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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 3:43 pm

This is the story of our dog Teddy and his new adventures on our local Bay Bikeway in Coronado. It all started when my wife told me to go to our PAWS Rescue and get a small adult female dog. I returned with a small male puppy. Any baseball player will tell you getting one out of three is a great batting average. Soon Teddy endeared himself to my wife by dancing all around her on his hind legs.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an analogy for the ages concerning dogs and their owners. Seinfeld states that if a UFO flew over America today and witnessed the daily ritual of dog walking, the aliens would assume the dogs were the ruling class and humans picking up their poop were their slaves.

The walking of dogs is epidemic in our city. Men and women can be seen exercising their ‘best friends’ at all hours. We walk our terrier mix twice a day. At mid-day when we can, we hoist Teddy into the basket on our Trike (3-wheel bike) and head to our local Bay Bikeway.

We had an incident on our first Trike ride. On this maiden trip with Teddy all went well until we reached home. My wife came out to lift Teddy out of our metal mesh basket. Unbeknownst to us, our puppy had a toenail wedged into the mesh basket. As my wife pulled him up, out came his whole toenail. We bandaged Teddy as best we could and drove to the veterinarian hospital in Mission Valley, since it was the weekend and our vet was unavailable. After several hours and a generous fee, Teddy was returned to us with the welcome news that the toenail would replace itself in only a few weeks.

Despite the toenail trauma, Teddy still wanted to basket ride again. This time with a custom basket liner in which he is safer and more comfortable. Now when he hears the garage door open, he races to the Trike basket ready to survey his world.

I have ridden the Bay Bikeway many times alone and was never noticed. I was like the ‘cellophane man’ in the musical “Chicago” who complained of his lot in life was never to be noticed. Not anymore! With Teddy in his basket sitting tall like a hood ornament, we get tons of smiles and comments like “Isn’t he cute,” (for a mini second, I’m not sure which of us they are talking about).

Since we discovered the beautiful Bay Bikeway, Teddy and I have logged 220 miles which happens to be the exact mileage from Fenway Park in Boston to Yankee Stadium in New York. Those ‘in the know’ are aware that Teddy was named after Theodore Samuel Williams, a San Diegan who excelled for the Boston Red Sox baseball team for over 20 years, less his military service years. The new goal is for Teddy and me to ride 3000 miles on the Bikeway and the streets of Coronado – the exact distance from Fenway to Petco Park, San Diego. I’m relatively sure neither of us will attain that lofty goal, but it will surely be fun to ride together on the beautiful Bay Bikeway of Smiles, and beyond.

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