JUNE 2004 JOURNAL ARCHIVE


1st - Day #32
MAX & BAILEY ARRIVE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
I never knew such beautiful roads existing in this country. Joined by friends and another board member, Brad Parker, We followed Jay Schwantes for 160 miles today through some of West Virginia and into Charlottesville, VA. Routes 66, 92, 39, 252, 56, Blue Ridge Parkway to 250 into Charlottesville. I may just use those route numbers for a lottery ticket. But then, I feel like we've already won with those numbers.

HELP US REACH THE MEDIA -- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2,2004
We're asking all Hogs For Dogs supporters to email their favorite local and national TV and radio stations on Wednesday June 2nd. Send them a short email telling them why they should log onto our website and learn about Max & Bailey's Ride Across America.

Make Wednesday the day when the whole nation learns about our ride.

Donor of the Day: Sue Parker and Lisa McCoy are our donors of the day. They both donated $100 via a birthday present given by one of our board members. Thanks to all our donors today!

Photo-of-the-Day : A group shot atop the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. These folks rode several hundred miles with us this weekend, helping raise awareness and donations for the Hogs For Dogs cause.


2nd - Day #33
MAX & BAILEY ARE HANGING OUT IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Today was a workday for the Hogs For Dogs team, a chance to catch up after a few days of restful rides with our board members and friends. For those who wonder, we do have a couple days each month scheduled for rest so we don't burn out on this 220-day trip.

Thanks to everyone who sent emails to the media today. Let's see what kind of interest we can generate.

Donor of the Day: Stephanie Satterly and her three children (Josh, Julia and Samantha) who we met at a nearby park where our team had set up shop (computers and satellite phones) to get some work done. Stephanie was kind enough to donate $30 to help people with disabilities have better access to service dogs. Thanks to Stephanie for the donation and to Josh, Julia and Samantha for giving us a smile.

Photo-of-the-Day : Max and Bailey stop to smell the flowers on their cross-country charity ride -- literally.


3rd - Day #34
MAX & BAILEY ARE JUST OUTSIDE THE NATION'S CAPITOL IN ARLINGTON, VA
You would have thought that we were a Presidential motorcade as Max & Bailey made their way into the Washington, DC area. People honked their horns (pleasantly), waved and gave us plenty of thumbs ups. Yes, Max & Bailey have taken the city by storm -- and we haven't even been downtown yet. That's Saturday's plan. I wonder if President Bush will wave from the White House.

We're proud to announce a new Minority Charity Partnership with New Horizons Service Dogs organization. Learn more about them on our Minority Partners Page (under About Us) or by visiting their website at www.NewHorizonsServiceDogs.org.

Donor of the Day: Diana from Palmyra, Va is our donor of the day. She not only hosted the Hogs For Dogs team for a night of lodging and dinner, she also made a $100 donation to the cause. We're humbled daily by the generous people we meet along our route -- thank you!

Photo-of-the-Day : This photo isn't from today's ride, but it is one of my personal favorites: Max enjoying the ride as we speed along the nation's byways.


4th - Day #35
MAX & BAILEY SPEND ANOTHER NIGHT IN ARLINGTON, VA
Sometimes, a rainy day is just what you need. At other times, it can be a real pain in the paw pad. Today was one of those days. I began the day by washing Janet's bike and the rain was there to help me rinse off the soap suds. Seems to be the story of our ride lately.

But we do have some great news. Realtor Terry Osburn has signed on as a Team Dog level sponsor for Max & Bailey's Ride. Terry is a Realtor Associate for Keller Williams Goldengate Realty and supports several pet-related charities. We are honored to have Terry on our team of sponsors. Remember to check out our sponsor page and support them in your local areas.

Be sure to tune your radios in to Steve Dale's Pet Central radio show each Saturday night to hear our live updates with Steve on the air. You can learn more about Steve's show at http://wgnradio.com/shows/pet/index.html.

Donor of the Day: Terry Osburn obviously gets the donor-of-the-day spot with her $500 sponsorship donation. Thanks to Terry and all our sponsors for making these lasting contributions.

Photo-of-the-Day : We often worry about the security of the motorcycles when we are away from them on errands and such. This photo shows one solution that we've developed to help secure the bikes. We think it has real potential.


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5th - Day #36
STILL RAINING IN ARLINGTON, VA
Max and Bailey stayed inside and dry today. Janet and I, however, couldn't delay a few errands any longer. And, while picking up more dog food for our beloved duo, we were asked a great question, as only a young person can ask it. We thought it humorous enough to worthy of sharing.

We were inside the pet store, wearing our rain gear when in walk two young guys (maybe 9 or 10).

They both looked us over very carefully and then said, "What are you? Who do you work for in those suits?" Maybe we should have told them that we were Power Rangers or members of some secret society. We definitely looked like we were from outer space in all our rain gear and toting our helmets. But, Janet spoke faster than me and gave them the truth. Maybe I'll get the chance to embellish the story next time.

Be sure to tune your radios in to Steve Dale's Pet Central radio show each Saturday night to hear our live updates with Steve on the air. You can learn more about Steve's show at http://wgnradio.com/shows/pet/index.html.

Donor of the Day: Believe it or not, we didn't receive a single donation today. We are, however, happy to announce a new Team Dog sponsorship by LaQuinta Inns. They have provided us with several hotel stay vouchers. Special thanks to Julie Shaver for her help with this sponsorship.

