Here we have Lucky The Dog moggling his new Ruffwear panniers so that he can carry his own flippin scoff and other stuff on future backpacking trips.
Today’s contents include two doggy water bowls (one will hold his dinner and the other’s for water) , two bonios and two dentasticks. This is lightweight stuff and will be only a fraction of the full load (about 1kg – ish). He seems to be OK with it, and even surprised the nice lass in the shop by stepping into the loop – he’s well practised with harnesses by now, though.
At some point soon me and Lucky are planning to walk the English Coast to Coast following ruffly (see what I did there!! (dhuhh)) Alf (Women, know your place) Wainright’s route – partly because this is very handy in case Mrs Pieman feels the need to deliver fresh socks to Swaledale as I’m passing through. Well, she might if I buy her a pub lunch….
We’re almost fully equipped, but there is just the one nagging problem. And this is it:
I’m getting quite twitched about the number of dog thefts. This would not normally be a problem except that when we do the Coast to Coast, I will have to visit one or two supermarket-type shops in such places as Kirkby Stephen and Richmond and Lucky won’t be allowed inside. This means that he’ll have to be fastened up outside and this is where I get paranoid about some thief nicking off with him for whatever nefarious purposes they can think of. What I need is a length of thin steel cable which can be looped through the harness/panniers and locked with a padlock, thus reducing the chance of theft to people who either have time to somehow wriggle him out of his harness or are carrying clippers strong enough to cut the steel, by which time I ought to be back outside armed with a dangerously sharp lettuce to interfere with the criminality and rescue the pup from being fighting dog bait. I may have such a piece of kit currently mounted on an old home-made deadman (actually, it’s really a deadboy, being fairly small). But any other security ideas would be welcome. I suppose what I really need is an engineer with some spare time.
‘Course, if I make the dog hard to nick, they might just run off with my pack instead.
Anyway, we like the panniers. There needs to be a short practise walk and a bit of building up of walkies with increasing weight over the next few weeks, plus an experimental train trip – to see how he copes with all the noise etc. – he has a terrible fear of low frequency noise at the moment. (thunder, bangs, artillery, rumbles…etc)