JULY 2004 JOURNAL ARCHIVE


1st - Day #62
MAX & BAILEY ENJOY NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

Today was a day of rest for Max & Bailey. They enjoyed visiting with their cruising friend Pepper, a female black lab, that we met in our sailing days. Pepper's owners, Randy and Sherry, just happened to be anchored in Bristol. It was great to catch up with them and to hear how all our sailing friends are doing. The middle of the day was spent pounding out the next journal entry in our travel series. We have had such an overwhelming response to Max & Bailey's ride that our journals have fallen behind in order to keep up with all the events and school visits. But, we'll keep them coming during our free minutes. Look for Bailey's new update soon, too! Around sunset, we all took a ride through scenic Newport. Max & Bailey stopped traffic several times and put smiles on faces every where we went. We even got a standing ovation from one group. Not sure if they knew about Max & Bailey's ride or were just impressed with Janet's driving. Donor(s) of the Day: No donations to report today. I think that is a first for us. Maybe today will be different. Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Bristol, Rhode Island's ready for the 4th of July (2) Max hangs out near Fort Adams (3) Janet and Bailey (4) Max, Bailey and Blaine pose for a shot during a rest stop at a Newport park.


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2nd - Day #63
The entire country is looking forward to another holiday weekend. This Fourth of July marks America's 228th year of independence. That's certainly something to celebrate.

For some, however, independence has a different meaning than the freedoms we've enjoyed for the last two centuries. To some, their Declaration of Independence is signed by more names than just those of our forefathers. It is a made up of the signatures of millions of their fellow Americans all waiting for a service dog of their own. Their independence is still years away because the waiting lists - their Declaration of Independence - is longer than the services currently available.

Max, Bailey and the Hogs For Dogs team will be celebrating this Independence Day with those thoughts in mind. Your donations have already provided the funding necessary for three individuals to have a service dog of their own. You've given them the gift of independence. But, there is much more work to be done.

So, enjoy your holiday weekend. And if you value your independence, please consider helping others achieve theirs.

Donor(s) of the Day: Renee, from Newport, met Max & Bailey at the local PETCO store. We talked with her briefly about Max & Bailey's ride, then went inside to shop. She caught up with us as we exited the store and made a donation. Thanks Renee!

Photo-of-the-Day : Americans celebrating their independence.


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3rd - Day #64

MAX & BAILEY ENJOY A VISIT AT RESTFUL PAWS BED & BREAKFAST

We had a gorgeous day for riding from Newport, RI to Holland, MA where we had been invited to stay at the newly opened Restful Paws Bed & Breakfast. The B & B, run by Raymond and Barbara Korny, is a place where pets aren't only tolerated, they're treated like celebrities. And Max & Bailey always enjoy the celebrity treatment. Maria, the Korny's teenage daughter, made sure that the dogs were spoiled rotten and had plenty of love during their stay.

The rooms are beautiful and the common areas spacious and dog friendly. There is even a bone-shaped pool under construction to give the pooches a place to relax and unwind with their owners. This place is sure to have a bright future and we're thankful to the Korny's for hosting Max & Bailey for the night. And if you need a cool indoor place to run and play, try out the downstairs area called the Hounds' Lounge. Dog lovers -- put this place on your list of vacation getaways. Learn more at www.restfulpaws.com.

I was a little late in getting today's update posted, so it is now July 4th -- Independence Day 2004. We wish you and your families the safest of holidays. Our plans are to join some Hogs For Dogs friends for a backyard barbecue and then watch the fireworks from atop an apartment in Beacon Hill. The view from there should be spectacular.

If you're in the Boston area and don't have anything planned for Monday, join us in Needham, MA. Max & Bailey will ride in the Country Days Parade and hang out in Needham until around noon. Then, we have a long haul to Adams, MA that afternoon. That's Monday, July 5th. the parade starts at 9:00 am.

If you want some patriotic looking apparel, look no farther than the Hogs For Dogs online store. Our Max & Bailey t-shirts abound with patriotic colors. And your purchase will help provide independence to millions of Americans with disabilities. All proceeds go to support our Guide and Assistance Dog charity partners. Get yours today!

Donor(s) of the Day: Kathy, from Houston TX, made a $100 online donation. Kathy - we'll hope to meet you in person when Max & Bailey come to Houston. Check our online schedule for the dates.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Welcome to Massachusetts, the 19th state on Max & Bailey's tour. (2) Max on the way to Restful Paws. (3) Max & Bailey in front of the B & B (4) Bailey takes the B & B's name to heart with his own restful paws.


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5th - Day #66
RAIN AND REPAIR BILLS DAMPEN PARADE EXPERIENCE

July 5th started with a sky that threatened showers in the near future, not the best weather for a Independence Day parade. Max & Bailey made a stop at Sue and Ed Gagnon's home in Needham for a pre-parade community breakfast. The pancakes and bacon were much appreciated. And yes, even Max & Bailey had a nibble of the bacon. (Don't tell our vet!).

After breakfast, we made our way to the parade assembly area, led by our escort Joe and his German Sheppard Cody in their Harley-Davidson sidecar rig. Then just as the parade was about to begin, the skies opened up with light showers followed by heavier rains. Too late to bail out of the parade, so we put a cover over the dogs and rolled on. Joe and Cody let the way with Janet on one side of the road and me riding in reverse so both sides of the parade could see the dogs in sidecars. It was a big hit with everyone except the police -- they weren't so crazy about me riding backwards for the three-mile route, but they let us finish the parade.

We are beginning to believe that our events are all cursed to have bad weather. Today was another example. Happily, we followed Joe and Cody back to their house after the parade where we changed into dry clothes before heading across the state towards North Adams, MA. Joe, Kathy and their daughter, Shannon, get high marks for hospitality. We were wet and the dogs' feet a little muddy, but they never minded. We'd also like to thank Lauren for tracking us down and inviting us to the Needham parade. Despite the rain, we had a great time and enjoyed seeing everyone along the parade route.

It was a 140-mile ride from the parade in Needham to our next stop in North Adams, MA. We had traveled all but the last thirty miles when Janet noticed a pronounced wobble on her bike. Riding behind her, I looked at her tires and immediately screamed into the radio, "pull over -- NOW!" Her back tire was wobbling so badly that the entire back end of the bike was shifting several inches each way. It looked like her tire was going to fall off at any minute.

So, long story short, we called for towing and were close enough to our destination to have someone come pick up Janet and Bailey for the remaining thirty miles. The diagnosis : several spokes had broken on her rear wheel. Prognosis : a several day delay waiting for a new wheel, tire and lower belt guard. Of course all this happened in the middle of the afternoon thunderstorms. Just call me the 'Rain Man'.

