Few thing spell adventure like the open road. It’s hard to predict what sights you’ll see once the rubber meets road.
For Harley-Davidson enthusiast Brandon Turnbow, riding his motorcycle is a source of limitless enjoyment. But in February 2016 he saw something on Highway 171 in Texas that made him feel sick to his stomach.
Brandon Turnbow was riding his motorcycle in Texas when he saw a man pull over and throw a small dog into a ditch next to the road.
Turnbow was riding to meet his father after they made plans to spend time together. The two were to meet at a halfway point before riding back to Turnbow’s house together.
That’s when he saw a blue SUV pulled over to the side of the road. He said the driver was wearing a baseball cap, had a slim build and a mustache, and was punching something in his backseat.
“I thought oh no here’s a fight, so I’m starting to gear down and I see the opposite side passenger door flies open and the man knocks this little white dog up into the air and onto his back in the ditch,” Turnbow said in his Facebook post.
The biker was shocked and heartbroken. As soon as it was safe, he turned his bike around and zoomed back towards where the dog was.
While Turnbow was circling back to the dog, the blue SUV sped past him too quickly for him to get the license plate number.
Rather than try and flag down the SUV, Turnbow stopped his bike to check on the pup—a 10-year-old Jack Russel Terrier mix. Only two feet away from oncoming traffic, Turnbow was careful not to spook him.
“I jump off my bike and just kneel down beside him and start talking to him. He slowly steps closer shaking like crazy and his breathing was very heavy,” he said.
After taking some time to see if the dog would trust him, Turnbow wrapped the frightened senior in his jacket and carried him back to his bike.
“Then I said to him out loud ‘OK little buddy you don’t have much of a choice and neither do I and we are in danger being right there by the traffic.'”
After taking time to let the dog adjust to the vibration and noise of the motorcycle, Turnbow merged back on to the road and cautiously continued en route to see his father.
“What’s that dog doing on your bike?” his father said when they met.
The commute back to Turnbow’s house was long, and they weren’t sure if the dog, now called Mr. Davidson, would be comfortable making the trip.
“We come to a stop at a 4 way red light and I look back and he is sitting there like he has rode all his life so I thought to myself this is kinda cool!” Turnbow said.
“So we had about 45 miles to ride to get back to my place and Mr. Davidson was in heaven!”
The puppy pensioner appeared to enjoy the ride, occasionally poking his head out to feel the breeze on his face.
The two made one more stop on their way home to fix Turnbow’s father’s motorcycle. Mr. Davidson was very thirsty and proceeded to drink nearly two bottles of water.
Turnbow decided to keep Mr. Davidson, who got along well with his other dog, Harley. Mr. Davidson just wanted some rest.
Well looks like my Co pilot has found peace. His belly is full and he found the pillow.
Turnbow gave Mr. Davidson a loving home, and had nothing but good things to say about his new co-pilot.
“He is an amazing little dog and he shows me love every day. He will actually howl like an ole hound dog when I leave for work every day. Makes me smile!” Turnbow said.
Mr. Davidson passed away in 2017, but got to live the end of his life in the loving, caring home he always deserved.
Turnbow gave Mr. Davidson a happy life, and the senior pup was loved greatly. The Texan biker is also a musician, and he wrote a song dedicated to his furry friend.
“Mr. Davidson” retells their chance encounter. Both were lucky to have found each other that day.