Photo-of-the-Day : Our illustrious webmaster, Jay Schwantes, has given us a new toy to play with. From now on, we can share several photos-of-the-day in a rolling slideshow. Today's photos are a sequence of sorts. It shows our good friend Jennifer giving Bailey a kiss. You can see what happens next by clicking on the photo of the day icon.


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6th - Day #37
MAX & BAILEY ARE IN ANNAPOLIS AFTER VISITING WASHINGTON, DC
After several days of rain, Max & Bailey finally made their way to downtown Washington, DC.

They were a hit everywhere they went, stopping traffic in many cases. What was supposed to be a two-hour visit turned into an all day affair because so many nice people were interested in hearing about Max & Bailey's ride. Thanks to all of you who made generous donations today!

Donor of the Day: We'd like to recognize all the tourists and residents who supported Max & Bailey today with donations and t-shirt sales. Unfortunately, we don't know all of their names -- so thank you DC is the best we can do today.

Photo-of-the-Day : Four new photos from Max & Bailey's walk around DC. Enjoy!


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7th - Day #38
MAX & BAILEY ARE WELCOMED TO ROCK HALL ON MARYLAND'S EASTERN SHORE
Max and Bailey crossed the Bay Bridge from Annapolis to Maryland's Eastern Shore on Monday.

After crossing the bridge, we had a beuatiful ride through newly planted fields and historic towns like Chestertown, home to a wonderful Jazz festival every year September. The town of Rock Hall, Maryland invited us to join them for a food, fun and fundraising event. And what a welcome it was.

Coordinated by Robin Wood Kurowski (Gratitude Yachting Center), held at J & J Seafood and sponsored by several town businesses, the event drew dozens of motorcycles and about 125 people. Max & Bailey not only received the Royal Treatment from everyone - they received their first 'Bone of the Town' from Rock Hall Mayor Jay Jacobs. Akin to a "Key to the City", Mayor Jacobs tells us that this is the very first Bone of the city to be awarded. It was a very special moment for all of us.

The event raised nearly $1,000 in donations. The proceeds from t-shirts and hat sales haven't been calculated yet, because there is another event in Rock Hall this evening. Those helping us sell the gear, however, said that more than 25 shirts and an untold number of hats were also sold. Rough numbers says that logo gear sales already total another $700.

Donor of the Day: We want to thank the entire town of Rock Hall with a very special mention to Susan (Chadds Ford, PA) for her $360 donation and Greater Rock Hall Business Association for donating $200 to Hogs For Dogs. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without all the business sponsors for the events: Gratitude Yachting Center, J & J Seafood, D. Lee Kraus,Styles Unlimited,Ace Hardware and the Maryland School of Sailing and Seamanship. There may be more, but those are the ones I know of -- thanks to everyone!

Photo-of-the-Day : Crossing the Bay Bridge (1) Check presentation from Pat Heinefield, Greater Rock Hall Business Association (2) Bone of the Town Presentation with Mayor Jacobs (3) Close up view of the 'Bone' held by a young helper (4)


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8th - Day #39
MAX & BAILEY FILL THEIR DAY WITH EVENTS ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND
Max and Bailey began their day with a visit to the Kent county Medical Adult Daycare. The program's director, Gail Yerkie, invited us to visit with approximately 25 of the clients at the Kent County facility. Cooky McClung and Charlie Campbell from Kent County News caught up with us during our visit to gather information and photos for an upcoming newspaper article.

It was an absolute treat for us and, we think, for everyone involved.

Danny Elburn, from J & J Seafood treated us to a dozen of Maryland's best crabs. Max & Bailey were invited into the restaurant where they enjoyed the cool air-conditioning and a few bites of succulent crab. Yum!

The day continued with a visit to the Rock Hall Middle School for two presentations and ended with an evening open house event at the Tom McHugh's Mainstay in downtown Rock Hall. It was a full day and we were all happy to see our pillows. The total raised from today's is $1,028.00. Stay tuned tomorrow for the grand total from Max & Bailey's two-day visit in Rock Hall.

Donor of the Day: The entire town of Rock Hall. I can't begin to list all the generous donations that were given today; this rolling ticker would be as long as the Declaration of Independence. Thank you Rock Hall!

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Bailey shares a smile with a new friend at the Chestertown Adult Daycare (2) Janet and the dogs at the Adult Daycare (3) Lunch with Danny at J & J seafood (4) Bailey's view of the Rock Hall Middle School presentations.


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9th - Day #40
MAX & BAILEY DEPART ROCK HALL, TRAVEL THROUGH DELAWARE AND ARE IN SOUDERTON, PA TONIGHT
Today was a travel day for Max & Bailey after two wonderful days in Rock Hall, Maryland. But before we talk about today's trip, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to meet Max & Bailey at the Rock Hall events, and especially all the kind people and businesses who made the events possible. The two day grand total for donations and logo gear sales was $3,193! As their welcome sign says : "Nice People Live Here"

So, it was with more than a little sadness that we left Rock Hall. We are excited, however, about all our upcoming events in the Pennsylvania area. We just received word that we'll be speaking to almost 800 students at Marlborough Elementary School tomorrow and there are nearly 90 people already registered for our presentation at the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library.

The limit (by fire code) is around 140 people, so there's still room, if you're interested.

See our events page for details.

Now for the details of today's ride: HOT, HOT, HOT!

Donor of the Day: I'm sorry to report that there were no donatons today. But we did sell a few shirts on our online store -- and that counts, too. Thanks to Nicki from Downington, PA for purchasing two Max & Bailey shirts.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Rock Hall sign (2) A great photo (we think) of Robin Wood Kurowski (Rock Hall event coordinator) and her husband Ed's Harley outside the Mainstay in Rock Hall (3) Our lodging host in Rock Hall, Michele, enjoys a seat on Janet's Harley (4) Another milestone, we enter Delaware.