Donor(s) of the Day: Allison, from Middletown, Delaware, brightened our day with a $100 online donation. Thanks for making a donation to help others.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Bailey makes a friend before the parade (2) Joe and Cody lead the way in the parade (3) Blaine and Max in the parade. (4) Janet & Bailey's bike had the tow truck blues.


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8th - Day #69
BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Janet and Bailey are back on the road again after getting their rear wheel replaced at Aldo's Harley-Davidson in Bernardston, MA. Aldo's pushed hard to get the work done yesterday, so we could stay on schedule. Janet's cousins, Mike and Jean, were kind enough to have us for the few days and allow us to use their van to run all our errands while the bike was in the shop.

Today, we're back on schedule. We missed a day or so our 'News From The Road' updates while we were dealing with the motorcycle mishap, but those days are behind us. So, today's update isn't about yesterday (lots of boring stuff & long drives to pick up Janet's bike). It is about today's plans

As soon as I post this on the Hogs For Dogs homepage, we'll be making our way through the Berkshires from North Adams, MA across the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) to Route 9 which will take us through Vermont and up towards Dover, New Hampshire -- in the rain again.

By the end of today's ride, we will be in the 21st state of Max & Bailey's 48 state ride. And, counting a recent order for 1000 t-shirts from our Contra Costa County fundraising partners, Hogs For Dogs will top $80,000 in fundraising. Congratulations to everyone who made that a possible and a special thanks to all our volunteers across the country. If you're here for the first time, take a minute to learn more about Max & Bailey's ride. We hope you'll join our team as a volunteer, donor or supporter.

Speaking of joining our team -- Anyone out there planning to ride around the country in their RV this summer? Would you like to do something charitable as part of your journey? If so, maybe you'd like to act as a chase vehicle for the Hogs For Dogs ride. You would be helping to carry logo gear, promotional materials and assist at educational and fundraising events. We're an all volunteer organization, so there's no money involved, only the knowledge that you're acting to help millions of Americans living with disabilities. Think about it. If you're interested, drop us an email.

Donor(s) of the Day: Janet's relatives top the charts as today's donors of the day with donations and t-shirt purchases. Thanks Ed, Lil, Julie, Mike, Jean, Michael and Patty. It was great seeing you all and we appreciate your support for Max & Bailey's Ride.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Photos from the road (by others) (2,3) What the dogs look like in the rain (4) A photo from a sunny day's ride - just to prove that we've had a couple.


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9th - Day #70
TO MAINE IN THE RAIN

I complained yesterday (Thursday) that we would probably be rained upon the whole way through Vermont and New Hampshire. Well, while it threatened all day, we only got wet during the last 30 minutes. Now, it looks like rain yet again, so I thought I'd try the same technique: complain before we get on the road and perhaps we'll stay mostly dry. I'll let you know tomorrow if it worked.

Yesterday was actually a great ride, though long, through the Berkshires, over the Mohawk Trail, into Vermont and then along some interesting roads into Dover, New Hampshire. It felt right to be back on the road as everywhere we stopped, people rushed over to learn about Max & Bailey, their ride across America and several made donations.

Everyday has its highlight and ours came at the end of the day yesterday. When we arrived at the hotel in Dover, our noses detected some delicious seafood being cooked just next door at the Fish Shanty Restaurant on Central Avenue. Little did we know that while we were checking in, the restaurant staff was pinned against their windows admiring Max & Bailey.

We settled into our room, answered about 100 emails and then remembered that seafood smell. Soon after we entered the Fish Shanty, we were recognized as the people with those cute, motorcycle dogs. Annie and the entire restaurant staff treated us remarkably well, even buying us drinks. We returned the favor by leaving behind several photos and brochures. By the end of the evening our stomachs, and our hearts, were full. These are good people serving even better food. Stop by and see them if you ever visit Dover.

Today, we're on the way to Maine via Route 4 and then onto 202 for the majority of the trip. Our stop this evening is a quiet place on Sebec lake owned by our Raleigh, NC friends - Don & Ann. They offered us the use of their camp to catch our breath for a few days. And, we are going to take them up on it, using the time to write, catch up on our friendships and event planning for the remainder of the trip. Send nice notes to our webmaster, Jay, because I have a feeling he'll be busy during this time with all my writing to catch up on.

Still looking for anyone out there planning to ride around the country in their RV this summer? Would you like to do something charitable as part of your journey? If so, maybe you'd like to act as a chase vehicle for the Hogs For Dogs ride. You would be helping to carry logo gear, promotional materials and assist at educational and fundraising events. We're an all volunteer organization, so there's no money involved, only the knowledge that you're acting to help millions of Americans living with disabilities. Think about it. If you're interested, drop us an email.

Also -- it seems that when I mention our online store, you buy shirts. If I don't mention it here, you don't. So, please be sure to get the limited edition Max & Bailey ride shirts. They are selling fast. We also have hats, sweatshirts, denim and polo shirts. All proceeds go to charity. (It worked yesterday, I'll try it again today)

Donor(s) of the Day: Amy I. from Brookline, MA is today's top donor. She spent a few minutes on our website purchasing t-shirts and then made a $100 donation. Thanks Amy! It is donations like yours that have helped propel us past the $80K mark in our fundraising.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Janet and Bailey with a 10 mile view (obsured by rain/fog) (2) Twists and turns over the Mohawk Trail (3) Blaine and the dogs playing Big Indian Chief (4) Welcome to Vermont (our 22nd state).


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10th - Day #71
MAX & BAILEY RELAX AT SEBEC LAKE RETREAT

If you checked in yesterday, you'll remember that I was hoping to avoid the rain as we did the previous day by complaining about it before we got on the road. Well, what worked the day before didn't have the same effect yesterday. In short, we got SOAKED all the way from New Hampshire to Maine. But when I say 'we', that doesn't include Max & Bailey. Being the celebrities they think they are, they spent their day inside the comfort of their rain covers. Janet and I, however, were not so lucky, making for a very long ride.

So, today finds us updating the website from the porch of a cabin that overlooks beautiful Sebec Lake in central Maine where we'll spend the next couple of days resting and preparing for the next wave of exciting events. Bailey is off in one corner contemplating his thoughts for his View From A Sidecar update. Max is lying near the woodstove and has one leg twitching in his sleep - he's probably chasing food in his dreams. Janet is furiously trying to remember where she put yesterday's receipts. And I am watching the clouds reflect upon the lake as I put a few more words into this laptop of mine.

All of us are dry (for a change) and doing fine.

Listen for us on Steve Dale's Pet Central again tonight, and every Saturday night. Check for your local stations by looking up his show online. It airs every Saturday night at 7:30 pm CDT on WGN radio out of Chicago.

