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A man, his dog and a rubber chicken... Have you seen them?

Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 01:25:15-04

Have you hugged your dog today?

If not, here is a reminder from somebody who feels quite strongly about it. 

His name is Mike Minnick and he's bicycling across the country for puppy love. More specifically, he's promoting animal shelters. 

Mike is not alone on his 23,000-mile journey. He has his rescue dog Bixby and a rubber chicken named Charlie to keep him company.

Charlie actually has an important purpose: Safety. Instead of a flag, Mike hangs the rubber chicken from the back of his bike.

Besides spreading his love for animals, the former chain-smoking bartender from Austin, Texas has another goal too -- just enjoying life's adventures.

If you want to learn more about Mike and his crew and where they are headed next, you can follow their journey by clicking here.