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10th - Day #41
MAX & BAILEY VISIT MARLBOROUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE UPPER PERKIOMEN VALLEY LIBRARY
Max and Bailey received a grand welcome by the students and staff of Marlborough Elementary School in Green Lane, PA. They were joined by Kim Olsen, her daughter Lindsey and Lindsey's Seizure Alert Dog, Thorndyke. It was a full day with four separate presentations and an after school visit with many of the teachers and staff.

We were also invited for an evening presentation at the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, not far from the school. Lindsey, her mom, and Thorndyke joined us for those presentations, as well. We had over 100 people (children and adults) attend the event to hear about Max & Bailey's ride and to learn more about people with disabilities and the Assistance and Guide Dogs that help provide greater independence in their lives.

The entire Hogs For Dogs team is, as you guessed, exhausted after such a full day. We owe a special thanks to Lindsey and her mom for joining us today. Lindsey's Seizure Alert Dog was trained and provided by one of our charity partners, Canine Partners For Life.

Radeen Cochran gets a Five Paw rating for all her work to arrange today's events. She not only helped us with the events, she and her husband, Hayden, are hosting Max & Bailey in their home.

Thank you, thank you!

Donor of the Day: Our donor of the day is a split decision. Both the Marlborough Elementary School ($200) and Upper Perkiomen Education Association ($100) get top billing for donations today. The total amount raised from donations and shirt sales was $854.00!!

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Marlborough Elementary School Presentation (2) A few of our new friends from the elementary school (R-L: Harley, John, Elizabeth, Lindsey and Thorndyke) (3) Lindsey and Thorndyke try out the Hogs For Dogs motorcycles (4) Upper Perkiomen Valley Library visit


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11th - Day #42
HILLCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WELCOMES MAX & BAILEY
The cheers from the Hillcrest students and staff rose well above the din of our motorcycles as we came into view. When our police escort delivered us to the front door of Hillcrest Elementary, the school band played their hearts out and the students cheered and waved their welcome signs for Max & Bailey. And none of us noticed the rain.

We owe a very special thanks to Mrs. Penney Muzyka for inviting Max & Bailey to Hillcrest Elementary and to all the students and staff who made our visit so memorable. It was a real treat when Amelia Berridge, a Hillcrest teacher, and her husband Keith met us on their Harley-Davidson with a police escort provided by Dominic Squillace (Delaware Country Sheriff's office) and Dennis Anderson from the Haverford Police Department. Keith and Amelia were representing the Blue Knights Pennsylvania X Chapter. Thanks to all for making today so incredibly special.

Amy Buckman from Philadelphia's Action News 6 (WPVI - ABC) also caught up with the Hogs for Dogs team and her news story aired on tonight's 5:30 news. You can check out the story online at http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/061104_an_hogsfordogs.html. We'll also have the link on our Press Release page in the next few days.

Donor of the Day: The students and staff from Hillcrest Elementary School. In addition to all the wonderful fanfare and escorts, the students and staff raised more than $500 for Max & Bailey's Ride.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Blue Nights and Sheriff's escort in the rain (2) Bailey shows off his rain gear (3) The grand Hillcrest Elementary Welcome (4) Our special helper, Daniel, watches over Max and Bailey while Blaine speaks to the school's 700 students.


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12th - Day #43
MAX & BAILEY VISIT CANINE PARTNERS FOR LIFE & PRESENT $1,000 CHECK MILESTONE : HOGS FOR DOGS FUNDRAISING EXCEEDS $50,000!
There's nothing like a sunny day to bring out the motorcycles. Max & Bailey began their day at Kennett Square's Bikes & Blues Rally. Hogs for Dogs shared a booth with our charity partner, Canine Partners For Life (CPL). As usual, even the toughest looking bikers couldn't help but stop by to say hello to the dogs.

After an afternoon at the Bikes & Blues Rally, Max & Bailey were welcomed to the Canine Partners For Life facility by the staff and several client/dog teams for an old-fashioned backyard barbeque; something we really miss out here on the road. Our charity partner visits are always emotional times for us because we have the opportunity to meet those who have already received their service dog and those who are working hard every day to provide more dogs to those who need them.

Our day's events raised $1,105.00 from donations and logo-gear sales. So, as we always do when visiting our charity partners, we presented Darlene Sullivan, CPL's Founder and Executive Director, with a $1,000 donation as a down-payment to what we hope will be a much larger total.

Donor of the Day: Max & Bailey get the donor of the day honors for their $1,000 donation to Canine Parnters For Life. Thanks to everyone for supporting Hogs For Dogs and making their donation possible.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Bikes & Blues Rally (2) Arrival at Canine Partners For Life (3) Max & Bailey's donation to CPL (4) Group shot at our backyard barbecue


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13th - Day #44
MAX & BAILEY ENJOY THE PENNSYLVANIA COUNTRYSIDE MILESTONE : HOGS FOR DOGS FUNDRAISING EXCEEDS $50,000!
Max and Bailey enjoyed the lifestyle of country dogs today with our lodging hosts, David and Jennifer, on their Coatesville horse farm. We all enjoyed a leisurely stroll through their rolling fields, visiting with their horse and 10-hand pony in the barn and caught glimpses of a doe caring for her young fawn. It was a nice respite from our highway riding, but short lived.

