Ruff rider - the Bichon Frise biker who loves riding on her owner's motorbike

Ellen Manning

Milly the Bichon Frise is a real petrolhead pet – riding on her owner’s motorbike dressed in full leathers and goggles.

The real-life ‘Hairy Barker’ hops into a special travel bag on owner Mike’s bike and the pair can regularly be seen adventuring across the country.

Retired plumber Paul, 39, first met “timid” Milly while he was looking for a canine companion for his camper van road trips.

She had been neglected by previous owners, but he “fell in love” with her and the pair have become inseparable, roaring off on Paul’s motorbike.

The daredevil duo are practically inseparable nowadays and are always off on adventures, whether it’s regular rides to Loch Lomond from their home in Drumchapel, Glasgow or last year’s North Coast 500.

Milly the Bichon Frise is a real petrolhead pet - riding on her owner’s motorbike dressed in full leathers and goggles.
Ruff rider – Milly loves going for rides on her owner’s motorbike (Pictures: SWNS)

Unlike Paul’s other dog, Staffordshire terrier Tia, who prefers staying at home with mum Lynne and big brother Brian, Milly loves getting glammed up in her custom-made biker gear.

The diva wears jeans, a leather jacket and a diamante-encrusted helmet made out of an old piggy bank that Paul customised himself, complete with a visor so she can see.

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“When Milly sees me outside, she’ll start clawing at the window to get out. She rules the roost in our house,” Paul said.

“I think my wife does get a bit jealous. When we go out I ask if we can take the dog and it doesn’t always go down well.”

Milly the Bichon Frise is a real petrolhead pet - riding on her owner’s motorbike dressed in full leathers and goggles.
Diva – the Bichon Frise has her own customised biker gear

Milly has earned plenty of admirers for her rock chick get-up, with passers-by whipping out their phones to take photos of her on the road.

But Paul admits he’s faced backlash for taking his dog with him on his motorbike — but he insists it’s “as safe as can be.”

Milly the Bichon Frise is a real petrolhead pet - riding on her owner’s motorbike dressed in full leathers and goggles.
Happy – owner Paul says he wouldn’t take her if she didn’t enjoy it

He added: “I’ve had some people messaging me, ‘How dare you take the dog out on your bike?’ — but if she didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it.

“I ride safer with her on the bike. She has a proper dog bag and I know all the risks. She’s my number one priority. I’d be lost without her.”