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.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Time in the Brew City Complete

After spending a weekend in Milwaukee, Chiva and I are now moving on to Green Bay. It was my first trip to the Brew City and as usual with the Tour de Dog, there are many people to thank.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Denice Kerr of the Seattle area. Denice contacted me and is now helping with logistics for the Tour de Dog. Even though we have never met, she has amazingly and graciously stepped in to fill a tremendous void for Chiva and me. A BIG THANK YOU TO DENICE. Together we will be a positive force.

Secondly, thank you to Father Paul of the Sacred Church of Jesus. Father Paul allowed me to pitch my tent in his church, and I immensely enjoyed our conversations.

Also thanks to John and his wonderful family in Highland Park, Illinois, for taking Chiva and me into their home.

In addition, a new friend from Chicago named Sarah made the trip up to Milwaukee. Even though I went to Georgia and she went to Auburn for college (huge SEC rivals for those of you who did not know), we get along just fine!

The big activity in Milwaukee had to be my tour of the Wisconsin Humane Society. Of all the shelters I have visited this trip, I was most impressed with this one. The facility was appealing for a variety reasons but what topped my list was its committment to education. If we are going to put an end to puppy mills and find good homes for cats and dogs, we must teach anyone and everyone to respect and to properly care for animals.

The Puppy Haven Project is well underway, but at least 935 dogs will still be entering the facility. In fact some of the haven female canines are still having puppies today!

I would like to sincerely thank those who have donated towards my cause. Chiva and I really appreciate the opportunity to help, and we contributed $500 to help with the incoming animals. Presenting a check to the Wisconsin Humane Society was very rewarding, and I have the utmost confidence that they will use every dollar wisely. Although I would love to give more, anything helps. I will keep you informed with respect to the Puppy Kennel Haven Project.

Time to pack up and head to Green Bay!

Best wishes from the road,
David and Chiva


ESuro said...

Awesome work! Even better that you wore the "We're Late and Smell Like Beer" shirt to present the check!

Tracy in Dallas said...

David and Chiva... there are animals all over the USA saying "thank you" for your efforts!

Elizabeth said...

I have contacts in Traverse City, MI and Marquette, MI if you happen upon there. Let me know =).

FYI...My phone hasn't had service in a bit, but I'll try to check on the internet and my voicemail when I can.

Elizabeth and Liam

Rose Campion said...

Hi! I just wanted to say that I saw you on your bike as you passed the Milwaukee Amtrak station. Hope you have a good ride up to Green Bay.