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A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Dixie_Flyer
Explorer II
Explorer II
Went camping this weekend at a campground on the lake, had not been there for a few years. Once there I began to walk around looking at the different sites when I noticed a very old dog. He just lay there until I got too close then he got up on three legs and hobbled away. Just judging I would say he is at least 11 years old. Well back to my story. The next afternoon he wanders into camp and just sits there looking. He looked so sad, so the wife got a bowl of our dog's food and put it down for him and he came over and ate. He then walked over to our dog and the two of them sniffed each other over and then they lay down together for the rest of the afternoon. That night he disappeared.
The next morning he was back and was a little more receptive of me. I looked at his injured leg and found that half of his rear foot was gone. It had healed and was not causing any problem except that he was walking on the stub that was left with no foot pad which causes him to limp. His front teeth were gone except for one canine tooth and it looked decayed. His eyes were tired looking and showing his age. He spent the rest of the day just laying around looking for a handout and by afternoon the campground host came around and saw him. I enquired about the dog and was told he had been there for three years and that most of the campers were tolerant of him and gave him food.
So what to do? Do you pick him up and bring him home or do you let nature take it course. He can't harm anyone, he has no teeth and he isn't a nuisance unless you don't like dogs, and no one seems to mind him being there. He is gentle and likes other animals as seen by his interaction with our dog. He still would not let me touch him but he would eat from my hand. Enough said, what would you do???

On June 28th 2008 Old Fella passed away of complications caused by bone cancer. Fella spent almost three years with his new family and became the icon of rescued old stray dogs. He will be greatly missed but his foot prints have been left in our hearts forever.

Now Charlie, the ten year old rescued Golden Lab has come to be a part of the continuing Old Fella story. (*Note, Charlie took his journey to Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly September 30, 2008)Suzie continues to charm her way into our hearts with her antics as she has grown from a puppy into a young lady. Togther they will carry on the Old Fella legacy. Come join us in their daily lives and be a part of the best feel good thread in RV.NET history. The legacy lives on.


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MetalGator
Explorer III
Explorer III

Been really quiet here lately.  Hope everyone is doing well.

I had new tires put on the motorhome yesterday.  My old ones were 7 years old.  When they took the old tires off, I inspected both inside and out and they were still in really good shape.  Looks like I could have used them another year easily, but the piece of mind is worth the cost.  Speaking of costs, I am glad I won't have to buy new tires for awhile! $$$

Burch

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)

I'm still trying to learn this new format and not liking it. Can't seem to find anything I want. 

I joined a camping club that is primarily made up of members of my RV community where I live. It is called the Florida Fun Seekers and is affiliated with FMCA. Anyone can join though. Some are former residents who have moved away. They camp November thru April when a lot of people leave for the summer. It's one way for me to meet more people in my community. We have almost 400 lots, so there are a lot of people I don't know. Because I don't tow anything, they are good about including me to go out to dinner, etc. They don't have a lot of activities, but normally Happy Hour every day where we brings snacks and always one pot luck dinner. They also did a couple breakfasts this time. We did eggs in a bag and they are really good. It also gives me a chance to use my motorhome once a month which is good for it. We usually just go places around central Florida, under 100 miles. Good fun and good fellowship.

I don't know if there is an air show soon. We have had so many planes of all shapes and sizes flying over us the last week or so. Sometimes 3-4 at a time. Imagine they are from the Lakeland Linder airport, but not sure. A few seaplanes with the floats. We have the Fantasy of Flight nearby in Polk City, but that is a grass runway, so not sure if they are gathering there. I'll have to see if I can find more information. One person made the comment they were practicing, which made me question if there's an upcoming airshow.

Dale

Dale Pace
Widow of Terry (Teacher's Pet)

Traveling with Brendon, my Scottish Terrier

2022 Honda Odyssey
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5

2021 Coach House Platinum III 250DT
Fulltimed for 15 years, now living in Florida

http://www.skoolzoutforever.blogspot.com/

Hi Metal Gator   We just put tires on ours last month and going for alignment Wednesday.  I feel the pocketbook pain.  We do finally have a few trips planned we are headed to Fort Morgan RV park in 10 days.  If anyone has any input on the area, please let us know.  The other trips are trips with our horses to places we have already been.  I bit nervous I am old and don't have my horse or me in shape yet.

