The Humane Society estimates that between 6-8 million pets are filtered though shelters each year in the United States. Of them, half are euthanized due to low adoption rates and the lack of people willing to spay and neuter their pets. A lot of people think that they want their current pet to have a puppy or a kitten, not realizing that they average between 3-8 offspring and though they're all cute, most people cannot care for all of them and they end up in shelters. Meanwhile the shelters themselves are already over run with animals looking for homes and have no choice but to put them down. It's horrible and it's up to us to help alleviate that problem by helping our fuzzy friends get adopted and educating people on how to keep more animals out of the shelters to begin with. Bob Barker had it right...Spay and Neuter your pets!
One of our favorite adoption stories came from Denton, TX where we rolled into town and immediately went to the newspaper and told them what we were doing. We made the front page! We took that momentum and went to the Denton Animal Shelter and we met Scout, a 5 year old Border Collie that was was ready to ride on out of there and find his new humans to care for. We took pictures and promoted him and they put us on their website. The next day we get an update that Scout has found his new home and is already teaching his humans how to play fetch. It feels so good to know that we played a small role in helping him get adopted. Those humans are surely lucky to find such a pup. I just wish we could help all the dogs and cats find homes.
We have also noticed alot of distressing situations along our journey. We have seen dogs tied to trees on short tethers and you can tell that they're rarely let off do to there being no grass where they are and they are forced to due their business right next to where the eat and sleep. We see pups that are left outside with no shade and no water when it's scorching hot outside. We see breeders that are profiting off life itself by cramming animals into confined spaces for their only value to them is monetary. Let me set the record straight here. We, as pets, are fully capable of feeling love, of feeling sadness, feeling pain, fear, anxiety just like humans are and just like humans we are capable of giving love and warmth, compassion and companionship. As much as we want everyone to get out and adopt a best friend, you must be willing to put in the time to nurture this new relationship.We are not a status symbol, we are not fighters, we are not simply possessions that are cute to look at. We need attention. We need your time. We need you to want to share your life with us. In return, we will be as loyal as the day is long. We will lick your face when we can tell your feeling down just to let you know that we love you. We will greet you when you get home from a hard days work just to tell you, "Thank You for saving us", and I think you will find that in a small way, we helped save you too. So Hug your dog, if you don't have a dog, hug your neighbors dog cause then you'll want a dog. If you don't know where to get a new best friend...I know some people.
We are always looking for more ways to help out our furry friends and get more people involved so if you have ideas for us or would like to meet Bixby along our travels you can contact us through our puppymail at firstname.lastname@example.org Once we hit Denver, we plan on pedaling north to Montana then west to Washington and down the west coast. Once we make California...well, we'll pedal across that bridge once we get there.
My name is Bixby and my story starts back in early 2010 when I was introduced to my human, Mike. Having been given up to the Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin, TX my future was uncertain to say the least. Little did I know at the time, but I was in for quite the adventure when I was adopted by my human and in return I would be the most loyal, loving and helpful companion that I could be.
A pup can sense when a human is in need and I could tell that Mike was looking for a best friend to talk to, to play with and inspire him to chase his dreams. It was over a game of fetch one day that I gave him some advice. I ruffed to him "Dreams are like sticks...you just have to chase them." I had no idea at the time just where that advice would take us.
Eventually, after my human quit his job in Austin and we went on a big road trip across the country we found ourselves in Big Bend National Park where we met Tim and Noah Hussin (The Coyote Brothers) who were more than a year into a cross country bicycle ride making a documentary (America Recycled). We ended up becoming friends as we both ended up in the shadows of Big Bend in the Ghost Town of Terlingua where they shared their stories with us of the hospitality of the road and seeing the country at such a slow pace. They were real good at playing fetch too. I could tell that Mike was really inspired, but had his doubts as to whether he could physically do it. I reminded him of the advice I had given him over that game of fetch and promised him that I would stay by his side and help out on such an adventure and besides, he would need a good navigator, he's terrible with directions.