Man Travels Europe on Bike and Rescues “Garbage” Puppies

Seven puppies are alive thanks to a man who rescued them from a garbage dump while he traveled Europe on his bike.

Joaquin Bastidas planned to explore Europe on his bike but never imagined that his trip would lead him to save seven puppies found tossed in a Serbian garbage dump. During the expedition, the cyclist pet rescuer, traveled across Europe, made new connections, learned new things, and most importantly found his best friend in one of the seven puppies he rescued.

The seven puppies Joaquin Bastidas rescued in Serbia. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas
The seven puppies Joaquin Bastidas rescued in Serbia. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas

Bastidas studied veterinary medicine in Chile and traveled across his native country on his bike, but upon graduating he decided to travel to Europe, visit his sister in Vienna, and explore the European continent on his bike. His two-wheel excursion started in France heading towards Vienna. His plan was to finish his road trip in Turkey, but on his way there he made an unplanned five months long stop in Serbia, where he worked in a sustainable green farm and stumbled upon the seven puppies he rescued from a garbage dump.

Joaquin Bastidas and his rescued dogs. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas
Joaquin Bastidas and his rescued dogs. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas

On January 2, 2015, he was assigned to buy potatoes at a local store. Bastidas left on his bike, but due to the harsh winter he didn’t find potatoes. On his way back he made a detour and passed the local garbage dump, that’s when he heard dog cries. Being a natural dog lover and a certified vet, Bastidas knew that if there were dogs out in the open they wouldn’t survive the winter.

The cyclist made a stop and found seven black puppies roaming around looking for food and shelter. Knowing he couldn’t leave them there to their own fate, Bastidas went back home, asked the homeowner for permission to bring the dogs back with him, and once he got his landlord’s approval, he picked up the pets, brought them home, nursed them and found them all good homes.

Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas
Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas

One of the lucky pets found a permanent home with Bastidas. He named his new four-legged best friend Gospodin Dinosaurus (Mr. Dianosour) and together they continued to explorer Europe, making new friends, treasuring unforgettable memories until it was time to travel back home to South America.

How Bastidas and Gospodin Dinosaurus traveled across Europe. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas
How Bastidas and Gospodin Dinosaurus traveled across Europe. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas

 

Bastidas and his best friend. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas
Bastidas and his best friend. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas

 

Bastidas and his best friend back in Chile. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas
Bastidas and his best friend back in Chile. Photo credit: Joaquin Bastidas

Gospodin Dinosaurus and his owner slept out in the open some nights, but for most of their journey, they worked as pet and house sitters, dog walkers, or did odd jobs. Now, the fully grown pup is back in South America and his owner is glad he took a chance traveling Europe with nothing more than a bike. Thanks to this risky and unforgettable experience, Gospodin Dinosaurus and his siblings are alive.

Learn more of Batistas’s European trip and rescue story in this Spanish interview with CNN.

36 thoughts on “Man Travels Europe on Bike and Rescues “Garbage” Puppies

  1. Bless you Sir, for saving those beautiful furbabies.. May Karma shine brightly upon all you endeavor

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