So, the manufacturer is going to send me (my bike shop is taking care of it) a new frame in a different model that is a step up from what I have now. The retail price for a bike with this frame is about $800 MORE than my old one. It is much more beefy and ony weighs about 1 lb more. The bike shop will move everything from my current bike to the new one (brakes, shifters, wheels, cranks, cassette, etc.) so this little upgrade won't cost me anything except for a little time.
Oh yeah, don't forget to remind them to move this part over to your new wheels:
How else would you cart your pooch around on those long rides?