Chopper the Biker Dog is a little Boston Terrier born on August 3, 2009 in Santa Clarita, CA. Mark Shaffer fell in love with him at first sight. After only four weeks with Mark, at his new San Diego home; Chopper was riding Mark’s full size Harley in the custom saddlebag, the same saddlebag where Bandit started. Bandit is Chopper’s predecessor who sadly left this earth, but not his spirit, on December 19, 2008.
Chopper is a natural-born Harley rider and made his first appearance at the 2009 Toys for Tots motorcycle ride (run). Chopper is a prominent and charitable member of the community, being an ambassador of good will. He brings smiles to everyone he meets, especially the children. Chopper rides his own Harley in parades and pet events.
In 2009, at only 4 months (and only his second time riding Bandit’s Harley), Chopper picked up Bandit’s torch and rode the entire Gaslamp Parade, giving a little fan named Pia a ride.
For this year’s, 2010 Gaslamp Parade, Chopper went all out and decorated his Harley with Christmas decorations. He dressed as Santa and towed a little red wagon with Spike the Elf, in tow. Chopper and Spike took “Best of Show”!
Chopper was invited to ride in the Ocean Beach Parade December 4th, 2010. He had a great time there and so did his fans as he won the “Best Individual” trophy at the event.
On December 11th 2010, Chopper participated in the 3rd Annual San Diego Gaslamp Parade. This is an event that has special meaning for Mark and Chopper. Bandit the Biker Dog who had been announced as the Grand Marshal in the inaugural running of the parade in 2008; sadly, fell seriously ill shortly before the event and had to pull out. Sadly, soon afterwards Bandit passed on.
Ocean Beach Christmas Parade 2010 Video