We're still looking for anyone out there planning to ride around the country in their RV this summer? Would you like to do something charitable as part of your journey? If so, maybe you'd like to act as a chase vehicle for the Hogs For Dogs ride. You would be helping to carry logo gear, promotional materials and assist at educational and fundraising events. We're an all volunteer organization, so there's no money involved, only the knowledge that you're acting to help millions of Americans living with disabilities. Think about it. If you're interested, drop us an email.

Don't have your limited-edition Max & Bailey shirt yet? Check them, and all our other logo gear items, out in our online store. We're still having a sale on our original logo tees for $11.95 each, but supplies are limited. Doggie bandanas and some attractive ride/vest pins are on the drawing board. Look for them soon!

Donor(s) of the Day: Kathryn K. from Pembroke Pines, FL stopped by the Hogs For Dogs website and made a $50 donation to support Max & Bailey's ride. Every dollar helps make a difference, so why not join with our other donors and make your donation today.

Photo-of-the-Day : Only two photos today -- one entering Maine and the other in the RAIN. Our chances for more photos were washed away in all the storms yesterday - sorry.


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11th - Day #72
MAX & BAILEY HIT THE WATER AT SEBEC LAKE

Dogs, lakes and summertime sunshine just seem to go together. Max & Bailey enjoyed a romp in the cool waters of Sebec Lake today, chasing their tennis balls and fetching sticks. It did everyone good to get off the bikes, out of the house and really enjoy a beautiful day. Of course, the swims were followed by a thorough scrub of the dogs to remove all the mud they managed to grind into their skin.

We'll saddle up again tomorrow and begin our trek towards the west again. Tomorrow will be a short 100-mile ride to Rumford, Maine followed by a longer ride to Burlington, VT on Tuesday. No events are planned in either location, but keep your eyes open for us if you're in either of those areas. Our next real event will be next weekend in Erie, PA.

It's time once again to ask everyone to write, email or call all your favorite newspapers, radio and TV shows to let them know about Max & Bailey's Ride Across America. Our route and schedule is now updated for the remainder of the ride (See 'The Schedule' under our 'About The Ride' section), so you can tell them when we'll be in your area. With your help, we can reach more Americans and educate them about how Assistance Dogs can provide a more independent lifestyle to those living with physical disabilities and how they can help reduce or eliminate the long waiting lists. The last time we did this, it resulted in nearly 10 new media opportunities -- Good work!

We're still looking for anyone out there planning to ride around the country in their RV this summer? Would you like to do something charitable as part of your journey? If so, maybe you'd like to act as a chase vehicle for the Hogs For Dogs ride. You would be helping to carry logo gear, promotional materials and assist at educational and fundraising events. We're an all volunteer organization, so there's no money involved, only the knowledge that you're acting to help millions of Americans living with disabilities. Think about it. If you're interested, drop us an email.

Don't have your limited-edition Max & Bailey shirt yet? Check them, and all our other logo gear items, out in our online store. We're still having a sale on our original logo tees for $11.95 each, but supplies are limited. Doggie bandanas and some attractive ride/vest pins are on the drawing board. Look for them soon!

Donor(s) of the Day: There were no donations today. But, Jean H. from Southhampton, PA did stop by the online company store to purchase some logo gear. And that certainly counts. Every dollar helps move us one step closer to providing another service dog to a deserving individual.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Max enjoys the lake. (2) Bailey swims for his stick (3) Bath time for Bailey (4) Bailey dries off on the sunny deck


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12th - Day #73
FROM MAINE TO MEXICO -- SORT OF

After a few days rest, Max & Bailey got back on the road today. So, You can imagine our surprise when we had only traveled 100 miles, but found ourselves in Mexico. Mexico, Maine that is. And while it is a charming town, I was disappointed to find no Mexican food, good tequila or large margaritas in Mexico. I mean, if you're going to call yourself Mexico, shouldn't you at least have some Mexican things?

What they did have was a Wal-Mart Super Center. While Janet went in for a few items, I spent a few minutes chatting with several RV owners. Max & Bailey were a big hit with them, but I couldn't convince any of them to change course and follow us across the country.

So, we're still looking for anyone out there planning to ride around the country in their RV this summer? Would you like to do something charitable as part of your journey? If so, maybe you'd like to act as a chase vehicle for the Hogs For Dogs ride. You would be helping to carry logo gear, promotional materials and assist at educational and fundraising events. We're an all volunteer organization, so there's no money involved, only the knowledge that you're acting to help millions of Americans living with disabilities. Think about it. If you're interested, drop us an email.

Don't have your limited-edition Max & Bailey shirt yet? Check them, and all our other logo gear items, out in our online store. We're still having a sale on our original logo tees for $11.95 each, but supplies are limited. Doggie bandanas and some attractive ride/vest pins are on the drawing board. Look for them soon!

Donor(s) of the Day: Kara D. from Cornawall, NY tops today's donations with her $50 online gift. Thanks Kara.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) A beautiful ride through Maine's rolling hills. (2) Surrounded by potential RV chase vehicles at the Wal-Mart (3) Welcome to Mexico - who knew? (4) Janet and the dogs enjoy the riverside scenery outside our hotel room in Rumford, ME.


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13th - Day #74
MAX & BAILEY DISCOVER WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST

Today's ride through the White Mountain National Forest from Rumford, ME to Burlington, VT has the potential to be one of the top 10 rides of our entire 220 day ride. Not since the West Virginia mountains have we seen such astounding examples of mountain vistas. And though the sky threatened to drench us in more rain, it held off throughout the day. The highlight of the day, for those who may travel this way, was Hwy 112, a 35 mile stretch of road called the Kancamangus Highway, or the 'Kanc' for short. Mark it on your map for the next time you pass through Maine & New Hampshire.

Unfortunately, the day - and our euphoric mood - were quickly erased when we arrived at our hotel for the night. After checking in to our reserved room (and unpacking), we were told that we would have to move from our preferred non-smoking room to a smoking room because of the dogs. So, we packed up all our stuff and moved to our new 'pet tolerant' room. The air conditioner doesn't work, there were used towels hanging in the bathroom and a huge stain decorating the drab carpet. Oh, and the desk chair seat wasn't (still isn't) attached to the chair. I discovered that last bit of information when I fell through the chair. Oh - and we even got to pay extra for all these privileges. So, where are we staying? Not some dive hotel on the wrong side of town. We're at the Days Inn Hotel in Burlington, VT.

If you're plans bring you (and your dog) to Burlington, we'd suggest you not submit yourself to the less-than-friendly atmosphere here. And yes, we'll be chatting with the manager in the morning. They wouldn't speak to us today.

