RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > RV LIFE STYLES FORUMS > RV'ing with Pets
Click Here to Login

Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-09-2019, 04:41 PM   #743
Newmarian
 
NealC's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 4,028
Quote:
Originally Posted by terryl View Post
I lost my beautiful golden lab, Daisy, at 5:55 P.M. on May 13. She would have been 12 (by best estimates) on August 26. I became her adoptive dad 5 years and 8+ months ago.

She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the left front leg, as well as degenerative myelopathy of the spinal cord during a vet visit back in March. Both are rapidly progressing terminal diseases. Daisy was given 4-8 weeks when she was diagnosed, and lasted 6. On her final couple of days, she could no longer stand up without help, or walk more than a few steps.

She went everywhere with me in the RV, and filled my days with meaning when we were at home. This is a very lonely place right now. I have a month-long trip planned in July, and can honestly say I am not looking forward to it.

I love you and miss you, my sweet girl.
My condolences! I know the feeling you have right now. Time heals, I'm on my first trip solo now, it's very different but they are always with us.
__________________

__________________
Neal
2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, 1800W Solar, HWH Active Air
NealC is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-09-2019, 04:48 PM   #744
Senior Member
 
mevman's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Posts: 319
Terry...so very sad to hear of Daisy and her awful afflictions which took her away.
We didn't think (DW and I) that we were going to be able to cope with our loses back to back...end of Sep and again in Dec....as we were devastated.

We miss our girls terribly every day...but we have a new little one Charley who fills our hearts and home with joy.

I know that you might not think you could do it again...but there are many shelter animals just waiting to love you.

All our best in any case and our sincerest condolences.
__________________

__________________
2008 Fleetwood Bounder 38S, Toad-2010 Ford Ranger
Rich (KG5JAQ) & Margaret Kimball, Shih-Tzu 'Charley'
Remembering Tinkerbelle/Annie across the Rainbow Bridge in avatar.
mevman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2019, 05:05 PM   #745
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 201
Terry, I have a story that may help you realize there is a future after your loss.

I'll try to keep it brief.

We lost our little Sammi on 11/14/16. About 14 months later we were heading to Home Depot and next door at Petco they were having a Pit Bull adoption event for a rescue. Us being dog lover walked over the check it out even though we are small dog people. They had cages set up and all the dogs were sniffing buts or playing with their toys except this young Chiweenie that was jumping up and down on the wall of the cage begging to be picked up. I asked if ok and picked her up. She was a lover but my wife was not sure she was ready for another dog yet because she was waiting for THAT dog. She had always told me that Sammi would pick our next dog

The adoption lady asked if we would like to take her for a walk so we took her with us while shopping at Home Depot. When we returned to Petco my wife was still not 100% on board because she was looking for a sign from Sammi and not feeling it so I did not push it. I asked the lady how a Chiweenie came to be in a Pit Bull rescue and she gave us the history of her having Parvo as a pup and the owner was going to have her put down but her Vet took her in and the rescue covered the cost of getting her through the illness.... Here it comes .....

We were chatting with the lady and out of the blue she says to my wife "She was born on Nov 14th 2016"... the day our Sammi died.

My wife looked at me and said "Pay the lady" and started to cry.

We named her Lexi and she goes with us everywhere!!!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Phone Dump 2017 078.jpg
Views:	5
Size:	178.5 KB
ID:	249263  
Peto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2019, 10:16 PM   #746
Senior Member
 
plane's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 511
Quote:
Originally Posted by terryl View Post
I lost my beautiful golden lab, Daisy, at 5:55 P.M. on May 13. She would have been 12 (by best estimates) on August 26. I became her adoptive dad 5 years and 8+ months ago.

She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the left front leg, as well as degenerative myelopathy of the spinal cord during a vet visit back in March. Both are rapidly progressing terminal diseases. Daisy was given 4-8 weeks when she was diagnosed, and lasted 6. On her final couple of days, she could no longer stand up without help, or walk more than a few steps.

She went everywhere with me in the RV, and filled my days with meaning when we were at home. This is a very lonely place right now. I have a month-long trip planned in July, and can honestly say I am not looking forward to it.

I love you and miss you, my sweet girl.
I am so sorry for your loss, We have been there and I know your pain. When I read this I thought I would relay a story I saw last week on our news following Tornados in and around Tulsa. A small Yorkie was picked up by a tornado in Kiefer and blown nearly 5 miles to Sapalpa and landed IN the back of an Ambulance at the Hospital. The Doctor in the rear of the ambulance said the little dog just landed in the ambulance next to him unharmed but shaken. The news showed pictures of the dog tags and as you may have guessed his name was TOTO. He was reunited with his owners. Some tragedies do have a happy ending.

Again I am very sorry for your loss.
__________________
Jim Mefford
2018 New Aire 3343
plane is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2019, 12:55 PM   #747
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 165
I just wanted to sincerely thank those who offered their condolences. I have been on iRV2 since I purchased my RV eight years ago, but only stumbled across this "rainbow bridge" thread a few days ago.

I have since read all 54 pages in this thread, and it has certainly changed my perspective on things. I see those who have had their loving pet for 3 times as long as I had Daisy, as well as pet parents who lost more than one in a short time frame. My loss, as painful as it is, can't compare to some of the stories that I read on here.

Right now, I am trying to focus on the mindset of appreciating and remembering the time I shared with her, rather than grieving the fact that she is no longer here.

It was really a fluke that she came into my life, as the lady who could no longer keep her, gave me incorrect directions to her house. After driving an hour to get there, and then going in circles for another half an hour, I turned around and headed home. I called her on the way home and told her that it apparently was not meant to be, especially since my senior black lab had only passed away a week earlier. She then realized that she had told me to turn right instead of left at the freeway off ramp. Already frustrated, I almost didn't turn around again, but did, and that was one of the best decisions of my life.

