Breakin' my heart!!!!

Mr. Brown without a tag.... I hope you found your way back buddy! 

Mr. Brown without a tag.... I hope you found your way back buddy! 

I run across a lot of interesting things on the road! One thing that I've learned to deal with is the encounters of dogs as I'm riding past their properties.  Most of the time, they come from the bushes with a fury of snarling barks, and I quickly neutralize these with a couple gutteral screams! A lot of times though, i'll be listening to podcasts or music, and won't notice that they're following me....which tells you that most of these bad boys are all bark, and no bite.  When I notice these frolicking fellas, I'll stop and see if I can get them to return to their house, I'll check to see if there is a dog tag with a number to call.  It always breaks my heart when there is no number and the dog is obviously not near their homes.  

Since I started this trip, I met the owner of a company called Dog Tag Art.  Jack's company helps Keep Best Friends Together.

Jack on a ride we did in North Carolina.   

Jack on a ride we did in North Carolina.   

I also ordered one for my dog Jax back in Michigan.   

Olivia and Jax With his 'Destination Nowhere' tag

Olivia and Jax With his 'Destination Nowhere' tag

Here's Blu with a custom-made tag with his owner's picture on it.  You can upload any type of image you want to add to the tags. 

"You're my boy Blu!!!" 

"You're my boy Blu!!!" 

Ruger on the run!  This guy ran next to me for 2 miles, and luckily he had a tag on.  I called the owners (little old couple in their 80's) and they came and picked him up.  

If you don't have a tag for your pet, do yourself a favor (and the random tour cyclist that befriends your fuzzy best friend) and save the heart ache when they go missing. This company is a little different, as they have a system (virtual lease) that builds a custom website for your buddy, so they don't need to be chipped to see the details about your pet, they can literally pull up the website on their smart phone from anywhere.  

Go to DogTagArt.Com and use the promo code DTAFRIEND to receive a discount on your tag.