I normally wouldn't rant about a service on this website, but this experience is one that nobody else should have to live through. Not even for charity.

Did I mention how amazing our ride was today?

Donor(s) of the Day: Gloria G. from Rumford, ME gets top billing tonight. She is the manager of a McDonalds Restaurant in Rumford. She made a generous $20 donation and gave us several coupons for McDonald salads to be used on our trip. If you know Gloria, tell her thanks from us. She doesn't have, nor want, a computer at home.

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Janet and Bailey in the White Mountains (2) Brake for Moose sign (3) Blaine and the dogs at the base of the White Mountains. (4) Bailey close up.


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14th - Day #75
ACROSS THE ADIRONDACKS TO UTICA, NY

Max & Bailey left Vermont after one of our obligatory breakfast stops at Burdick's Country Kitchen. If you're going to do a 'road trip', breakfast at the local diners is a must. This one was no different. We caught up on the local gossip and entertained everyone with stories of Max & Bailey's Ride.

After breakfast, we crossed Lake Champlain and returned to New York via the Adirondack Mountains. We chose a less scenic, but faster, route across the lower Adirondacks because we were threatened with rain, yet again. And like my new nickname - The Rain Man - would suggest, we got drenched for the last 50 miles of the ride. The dogs smirked at us from inside their rain covers where they were warm and dry.

The day's end was much more pleasant than yesterday, however. We were just looking at the weather and discussing how fun going to dinner in the rain was going to be when we received an email from one of Jay's (Muthuh) friends sent us an email. They lived close by and offered to pick us up in the car for dinner. Of course we accepted!

Rick, Kendra and their granddaughter, Danielle, stopped by the hotel to meet Max & Bailey before heading to dinner. When the bill arrived, Rick (who is much bigger than me) refused to let us pay. They also purchased a couple Max & Bailey shirts and made a donation. So, they are our donors of the day for all they did. Sometimes a hot meal on a wet day is like heaven. Add good company and it only gets better. Thanks guys!

Donor(s) of the Day: See above.

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Max in the Adirondack Mountains (2) Blaine and the dogs at a scenic overlook. (3) Bailey and his toy guard the hotel room door in the rain (4) Our charitable hosts in Utica - Rick, Kendra, Danielle and the dogs.


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16th - Day #77
MAX & BAILEY GO TO NIAGARA FALLS

There was no update from the road on Thursday, July 15th. I didn't think you'd enjoy my one-word (and no photo) update : RAIN!

So, let's move onto Friday. Max & Bailey took advantage of the clearing skies for a visit to Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, the only good way there was via the highway and, as our luck would have it, there was a two-car accident with an overturned vehicle on the bridge just as we approached the Falls' exit. So, we and 3000 of our closest friends in their cars waited for nearly an hour for the accident to clear. Max & Bailey took advantage of the situation by making lots of friends as we handed out brochures and photos during the traffic jam. I think that will go down as our most unusual place for fundraising.

We finally did make it to Niagara Falls and it was, as always, an amazing site. If you haven't seen these falls, make plans. It is worth the trip, even if there is a truck rolled over on the bridge to slow you down. Our photos of the day are from that visit.

Tomorrow is Saturday and our visit to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Erie. As we said previously, we are going to visit a special lady who is a patient there - and I promised some more info about her background. Here is what a friend had to say about Virginia Paine in an email to us:

Not only is she a WWII Vet, she has served as a VFW Commander (the 1st woman) and Chaplin. she is just an amazing women. And, her dog involvement is tremendous. She bred, raised, showed and judged golden retrievers; wrote the book on English Toy Spaniels and had goldens and bloodhounds trained for tracking and assisting the local police. The list goes on and on. So, you can see why she would be so excited about the adventure the 4 of you are on!!!! Virginia is 82 years old now, forgotten more than most will ever know but unfortunately cancer is taking a toll on her. I really hope you can make this visit happen. (Peg Z - Raleigh, NC)

Enough said -- Max & Bailey are meeting a motorcycle escort at the NY/PA line in the morning and will ride with them to visit with Ms. Virginia Paine at the VA hospital.

A wise friend once told me that 'time is the currency of life, and how you spend your time will ultimately determine the richness of your future.' Well, tomorrow we intend to spend our time with a new friend. How will you spend your time? Invest wisely.

Donor(s) of the Day: Since we missed a day, I'd like to highlight two donors. Sandy & Dave S. from Bristol, RI made an online donation of $50 and Dianne H. of De Soto, KS made her online donation of $100. Thanks to them and all our donors, Max & Bailey's ride is quickly becoming a very successful venture to help people with disabilities gain greater dignity and independence. Thanks to all of you who have contributed.

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) 3000-car parking lot on the way to Niagara Falls (2) Janet and Bailey pose for a photo near the Niagara Falls Park sign (3) Blaine and Max enjoy a view of the Falls. (4) The Falls were amazing.


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17th - Day #78
MAX & BAILEY VISIT WITH AMERICAN HEROES

The halls of any Veterans Administration Medical Facilities are filled with military heroes who gave of themselves to ensure that Americans everywhere have the right and the privilege to live in a free society. Today, we visited with the heroes currently receiving medical care at the Erie VA hospital.

Our first stop was to meet Virginia Paine. Bailey climbed right into bed with Virginia and cuddled with her. Virginia's health was at its lowest point according to her nurses. They weren't sure how much longer she could win the fight against the cancer that is consuming her. But, one thing is certain: Max & Bailey brightened her life today.

For those who didn't read yesterday's update, I have retained the description of Virginia given in an email by Peg Z., a friend of Virginia's. Here's what she had to say:

"Not only is she a WWII Vet, she has served as a VFW Commander (the 1st woman) and Chaplin. She is just an amazing women. And, her dog involvement is tremendous. She bred, raised, showed and judged golden retrievers; wrote the book on English Toy Spaniels and had goldens and bloodhounds trained for tracking and assisting the local police. The list goes on and on. So, you can see why she would be so excited about the adventure the 4 of you are on! Virginia is 82 years old now, forgotten more than most will ever know but unfortunately cancer is taking a toll on her. I really hope you can make this visit happen. (Peg Z. - Raleigh, NC)"

After our emotional visit with Virginia, Max & Bailey went door-to-door visiting with other patients in the hospital. They left smiles, and a little drool, everywhere they went. It was one of those days that will touch our heart for years to come.

Our afternoon was spent at Precision Bikeworks, where owner Rich Hornaman invited the Hogs For Dogs team in to share our message with the public, accept donations and offer Max & Bailey t-shirt to those who wanted to purchase them. A reporter from NBC 12 stopped by to learn more about Max & Bailey's ride and the story is supposed to air later today.

