John Tate, an avid recreational cyclist, and his faithful companion Jax are on a mission to raise $30,000 for K9’s for Warriors by riding his bike from his home in Canby, Oregon to Nocatee, Florida. 

So far, he has raised nearly $20,000 of that goal.

Tate left home on April 10 and had to pass over some snow covered passes early on in his trip.

His three thousand mile journey brought him right through DeRidder near the end of June. They completed their mission over the Fourth of July weekend.

Jax is a German Shorthaired Pointer who loves people. He rode in a special pet carrier pulled behind the bike for the duration of the journey. It was even equipped with a rain cover if needed.

Several months ago John was approached by K9’s for Warriors with the prospect of him cycling to their headquarters in Nocatee. He thought about the idea for a while but as soon as plans began falling into place, he knew he the opportunity was perfect for him and Jax.

K9s for Warriors is the largest non-profit veteran service organization providing service dogs to warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and/or Military Sexual Trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. 

Ninety percent of the service dogs they provide come from shelters or were owner-abandoned.

For more information about the K9’s for Warriors program or to make a donation, please visit

To read about Jax and John’s journey visit