Daring dog tags along on motorcycle ride around Jacksonville

Ruff Rider: This pup is bad to the bone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We thought we had seen it all -- until this happened. 

A News4Jax viewer sent a video showing a dog riding on the back of a motorcycle, cruising on Old St. Augustine Road near Loretto Road in Jacksonville.

The dog seems to be having a great time. In fact, at one point he glances over at the camera as if to say, "Take a picture, it'll last longer!" 

The only thing this rad dog was missing is an "I Do My Own Stunts" graphic T-shirt.  

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On Wednesday, News4Jax met the rider, Chaz Dunlavy, and his F1b miniature Goldendoodle named Buster. 

"We see a lot of cellphones and a lot of people wanting to take our pictures," Dunlavy said. "It's almost like he knows what it is, because he turns and lets people take his picture and then he turns back, puts his paws on me and off we go."

Dunlavy said Buster was actually riding on his back in a customized bag with his name embroidered on the back.

"It's very tight and secure. He's strapped in. He can't wiggle out of it," he explained. "His arms, paws (go) through those slots."

At first, Dunlavy said, he wasn't sure whether Buster would be afraid of the bike's noise, but he was completely fine.

"Now every time I grab that bag, he's like, 'It's time to go on the motorcycle,' and he gets excited," he said. 

Dunlavy brought Buster home as an 8-week-old puppy for his girlfriend's daughter when she got good grades. They just celebrated Buster's first birthday Monday night.

Buster, now fully grown at 34 pounds, has been riding with Dunlavy for about five months now.

No surprise, if you follow the dog's adventures on Instagram under the handle "Buster the nugget,"
you'll see Buster also likes paddleboarding, has his own beach chair and loves being out on a boat.

Dunlavy said they don't drive on the interstate and that you'll likely see them most often at the beaches.

About the Authors:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.

Joy Purdy co-anchors the 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. newscasts with Tarik Minor and the 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts with Kent Justice.