We are on the whole, in this glorious country of ours, a nation of animal lovers.
Me well I am allergic to most furry animals and not fond of reptiles, so when the
good lady suggested we have pets, I said no and so we compromised initially on 10
rats, 4 cats and several bearded dragons now after a few years downsizing homes and
many antihistamines later to 3 cats.
And however rufty and tufty bikers may seem in public I know that most have some
pets which are doted on. However some pets are not so lucky to have bikers caring
for them and they end up being cared for by one of the many charities which look
after unwanted and unloved pets.
So on a windy and damp morning in February lots of local bike clubs, and many classic
bikes met up in the picturesque village of Bramber to take pet food, donations and
pet based paraphernalia to a RSPCA centre in Brighton.
The route mainly on narrow country roads took us through many quaint villages which
in summer would be lovely, but after the recent storm Doris were challenging in places
with farm muck and debris washed across the road and as we went across the top of
the devils dyke nearly blown sideways.
At the RSPCA centre we were met by some of the local team who took our bounty, donations
and thanks while providing tea for those who needed warming. Thankfully for me we
were outside of visiting times, so I was saved from my good lady giving me her best
gooey eyed plaintifs of “aww can we pleaaaase” at every stray cat or dog going,
though not sure the RSPCA would approve of a pannier as a cat carrier.