I've seen that place featured on one of the food tv shows. I hope you can maneuver and find a place to make taking your kids there possible.
Looks really neat. Let us know how you make out. If I ever get down that way, I'd like to stop.
If there's not space there to get in and out, maybe a night at a close by CG, and just drive over in your TV.
Walmart has some velcro strips - they are multi colored in a pack. They are intended for wrapping cords up on electronics.
I always keep these on hand to wrap up fan cords, computer cords, etc.
I used two of those and wrap them tight around the curtains when we open the windows. Otherwise the curtains blow loose and wrap around your head. Bad enough for the passenger, but the driver doesn't need this.
Chock Full o' Nuts
Thank you for taking my comments as they were intended. Here of late, it seems so many threads turn into personal attacks and others lashing back. Given that the tone of a conversation is sometimes lost in the keyboard, where intent would be clearer if it were an actual face to face conversation.
I applaud your efforts and it sounds like you have a realistic grip on the situation, in accepting that the possibility exists that it may not work out.
The hardest part of dealing with my Daisy was when the grandkids came along. The 3 oldest grandkids were 5, 7, and 10 when my son met their mother and they came into our lives. There were times the younger one would have liked to stay overnight, and I was concerned about doing it with Daisy in the house. We did manage it a few times, but I used a 6 foot leash and tethered her to my nightstand (the dog, not the kid LOL)
These kids weren't raised with dogs from little on up, before they came into our lives, so it made it more precarious in my mind, as I had no way of anticipating how the kids would react.
The youngest now is 9 and he has been brought up with dogs from little on up. He had a healthy respect for our "crazy Daisy". I had the opportunity to have him here on visits from little on up, and was able to "mold" him into knowing how to act properly around animals.
When I took Daisy to the vet, her muzzle always went with her, just as a precaution. I always told her she was along for the ride until the train got to the end of the track. That little dog worshipped the ground I walked on - never had a more devoted dog, and I could do anything with her. But no one else could ever even groom her.
I told the dog and the vet both, if anything bad happened, that was it. To have to hospitalize that little girl would have just freaked her out. And there's no doubt that she would not let vet techs handle her without me there. I just couldn't see putting the dog or the vet staff through it.
We had a good run, but even mixed in with the sorrow, there was a bit of relief at not having to be on my guard 24/7. I feel guilty even saying that, but it's the way it is.
My opinion for whatever it is, or isn't worth... you are playing with fire. Sounds like Tiki is possibly a jekyll/hyde personality and they are the most dangerous. They can be fine, and turn without warning. The good behavior lulls you in to a false sense of security and about the time you let your guard down, someone is going to get hurt.
No way would I be taking a dog like this in to a nursing home.
Making excuses for his bad behaviors isn't helping the dog or the people he is exposed to. Your mother having a cup or shoe in her hand or the fact that she had a robe on is no excuse for the dog going into an aggressive behavior.
My very first rescue dog was like this. Everyone I talked to told me how dangerous they were. I was going to euthanize her, but my DH said, Oh, she's cute. Let's give her a chance. We gave her a home for over 12 years. I kept her away from people, gated in another room if we had company. She lived out her life safely with us, but we could never relax and let our guard down. I learned a huge lesson. Do I regret giving her a chance? No. Would I do it again? No way.
I wish you luck, as each dog deserves a chance for a good life. However, if the behaviors aren't addressed, it's not a dog suitable to be taking to CG's or nursing homes. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
I hope I don't make you angry with my comments -- I know how difficult the whole scenario is. Been there and done it. It's a real emotional issue when trying to save a dog that might not be able to adjust to a normal life.
I know your intentions are good, but you have to consider how you'd feel if the dog ripped a kid's face up or seriously injured an elderly person -- or anyone else for that matter.
I do wish you luck.
I'd have a vet take a look at it.
I think fatty lipomas are relatively common in older cockers. My friend has a senior male cocker who was dumped in a shelter when his owner passed. He's somewhere around 16 now, and he has a soft ball size lump on his side.
I had a rescue cocker in, that had a huge lump on her neck. It was just a fatty lipoma. The vet tech told me it was weird - popped out like an egg when they made the incision.
