Dog in the Philippines rides motorcycle

Katherine Visconti

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Riding in tandem has never been this cute

MAN'S BEST FRIEND. You may have seen Bogie Rider, a 4 year old Askal, cruising around Manila. He's hard to miss. He's the dog riding his owner's motorcycle. Photo by Adrian Portugal.

MANILA, Philippines – Here’s a dog who always has his owner’s back.
The 4 year old askal perfectly balances behind his owner, even on sharp turns.

GILBERT DELOS REYES, DOG OWNER: I decided to get a dog so I have someone to be with everyday and someone to protect me.

The dog has never fallen off the motorcycle. But once in traffic, he leapt off to tackle thugs trying to steal his owner’s gold necklace.
Gilbert says there’s no secret behind their double act. It’s about focused training and starting early.
When the puppy was a month old, Gilbert bought him at a wet market for one hundred pesos.
At 2 months he trains Bogie to fetch. At 4 months to shake hands. And at 7 months to sit still on a motorcycle. At a year Bogie learns how to bark on command.
His owner can leave for hours and depend on Bogie to stand watch.
But Bogie has become more than a guard dog.

GILBERT DELOS REYES, DOG OWNER: I treat him like my own son. He’s like my partner. Since I got him four years ago, we’ve never been apart.

Bogie is well traveled too! Gilbert brings him on family vacations to Ilocos, Baguio and even Boracay.
He doesn’t miss out on the fun when Gilbert takes a zipline.
These two may look like the epitome of cool but they have another side.
On long rides they listen to love songs. Gilbert crafted a special helmet outfitted with head phones.

GILBERT DELOS REYES, DOG OWNER: When he’s wearing his helmet with headphones, he’s just relaxed. He’s always smiling.

And this dog is not going to be arrested for violating the helmet law either. The helmet, which Gilbert molded specially to the dog’s head, is certified.
Driving around Manila, keep an eye out for the signature helmet, the tailored Ferarri jacket and tinted aviators.
Riding in tandem has never been this cute! –

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