Alabama, Arkansas; Dreams are sticks and hug your dog!
Once upon a time there was a dog called Abby at a kill shelter. Abby was a simple mutt, like so many others who find themselves in shelters. Abby’s life changed the day she was adopted: she became Bixby, and Bixby became so much more than a dog.
Three years after adopting Bixby, Mike, Bixby’s human, decided to embark on a cross-country journey. That can be a lot for a dog, and Mike considered rehoming Bixby. That thought quickly faded, as Mike realized he took responsibility for Bixby and owed her a great life. Rather than sacrificing his dog for a journey, he made Bixby the center of it.
Four years and 23,000 miles later, the pair have seen the United States in a most unique way: on a bicycle. Bixby has become something of a sensation and a celebrity, as the focus of WheresBixby.com. Mike’s goal in his travels is to follow his dreams, and highlight animal rescues along the way. Mike and Bixby visited the Humane Society of El Paso on Friday, March 24th. Bixby toured the HSEP, met Shiloh the Shelter Dog, and assured her shelter-animal friends that they, too, will one day have the home they’ve dreamt of.
Bixby’s philosophy is a simple one: Dreams are like sticks, you just have to chase them! Bixby dreamt of a loving human, now she gets to travel the world with her human. Mike dreamt of changing his life for the better, and the little mutt he adopted proved to be the one to rescue him.
The Humane Society of El Paso often speaks of giving every animal a home, but Mike and Bixby prove that a home is wherever you’re with the one who loves you!