We spoke with several dozen people during a late breakfast at Hank's in Chadds Ford. If you're passing through the area, be sure to stop in for wonderful food and a friendly staff. Max & Bailey also stopped by Hannum's Harley-Davidson to thank 'Bear' for their support of Hogs For Dogs and Canine Partners for Life. 'Bear' donated several H-D items to be used as part of our local fundraising event. We left him with a Hogs For Dogs t-shirt and a few hugs from Janet.

Donor of the Day: David and Jennifer are our donors of the day. They provided us with free lodging, a relaxing walk, paid for our breakfast, helped Janet and I sell t-shirts and collect donations and STILL made a $100 donation to Hogs For Dogs.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Our hosts with Janet and the dogs (2) Janet, Max & Bailey with David & Jennifer's 10-hand pony, Bosco (3) Macho smiles for the camera (4) Max hanging out at Hannum's


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14th - Day #45
MAX & BAILEY VISIT VARIETY CLUB MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CAMP MILESTONE : HOGS FOR DOGS FUNDRAISING EXCEEDS $50,000!
The Bucks County H.O.G. chapter invited Max & Bailey to join them for a ride from Brian's Harley-Davidson in Langhorne to the Variety Club Camp in Worcester, PA. The camp was hosting their annual camp experience for children living with Muscular Dystrophy. We jumped at the chance and the memories from our visit will last a lifetime. Everyone, from the Camp Counselors to the campers themselves, was upbeat and energetic. What a blast!

A bike contest (voted on by the campers) with several different awards was part of the day's events.

Max and Bailey got the winning votes for several awards. Bailey won the Best Tattoo award for his stunning tattoo of Janet's driver's license number. Max and I won the Most Leather award.

And to top it off, Janet and Bailey won the Best Overall award. The Best Overall award earned Janet and Bailey a special handmade banner signed by the camp staff and counselors. It may sound silly, but that banner will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Note to Brian and the Bucks County H.O.G. -- You should all be very proud of the charity work you do for MDA. Our hats are off to each of you and thanks for including us in this event.

Donor of the Day: Barry and Jean, members of the Bucks County H.O.G. chapter are the ones who invited us to the event. They left us with two sealed envelopes. One held a wonderful thank-you note. The other, a $100 donation. No doubt that they are the donors of the day becuase they not only made a financial contribution, they gave us an emotional boost by inviting us to enjoy the MDA camp.

Photo-of-the-Day : Photos from our MDA Camp visit. If you like these, come back tomorrow. We have four more photos already chosen for tomorrow because we won't have much to share from our ride to York.


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15th - Day #46
MAX & BAILEY TRAVEL TO YORK, PA
Max & Bailey sat in traffic for almost two hours while an accident involving two tractor- trailers and several cars was cleared miles ahead. The accident happened earlier in the day, but was still being cleared several hours later when we came through. Max & Bailey entertained drivers in the stop and go traffic, making several new friends.

The Hogs For Dogs crew will visit the York Harley-Davidson factory on Wednesday morning. Max wants to see if they can improve the comfort of his doggie sidecar and Bailey is looking for a little more torque to help when climbing through the mountains. We'll see what they have to say at the factory.

Keep calling and emailing your local media about the Hogs For Dogs ride. We received two more inquiries from newspapers in Basking Ridge, NJ and Kalamazoo, MI today. So, your hard work is paying off.

Donor of the Day: Today's donor of the day is Sue from Harleysville. She was very enthusiastic, circling us twice in a parking lot before stopping. Janet told her our story and she immediately handed Janet a $10 donation. We wanted to highlight her donation because that is exactly how much of our donations have been received.

Photo-of-the-Day : More photos from our MDA Camp visit yesterday.


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16th - Day #47
MAX & BAILEY VISIT THE YORK HARLEY-DAVIDSON FACTORY
Max & Bailey received a warm welcome at the York Harley-Davidson factory today. Janet and I enjoyed the one hour tour, seeing where the two Ultra Classics that pull Max & Bailey's sidecars were built.

After the factory tour, we all took a scenic tour through through Lancaster, Bird In Hand, Intercourse, Mount Airy, Goodville and Morgantown on their way back to Souderton. The dogs were a little confused by all the horse and buggies we passed.

Remember, Father's Day is just around the corner and Hogs For Dogs logo gear is the perfect gift : quality apparel and for a good cause, too! Get your dad something today!

Donor of the Day: Thanks to Jamie from West Suffield, CT for making an online donation of $30.

Photo-of-the-Day : Three photos from our Factory visit, plus one shot of our scenic ride.


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17th - Day #48
MAX & BAILEY DISCOVER SEVERAL COVERED BRIDGES IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA & CROSS THE BORDER INTO NEW JERSEY - THEIR 14TH STATE ON THEIR CHARITY RIDE ACROSS AMERICA

NEWS FLASH : LIVE FROM NYC, HOGS FOR DOGS WILL BE ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW SATURDAY, JUNE 26 DURING THE 08:00 HOUR.

What a day we had. Joined by Hogs For Dogs supporters, Doc Young and his daughter Haley on Doc's Ultra Classic motorcycle, Max & Bailey hit the road in search of several historic covered bridges in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Janet, using her GPS, was able to lead us to many of the covered bridges in the area -- one dating back to 1832!

We also bumped into some incredibly nice folks from New Jersey at one of the covered bridges.

The group was enjoying a bus tour of Bucks County when we both happened upon a bridge at the same time. Well, the result was smiles for everyone! As the bus tour-guide said, "this was one attraction that we hadn't planned for!" Well for an unplanned meeting, the group was extremely generous, making donations totaling $115!