We need to thank Kathy Everden for setting up all our events today. Max & Bailey's Ride wouldn't be nearly as successful without volunteers like Kathy. Email us if you want to help us with events in your area. Your involvement makes all the difference.

Donor(s) of the Day: Rich Hornaman gets top honors for all his support today. In addition to offering his business for today's event, he also purchased several shirts to sell after our departure. If you want to see some incredible choppers and custom bikes, visit his showroom at Precision Bikeworks in Erie.

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Outside the VA Medical Facility (2) Janet, Bailey and Ms. Virginia Paine (3) Bailey visits with other heroes at the VA Hospital (4) Janet and Rich Hornaman outside of Precision Bikeworks


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18th - Day #79
MAX & BAILEY ARRIVE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

NEWS FLASH
MONDAY, JULY 19TH, BETWEEN 7:00 & 8:00 AM CATCH MAX & BAILEY ON CLEVELAND'S FOX 8 NEWS IN THE MORNING SHOW

The Hogs For Dogs team spent the afternoon dodging rain showers during our fundraising event at Jr.'s On The Bay in Erie. I really am beginning to think that Mother Nature has something against Hogs For Dogs' events with all the rain she has thrown our way. And, we are beginning to take it personally because it only rained until our event was over. Then the sun came out as we drove away from Jr.'s on our way towards Cleveland.

But the rain didn't keep everyone away and Jr. was gracious enough to let Max & Bailey hang out inside while the rain cleansed the bikes. Jr. also bought enough shirts to outfit his entire staff in Hogs For Dogs t-shirts. Everywhere we looked, Max & Bailey were looking back at us from the back of all those shirts. I may be biased, but I thought they all looked great!

We also had several special visitors come out to the event including Christine, her service dog Chelsea and a service dog in training, Blake, was joined by some of the volunteers from New Hope Assistance Dogs in Warren, PA. Once again we were reminded just why we are making this ride -- rain or not.

The total from our two-day stay in Erie was $1420! Thanks to all who came out to support.

Kathy Everden, our Erie volunteer, was a tremendous resource for all the weekend events and acted as a personal tour-guide to and from all our events. We say it often to those who we work with, but maybe you aren't aware of this fact: Max & Bailey's Ride is made up of all volunteers, many of whom are complete strangers until the day we arrive in their city. Folks like Kathy, and the hundreds of others who have offered to help set up events, are the real driving force behind Max & Bailey's success. If you see your city (or somewhere close) on our upcoming calendar, why not help us set up events in your area?

One area where we still need LOTS of help - or it will surely be a lost opportunity - is the Chicago area. We will be there for an entire week, but to date only have two firm events and both of those are on the same day, July 31st. We need your help if you're motivated, capable and willing to really get something going in the Chicago area. Sign up as a volunteer today, for Chicago or anywhere on our upcoming calendar. With your help - like Kathy's - we can really put a dent in the long waiting lists for service dogs.

Donor(s) of the Day: Dale Wodarski's $100 donation at today's fundraising event makes him our individual donor of the day. Jr., however, gets top honors as our business donor of the day. He offered us the use of his restaurant, bought us lunch, bought a dozen or more shirts and invited us back for another event next year (have we agreed to ride next year?). And though these two get special recognition, everyone who makes a donation, whether it is a single dollar or their entire paycheck, to help with this ride deserve equal thanks. It's the power of giving, not the size of the gift, that make this country great.

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Today's fundraising location (2) Our make-shift booth outside Jr.'s On The Bay (3) Christine, Chris and Chelsea (4) Kathy Everden, Jr., and the Hogs For Dogs team.


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19th - Day #80
MAX & BAILEY ARE FOLLOWED BY THE FOX 8 NEWS HELICOPTER

Our morning began with a 6:50 a.m.interview with WAKR Radio's Ray Horner. We've done a lot of these radio spots and I have to say that Ray's was one of the best; he asked good questions and led us to important facts for his listeners.

The dogs were already in the bikes while I was on the air with Ray, waiting for us to dash off to Cleveland's Fox 8 Studios. So, as soon as I hung up with Ray, we climbed on the bikes and headed for the studio -- only this time our bikes sounded a little louder than usual. The reason for all the noise was quickly spotted; the Fox 8 News helicopter was circling over the Motel 6 waiting for our departure. Somehow I was left feeling like a certain football player, driving a white Ford Bronco and wearing gloves that didn't fit as we made our way down the highway. In case the question comes up -- I'm innocent and the gloves don't fit, too.

The Fox 8 News In The Morning staff came out back to greet us and gave us a several minute long segment on their show to highlight Max & Bailey's Ride Across America. Again, they asked great questions and really focused on all the good we hope to do (with your help!). So, as far as media goes, today was a homerun!

The day was filled with a potpourri of informal events today, everything from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to a failed attempt at eating lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, a PetSmart visit and a few hours at the South East H-D dealer. The day ended with a delicious meal that we shared with Sgt. Tim McLeod from the Akron Police Department. Sgt. McLeod was instrumental in getting us in touch with all the media in the Cleveland/Akron area and also treated us to dinner this evening. Yet another example of all the generous volunteers we meet on Max & Bailey's Ride. Thanks Tim!

Now, for some sad news. If you've been following our travels, you know that Ms. Virginia Paine, a WWII vet, requested that we visit her in the Erie VA Hospital where she was battling cancer. Max & Bailey arrived on Saturday to grant her wish. Bailey even climbed into bed with Virginia and gave her lots of love. I'm sorry to report that Virginia passed away Sunday evening at 10:30 p.m. So, while we hit homeruns with the media today, our dugout was full of many tears.

Here is where I would normally hype our limited edition Max & Bailey shirts or ask you to consider making a donation. Today, I'll just ask you to hug someone close to you. I think the world could use a few more of those. They're free, so give as many as you want.

Donor(s) of the Day: Donations were also brisk today. Keith & Peg. Z. from Raleigh made a $100 donation in Virginia Paine's honor. John B from Aurora, CO made a $30 donation after seeing us on the road and speaking with us via our CB radios while riding down the road. Steve from High Tech Fusion came all the way to South East Harley-Davidson to make a $50 donation after seeing us on Fox 8 this morning. Gail H. from Concord, CA made an online donation and my parents, Harry and Irene Parks also made a $50 donation. So, everyone is a Donor of the Day today. Thanks!

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Bailey and our Fox 8 cameraman, 'Zoom' (2) Max at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (3) New friends, Michelle & Kathy, from our PetSmart visit (4) Goodbye to a good friend.


