"She was my daughter's dog originally and she gave her to me when I went on disability in 2007," said Henry Ilsley of Bradford.
Mia is a therapy dog of sorts. Her owner has chronic pain. Mia doesn't like to be away from him for too long, and she lets him know.
"When I went to mow with the lawn mower she liked to be right between my legs. And that wasn't a safe place, so that's why I got the kids' lawn chair. Rigged that up so she would have a safe place to ride," Ilsley said.
So, Ilsley did what every good dog owner would do. He gave his princess a throne of her own.
"It's a lawn chair, a piece of foam to make it nice and wire ties," he said.
Together the pair makes weekly laps around the yard, cleaning up and being careful along the way.
"She's acclimated. I have made several adjustments so she couldn't fall out," Ilsley said.
But if the mower has to stop, it better not be for that long. Mia knows there's work that needs to be done, and she wants to be the one doing it.
"She's quite upset with me if I don't encourage her in the process," Ilsley said. "She's bossy but I like it. I sort of encourage it."
Or is it her encouraging him? A friendship based on give and take, where there's never a free ride.
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