DIY Motorcycle Dog Trailer

moosemobiletrailerfabrication07071504I’m having a lot of fun fabricating a climate controlled passenger motorcycle trailer for my pit bull, Moose, to ride in. I have a few weeks to go before it’s complete but it’s really starting to take shape.

I started with a Harbor Freight Tagalong trailer and discarded the helper spring leaves during assembly to smooth out the ride. I’m fabricating the fairing by hand with West Marine resin and fiberglass cloth. The clear windscreen is a $26.00 Kage Racing P505C Clear Windscreen for 2005-2006 Honda CBR600RR’s ordered from Amazon.

moosemobiletrailerfabrication07071504My prototype cooling system will be a marine bilge pump sealed antifreeze system with reservoirs submerged in insulated ice tanks and piped to a small automotive heater core with a 120mm computer fan to blow cold air through it into the cockpit. As the entire system is sealed and the ice tanks will be isolated from the inner hull there will be no evaporation, no humidity, and no danger of Moose getting exposed to the coolant. I will post further updates and details as I reach milestones in the project.

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City of Grapevine Possibly Jumping on the Breed Specific Legislation Bandwagon

The City of Grapevine, Texas animal shelter policy currently does not allow pit bulls or pit bull mixes to be adopted, placed on the adoption floor or even listed on their website.

While the staff works with partnering agencies to find alternative placement for any animal that cannot be on the adoption floor, in reality, these dogs have little to no exposure, and are very often euthanized.

We are working to educate and convince Grapevine city leaders to treat all dog breeds equally so these dogs are given the best chance to be adopted into responsible, loving homes.

Obama Administration Adds Pet Insurance to Affordable Healthcare Act

051414MooseFrazierBreaking news today:

A bill amending the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “ObamaCare”, has been submitted to the United States Senate by the Obama administration.

The bill, once signed into law, will require employers to provide pet insurance for dogs, cats, and some other animals residing in employees’ homes. According to sources close to the administration, White House interns were conscripted to draft the bill at the direction of POTUS, who stated that “Pets in America are family members, and deserve the same quality of affordable care as their human owners.”

The initial draft included farm animals, but that language was removed in anticipation of arguments that farm animals are not family members. Vigorous debate on whether Vietnamese pot-belly pigs can be exempt from the farm animal ban is expected.

Among the furry critters specifically included in the proposed ObamaCare coverage are:

Domestic Dogs – excluding exotic recently wild breeds such as dingos, African hunting dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and wolf hybrids.

Purebred Cats only – all felines covered for an initial DNA test to determine whether they are purebred (at least four generations within a registered breed).

Parrots and parrot sub-species.

Weasels, rats, hamsters, and gerbils – excluding mice and specific invasive species of rats like Portugal rats and Norway rats.

Tarantula spiders of any variety, but no other arachnids.

Specific exclusions listed in the bill are:

Insects of any kind

Fish

Lizards

Snakes

Skunks

Racoons

Pet Rocks

Any bird, mammal, or other creature which has a natural feather, fur, or skin color that is red.

newpuppyThe motivation for including pets under the Affordable Healthcare Act reportedly came from an incident where the Obama family’s Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, swallowed two golf balls and required surgery that had to be paid out of the President’s personal income.

Whether the bill will pass or even go to committee is yet to be seen.

The initial reaction from the Republican leadership was: “It just goes to show you that Obama-care is the sort of medical insurance you get when the government wants to treat you like an animal.”

Happy April 1.

This article is based on imaginary sources and written by staff reporter Mit Reizarf.

Hooray for Fox DFW News and Brownie the Pit Bull

After all the years I’ve spent ranting at the media for sensationalizing every negative story involving a dog that looked the least little bit like a Pit Bull, I must congratulate Fox news DFW channel 4 for broadcasting a positive story and specifically mentioning that the dog involved was a Pit Bull.

Our boy Moses appreciates it, too.

Pit Bull Protects Toddler Lost in Woods: MyFoxDFW.com

WFAA also published a positive story and mentioned Brownie’s breed. Kudos to them as well!

Photo courtesy WFAA