Every year at Chain Off I recommit myself to my work for chained dogs, because the time spent wasting away on the chain reminds me of what I so easily forget: I have a life...they don't.
How do I DO MORE for them, BE MORE for them, I ask myself. How many dogs are still dying at the ends of chains because I haven't yet succeeded in my mission? Millions.
That's the bad news. They are still there.
The good news is that Dogs Deserve Better started this awareness and legislative ball rolling ten years ago when no one was talking about the fate of dogs on chains. Now they are. Other's have picked it up and are running with it too, and more and more areas are getting laws, while less and less people are tolerating their neighbor's treatment of Man's Best Friend. I like it.
We have progress.
We haven't yet reached the tipping point, but it's coming. Who will keep pushing with me? Will you? Just a little bit more. I know you're tired. I'm tired too. But now's when we keep going, now's when we don't stop as they fight back, we keep going and we will WIN.
Keep going with me.
This year I'm committing myself to ten eight hour days on a chain, at ten state Capitol buildings, in ten states, for our Tenth Anniversary. Who will come chain with me? Ten or twenty of us on the state Capitol steps with our doghouses will be much more impressive than just little ol' me. But I'm committed with or without you: I'm going.
Will you join me?
If you're not in one of the ten states I'm visiting (or even if you are) you don't have to chain with me, you can chain anywhere you like, even in your own backyard. Many people have still gotten media attention doing it all by themselves in their own yard. It's the symbolic suffering for the dogs that educates society and lets the lawmakers know we are coming for our laws, and we won't be backing down until we have them.
My tour will begin in Pennsylvania on July 2, my old stomping grounds from my 54-day stint, and then travel to New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Week two will see me on July 9 in Connecticut, then on to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.
I will be there from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day, at which time I will pick up my doghouse and drive to the next state, overnight, and do it all again. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I hope to see you there.
July 2 Pennsylvania-Harrisburg
July 3 New Jersey-Trenton
July 4 Delaware-Dover
July 5 Maryland-Annapolis
July 6 Virginia-Richmond
July 9 Connecticut-Hartford
July 10 Rhode Island-Providence
July 11 Massachusetts-Boston
July 12 New Hampshire-Concord
July 13 New York-Albany
I also hope you'll support me with a sponsor pledge. My goal is to reach $3000; I've never reached this goal, so I'm aiming high four our Tenth Anniversary, and with your help I can finally make it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.