I do live near Louisville, KY and we are big into The Derby around here.  However our first trail ride is Derby Day we all camp at a close state park and have Oaks & Derby parties and ride.  Mainly to escape the crazy people here for the Derby.   It's not great timing to go on vacation right before but we didn't get to go to Florida this winter and I love the beach or I hope the bay.

So happy it's finally getting warm the older I get the more I have winter.

MetalGator
Explorer III
Explorer III

We took a weekend trip up to Tampa this past weekend.  My wife likes to go to the Hard Rock casino and we found a place that is only about a 10 minute drive from there.  Since Lazy Days closed, we had to find another RV place.  This place is convenient but doesn't have the amenities that Lazy Days did.  I am glad we took this trip before our Key Largo trip as my stairs quit working.  They had been acting up, but would normally come out after opening and closing the door several times.  This time, they came out when I arrived at the RV park and then wouldn't go back in.  I drove very slow to our site to make sure I didn't hit anything.  After several times opening and closing the door, the stairs came back in and luckily, stayed in the rest of the trip.  I guess I am going to crawl underneath and see if I can unhook them from the motor.  Our motorhome is 7 years old and this is the 4th time I have had to repair the stairs.  I wish the motor home had manual stairs like our travel trailer did.

ZuZu was very popular with the people at the RV park.  She just loves everyone.

Burch

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)

MetalGator
Explorer III
Explorer III

Morning FOOFs

We took a weekend getaway two weekends ago.  There is a new place called Canopy Oaks near Lake Whales Florida.  Well, not exactly new, but has only been open a couple of years.  We really like it but they might be pricing us out.  The sites are big and spaced out nicely.  We just went for the weekend but it was really expensive.  I am hoping it's just because of snowbird season but it costs us double of what we paid when we went last May.  They have a few really good/big dog parks and have restaurants and a Tiki bar right onsite.  Only negative is there is really nothing around there to do.  We didn't even tow our Jeep with us as the store and food onsite was good.  Going to try and go back for a long weekend this summer.  It's only about a hour and 40 minute drive from our house and it's all back roads so not much traffic.

We had a dramatic weekend as it was time to cut the dogs toe nails.  I have to put a mussel on Monty as he turns from a sweet boy into a lunatic when you try to cut his nails.  We got through it.  ZuZu and Pinto let you cut their nails and it doesn't bother them.

Hope everyone is doing well.  Would be nice to hear from some of you.

Burch

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)

My sister has a small hound mix under 20 pounds. He screams like a banshee getting his nails trimmed. They take him to the vet and one time they gave up on him. They didn't have enough people available to hold him down. LOL One time I was at my vets and I could hear a puppy screaming like he was being murdered. Yep, just trying to trim his nails. I don't trim my boy's nails. . . maybe he does the same thing! LOL

Dale Pace
Widow of Terry (Teacher's Pet)

Traveling with Brendon, my Scottish Terrier

2022 Honda Odyssey
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5

2021 Coach House Platinum III 250DT
Fulltimed for 15 years, now living in Florida

http://www.skoolzoutforever.blogspot.com/

MetalGator
Explorer III
Explorer III

We are staying at a place in Key Largo.  I was having a hard time finding a place that would allow 3 dogs.  Everyplace had a 2 dog limit and it was non negotiable.  No exceptions on all the places I contacted.  The place in Key Largo said they would consider a 3rd dog if it was small.  I called them and they said no problem for our 3 dogs.  I lucked out as someone had just canceled and I have a place right on the water.  It's a pull in site so our big window on the Class A will be looking out at the ocean.  Since I am not going all the way to Key West, it cuts 2 hours off the trip.  I haven't had a week off in over a year so the wife and I are really looking forward to it.

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)

MetalGator
Explorer III
Explorer III

Morning FOOFs

I sure am looking forward to warmer weather.  It has been usually cool in West Central Florida.  It is supposed to finally get up in the upper 70s today.  ZuZu had two baby teeth removed on Friday.  They just weren't coming out and there was starting to get a tarter buildup between the baby tooth and the adult tooth.  We are using a new vet now and have been very happy so far.  I am probably going to keep taking the boys to our old vet.  Monty will be 14 in June and Pinto will be 13 next month.  They both are in great shape and look great.

No RV trips planned anytime soon.  Our next trip will be in May to the Keys.  Looking forward to getting a week off work.