If any of the folks from the bus are checking in with us today -- thank you and please stay in touch!

Remember, Father's Day is just around the corner and Hogs For Dogs logo gear is the perfect gift : quality apparel and for a good cause, too! Get your dad something today!

Donor of the Day: Our friends from the tour bus, of course!

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Hogs For Dogs team crossing a covered bridge. (2) Haley and Bailey (3) The tour bus crew poses with Max & Bailey (4) Doc Young, Haley, Janet and Blaine at one of the covered bridges


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18th - Day #49
OAK STREET SCHOOL GIVES MAX & BAILEY THE ROYAL WELCOME IN BASKING RIDGE, NJ

NEWS FLASH : LIVE FROM NYC, HOGS FOR DOGS WILL BE ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW SATURDAY, JUNE 26 DURING THE 08:00 HOUR.

The cheers from the students and staff were deafening as Max & Bailey roared into the Oak Street School parking lot. It was a very special entrance with a large motorcycle escort led by PE teacher Liana LaVecchia and several members of the Angels of Fire motorcycle club. The students had encircled the parking lot waving specially made signs in honor of Max & Bailey's visit. Shortly after our arrival, the school's principal, Dr. Jane Costa, spoke to the crowd made up of students, staff and members of the community welcoming the Hogs For Dogs team to Basking Ridge, NJ.

As part of the welcome ceremonies, one student, Sarah, read a touching story that she had written about how Max & Bailey were heroes because of their charity ride to help people with disabilities.

Then, the Oak Street School presented a check to Hogs For Dogs for $1,003.07. The school will continue to raise money for the remainder of this school year and into the next. Way to go Oak Street School!

After two presentations and a very nice lunch at the school, the Rowe family invited us into their home for dinner and a neighborhood gathering. We were able to relax and enjoy the company of our new friends in Basking Ridge while Max & Bailey enjoyed a romp with what seemed like a dozen dogs from the neighborhood. At the end of the evening, we left with full bellies and warm hearts.

Everyone we've met in Basking Ridge has made us feel like we're family and we're extremely grateful for their generosity. The good news is that we'll get to hang around Basking Ridge for another day.

Donor of the Day: The Oak Street School and the Basking Ridge community get top honors today for making donations and purchasing t-shirts for a grand total of $1,688.07. Now that's something to cheer about.

Photo-of-the-Day : Some shots from our visit to Oak Street School -- more of these great photos will be shared in tomorrows photos-of-the-day.


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19th - Day #50
MAX & BAILEY HANG OUT IN BASKING RIDGE, NJ

NEWS FLASH : LIVE FROM NYC, HOGS FOR DOGS WILL BE ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW SATURDAY, JUNE 26 DURING THE 08:00 HOUR.

Max and Bailey spent most of the day snoring and chasing cats in their sleep, while Janet and I took the opportunity to catch up some administrative issues associated with this charity ride.

Late in the afternoon, the whole crew took a ride in search of ice cream. After searching Basking Ridge with no success, we all followed Janet and her GPS to Millington where we found an unsuspecting Baskin Robbins store. Janet and I enjoyed a waffle cone with varying flavors.

Max & Bailey both enjoyed a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cup. Yum! The perfect reward after a long day of paperwork and emails.

Donor(s) of the Day: The Rowe and Volpaccio families have to be recognized for all they've done during our stay in Basking Ridge. We told you about their hosting a BBQ in our honor yesterday, but they also bought nearly 10 t-shirts and then donated a combined $150 to the Hogs For Dogs charity.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Angels of Fire motorcycle escort (2) Max & Bailey welcome sign (3) Max chillin' in his sidecar (4) Bailey and Janet enjoy the grand welcome at Oak Street School.


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20th - Day #51
MAX & BAILEY ARRIVE IN GOSHEN, NY

NEWS FLASH : LIVE FROM NYC, HOGS FOR DOGS WILL BE ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW SATURDAY, JUNE 26 DURING THE 08:00 HOUR.

Happy Father's Day, Dad! (and to all the other supportive dad's out there) We love and miss you.

Max & Bailey enjoyed cooler temperatures and scenic roads today on their way from Basking Ridge, NJ to Goshen, NY. We were met by John and Mary Quick at the beautiful Silent Farm B&B in Goshen - our hosts for our three-day stay. Once we had our luggage stowed in our private suite, John fired up the grill for a mid-day barbeque. What a great reception. You can learn more about the Silent Farm B&B by checking out their website from our sponsors page.

We set out for the Twin Cones Custard Stand in Bloomingburg around 5:30. We were met there by the True Colors motorcycle club where they made a very generous donation and treated us to some great ice cream. Max & Bailey enjoyed a little cup of their own (see photos).

Donor(s) of the Day: The True Colors Motorcycle Club is our donor(s) of the day. They made a $75 donation to Hogs For Dogs, plus purchased several t-shirts during our ice cream gathering.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Mary (Silent Farm) enjoys a ride to the ice cream stand on Blaine's bike (2) Members of the True Colors MC (3) Janet helps Max with his ice cream. (4) Mary does the honors of helping Bailey with his ice cream.


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21st - Day #52
MAX & BAILEY VISIT STUDENTS AND STAFF AT RAYMOND C. CRAMER SCHOOL

NEWS FLASH : LIVE FROM NYC, HOGS FOR DOGS WILL BE ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW SATURDAY, JUNE 26 DURING THE 08:00 HOUR.