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21st - Day #82
MAX & BAILEY CROSS INTO MICHIGAN -- STATE #24!

Well folks, it may not be the halfway point in terms of miles or days, but it is the halfway point for the number of states Max & Bailey will visit. And to celebrate our arrival in Michigan, it stormed for several hours last evening - which is why waited to do our daily update, too much lightening. BUT, the weather has cleared today and it looks like our Michigan events will be rain-free.

We're still looking for motivated people in the Chicago area to organize events or invite Max & Bailey to their businesses to meet the public. Sign up as a volunteer or email us if you have ideas. Also -- why not take 15 minutes and write an email to all your favorite newspapers, TV & Radio shows to tell them about our ride. Helping get the word out is one of the best (and easiest) things you can do.

Max & Bailey t-shirts are still selling like crazy -- so let's now slow down now. If you haven't seen these shirts, take a moment to visit our online store. There's a reason these shirts are so popular, take a look and find out why. We have lots of other items in our store for you to choose from, including our Hogs For Dogs logo tees that are still on sale for just $11.95. Get your gear today!

Donor(s) of the Day: Sorry to say, we have nothing to report in this area today. Donate now and get your name here tomorrow!

Photos-of-the-Day : Four favorites from our ride. (1) Bailey gets lots of love at a parade (2) Janet shows off her special edition Max & Bailey kick-off ride shirt (3) Max chilling (4) One of Bailey's many girlfriends - Pumpkin with her cool Doggles.


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23rd - Day #84
MAX & BAILEY RECEIVE MICHIGAN WELCOME AT THE STATE CAPITOL IN LANSING

Representative Rick Shaffer welcomed Max & Bailey to the Michigan with a speech on the east steps of the Michigan Capitol building. Attended by a large group of Paws With A Cause puppy raisers and numerous others, Representative Shaffer expressed his support for the Assistance Dog industry and for PAWS specifically. I (Blaine) had the chance to say a few words about our journey and the importance of puppy raisers in the industry's formula for success. It was a very nice event with several TV and newspaper reporters there to cover the event. After presenting Rep. Shaffer with a plaque and one of our Max & Bailey t-shirts, we all had the chance for a very special tour of the Capitol building.

Our next stop was lunch at the Barn Tavern in Grand Ledge. Max & Bailey and all the PAWS foster puppies were invited inside as we enjoyed a great lunch. The staff bought several t-shirts and Tavern owners, Kevin and Mel, made a generous donation. I had the opportunity to share a few stories from the road, which earned me us free lunch.

The end of the day was spent at the Wayland Summerfest where we met shared our story with lots of people and left everyone with smiles.

I need to back up one day to Thursday very quickly. Lori K., a PAWS puppy raiser, hosted us at her home on Thursday night and many of the puppy raisers from the Lansing area stopped by for a cookout. It was our fist chance to meet Harley - one of the Hogs For Dogs 'Dirty Dozen'. We'll tell you more about the Dirty Dozen soon. It's a story you will love to hear.

Donor(s) of the Day: Gary J. of Huntington, IN is our donor of the day. Gary made a a generous online donation of $50. Thanks Gary! Photos-of-the-Day : You'll find photos for July 22nd in our 'Archive Photos' section. (1) Group shot at Lori's house in Lansing. (2) Represenataive Shaffer welcomes Max & Bailey to the Capitol (group shot) (3) The Barn Tavern (Kevin and Mel wouldn't get in the photo) (4) Aerial shot at Summerfest -- look at all those people around Max & Bailey!


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24th - Day #85
MAX & BAILEY VISIT PAWS WITH A CAUSE HQ AND ARE WELCOMED TO THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN BY MAYOR TOM LOWRY

What a full day we had. Max & Bailey began their day with a 10-bike escort from their hotel to the Paws With A Cause Headquarters in Wayland, Michigan. Our escort, the Gold Wing Riders Association pulled out all the stops with flashing lights, fancy horns and warm welcomes. And when we arrived at PAWS HQ, everyone had come to the street to greet Max & Baily on their arrival. Days like this help rejuvinate our emotions and energy levels becuase we have the chance to speak with many of the clients who rely on their Assistance Dog everyday. Their stories are heartwarming and always filled with joy and genuine appreciation for the work that PAWS, and similar organizations, have done on their behalf.

After all the hoopla, events and food, PAWS presented Janet and me with some wonderful gifts to commerate our visit: a picture of the Hogs For Dogs sponsored Dirty Dozen puppies (more on that subject later), and two beautiful laser inscribed wood plaques with our logo, the PAWS logo and Max & Bailey on it. I was asked to say a few words to the large crowd, which I did, and then we presented Mike Sapp, PAWS COO, with a $5,000 check as a downpayment on our total ride proceeds.

After the presentations and all the media interviews were finished, we lined up with the Gold Wing Riders for our escorted ride to Three Rivers, Michigan. Led by Pat and Bob Doezema, along with 15-20 other bikes, we headed south. Once we were inside the city limits, our escort grew even larger with more bikes and several police cars joining the procession until we were 'delivered' to Sidmore Park.

Once again, it was an emotional arrival for the Hogs For Dogs' crew. People surrounded the bikes, loved the dogs, shook our hands and made generous donations. Bruce Snook from the Chamber of Commerce was the Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon with presentations by the mayor, Tom & Lynda Molter (our hosts), Bob and Susan (two PAWS clients), and a few words by yours truly. When all was said and done, there weren't many dry eyes in the group. It was a wonderful day that ended with a quiet dinner among friends at the Molter's home.

Donor(s) of the Day: Baymont Inns & Suites in Byron Center gets the business donor of the day award for providing free lodging while Max & Bailey were in Wayland. There were several donors today - totaling more than $800, but we would like to recognize the Moore's from Three Rivers area for their generous donations. Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Gold Wing Riders and Hogs For Dogs (2) Max and Bailey at the PAWS headquarters (3) $5,000 check presentation to Mike Sapp, PAWS Coo (4) Hogs for Dogs crew with PAWS' clients Bob & Weaver and Susan & Sable.


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25th - Day #86
THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN GOES ALL OUT FOR MAX & BAILEY

I love a good blueberry pancake; And, I also love a good fundraiser. When you combine them both into an event that benefits the Hogs For Dogs charity, it's sure to be a hit. And it was!

The citizens of Three Rivers came out to the Fire Hall for Max & Bailey's Pancake breakfast where there was food, games, prizes and more. I tried my hand at chipping golf balls across the water to get it closest to the pin, but that was a disaster. I only succeeded in scaring the geese off of their perch (almost gave one of them a real headache!). Janet, however, won the 50/50 drawing and donated the proceeds right back to the charity. Another supporter, Dan Davis, won the closest to the pin contest's $100 first prize, which he also donated. The volunteer coordinators in Three Rivers are still selling shirts and counting the money from the event, but it looked to be a very successful venture.

