If Snoopy could be reincarnated, he’d probably come back as Lucy.
Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz may have fantasized about Snoopy’s after hours lifestyle, but Lucy, a pit bull mix rescued from the Seattle Animal Shelter, is living the dream. Zooming around the streets in her motorcycle sidecar, Lucy is a fearsome co-pilot. Except her rig is far more comfy than Snoopy’s doghouse. And heck, she’s got her mom with her.
Five years ago, Brande Schweitzer rescued Lucy from the shelter as a 10-month-old puppy. Now the two are inseparable. “She’s a pretty amazing dog,” Schweitzer says.
The dream team didn’t get flying down the freeway, however, until Schweitzer bought a pair of motorcycle boots several years ago. One thing led to another, and she ended up buying a small off-road motorcycle. To bring Lucy along, Schweitzer bought an Enduro sidecar and modified it, replacing the seat with a little airline kennel she found on Craigslist. “It was her training wheels,” she says. “It was really goofy-looking, but it worked out great.”
But Schweitzer wanted to see Lucy riding around in a much cooler rig. She contacted Pete Larsen at Liberty Sidecars in South Seattle and had a custom sidecar built. “The product you get is amazing,” she says of Liberty. “He builds to order. The ride is so comfortable.”
To accompany Lucy, Schweitzer upped her game also and purchased a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
To complete the ensemble, Schweitzer grabbed the red cape off Lucy’s Wonder Woman Halloween costume and found a pair of Doggles (dog goggles) at Goodwill.
Now life is no fantasy.
Wherever they go, Lucy and Schweitzer attract attention. A trip to the Pike Place Market created chaos recently when a policeman ordered Schweitzer to move on, impossible for her to do because of the crowd surrounding them taking pictures.
“I thought the kids were the best though – ‘Can I take a selfie?’”
Schweitzer says they take a lot of short trips, but much of the time it’s just getting outside. “If I’m having a crappy day and she’s bored, sitting around the house all day, we’ll just get on the bike and go out for a ride,” she says.
“Even if I’m having a really horrible day, you see all these people getting excited … you can’t help but smile when that many people get excited.”
Like Snoopy, Lucy has her Red Barons she needs to conquer. Rain, hoses and sprinklers; cages; being around dog poop; and ants send her cowling, suggesting a life not so pleasant before she entered the shelter. Schweitzer says she also gets fits of the “zombies,” periodically going “berserk chasing imaginary dust or fairies.”
This phenomenon no one really understands, but Snoopy and Lucy would probably tell you it’s all in a day’s fun.