Former firefighter and paramedic Bill Rinear said he bolted a wicker container to the top of his lawnmower so Minnie the Shih Tzu can enjoy taking part in the outdoors chore, The Cincinnati Enquirer said Saturday.
But the sight of a dog sitting atop a moving lawnmower apparently draws it fair share of attention.
"People get out of their cars and just stare at us," Rinear said. "They wonder: 'What kind of an idiot has a dog riding in a basket on top of his lawn mower?'"
To those curious onlookers, Rinear has a simple answer as well as another unique way to spend time with his small 6-year-old dog.
"I'm the kind of idiot who used to unzip his sweatshirt and tuck her inside," he told the Enquirer. "When I would cut grass, she would stick her head out of the opening."