Undriver #8,635: Jo Repanich, Doggles Riding Shotgun
Last week an unusual order came in via our Online Licensing Station. Undriver Jo Repanich requested a write-in Undorsement of “Doggles riding shotgun” on her license, and submitted this awesome photograph. Jo’s Undriving pledge: “Ride on in memory of my dog Haddie, 2001 – 2011.”
Aww. We’ve heard a lot of great motivations to get licensed to Undrive, but that was a new one – and our heartstrings were definitely pulled. We were also inspired – who says you need a car to get around town with your dog?
“It was a fluke,” she replied. “I was thinking of putting Haddie in a front basket, but that just felt dangerous once I tried it. So I looked back; I had my pack back there and thought, “I wonder if you would fit?” Wa~La – the rest is history ”
“I cut a gardening pad so it would feel comfortable for her, and she just loved it. Never a problem. I got the idea for the Doggles from a vet who said it’s a must for dogs traveling in cars or bikes. So she had sunglasses before I did! We had many wonderful trips, mostly to the store or Alki, but also on Lopez Island where we have a cabin.”
“‘Doggles Riding Shotgun’ is my bike team for Bike to Work month in May. This is my 5th year and the first one without Haddie – but I carry her in my heart, and the Doggles are on my handlebars to make me smile and remember.” - Jo Repanich, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Thanks, Jo, for sharing your story – and to you and Haddie, for Undriving.
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