But like all good things, our time in Three Rivers was coming to an end. So at 1:00 pm, Max & Bailey climbed back into their sidecars and were escorted out of town towards the Indiana border. About 20 bikes joined us as the Three Rivers Police department led us through the town with flashing lights. It was one of those moments of mixed emotion. On one hand, it was exciting to have another police escort through a friendly town. On the other, it was a symbol that our time in Three Rivers was ending, and that was very sad for us.

There are so many people that helped with all our Michigan events that I would run out of paper if I listed them all, but each of them deserves our gratitude for the mountains they moved to make the events a reality. There are a few very special volunteers that we deserve Max & Bailey medals of honor for thier leadership. Tom and Lynda Molter (our hosts in Three Rivers) were the state-wide event organizers and without their help, none of this would have been possible. Marcia from City Hall and Deb from the police department also deserve to be recognized. Then there is Mayor Tom Lowry, Bruce Snook, Deb Davis (PAWS) and so many others. See, I'm already running out of space! We thank you -- all of you -- for making us feel welcome and providing the opportunity to share a little of our ride with you.

We're now on our way to Chicago after our emotional good-byes in Niles, Michigan yesterday. Check our events calendar for events in that area and please join us if you're in the area. We're still have some free time for events and are looking for motivated people in the Chicago area to organize events or invite Max & Bailey to their businesses to meet the public. Sign up as a volunteer or email us if you have ideas. Also -- why not take 15 minutes and write an email to all your favorite newspapers, TV & Radio shows to tell them about our ride. Helping get the word out is one of the best (and easiest) things you can do.

Donor(s) of the Day: Rather than single anyone out -- let's just give this honor to everyone in Three Rivers who came out to meet Max & Bailey. You guys ROCK!

Photos-of-the-Day : (1) Max & Bailey at the Fire Hall with friends (2) Deb helps out with the blueberry pancakes (3) Bob, Barb and PAWS' Assistance Dog Weaver pose with Tom and Lynda Molter (4) Our escorts out of town.


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28th - Day #89
MAX & BAILEY ARE JUST OUTSIDE CHICAGO IN ELGIN, ILLINOIS TODAY WHERE BLAINE IS AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF HIS NEW LAPTOP COMPUTER

We're often asked how we remain so upbeat while dealing with fatigue and the long hours associated with Max & Bailey's Ride Across America. After all, this is a long ride; 218 days to be exact. We left on May 1st from Raleigh, North Carolina and we'll return to Raleigh on Saturday, December 4th. Our schedule has us riding rain or shine, hot or cold. And there are days, like the last two, that we find ourselves struggling to remember why we're out here. Today, I even muttered a few choice words about just quitting and going home because one thing after another kept going wrong - very wrong.

Topping the list was my laptop's fatal crash. The hard drive now sputters and whirls, but often gives nothing but errors in return. I spent all day yesterday recovering as much data as possible instead of our planned visit to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Fortunately, I was able to recover almost all my data except for my Outlook Express Inbox, which was open when the drive crashed. In that inbox were many emails with important information about upcoming events and the addresses where I was to send logo gear for this week's events. All lost. It looked like a Chinese fire drill here today as we made phone calls trying to resurrect enough information to save the events.

Janet and I were at each other's throats so badly over issues that we had to sit at opposite ends of the house to save our personal relationship. More than once we came to verbal blows over things that we would normally resolve peacefully. It seemed everywhere we turned, we were faced with a brick wall. I was about to throw up my arms and admit defeat.

Then I remembered the story of Edwin who used to struggle for hours, dragging himself across the floor if he fell out of his wheelchair. And the story of Lindsey, who couldn't be alone for the first 22 years of her life because of her unpredictable seizures. Phyliss spent three bed-ridden years fighting the incapacities associated with her Muscular Scelerosis. And there was the tough-looking biker at the Outer Banks Rally that gave me a $10 donation with tears in his eyes, hoping this year would be the year - after many years of waiting - that his disabled father would receive an Assistance Dog. These people and millions just like them overcome incredible obstacles every day, many with the newfound help of their Assistance Dogs. Suddenly, my problems seemed insignificant and silly.

It's for them that Janet and I are out here. It's for them that we often work 16 or 18 hour days. It's for them that we ride, rain or shine. It's for them that we find creative ways to solve difficult problems while maintaining our constant movement. And it was their stories that put me back on track today. They have always been the ones that kept us going before, but I lost sight of that today, for just a moment.

So, we may be limping along with a dead laptop computer for a few more days and struggling to keep our events going with the absence of some lost data, but with their stories to inspire us, more than 300 volunteers to keep us on track, and your support to fuel our success, we'll get through this tough time. And,we'll ride for them today, we'll ride for them tomorrow and we'll ride for them each of the next 129 days until we return home.

This may not be the uplifting 'News From The Road' that you came here looking for, but every now and again, a little reality from the road is worth sharing. This trip is exciting and personally rewarding, but there are pitfalls now and again. If I didn't mention those pitfalls, I might never be able to explain how important all our volunteers, board members and supporters are on a daily basis. A phone call from a good friend just reminded me that we are not out here alone. He, and many of you, ride with us everyday.

That, my friends, is how we stay upbeat in trying times. We can't afford to fail.

Now, here's what we need. We need everyone to share the story of Max & Bailey's Ride with your neighbors, your local news stations and your favorite talk shows on radio or TV. We need you to examine your abilities to help start an event in your own town and contact us if you have an idea for an education or fundraising event. Like to cook? Throw a fundraising barbecue. Play in a band? How about a benefit concert for 1000 (or more) of your biggest fans. Know someone famous or with major influence who could help Max & Bailey in their pursuit of shorter waiting lists people with disabilites waiting on an Assistance Dog? Call them today.

If none of the above works for you, how about spending a few dollars in our Hogs For Dogs' online store or making a donation. Every dollar counts. Imagine if we could get the entire country to donate just $1. That would be $350 million - problem solved. Get involved today. It does make a difference.

Donor(s) of the Day: The staff and patrons of Denny's Restaurant on Hwy 421 in Michigan City, Indiana. We no sooner sat down to order or breakfast before people were walking up to our table to make a donation. This continued all through breakfast and out into the parking lot. All total, we raised $106 during breakfast. This ride is more like a 'friendraiser' than a fundraiser. Thanks to all who made that day special.

Photos-of-the-Day : No new photos until my laptop is fixed. Sorry.


