Monday, December 15, 2008

Genius or Folly?

I recently solved a puzzle with an idea that just might be brilliant. It might also be moronic. Time will tell.

Brittan and I are dog lovers. We have had as many as 15 back in our dog mushing days. Now, we have a mere three. One of them is an ancient collie. She is content to sleep the day away in my recliner. The other two are younger and more energetic. Especially troublesome is our Belgian Sheepdog, Guinness. He is a beautiful dog, who is incredibly loving and eager to please. He is, however, highly energetic and needs more exercise than he gets. Walking doesn't help. I'm old, fat and out of shape. I get exhausted and come home after 20 minutes or half and hour and G is not even warmed up yet. But what can I do to get him more exercise. I considered taking him out to run along while I ride my bike. But our neighborhood is very hilly and I'm too out of shape to ride very far. Sad, but true. I thought about an electric scooter, but they don't have a very long range. I considered an ATV. But they are too expensive. After weeks of pondering my conundrum, I had an epiphany:

It is an electric tricycle. It has a range of 35 miles. It is a hybrid, using either pedal or electric power. It is about the same price as a good electric scooter and allows me to get some exercise myself but turn to the electric motor to take a breather. It has a top speed of 20 mph so it's faster than I need. Also, I could use it to run to the store for small items.

Yep, it looks pretty stupid. But it's practical and efficient. Guinness should get all the exercise he needs now. And I might even get fit myself. Ok, maybe that's a stretch, but miracles happen.


Snobound said...

I think it's a brilliant idea, and I can't wait for you to slip into your cardigan sweater and tweed pants and take it out for a spin.