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)

I need to plan a trip to the Keys some time. But my calendar is getting pretty full. As I am transitioning more to becoming a "loner," I am finding solace in camping. . . which has always been my happy place. I joined the Florida Fun Seekers, an FMCA club mostly (but not all) made up of people in my community. They have been very welcoming and fun to be with.

I think it's a good idea keeping your elderly boys to the vet they have known all this time. Change can be hard on them. 

I am ready for a warmup as well, Burch. I am more comfortable in the heat than in the cold.

Dale

 

Dale Pace
Widow of Terry (Teacher's Pet)

Traveling with Brendon, my Scottish Terrier

2022 Honda Odyssey
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5

2021 Coach House Platinum III 250DT
Fulltimed for 15 years, now living in Florida

http://www.skoolzoutforever.blogspot.com/

Wanderlost
Nomad
Nomad

I'm still here, Metalgator, even though this new format is utterly infuriating.  Someone so failed the KISS principle...

We've not been RV traveling for a long time now, since Spousal Unit was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer that metastasized into his spine.  He has such difficult getting into/out of the Class A that we're going to sell it, after we get a couple things fixed.

He's thinking a Class B would work; I'm thinking I don't want to pay more for a vehicle than my house mortgage.  We'll consider options after the Class A is finally sold and gone.

Meanwhile, Czarny is not Spotacus -- he is most definitely not a traveling cat.  Can't even handle being in a kennel, so our travel options are limited, unless we can get an in-home cat sitter.

On the subject of this thread, I really miss Dixie Flyer.  Between his stories and the long-lost thread on the Defenders of the Light (featuring General Gretchen and at least two of my cats), I thoroughly enjoyed being here.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Czarny, black cat
Rainbow Bridge: Spotacus, Alexander the Grrreat, and so very many more

Hey Wanderlost, this is Dotldaddy, Gen. Gretchen's dad.  Gretchen was the successor to Gen. Missy, the original co-leader of the DOTL along with Gen. Jax.  All three are long gone over the bridge, but their exploits in saving the world from darkness and evil will live on forever.  We need them desperately now, as the dark forces have been building steadily. . . . 

Walter & Garland - Camp Canine caretakers
Miss Inga (aka "Shorty") - 10 y.o. old GSD.
Gen. Gretchen - Joined Rainbow Div., June 27, 2017 at age 13
Gen. Missy - Joined Rainbow Div., June 11,2006 at age 12
2018 Montana HC305RL 5th wheel
2018 Silverado HD 6.0L

MetalGator
Explorer III
Explorer III

I feel like I am talking to myself!  I hope people are still reading.

Took a motorhome trip for Super Bowl weekend.  Went to Margaritaville Rv resort in Auburndale.  Very nice place but very $$$.  Probably won't go back but we had a good time.  We rented a golf cart and ZuZu loved riding on it.  Every time she would see someone she would start wagging her tail and getting excited.  She just loves everyone.  The other two dogs did well too but are getting older and are happy just being with us on the motorhome (she they can get their naps)!

Hope people are still reading and would love to hear from people.

Burch

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)

Good morning

Burch glad you are still keeping this thread going.

i have not been on here for awhile. I tried several times and was unsuccessful of getting on.
we haven’t been doing to much traveling. Between medical issues and places being booked solid it is hard.

We have not made any trips since Pickles went to the bridge last summer. We sure do miss her. 
Richards birthday is coming up here shortly April 23rd. I am sure he is glad that this post is still going.

We really miss the Rally’s it always was a great chance to see everyone.

Dan & Patty
Miss Pickles the Pomeranian Princess Rainbow Bridge 8/8/2023
2020 GMC 3500 Sierra Denali 6.6 Duramax / Allison tranny
2021 Jayco Eagle 319MLOK
BWRVK 3710 companion
Maddy the Pampered Pom @ Rainbow Bridge 12-3-2013

I think of Pickles often since we got our Pomeranian ZuZu.  She is definitely a princess (at least she thinks she is).  She is a sweetheart but when she wants attention, you better give it to her or she will let you know.  She can bark a lot when she's not happy.

ZuZu at the top of the stairs in the motorhome.ZuZu at the top of the stairs in the motorhome.

ZuZu and MontyZuZu and Monty

2018 Miramar 35.3 Motorhome
3 fur kids (Monty, ZuZu and Pinto)
Rainbow bridge (Murphy, Petie, Lola)