Sox Aka “The Bike Dog” Bucket List Life

41478906_157023003137193_r.jpegIn 2011 I was surprised with a Siberian Husky puppy. I was living in an apartment that didn't allow dogs but fell in love with this pup and knew I could never abandon him. As our bond continued to grow I realized this pup of mine was special. He loves all the animals. He loves all the people. He just LOVES. And that’s exactly what I needed. I’ve always felt that quiet solitude is the life I’d live. However, Sox stormed into my life and helped drive me to break out of my shell and experience life. 

Seven years ago, after graduating college, Sox and I sold all of our belongings and moved to Hawaii, where I didn’t have a job, a car, a place to live, or any friends. In fact, I didn’t know a single person there. We went to a place we had never been with the hopes of settling into a new life. New experiences, new friends and a new outlook on life. While in Hawaii, Sox and I trained daily for him to ride on a motorcycle. Having spent over three months practicing in the driveway and then years riding around the Big Island, the impact Sox has on people began to show itself.
Each and every day people walk up to him smiling, asking questions about his motorcycle riding ability, and sharing their stories about their animals and the bond that we all have in common. While Hawaii will always feel like home, it sparked in us a desire to see more of the world. We caught the travel bug and became enamored with the exciting uncertainty of moving to places we had never been. And so our path started to take shape. Traveling through the USA by motorcycle so I can share this amazing dog and his beautiful soul became my priority. 

Sox and I moved briefly to an area outside of Chicago where I began to pursue a career in professional skydiving. This would allow me to relocate regularly to  show each region of the country this heartwarming fluff I call Sox.
We traveled from San Diego up California Highway 1 to see the Redwoods. Then to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Then to Crater Lake National Park. And finally to Mt Rainier National Park before moving to eastern Washington for work. While there, we traveled to Olympic National Park, Glacier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and more. After three and a half months in the Pacific Northwest and as fall turned to winter, we relocated to the Nevada desert. On the way there, we traveled through all five of Utah’s national parks, Death Valley National Park, and countless incredible BLM areas and national forests. 

Next, we went on the ultimate roadtrip. We rode my motorcycle from coast to coast. I accepted a position in New Jersey so we could travel from San Diego to New York City on the bike. This journey included 4800 miles of travel, 14 states, and 8 more national parks. Sox became the first dog to ever cross the entire country by motorcycle, Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean! We camped for over a month, each and every day in a new location. Some were comfortable, some were mosquito infested, but all of them memorable. Just the two of us, me and Sox. 

Now, Sox has seen 39 States, 28 National Parks, and traveled over 80,000 miles on a motorcycle. My goal is to show Sox the bucket list I’ve always dreamed of. There have been many challenges along the way, but with Sox, we’ve always made it through. 

Sox continues to inspire people all over the world and it’s our hope that this will allow us to touch even more lives. Allowing him to bring smiles to strangers as they see their first professional motorcycle riding doggo. 

This fund will hopefully cover some of the costs of gas, medical bills like his recent neck surgeries, import and export fees, immunizations, pet passports, bloodwork, and medications necessary to continue to show Sox to the World. Now we are regularly receiving emails letting us know that people have been inspired to get dogs, train dogs, and include them in their lives. And this alone, has made our entire journey worthwhile. 

I’ll continue to update our location and post on our instagram about our journey with the hopes of setting up some meet ups for anyone who would love to meet this beautiful soul named Sox.

Best Wishes, 
Sox ‘The Bike Dog’ & Michael

@The_Bike_Dog
TheBikeDog@Gmail.com

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Michael Fiala 
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Williamstown, NJ
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