got a few recommendations when considering a carrier for your furry friend:

  • Go pet-specific or stay home. Don't just toss a tiny pet in a normal basket and hope for the best. Prior to take off, purchase a carrier meant for animals.

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  • Check weight recommendations. Even if Fluffy fits in the basket dimension-wise, check pound limits to make sure the bottom can hold up to her heft.
  • Be secure. First off, I wouldn't recommend riding a bike with a pet that's easily distracted – a harness attachment is essential to safety but you still don't want a furry friend likely to leap out and smell the roses (read: chase a squirrel).

Some carriers come with tops or peek-out windows – use your best judgment as you know your pet and her limits – and do a test run ride around a quiet neighborhood before hitting any big city streets.

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