Grand Falls-Wind­sor man’s un­likely rid­ing com­pan­ion

Dog bring­ing smiles to peo­ple’s faces

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY Jor­dan.maloney@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

A dog on a mo­tor­cy­cle isn’t some­thing you see ev­ery­day, and Har­vey Day is try­ing to change that.

“It’s the peo­ple smil­ing,” Day said. “When I go to a stop­light and you see peo­ple look­ing and laugh­ing and point­ing, the peo­ple just love it.”

Day is in his sec­ond year of rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle with his ca­nine com­pan­ion. Sara, the pre­sumed three-year-old Bor­der Col­lie-Labrador Re­triever mix, was ini­tially found as a stray along the side of a road, and de­tails about her age and breed are un­cer­tain. Day adopted her from the SPCA two years ago, and he quickly dis­cov­ered his dog’s pa­tience and mild tem­per­a­ment.

“When I got her she’d get on the back of the quad and on the ca­noe and sit per­fectly,” Day said. “So I said you know what, I’m go­ing to try her on the mo­tor­cy­cle. And she hasn’t moved.”

Day said Sara loves to ride in ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing ca­noe, quad, and side-by-side, and even goes to work with him in a trac­tor-trailer.

“What­ever I’m on, she gets on,” he said. “It’s like she’s part of it.”

Day de­scribes Sara as his best friend, and he sold his quad and pur­chased a side by side so she could ride with him. “Be­cause why not,” he said. When Day first got Sara, his son was afraid to post pic­tures of her on Face­book out of fear of her be­ing rec­og­nized and taken away.

“She has a very dis­tinc­tive white mark around her jaw,” Day said. “Any­body who knew the dog be­fore, would know where that dog came from. So we were hes­i­tant to show any pic­tures of her.”

Day said he can’t go for a mo­tor­cy­cle ride with­out Sara.

“I love to see peo­ple smile,” he said.

JOR­DAN MALONEY/THE AD­VER­TISER

Har­vey Day and his com­pan­ion Sara ride ev­ery­where, on ev­ery­thing, to­gether.

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