With your dog having two pop out, I'd have a vet check her to be sure it's not something to be concerned about.
I had an older cocker who had one up around his arm pit. We didn't worry about it right away, as he was older. It started getting bigger and affected the swing of his leg when he was walking. At that point, we opted to have it removed before he got any older. It was just a fatty lipoma.
It can be done, but there are limits on whether a place you want to go has enough space in their parking lot for you to get in and out. We did it with our A when we first started out. We did call ahead to a few places, to ask if it was do-able.
We got our MH in 2009. We didn't have a vehicle that could be towed, so we just went. For the most part, we were content with the amenities at the CG's we went to. The one CG had a shuttle bus that would take you different places. We rented a car just occasionally.
Fast forward 2 years - DH ended up needing dialysis. So we were free to travel more, but he HAD to have a car available for his treatments every other day. That got very expensive fast.
We ended up buying a cheap car - I told DH I didn't care what it was as long as it would get us from point A to point B and the a/c had to work. It was cheaper paying the insurance and tags on the little car than renting a car all the time.
When we purchased our used MH, we got a car dolly with it. So we use that. It's fine, but if I were buying a tow set up, I would prefer the tow bar type. I don't like having the dolly sitting around on the campsite. And there is a toll road in NJ where you are not allowed on with a tow dolly -- tow bars only.
I think you are smart getting a feel for the MH before adding the toad. Just go and have a good time, and you'll figure out what works for you. Like anything else, everyone has different preferences.
I've never seen a rental place on site at a CG. If there is a rental place nearby, some of them will come and pick you up, and take you back to their facility to do the paperwork. Will repeat in reverse for drop-off. The one place we passed on the way to our destination CG, so we would stop and pick up the car on the way in. Leaving, I'd drive the car and follow DH in the MH, to drop off. So there's different ways around it.
I had a friend who retired and took off full-timing. She belonged to a group - LOW - Loners on Wheels. Before she retired, she went to monthly campouts that the local chapter had. She met friends who were also singles. Sometimes they traveled together in a caravan.
I remember her and another lady following each other, when going on longer trips. I felt better knowing she had someone around that she knew while she was out and about.
She spent the first winter at Deming NM. Ended up having bypass surgery. The folks there helped her out a lot through her recovery.
Go, have fun. Just be aware of your surroundings and follow your gut. If something doesn't feel right, move on.
One of the things I like about our CLass A is that if we are stopped for an overnight and something would happen, we can get behind the wheel and take off without going outside. With a B, you would most likely have that same option.
Congrats on your new adventure. You'll have a blast.
Edit: LOW link
Here's a link to the LOW group. I've never participated as I have my DH, but my friend always seemed to enjoy the comraderie when she went on the campouts with the group. I was impressed with the help she got from other members when she had her bypass surgery. Nothing makes you feel more helpless than having a friend in dire straits and you are thousands of miles away. It's nice feeling like you have a safety net available when you are far from home, and alone.
There is a big difference between leaving a dog in a parked car, and in a MH or TT with a/c or heat running.
Quote: Is it illegal to leave your dog in a parked car? The answer to this question, of course, depends on in the state in which you live. Actually, only 14 states (AZ, CA, IL, ME, MD, MN, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, SD, VT, and WV) have statutes that specifically prohibit leaving an animal in confined vehicle. The next factor important to the question is the condition under which the the animal is left in the vehicle. Most of these laws provide that the animal must be confined or unattended in a parked or stationary vehicle. Further, the laws add that in order for a person to violate the law, the conditions have to endanger the animal's life. Some of the statutes specifically state that extreme hot or cold temperatures, lack of adequate ventilation, or failing to provide proper food or drink meet this definition. Other laws are more vague and just require that the conditions are such that physical injury or death is likely to result.
Good grief...... some ppl need to chill out. Just because some dogs don't know how to behave or have irresponsible owners, you lump all dogs and dog owners in one category?
Get real - there are wife beaters out there - does that mean all men are wife beaters? There are women who can be real shrews - does that mean all women are like that? There are children who are neglected and unsupervised - does that mean all kids and parents fall into that group? Some people steal - does that mean all people steal?
I surely don't understand the attack this thread took on, against dog owners.