The day began with a phone call from Chad Austin - host of the Chad Austin Morning Show on 107.3 WRWD Country. We filled him in on what Max & Bailey were up to with their cross-country charity ride for a taped interview that will air on Tuesday, June 22nd.

As soon as we hung up the phone, it was time to saddle up and ride into Goshen to visit with the special needs classes at Raymond C. Cramer School. Unlike some of our other school presentations, there was no need to explain the challenges facing individuals living with physical disabilities ; these students were living with these challenges every day. So, instead, we talked about dignity, independence and how an Assistance Dog could enhance their lives.

Max & Bailey made sure all the students had a chance to say hello and some of the students left with a wet cheek from big dog kisses. The teachers bought several t-shirts and one of the students, Mike, presented us with a container full of change that they had collected: $63.00.

The day continued with stops in New Paltz for a visit with freelance writer Debbie Lee who was interested in Max & Bailey's story and then a ride into Newburgh to check in with Moroney's Harley-Davidson. Gail Nozell and her family treated us to a relaxing meal in their home at the end of the day. The food was delicious and the company enjoyable.

Donor(s) of the Day: The students and staff from our Raymond C. Cramer school visit.

Photo-of-the-Day : Photos from our school visit


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23rd - Day #54
MAX & BAILEY TALK ABOUT THEIR RIDE ON THE KARLSON & MCKENZIE RADIO SHOW IN POUGHKEEPSIE BEFORE VISITING OUTBACK CHOPPERS IN SOUTHFIELDS, NY

NEWS FLASH : LIVE FROM NYC, HOGS FOR DOGS WILL BE ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW SATURDAY, JUNE 26 DURING THE 08:00 HOUR.

It took nearly an hour to travel from Goshen to Poughkeepsie, but the Karlson & McKenzie Show (WPDH 101.5 FM) gave Max & Bailey a great radio introduction to the New York area. The on-air banter was a lot of fun and we know our message was heard because we were spotted at a post office later in the day by one of their listeners who stopped by to wish us well.

Max and Bailey then traveled to Southfields, NY to visit with Paul and Regina Maloney at OUTBACK CHOPPERS. Not only does Paul build some pretty amazing custom bikes, he and Regina are good people willing to help Max & Bailey's Ride. If you check out our sponsors page in the next day, or so, you'll find OUTBACK CHOPPERS listed there. They also gave us some very cool t-shirts.

After several days of events in the Montgomery and Goshen area, Max & Bailey will head for New York City tomorrow (Thursday). But before we leave, we need to thank the many people who made our visit to this area so successful. Gail Nozell, a teacher at Montgomery Elementary was kind enough to invite us to her school, arrange all the area events and host us for dinner in her home. John and Mary Quick offered us free accommodations for four days at the beautiful Silent Farm B & B (which I forgot to mention on the radio this morning - sorry Mary!). Copperfield's Restaurant who provided us with dinner on Tuesday night. And meeting Kara Dorsey & her Assistance Dog,Birch, will give us continued inspiration for our ride across America. There are many more, but these folks stand out for their extra efforts. Thank you all for making us feel like family.

Now, back to NYC. The Hogs For Dogs crew will take in the city from their accommodations near Times Square. So, look for Max, Bailey and their sidecar chauffeurs as they make their way around the City. They should be easy to spot among all those yellow taxis.

Also -- be sure to come out and meet Max & Bailey at the Brooklyn Harley-Davidson dealership on Friday from 10:00 am until 7:00. See our Upcoming Events page for more information.

Donor(s) of the Day: Paul, Regina and Chopperoo (see photos) from OUTBACK CHOPPERS. They are the latest in the growing list of Hogs For Dogs sponsors.

Photo-of-the-Day : Two shots from our visit to WPDH 101.5 FM and two shots from our stop at OUTBACK CHOPPERS.


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24th - Day #55
MAX & BAILEY ARRIVE IN NEW YORK CITY!

IMPORTANT -- IMPORTANT -- IMPORTANT
MAX & BAILEY'S APPEARANCE ON THE CBS SATURDAY EARLY SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE 7:00 HOUR -- LOOK FOR THE HOGS FOR DOGS TEAM ON THE PLAZA WITH IRA JOE FISHER AROUND 7:15-7:45 EDT ON THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2004.

I normally highlight Max & Bailey's adventures in these few paragraphs, but today Janet gets top billing. For a woman who stands only 5'3" tall and just learned to ride a motorcycle in October 2003, she rode into Manhattan like she owned the place. She pushed her way left and right through taxis and limos, stood toe-to-toe with the bumper to bumper traffic and led the Hogs For Dogs team right to the front door of our hotel. Sure, having Max & Bailey helped us ease our way into traffic, but I was so proud of the way she handled that bike today that I wanted to share it with you.

Max and Bailey, on the other hand, are still adjusting to the city life. After leaving the sprawling acres at the Silent Farm B & B, the dogs aren't sure what to make of this 'going to the bathroom on the curb' thing. But they did receive a friendly welcome from everyone on the streets of NYC. Even the NBA hopefuls staying at our hotel and attending the NBA draft this evening were friendly about having a little dog fur on their nice suits.

Tomorrow is a big day for all of us. Max & Bailey will be heading to the Brooklyn Harley- Davidson dealership for an all-day open house event (see our events page for details). Janet is looking forward to seeing a few minutes of Jimmy Buffett's appearance on the Today Show.

And, well, I'm turning 40 tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who have wished me a Happy Birthday.

I'm delighted to be able to spend my 40th year doing something that I think is so worthwhile and exciting. I'll sleep in next year.

