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Sniffed That

e Who Serve Us Families of Fallen Heroes (those who died while on active duty) can request a Rover be named after their loved one. I first met Dave on a Patriot Guard mission in 2009 or 2010. After founding Patriot Rovers, he referred to me as the “original Patriot Rover” and presented me with an honorary Patriot Rovers vest, which I wear on special occasions. Training Rovers to be service dogs takes time and money. There are a number of fund raising events that occur each year, and I was tail-waggin’ happy to participate in a 112-mile ride on July 13. At Crescent Ford in High Point, NC, there were lots of Rovers with their veterans. I met a few over the years, but I wanted to sniff as many as I could. My biker dog friend, Snoopy, brought this driver, Tim Wall, to ride in this event and meet some of the Rovers.

Snoopy checkin’ his six while his driver gives me a treat.

We rode from Crescent Ford to Harley-Davidson of Greensboro. It was cloudy and we ran into some sprinkles and light rain, but it was a pawesome route with lots of sweeps, rolling terrain, and a few small towns! I had my helmet cam rolling, but part way through the first leg, I dumped my helmet and goggles and decided to go lidless. (We four-legged dogs can get away with it in North Carolina!) We had about 102 bikes leave High Point and we were escorted the entire route by four mounted officers.

At Harley-Davidson of Greensboro, there was a concert and lots of food! Bobby Farrington bought my lunch and personally fed me. After sniffing more people, we mounted up for the ride home. About an hour from home, we rode through pouring rain. As long as we’re rolling, I tuck in behind my driver and I stay dry. When we hit the rain, my driver thought about pulling over to put on his rain gear, but since he was already soaked in a matter of seconds, he decided to keep rolling so that I would stay dry.

OB offered to share his egg sammich with me, but my driver didn’t want to deal with my gas. (Notice the shirt!) The following Saturday (July 20), I supported the USO of North Carolina at the Scoops for Troops in Cary, NC. On summer days, my driver and I prefer to minimize the time that I’m dismounted because of the heat. The USO provided me with a roof for shade and a fan, which helped me stay cool when I wore my swamp vest. I had about 50 copies of Behind Barz magazine, and they didn’t stay on the saddlebag for very long!

Ooops, I reckon I shouldn’t have dumped my helmet and goggles.

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Bobby Farrington buying my lunch from the HOG Chapter at the Patriot Rovers Concert.

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