Shandula, I know!!! He's such a little model too...just trying to navigate the mobile version of the site since the little butthead chewed the charger cord for my laptop in half and I haven't bothered to replace it yet because smartphones are so...smart. :P I promise I will post many, MANY photos as soon as I am able!!!
Harley, he's an Australian Shepherd, about 50lbs at 11mos. He's not very tall, but he's going to be one beefy boy! He's finally above my kneecap (I'm 5'8" with long legs) and I've already trained him to "step up" and pull when I have the leash clipped on the back of his harness instead of the front where he's supposed to walk on a loose lead. He seems to enjoy trucking along like that where he's attached to my belt so I am very confident that he'll love driving.
His no-pull harness has enough rings and is secure and padded enough that it will be good for him to do light/practice pulling in, but I'm planning on getting him a solid pulling harness once I build up the sulky for us.
If he's behaved enough by then and Boyfriend is willing, we might try it out around Christmas to go see the lights with me driving and him with a handle on the back end of the cart just in case. If not, maybe Boyfriend can pull the cart? XD
Honestly I just want to be able to do some or the things that I used to do years ago without massive amounts of pain. I'm always going to hurt, but if I can find ways to hurt less while doing the things I love then I absolutely will. I refuse to be in wheelchair unless there are no other options. If occasionally driving my service dog means that I can be more active AND I can have fun with it, then I feel like I am using a debilitating condition to my advantage and to me, that is incredibly empowering. Everyone has their own way of dealing with their issues and they are all valid. That is mine.