Donor(s) of the Day: John and Mary Quick from Silent Farm B & B. They hosted us for four nights and then wrote a check for 20 t-shirts and made a several hundred dollar donation.

If you ever need a wonderful vacation on a secluded horse farm, look them up. I felt like Royalty in their care.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Janet and Bailey crossing the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan.

(2) Bailey checks out the NYPD line-up. (3) New York City traffic - Go Janet, Go! (4) Hogs For Dogs approaches Times Square.


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25th - Day #56
BROOKLYN HARLEY-DAVIDSON WELCOMES MAX & BAILEY
Sidecar Chauffeurs, Blaine and Janet, enjoyed an early morning mini-concert by Jimmy Buffett at the Today show to help celebrate Blaine's 40th b-day. The Today Show onlookers were kind enough to sing Happy Birthday to Blaine during one of the commercials led by several nice people from North Carolina; it made us miss home just a little.

Max and Bailey traveled through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel from Manhattan to Long Island to attend an open house event at the Brooklyn Harley-Davidson. They went all out with great food, drinks and invited everyone in to visit with the dogs. The dogs were treated extra special by the staff of Marine Park Vet Group who also had a booth at the dealer. Max liked their treats so much that he simply moved into their tent and abandoned Blaine!

The Brooklyn H.O.G. did a wonderful job, sponsored by the dealership owner, Jr., and led by Sammy and Pauline Piccone. The caterer for the event provided the food free of charge, but asked to remain anonymous. But, We all know who he is and want to say thanks for being so generous.

We were joined at the Brooklyn event by two representatives from our majority partner, Paws With A Cause. Deb and her service dog Polaris traveled with PAWS Field Trainer Linda Smith from Ohio to be with us. Linda brought her PAWS foster puppy Tank along, also. It was very nice to see such support from our charity partners.

The day ended with a rainy ride back from Brooklyn followed by a very nice birthday dinner with friends at a nearby restaurant. Thanks to all your cards calls to wish me a happy birthday. It made the day very special.

Donor(s) of the Day: There's no way to thank just one person today. The Brooklyn H-D event raised $1,350.00 through shirt sales and donations. So, we'd like to thank all our friends in Brooklyn that made that possible.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Meet the NC Divas -- the group of ladies from North Carolina that sang Happy Birthday to Blaine. (2) The Hogs For Dogs and Paws With A Cause crew at Brooklyn H-D.

(3) Max chilling outside the dealership (4) Staff from the Marine Park Vet Group pose with Max.


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26th - Day #57
MAX & BAILEY VISIT WITH IRA JOE FISHER ON THE CBS SATURDAY EARLY SHOW

It was another early morning for the Hogs For Dogs team. Up at 4:30, We arrived at the General Motors building at 6:30 for our live, on the plaza, interview with CBS Early Show weatherman Ira Joe Fisher. You never get long enough to tell the entire message about Max & Bailey's ride, but some of you have already responded by visiting our website and making donations or buying Max & Bailey logo gear. We are grateful for your newfound support.

After the CBS shoot, we chatted with a gentleman named David from Applause about several different media and product opportunities that might enhance our current fundraising efforts.

We'll keep you informed if any of those opportunities materialize. Regardless of the outcome, David was a great resource and, I think, has become another Hogs For Dogs believer.

Max & Bailey left New York City with much fanfare around 2:00 today and headed for their next event: a cruise in car show at the infamous Marcus Dairy in Danbury, CT. The Hogs For Dogs team set up shop and were immediately surrounded by a crowd interested in Max & Bailey's Ride.

Many had seen us on the Early show in the morning.

It was another grueling day, but we had some help from friends who were in CT visiting from Raleigh, Jim and Mary. They were a huge help at a time when we are running on very little rest. Once again, it shows just how important our volunteers are.

NOTE: For all those who have sent us emails in the last 10 days. Give us a few days to get through all these events and we'll respond to everyone. Tuesday is the first chance we'll have to answer all your personal emails and volunteer requests.

Donor(s) of the Day: Susan, from Key Biscayne, made a generous online donation of $100 and purchased a few logo gear items today. Thanks Susan. You are helping us make a difference.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Max works his magic for the camera (2) Our live TV appearance in the making (3) Ira Joe Fisher spends time chatting with Deb and her service dog, Polaris after the shoot. (4) David (from Applause) poses with Bailey.


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27th - Day #58
MAX & BAILEY ATTEND THE MARCUS DAIRY BIKER BREAKFAST
The Marcus Dairy & Restaurant sure knows how to make bikers feel welcome. Every Sunday for more than 20 years, bikers have gathered with their friends at the Marcus Dairy for good food and a chance to meet other like-minded folks. Max & Bailey joined their numbers today, visiting with more than 1000 riders who came and went throughout the morning.

And, like everywhere else we've been, the bikers were extremely supportive of Max & Bailey's 2004 Ride Across America. Max & Bailey were a REALLY big hit with one rider who rode in on a beautiful custom chopper. He was smiling, pointing and screaming as he parked his bike. "I saw those dogs on TV yesterday," he yelled. Before long, we were surrounded. I never got his name, but his enthusiasm was contagious. So, if you know him, please pass along our thanks for his help.

Donations and t-shirt sales exceeded $1,300 from our two-day visit at the Marcus Dairy.

We also want to thank Jim and Mary for helping us with our booth again today. And, we had some more special visitors from our hometown, Raleigh North Carolina today. Jeff and Kathy Mallon stopped by to visit with us as part of a trip to visit their son in CT. It was like a mini- reunion and we enjoyed their company.