I see I have 237 photos of Daisy on my computer. Time to figure out how to do an album! I will sneak one more photo of her onto this page. It was taken a year ago, when she got her first shoes. This picture always brings a smile to my face. The sidewalks get very hot in AZ during the daytime in summer. One would think that it has to be a struggle putting shoes on a dog, and apparently in many cases, it is. Daisy, on the other hand, would lay down on the floor on her side and extend all of her feet outwards when she saw me enter the room with the shoes in my hand. She knew she would be going for a walk!

Terry
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC00957.JPG
Views:	5
Size:	289.2 KB
ID:	249491  
__________________
2005 Fleetwood Fiesta 32S on 2004 F53 Ford chassis
terryl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2019, 02:26 PM   #748
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 125
We have sent 7 dogs, one betta fish, and 2 chickens to the Rainbow Bridge over the last 36 years.



My Dad passed away almost 3 years ago. The priest wrote a very nice eulogy which included, at the end, Dad's conversation with the Holy Spirit when he got to heaven.


(Dad once told me, "Everyone wants to go jogging with Jesus, or sit at the right hand of the Father. Not me. When I die, I want to go see the Holy Spirit. Nobody ever wants to go see him. I bet he’s lonely.")


As I gained closure with his passing, I would sit out in the tub with a glass of wine and wonder how he got to the conversation with the Holy Spirit. Finally, I had to get it out of my head and down on paper, er, in the computer.


Jim's Final Journey includes a sojourn at the Rainbow Bridge on his was to Paradise. We first learned abut the bridge from a friend when one of the middle dogs passed.
__________________
2014 Itasca Sunstar 31KE
1988 Itasca Suncruiser 31RQ
1968 Travco 21'
SLOweather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2019, 04:07 PM   #749
Community Administrator
 
Scarab0088's Avatar


 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 18,176
Farewell To Our Loving Girls

Just able to share now from the loss in April and May.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Dogs IMG_8726.jpg
Views:	5
Size:	227.2 KB
ID:	249505

Emma (above left in the toad) was hit with very aggressive osteosarcoma in a front leg.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Driver.jpg
Views:	4
Size:	92.4 KB
ID:	249506

Elle (above right in the toad, and here, wanting to drive the RV) was our old girl, and succumbed a little later from organ failure and probably a broken heart after losing Emma.

Farewell to Elle and Emma. We yearn to see you again, and cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
__________________
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (USCG Ret), Outlaw #1193
https://www.irv2.com/attachments/signaturepics/sigpic84535_7.gif
WE LOVE OUR OUTLAW RV
OUTLAW MODS/FIXES
Scarab0088 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2019, 07:40 PM   #750
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 165
What a pair of beautiful looking girls. Do I see a third head in the toad photo? Not that it matters.....losing 2 in 2 months is more than I could deal with. My sincere condolences to you.

Remember the good times......and I'm sure there must have been plenty of them!

Terry
__________________
2005 Fleetwood Fiesta 32S on 2004 F53 Ford chassis
terryl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2019, 11:51 PM   #751
Community Administrator
 
Scarab0088's Avatar


 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 18,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by terryl View Post
What a pair of beautiful looking girls. Do I see a third head in the toad photo? Not that it matters.....losing 2 in 2 months is more than I could deal with. My sincere condolences to you.

Remember the good times......and I'm sure there must have been plenty of them!

Terry
Many thanks! That third head is George, a rescue from a puppy mill mom surrendered to a Rescue when she had medical issues. He does his best to stay happy without his "big sisters" and we spoil him alot every day. Not posting his photo here...bad karma.
But you can see him here:
Pet Photos

Thanks again
__________________
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (USCG Ret), Outlaw #1193
https://www.irv2.com/attachments/signaturepics/sigpic84535_7.gif
WE LOVE OUR OUTLAW RV
OUTLAW MODS/FIXES
Scarab0088 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2019, 06:40 AM   #752
Senior Member
 
LynnD's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Johnstown PA
Posts: 580
I am so very sorry for such heartbreak, losing two in such a short time. They were gorgeous girls! I hope George finds peace knowing how much he is helping you by carrying the flame. God Bless.
__________________
Lynn & Andy Dudish
2005 Winnebago Adventurer
Towing 2014 Jeep Wrangler
On the Road with 11 Rescued Cats
LynnD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today, 06:02 AM   #753
Senior Member
 
Lincolnboy2's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Grand Prairie, TX (DFW)
Posts: 3,558
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scarab0088 View Post
Just able to share now from the loss in April and May.

Attachment 249505

Emma (above left in the toad) was hit with very aggressive osteosarcoma in a front leg.

Attachment 249506

Elle (above right in the toad, and here, wanting to drive the RV) was our old girl, and succumbed a little later from organ failure and probably a broken heart after losing Emma.

Farewell to Elle and Emma. We yearn to see you again, and cross the Rainbow Bridge together.


So so sorry. I know the heartbreak so well.
__________________

__________________
Kent - '03 Fleetwood Storm Ford F-53 V-10
With Ferbie (ShihTzu) Lilly (PicaTzu)
In Memoriam: Katie, Spencer, Zoey, Susie, Angie
Lincolnboy2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rainbow Bridge widowsson68 RV'ing with Pets 2 07-20-2008 09:52 AM
Bridge question Jaynee MH-General Discussions & Problems 12 05-14-2008 01:01 PM
Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic lenOrge Navigation, Routes & Roads 9 04-28-2008 04:42 PM
Wireless Router/Bridge aux_man Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 6 10-08-2007 05:58 AM
Story of the bridge to Hawaii mick RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 1 11-22-2005 03:37 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.