Traveling Dogs With A Cause

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People and their dogs are setting out to make a difference in the world. Since we’re stationary for the next several weeks, we thought you might want to get your vicarious pet travel needs met with these ambitious folks!

Travels with Casey

Benoit and CaseyBenoit Denizet-Lewis is leaving today on a 15-week RV trip around the country with his 8-year-old lab-mix, Casey. Benoit is a writer with The New York Times Magazine, and his adventure will culminate in a book about dogs in America. He plans to visit 30 states and hundreds of dogs, including sled dogs, show dogs, homeless dogs, therapy dogs, war dogs, hunting dogs, celebrity dogs, sad dogs, funny dogs, and family dogs whose only “job” is loving their two-legged humans.
He’ll also spend a fiar amount of time with humans—including animal rescuers, pet psychics, dog personality researchers, dog-loving monks, and his former middle-school English teacher who is now a “pet masseuse” in San Francisco.
Benoit says he’s not sure if Casey is looking forward to the trip. But, if he’s not, he should be – he’ll be walked in national parks, pampered at doggie day spas, “communicated with” by the country’s most famous pet psychic, cheered for at a dog dock-jumping competition, and sniffed by oodles of cool dogs!
You can keep track of Benoit and Casey on their Facebook page and at Twitter handle @benoitdlewis.

Dog Walk Across America

dogblog team 1 e1327605741560The Seyal family – Kait, John, and their dogs, Grace and Max, are leaving in March to walk across the country. Starting in Lewes, DE and ending in San Francisco, CA, their goal is to raise awareness about pet therapy and animal rescue. Both Max and Grace were adopted as adults from their local rescue and have become experienced therapy dogs – so the group will be taking their show on the road at hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, along the way.

Kait and John are hoping to teach people about the amazing potential of rescue animals. John says, “Rescuing Max has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life, and we will spend the rest of our time together spreading our love to as many people as we can.”

The Seyals are looking for people to walk with them, host them for a night, and coordinate therapy visits along their route. You can follow their blog to track their progress or keep in touch on their Facebook page or on Twitter at @dogblogusa.

Hike for Heroes

We have also confirmed the rumor that our pals Troy Yocum, his wife, Mareike, and their dogs Emmie, Harley, and Charity will be taking off on March 1st to continue their fundraising efforts for military families who are struggling financially. Last year the group hiked 7,000 miles across America and raised nearly half a million dollars for their cause – but they say there’s still more to be done.

You can get all their latest news on their Facebook page. We’re hoping our paths cross and we get to meet up with them again this summer.

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