Photography By: Maria Carey & Michele LeMaitre

Nantucket had a special visitor this fall when social media sensation Bixby the “Super Dog” made a stop on island during her cross country voyage. For four years, Bixby, a six-year-old rescue dog from Austin, Texas, and her owner, Mike Minnick, have been pedaling from coast to coast on a mission to raise awareness around the importance of pet adoption. “If you rescue these dogs, they’ll rescue you,” says Minnick, a former smoker who is now on track to riding 20,000 miles. “It’s amazing what this little creature has done for me.” Now the duo is about to break with Guinness World Record for logging the most miles on an electric-assist bike. “We’ll at least quadruple the record,” Minnick says. Using their blog and social media following, Minnick and Bixby typically stay with complete strangers they meet along their journey and give talks at local schools as ambassadors for shelter dogs. “Bixby taught me that dreams are like sticks,” Minnick says. “You just need to chase them.”

Follow their journey at www.wheresbixby.com.

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