29th - Day #90
MAX & BAILEY VISIT WITH STUDENTS AT LARKEN CENTER

Max & Bailey began their day with a visit to the Larken Center in Elgin. I'm not sure quite how to describe the center. What I gathered in our short visit is that it is a school/center for troubled teens trying to turn their lives around. We found the staff and students to be very gracious and truly interested in Max & Bailey's adventure. We want to thank Audrey Bockenhauer for inviting us to visit the center and wish the students much success in their life journey.

I'd like to say the rest of the day was filled with exciting adventures, but that wasn't the case. We all sat around waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with my new laptop computer. He never showed; Maybe tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, Max & Bailey will be at Huggable Hounds in Crystal Lake tomorrow from 3:00 - 7:30 p.m. If you live in the Chicago area, why not stop by to visit with us. I know the weatherman is calling for rain, but it wouldn't be a Hogs For Dogs event if we didn't have rain, now would it :-)

Then, on Saturday, we'll be at the House of Harley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from noon until 4 p.m. They have a big party with food and live music planned as part of the Wisconsin H.O.G. state rally. Come on out and enjoy the day with us.

Check our Upcoming Events page for more details.

Now, here's what we (still) need. We need everyone to share the story of Max & Bailey's Ride with your neighbors, your local news stations and your favorite talk shows on radio or TV. We need you to examine your abilities to help start an event in your own town and contact us if you have an idea for an education or fundraising event. Like to cook? Throw a fundraising barbecue. Play in a band? How about a benefit concert for 1000 (or more) of your biggest fans. Know someone famous or with major influence who could help Max & Bailey in their pursuit of shorter waiting lists for people with disabilities waiting on an Assistance Dog? Call them today.

If none of the above works for you, how about spending a few dollars in our Hogs For Dogs' online store or making a donation. Every dollar counts. Imagine if we could get the entire country to donate just $1. That would be $350 million - problem solved. Get involved today. It does make a difference.

P.S. -- To all of you who sent notes of support during the last few days: Thanks; your messages and support mean a lot to us. We knew we weren't out here alone, but now we have your words to help on those rainy or not so fun days. Many of you wrote to us for the very first time. Thanks for your support and God Bless.

Donor(s) of the Day: Kandi H. from Nashua, NH brightened our day with a $100 online donation and Cindi C. of Yachats, OR shares today's honor after purchasing $150.00 from our online store. Way to go Kandi and Cindi.

Photos-of-the-Day : Sorry, no new photos until my laptop is fixed. These are (still) from July 25th -- (1) Max & Bailey at the Fire Hall with friends (2) Deb helps out with the blueberry pancakes (3) Bob, Barb and PAWS' Assistance Dog Weaver pose with Tom and Lynda Molter (4) Our escorts out of town.


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30th - Day #91
MAX & BAILEY ENJOY SOME CHICAGOLAND EVENTS

Wow, what a great start to the weekend Max & Bailey have had. On Friday, Tom and Susan Hopman invited the Hogs For Dogs crew to their store, Huggable Hounds. The weather looked like typical Hogs For Dogs event weather (rain or overcast) when we left the house, but it cleared up nicely giving us the chance to talk with several people at the event and raise a few hundred dollars to help the cause. Speaking of help, we would be remiss if we didn't mention our two great volunteers for that event - Mary & Carol. They really worked hard to bring in the crowd.

I'd like to say the rest of the day was filled with exciting adventures, but that wasn't the case. We all sat around waiting for the UPS truck to arrive with my new laptop computer. He never showed; Maybe tomorrow.

Tomorrow (Saturday), we'll be at the House of Harley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from noon until 4 p.m. They have a big party with food and live music planned as part of the Wisconsin H.O.G. state rally. Come on out and enjoy the day with us.

Check our Upcoming Events page for more details.

Now, here's what we (still) need. We need everyone to share the story of Max & Bailey's Ride with your neighbors, your local news stations and your favorite talk shows on radio or TV. We need you to examine your abilities to help start an event in your own town and contact us if you have an idea for an education or fundraising event. Like to cook? Throw a fundraising barbecue. Play in a band? How about a benefit concert for 1000 (or more) of your biggest fans. Know someone famous or with major influence who could help Max & Bailey in their pursuit of shorter waiting lists for people with disabilities waiting on an Assistance Dog? Call them today.

If none of the above works for you, how about spending a few dollars in our Hogs For Dogs' online store or making a donation. Every dollar counts. Imagine if we could get the entire country to donate just $1. That would be $350 million - problem solved. Get involved today. It does make a difference.

P.S. -- To all of you who sent notes of support during the last few days: Thanks; your messages and support mean a lot to us. We knew we weren't out here alone, but now we have your words to help on those rainy or not so fun days. Many of you wrote to us for the very first time. Thanks for your support and God Bless.

Photos-of-the-Day : Sorry, no new photos until my laptop is fixed. These are (still) from July 25th -- (1) Max & Bailey at the Fire Hall with friends (2) Deb helps out with the blueberry pancakes (3) Bob, Barb and PAWS' Assistance Dog Weaver pose with Tom and Lynda Molter (4) Our escorts out of town.


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31st - Day #92
MAX & BAILEY ARE A HIT AT THE HOUSE OF HARLEY IN MILWAUKEE, WI

NOTE: August 2nd... Janet celebrates her 39th birthday in Muscatine, Iowa!

Today was a long - but productive day. It began early with a 90-mile ride to Milwaukee to participate in the House Of Harley's Open House as part of the Wisconsin HOG Rally. Donna Schmidt, a local PAWS Field Instructor, made sure we had a great spot complete with tents to shade the dogs. The event raised almost $1,000 in donations and logo gear sales.

Then, sharply at 4:00, we loaded back up and rode south towards Chicago for our live, in-the- studio interview with WGN's Steve Dale on his weekly talk show, Pet Central. Parking was a nightmare becuase they were filming the next Batman movie under the Tribune Building (our destination), but we finally found our way to a parking space and arrived in the studio with just minutes to spare. But, the good news is that we were able to spend a good 40 minutes in the studio and on the air with Steve. The show was archived and can be rebroadcast over the internet by visiting our Latest News pages.

Now, here's what we (still) need. We need everyone to share the story of Max & Bailey's Ride with your neighbors, your local news stations and your favorite talk shows on radio or TV. We need you to examine your abilities to help start an event in your own town and contact us if you have an idea for an education or fundraising event. Like to cook? Throw a fundraising barbecue. Play in a band? How about a benefit concert for 1000 (or more) of your biggest fans. Know someone famous or with major influence who could help Max & Bailey in their pursuit of shorter waiting lists for people with disabilities waiting on an Assistance Dog? Call them today.


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