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Old 02-24-2015, 03:59 PM   #29
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The wife and I have had 'Coco' now since she was a pup in 2007. She's by far the sweetest dog we've ever kept, and we're looking forward to many camping adventures with her. I haven't analyzed any of the 'reasons' for owning a pet, except I think it's a noble thing for humans to give love and affection to animals. I know she's enriched our lives, and that is reason enough.
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We have been camping with dogs since the 1980's. We full-timed twice with one dog. We have camped with dogs, a cat and currently we have a guinea pig that goes camping with us. The guinea pig, Sparky, is going to be 5 years old in June. Yellow Dog has been with us 3 years and she is older but we don't know how old, guessing about 10 or 11 years old. Rinnie has been with us since a pup, a mixed breed of chow, shepherd, etc. and will be 10 years old in May.

We have vacationed, camped and relocated with dogs, cats, guinea pigs and fish over the years. I think a lot of people just don't realize that people like myself operate on "automatic" as we have the adult son with DS and some people say "I couldn't do that." Well, they probably could. All of these needs that I have to address are just automatic and I'm not thinking about what I could be doing if I didn't have the responsibility. Sometimes choices made in the past can limit choices in the future but such is life.

As with everything in life, you decide if the price exceeds the value or that is way that I "weigh" everything.

We have never had a complaint about any of our pets. Our current dogs both came from animal control facilities and both were running out of time which makes it a lot easier to not say that I am sorry I brought them home. Are there days when I would like to wave a wand and have them disappear? For sure!

We "share" our dogs when we are camping with those that no longer keep pets but miss them and with those children who are begging mom and dad for a dog.

I love big dogs. It is a big part of who I am. I do keep saying when these two dogs pass on that I won't get another mostly because of being 60 years old and seeing what happens when older owners can no longer care for the dogs. Maybe another senior or 2 as there are breeds that I would just love to have.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:43 PM   #31
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Hi Jim,

Hope things are well in PA, our home in NH is definitely buried. Ginny's "wondering if we'll ever be wandering" home.

Do you have any rallies on your agenda for this year?
Going to Tennessee in April and Niagara Falls in September- both rallies listed here on FGRV forum and the big one in May/June to Escape's yearly event in Osoyoos, BC. May hold a small one in late fall in Virginia, we will see. It was -9 this am here.
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My sister-in-law works for Marriot. If you have a pet, it's $200 extra to rent a room to cover the extensive cleaning required to make it generally usable.
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Going to Tennessee in April and Niagara Falls in September- both rallies listed here on FGRV forum and the big one in May/June to Escape's yearly event in Osoyoos, BC. May hold a small one in late fall in Virginia, we will see. It was -9 this am here.
I was asked today if I was going to the April rally on our way home. Unfortunately not because we have an early trip to Newfoundland. The BC rally provides a lot of travel opportunities, I'm sure you;ll have a great time.

It reached 80 today in central Florida, almost perfect weather.
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We have vacationed, camped and relocated with dogs, cats, guinea pigs and fish over the years. I think a lot of people just don't realize that people like myself operate on "automatic" as we have the adult son with DS and some people say "I couldn't do that." Well, they probably could. All of these needs that I have to address are just automatic and I'm not thinking about what I could be doing if I didn't have the responsibility. Sometimes choices made in the past can limit choices in the future but such is life.

As with everything in life, you decide if the price exceeds the value or that is way that I "weigh" everything.
Cathy,

Good for you. Good people often do what needs to be done because they believe it's right. People can usually do more than they think.

Wishing you well.
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Robert,

I really got a kick out of your saying.

I think it might be more noble to help love people than pets though the results may not be as satisfactory. I slept in a shelter and cooked in a soup kitchen and found it easy to give an ear and a meal to those in need but extremely difficult to help them turn their lives in a better direction. Human solution is difficult, often impossible.
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"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."

Robert,

I really got a kick out of your saying.

I think it might be more noble to help love people than pets though the results may not be as satisfactory. I slept in a shelter and cooked in a soup kitchen and found it easy to give an ear and a meal to those in need but extremely difficult to help them turn their lives in a better direction. Human solution is difficult, often impossible.
Agreed that people should be a priority. Not a question of which is 'more noble' to me, just that treating animals with love and kindness is a good thing.
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Robert,

I knew you'd agree. I was trying to say people are harder, excluding your own children who were a piece of cake?!?!
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I knew you'd agree. I was trying to say people are harder, excluding your own children who were a piece of cake?!?!
My Mom says I was a 'piece of cake', but I would never lie to my kids like that.
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Kindness to animals seems to go hand in hand with kindness to people.
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Well, the vet called and wants to do a bunch of tests to determine if the dog has bladder cancer, and she wants to remove a cyst to determine if it may become cancerous.
I told her, this is a ten year old dog that was born a genetic disaster and I am not making the vet's next car payment. I'm not sending the dog for chemo.
Asked if the dog is in pain and she said no.
All done.
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Well, the vet called and wants to do a bunch of tests to determine if the dog has bladder cancer, and she wants to remove a cyst to determine if it may become cancerous.
I told her, this is a ten year old dog that was born a genetic disaster and I am not making the vet's next car payment. I'm not sending the dog for chemo.
Asked if the dog is in pain and she said no.
All done.
I know this has to be hard and you have my sincerest sympathy. I have the two older dogs and we all know hard decisions will be ahead. I know that vet care costs have skyrocketed and that owners often feel pressurized into procedures. Gosh, we went to one vet with a questionnaire that asked just how much would be willing to spend on our dog and we didn't go back since we were there just for yearly shots. I think until we are in the moment making decisions do we really know how it would play out since it is not black and white but many shades of gray. Again, I am so sorry that you find yourself in this situation.

I went and read the prognosis. You might though look at natural medicine, especially homeopathic remedies to make symptoms maybe easier to cope with. We have great luck with homeopathy for humans and pets since we gave up on the "medical" machine.
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Been there before. About four years ago.
Dog was screaming with pain ( neck ). After examination we were presented with an estimate between $8,000 and $10,000.
They made us wait for half an hour to discuss where we go from here. ( "need to talk to the manager" )
Took me 30 seconds to say "it isn't going to happen" and a few seconds more for my wife to agree. Spent 29 minutes waiting for the "specialist" to return.
I said, "so, if we are not going to do surgery, then we don't need the MRI and if we don't do the MRI, we don't need it to be read, and so, we don't need the Xrays and we don't need those to be read".
And so it went, until I said, "if we're not doing any of that, what can we do"?
Got a prescription for some drug that for humans costs about 1/10th what it costs for dogs. She's been fine ever since.
Did you know there are only four vet neurologists in Canada? Ever checked the parking lot at your vet for BMWs?

What ever you do, do not agree to anything without taking time to think about it.
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