UPDATE, 22 October 2008

David and Chiva are taking a break from the Tour de Dog but are sure to plan another ride in the near future. A sincere thank you to all of you who helped David and Chiva in countless ways. The Tour de Dog would not be possible without your support. THANK YOU!

View a Photo Documentary of Tour de Dog by Jason Houge

Tour de Dog is past states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, and New York.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gaining Momentum

The last several days have seen Chiva and me exploring and visiting northeastern Wisconsin. With the help of my new manager Denice and the local communitity residents and officials, Chiva and I are making the most of our time on the road.

Now that Denice is working hard behind the scenes, we are able to organize "Meet and Greets", presentations, fundraiser events, tours of animal shelters, and media coverage. I am so excited because I know we needed the help and will now be able to raise much more animal welfare awareness.

Visiting animal shelters is opening my eyes more and more each day. They all face numerous challenges and in most cases have inadequate resources. For example, the Menominee Animal Shelter makes do with little space. The shelter receives some 1,200 animals a year, but its only surgical room is crammed into a kitchen where other isolation animals are still present. Local families who are facing foreclosures are relinquishing their pets in order to save money. The shelter is becoming overwhelmed and conditions are extremely tight.

All animal shelters have their own unique needs, but they also share many in common. Fundraising and volunteers come from the community. If local residents are not pitching in to help, the animals feel the burden. Please visit your local shelter for additional information on how you can get involved.

Thanks again to all those who are helping. Together we will make a difference.

Here are some pictures from the last few days that were taken by new good friends and excellent photographers Jason Houge and Michael Peters. I think they are some of the best pictures yet.


Anonymous said...

great pictures. looks like you're getting a lot done and having a good time

Anonymous said...

I must say Chiva is a very photogenic dog i love the picture of her and the dashund so cute.

karen (ireland)

Trisha said...

Sounds like things are going great under new management! New energy to keep you focused. I love the new pics! Tell Chiva Hi for me!

Anonymous said...

LOVE THE PICS! You guys look like you're really covering some ground...and Chiva is obviously having a blast- needing those "dog" naps when available. Keep up the great work- your such an inspiration!

Tracy in Dallas said...

That's awesome that you and Chiva have a manager now. I'm sure you could use the help! Cute pictures. Especially the Dashund pic. Keep up the good work!

Chris - Laura said...

congrats on having a manager!

your stories and pictures are always inspiring. keep it up!!