It’s been quite a journey for well-known Ontario homeless man James Cagle and his dog Mick.

Cagle walked from Ontario to Vancouver six years ago and arrived in Hadley, B.C., on Tuesday.

When Caughill became homeless in 2016, she said shelters wouldn’t let her stay because of her dog. This led to her walk to raise awareness about the issue.

Her original dog Makwa died in 2019, but her second pet Makwa lives with her.

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Makwah and I struggled through the streets of St. Catharines. For three months I lived in an unused dumpster stall, we ate out of dumpsters. I would go to this dog library and use the computer to look for shelters I could take my dog ​​to and there weren’t any,” Cagle said.

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“We started on September 24th, 2016 at two o’clock in the afternoon – we started our walk across Canada just to raise awareness. (Pets are) family, they’re the most important thing.

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She said some shelters have started allowing pets after her campaign.

“We have 35 shelters that are now taking pets that weren’t taking pets before, all because of us,” Cagle said.

Six years after starting out, Cagle says he didn’t expect his journey to take so long. He’s hit some bumps in the road, including the COVID-19 lockdown where he was stuck in a small Manitoba town called Cypress River for 17 months.

“No, I thought it would take a year or two at most. It took two and a half years to get out of Ontario because of the roundabout,” Cagle said.

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“We could have taken Highway 11 but like Highway 1 here, Highway 11 has no towns to get supplies.”

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The couple is currently traveling on Highway 3, walking about 15 kilometers per day. Cagle pushes up his tent and delivers supplies in an orange basket labeled Homeless James and Mikvah.

He takes winter off so Princeton is their last stop before winter sets in.

“We’ll be picked up and we’re going to Abbotsford for the winter. In the spring (we’ll go) back to Princeton where we left off.

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With more than 9,000 followers on Facebook, Caughill has seen many residents donate supplies and space to set up their tents. Some even pull over to check on him when he’s out on the road.

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“In Hadley, we have a nice lady who will let us stay in her yard for a few days,” he said.

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It’s her first time in BC and she says the response from residents has been mostly positive, adding that she’s been surprised by the overwhelming response to her story and her books.

“I would say 80 percent — 80 percent amazing, fantastic — but it’s one extreme or the other,” Cagle said. “And it’s great, 90 percent of the money from my books goes to three homeless shelters in Ontario,” Cagle said.

Although he feels some negativity, he says he won’t stop until he gets to Vancouver.

From there he heads to Washago, Ont., to finish his next book before departing on his next trip through Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI. plans to take the train to

“When I see the welcome sign in Vancouver it will be nice, but my next trip is just to say I’ve traveled across the country,” Cagle said.

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