Staying home and babysitting the grand-dogs. Boarding fees are getting outrageous. So our son watches our chessie when we go away and we watch his dogs when they go away. Win/win situation.
All my life, I never went away on holiday weekends. Two years ago, we went to the shore over the July 4 holiday. I guess I stayed on the farm too many years.... I could not believe the traffic and crowds. We agreed we were not missing anything by staying home on the holidays. LOL
I washed ours on a delicate cycle and used Oxyclean on the water stains. They came out like new. I washed them and then tossed them in the dryer for maybe 15 minutes. I hung them back up while still damp. I just wanted to dry them long enough to get the wrinkles out.
I might add, ours are in a 1998 Bounder, and as far as I know, they are the original drapes. I've washed them 3 or 4 times in the 4 years we've owned it. I was worried due to their age, but they are fine.
The velcro was bad on them, where they join together in the front. That had nothing to do with laundering them, though. I finally replaced the velcro and they are good to go again.
X2 on the seasonal stuff. I usually quit taking my allegra over the winter. It was time to break it back out a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully spring is here - even though the temps aren't all that warm yet.
Put some Bach Rescue Remedy in the water bowl for a while. I swear by the stuff. If you have multiple dogs, it won't hurt anyone being in the water. Dogs have more feelings than a lot of ppl give them credit for.
Give him some extra loving and talk to him. I always talk to my dogs and picture in my head what I'm talking about.
The one thing that comes to mind, I had buff dogs that were all related and a couple of partis that were rescues who stayed. Buffy Love was the dam of my litter. The last two buffs left were her and her one son, Flash. I wondered how Flash would make out as the last buff, because they always liked laying together. The parti's really are more independent and won't lay snuggled together.
We got our RV and our first trip out, we went to visit friends who have cockers too. I will never forget - Our dogs were in their back yard and their dogs came out of the house - they have two buffs and a chocolate. When Flash saw Tizzy his head snapped around like someone had slapped him and the little old man took off at a run for Tizzy. I think at first glance he thought it was his mom. Once he got closer he realized it wasn't her, but he always hung with Tizzy when we got together.
I've been hungry for potato cakes like my mom used to make with leftover mashed potatoes. I've also been hungry for corn fritters. Found this recipe -- it's good. I bet they'd be good fried in a cast iron skillet over the fire.
2 cups Idaho potato flakes
1/3 cup corn meal
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups frozen corn kernals, defosted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 green onions thinly sliced (I just substituted a medium size sweet onion chopped)
Optional garnish: Sour cream and sliced green onions or shredded cheese
20 min prep time
Combine potato flakes, cornmeal, garlic salt and pepper in bowl.
Stir in milk, corn, cheese and onion.
Let stand 2 min.
Pan fry 4 to 5 min on each side, till golden.
I tried pan frying with olive oil first. The next time I fried them in butter. DH liked them both ways - I liked them fried in butter, better.
We did not make them all at one time. I covered the bowl and put it in the refrig and fried more of them the next day. They were still good. Or you could fry them all up at one time and microwave them later.
Edit: I forgot - I added 2 beaten eggs. Just because that's what my mom did when she made the potato cakes. She always said it held them together better.
We have an ER pet clinic here. Their prices are a tad high, but when you compare the individual prices, they aren't really much higher than my normal vet. They are open 24/7 and have all the equipment needed in an emergency. You pay for that convenience. They examine the animal and give you a written estimate and you tell them what you want done.
As others said, Banfield is a corporation. I would find a private vet practice and build a relationship with them. I don't think Banfield is considered an emergency clinic in the true sense. You went there with an emergency and they worked you in. I'm sure you were distraught and weren't thinking about estimates, but rather, save your dog.
Also, I've never had a vet charge me for suture removal. I think I'd go back and let them take the sutures out, so they can also re-check the animal to be sure all is well.
Eycom - truer words were never spoken. My son is at the stage of his life, where he is falling over shoes so to speak - I'm at the stage where I love having them here to fall over when the GK's are with us.
OP - We leave our shoes outside, too, to keep the MH cleaner. I like the idea of the bin with a lid.... we usually just have them lined up under the edge, beside the steps.