My old push bike got stolen a couple of months ago. I was pretty devastated because I bought that bike in Belgium for lots of money and brought it with me on the plane over 10 years ago. But last week I bought myself a new bike. And it has fork and seatpost suspension, so I can ride it a bit harder on the dirt without worrying about my fragile bones too much. Yay!
And I forgot how great it is to have a bike for dog walking. We took both of the dogs for a long ride. Banjo jumped into the pond into the neighbour's frontyard when we got back, she was that hot. :laugh And they both slept so soundly for most of the afternoon. And my daughter and I enjoyed it much more than walking.
Banjo did lose us once, when she was chasing birds on the oval and didn't pay attention to where we went. I was yelling for her but she couldn't hear me and I could tell she had no idea which direction we had gone in. Fortunately, she doesn't panic when that happens like my previous dog would. I rode back until I was within hearing distance and she came running. After that I think she stayed pretty close for the rest of the trip.
I look forward to longer and more pleasant walks with my new bike!