No, this isn't everyday normal. Contrary to all the "you could ride him" and "you need a saddle" jokes, our dog has never been ridden . . . until this morning. Mimi is still on a Pledge of Allegiance kick, so she's riding the dog, saying the Pledge while holding a new-and-improved makeshift flag (ie: fishnet) in the air.
** Important to note: Yes, I know it's not a good idea to let children ride dogs. Yes, I know that dogs react to the weight on their back. Yes, I know that in another world, this would be a set up for a dog bite. If there are any animal activists reading, please know that I know both of these parties very well. And, I'm supervising from behind my iPhone.