I have to admit, I’m not much of a biker but if I did I’d be ordering this fun new way to share time with your dog. How smart! And what a good idea for a holiday gift for that dog-loving biker in your life.
Thanks to AZCentral.com for this article.
Mesa man invents bike seat for dogs
Special for The Republic
Oct. 17, 2007
It seems dog owners are barking the praises of Glen Malmskog for coming up with a unique way for them to ride their bike and schlep their pooch at the same time.
The 49-year-old Mesa resident invented the Saki Seat, a dog seat for canines 40 pounds or lighter, to rest between the legs of any confident bicyclist. But his initial idea was not for the general public. He was just looking for a sport that included his 8-year-old Shiba Inu, Saki.
After 30 years of ice hockey, slalom skiing, racing motorcycles – and a head-on vehicle collision – his orthopedic surgeon advised him to try something else.
“That was pretty much the catalyst of what became the Saki Seat,” Malmskog said. “I enjoy sensory-rich activities that involve motion and challenges.”
So when the Saki Seat became the center of attention and people began inquiring as to where they could buy one, he put his engineer hat on and began fine-tuning and mass-producing.
With 200 seats in stock for male and female bikes, orders are starting to howl.
Mike Ott of Gilbert found the Saki Seat while surfing the net.
“I really had never seen anything so practical. Most of the products out there are just baskets that hang off the end of your bike,” Ott said.
Otherwise known as dog trailers, Malmskog’s is an easy-to-assemble seat saddle to include a concave frame, pad, tie straps and assembly instructions. He charges $39.95 plus $12 shipping and sales tax.
For Megan Pauly of Orlando, Fla., whose mother found the dog seat on Craigslist, the product is heaven-sent for her three dogs, including Teacup, her six-pound poodle.
“I have tried everything from putting my dog in a baby seat on the back of my bike to pulling him in one of those kiddy bike trailers,” Pauly said.
She said the location of the seat offers great freedom while riding.
“It allows the dog to be centered on the bike allowing a more stable setting for you and your dog,” she said. “Even a novice biker could enjoy a bike ride with their dog.”
Malmskog’s engineering background of working for Motorola in research and development for over 20 years fielded his ability to produce not only a product in practicality, but also in enjoyment.
“The genuine excitement it generates between people and their pets is what I love most about it,” he said.
Not just people, but dogs are going gaga over it too.
“Boomer gets so excited when I grab my bike,” Jeff Sevison of Queen Creek said about his Pomeranian. “He runs in circles and can barely contain himself. He loves to lean forward over the handle bars with his tongue hanging out while cruising.”
The only drawback is in finishing his bike course.
Malmskog has logged more than 3,000 accident-free miles with the seat.
Pauly, who purchased two additional seats, one for her mom, and the other for her sister, said their bike riding has become a family affair, paws down.
“My whole family can go on our bike rides now and each take our dogs and not have a lot of other equipment to carry along,” Pauly said. “The dogs get so excited every morning when they see the bikes being put on the bike rack. It’s the best money I ever spent.”