Won’t you help us out with our BISSELL Pet Foundation Walktail Challenge? Pretty please?

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Author with his two rescue dogs, Echo (l) & Lucky (r).
Me and our rescue dogs, Echo (l) & Lucky (r) on Day 1/31

Lucky, Echo and I are “walkin’ dudes” this month, raising money for homeless pets through the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s 31-day, 31-mile Walktail Challenge.

We’re doing it because every domesticated animal deserves a home. Help us reach our goals and you’ll be helping rescues and the animals they save across the United States.

Speaking of our goals, they’re 68.2 miles, or 2.2 miles every single day in October, and $350 raised. Today, day 3/31, we’re on track to get there. Meanwhile, every donation, big or small, counts. Cheer us on in making a difference for these wonderful animals, the rescues and shelters that save them and the individuals and families who gain so much joy and love by adopting them.

BISSELL Pet Foundation

About Our Rescue Dogs

Lucky & Echo needed a home once, too, and my family has been incredibly fortunate to have them. (In fact, that’s one of the reasons Lucky is named Lucky.) They are our third and fourth rescue adoptees, respectively. Lucky is an approximately 8-year-old male lab-spaniel mix from a rescue here in Fargo N.D.-Moorhead, Minn. Echo is an approximately 3-year-old female pit bull-lab mix from Texas. She was scheduled to be put down when my wife found out and asked to adopt her.

Author's two rescue dogs are walking in the Bissell Pet Foundation fundraiser
Our rescue dogs: Echo (l), a lab-pitbull mix & Lucky (r), a lab-spaniel mix.

Prior to that we loved and lost two rescue dogs to old age/disease. Dexter was a Yorkie mix we rescued from a home where he was kept in a kennel for 23 hours a day, and Zoey was a long-haired dachshund who was found wandering down a rural gravel road with no collar in the midst of a North Dakota-Minnesota winter.

I can attest to the truth of BISSELL’s words. My life and the lives of my wife and children are indeed “enriched immeasurably” by these dogs. I have no doubt that people who adopt cats have similar experiences.

As they say, #WhoSavedWhom?

But more on our dogs and their stories later. For now, suffice it to say they not only keep me in line, but also keep me company every day when the house is otherwise empty. I’d be lost without them.

About BISSELL Pet Foundation

BISSELL Pet Foundation exists to support animal welfare organizations and provide resources to underserved communities. This includes helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response.”

A cynic might say BISSELL is only involved in helping homeless pets, rescues and shelters because, well, let’s face it – the more pets get adopted, the more accidents happen in houses and the more people need BISSELL products to pick up the pee and poop.

Maybe. But to me the organization’s motive is beside the point; it’s helping find homes and families for rescue animals, and in my book that makes it A-Okay. So…


Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger (https://ivwords.com) nonprofit founder (https://theclimateknights.org/) and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


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