NOTE: For all those who have sent us emails in the last 10 days. Give us a few days to get through all these events and we'll respond to everyone. Tuesday is the first chance we'll have to answer all your personal emails and volunteer requests.

Donor(s) of the Day: Our donor of the day is Leona from New Fairfield, CT. She is the grandmother of Mary (our friends from Raleigh that we mentioned earlier). Supposedly, there was a big fuss at Leona's house about making sure Mary brought us that donation. Thanks Leona!

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Marcus Dairy Biker Breakfast. The crowd at the top left of the photo is the Hogs For Dogs location. (2) Max smiles for the Marcus Dairy crowd. (3) Today's Hogs For Dogs' Pin-Up girl : Jessica (4) Bailey spends a few minutes resting with his little friend.


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28th - Day #59
HOGS FOR DOGS PRESENTS $1,000 CHECK TO GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND
The Hogs For Dogs team traveled to Patterson, New York today to visit with staff and volunteers at the Guiding Eyes For The Blind (GEB) Breeding Center. Max & Bailey made their grand entrance with ears flying in the wind and their noses high in the air -- we all smelled the food cooking on the grills out back, especially Max. He loves food!

After enjoying a delicious barbeque lunch with hamburgers, chicken and ribs, we were asked to say a few words about our ride. As usual, I (Blaine) felt unworthy to speak about our small contribution to the service dog charities when surrounded by people who are giving much of their lives to these causes. But speak I did and we were again humbled by the gracious nature of our charity partners.

Hogs For Dogs was honored to present GEB with a check for $1,000 as a partial donation from the ride's proceeds. I've said it before, but it bears saying again : we hope that $1,000 is only a very small portion of the overall totals to be presented at the end of Max & Bailey's ride.

The GEB staff presented us with two great-looking polo shirts and then we cut the cake which had "Welcome Max & Bailey" written on it. It was all very nice.

Vikki Iwanicki gave us a very informative tour of the facility where we were overwhelmed with organization and state-of-the-art methods they use to breed future Guide Dogs. And, as our photos of the day will show, there were more than a few cute faces in the crowds.

Then as we were leaving, the staff bought just about all the t-shirts we had with us. By the time the purchasing rush was over, we had sold nearly $1,000 in t-shirts and hats. Wow!

Donor(s) of the Day: Our donors of the day Larry and Ann-Marie who had traveled from Florida to visit their family, but made a special trip to GEB to meet the Hogs For Dogs team and make a donation. They bought several hats and made a $100 donation on top of their purchases. It was a true pleasure to meet them after exchanging emails for many weeks. We want to thank Larry and Ann-Marie for making the extra effort to visit us at GEB.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) GEB Staff and Hogs For Dogs team outside the facility (2) Blaine, Janet and Bill Badger (GEB President & CEO) (3 & 4) Future GEB heroes.


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29th - Day #60
MAX & BAILEY TAKE A DAY TO REST THEIR PAWS
For the first time in several weeks, the Hogs For Dogs team took a break from events and presentations. It may not sound exciting, but we spent the day doing paperwork and trying to catch up on several hundred emails.

But the momentum behind Hogs For Dogs continued even while we stayed put. We set a new one day record for purchases in our online store. Thank you for supporting Max & Bailey's ride with your purchases and we hope to see you out there wearing your shirts. Remember, this is a grass roots effort. The more shirts you buy, the more people you tell, the more successful it will become. You have a direct impact on the outcome.

We're still having a storewide sale on our Hogs For Dogs logo t-shirts. Only $11.95 gets you a heavyweight, pre-shrunk logo tee. And, of course, we also have the limited edition Max & Bailey tees for sale, along with all our embroidered logo items. All proceeds go to charity, so get your gear today!

Donor(s) of the Day: We would like to recognize Steve, Paula, Emily and Maggie from Cheshire, CT as today's Donor Of The Day. They purchased several t-shirts, made a generous $100 donation and treated us like royalty during our stay.

Photo-of-the-Day : Puppies from Guiding Eyes For The Blind. How cute!


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30th - Day #61
SIX NEW TIRES, MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE AND A RIDE TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Gengras Harley-Davidson did us a HUGE favor by squeezing us in to replace our six balding tires and complete our 10,000-mile service on both bikes. Rob Ruggiero not only made room for us, he gave us a discounted price as their contribution to Max & Bailey's ride. When we got our bill at the end of the day, we also found that one of the techs working on the bikes had donated some parts at his cost, too!

Needless to say, Rob and our two techs (known as Tim A & Tim B) get the Max & Bailey's Five Paw Rating for customer service. If you live in, or near, East Hartford and need a recommendation on a Harley-Davidson dealership -- look no farther than Gengras H-D. Tell them Max & Bailey sent you.

With six beautiful new tires and no more worrying about the bikes' mechanical condition, we headed for Rhode Island, the 18th state on Max & Bailey's tour. Janet plugged in 'Newport' as the destination on her GPS and we were off. It was a homecoming of sorts for us. We are sailors by choice and Newport is like Mecca to those of us who choose to live on the water.

I may even get the chance to visit with the staff at Blue Water Sailing - a magazine I write for when Janet and I are cruising on our sailboat.

Donor(s) of the Day: Gengras Harley-Davidson is today's big donor. Their discount of nearly $250 off our bill was greatly appreciated.

Photo-of-the-Day : (1) Gengras H-D (2) Janet & Bailey overlook Mystic, CT (3) Welcome to Rhode Island (4) Bridge ride into Newport, RI


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