As every year, the end of April or start of May is the time of the “Riga Bike Week”. This year it came little earlier, but still holds some of the events in the same time as usual. One of our favourite “Riga Bike Week” events is the Tweed Ride. I have to say, it was not that easy this year, because of the bad weather.
Tweed Ride is one of the events that we can take Frost with us. It’s always secured with police patrol, so all roads belong to event participants. Same goes for the distance – it’s not too long for Frost, but it seems that he could run even longer distance.
About Tweed Ride in Riga
Riga Tweed Ride is an annual bicycle ride where the main tradition is a retro bicycle and costume parade. Organized by Erenpreiss Bicycles Latvian bicycle manufacturer. You can find the history behind these beautiful retro type bicycles that first came around in 1927. Back to the Tweed ride, first such ride took place in London in 2009. The joyful event has received great response from many world’s major metropolises – New York, Paris, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin etc., so it takes place in different countries.
It’s all about joining the ride in a fashionable attire – anything from tweed suit or retro dress to the 60’s rock and roll fashion. Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Ride, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged.
This year Tweed Ride was held in April 22, as opening event of the “Riga Bike Week”. There will be all kinds of different bike events to participate and enjoy throughout the week.
Second Tweed Ride for Frost
Last year was the first time that we participated in Tweed Ride with Frost. Usually it’s hard to participate with him in this kind of events, because it always feels like something can endanger him, like traffic, mass of bicycle riders and all that getting too tight since he loves to pull, but with Tweed Ride it’s not a problem.
When you take place in something like Tweed Ride, it’s really joyful and more fun as it’s not a race with the goal of someone to be first and that’s why we enjoy it – all three of us. This year Frost was the only dog to participate. Last year there were few dogs, but they were riding in bike baskets, so Frost was the only one that ran all the way next to a bike both years.
This year it started with really bad weather. At first it was rain, then sun and then rain and even snow. It was such a challenge for us, but Frost enjoyed it nonetheless. We joined ride in the end of the line, but Frost was determined to catch up with riders in the front, that he pulled us to the front. He always feels so happy when he’s able to catch those who are in front of him.
In total, Frost ran around 15 km which is less than last year (it was 18 km). This time we noticed that those 15 km was nothing to him, because he kept on running around at home all day long after that.
Usually, at the end there’s a ceremony where people get some gifts from sponsors. They nominate the Tweed King and Queen, Tweed Family etc. This time we stayed just a little and didn’t wait till the ceremony since it was getting cold and our clothes were soaked with water.
People in events
Frost is really social dog, perhaps even more social than his humans. He made some new human friends, if you can say that, he just enjoys human company as much as dog company. So there are two kind of people that we meet on events like that. It’s nice to see when people react positive on events when they see dogs participate and they want to come near him and pet him. Sometimes even ask questions about breed or just about Frost in general.
There are often some negative reactions aswell. Mostly people who know nothing about dogs or certain breeds and their needs think that we are torturing our dog and that he needs to sleep at home and not go running (maybe that’s why so many beagles get fat, because they don’t get enough exercise). That’s not the first and last time we hear it. Heard it a lot on running events, even canicross events where some viewers just burst out with their negative emotions about that. Let’s be clear with something – dog is not made to just sit or sleep at home, they want to go out and explore as much as humans, they need to experience as much as they can and be socialized as much as possible. It seems odd that people still think that it’s okay to get a dog and just chain him up without giving him a chance to experience life… yet they claim to love animals.
Don’t keep your dog chained and unsocialized. There is no pride in that and no benefit for the dog to be just locked up at home or by the house. There is definitely need in socializing your dog as much as you can, so he could experience as much as he can. That should definitely help him be prepared for anything and experience life fully. Remember that dogs have less time to spend in this life and that’s why humans should make their dog as happy as possible.
So this is our summary about another kind of event and bringing dogs to it. It’s up to you, you know your dog better than anybody, you know his physical limits and behavior, so if your dog is up to explore new thing, then go for it. In the end you know your dog’s breed needs and if they are highly active and well trained bit by bit, then there shouldn’t be a problem with that. Always keep in mind, if you have doubts, then you can contact your veterinarian to see if it’s ok and for how long he or she can do physical activities.