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RE: great river road

Just east of downtown St. Louis the Casino Queen has a campground. Pretty nice view of St. Louis across the river. Pere Marquette State Park just north of Grafton, IL (near St. Louis) has a campground and a beautiful old lodge. There is a COE campground just north of the Quad cities, IL. We haven't stayed there but did drive through. Mississippi Palisades State Park is just north of Savanna, IL. Typical state park campground. They have beautiful drive up the cliffs overlooking the river. Palace Campground is just north of Galena, IL. Galena is a great town to visit. BTW, the sections of the river road that we have driven are well worth the trip.
dturm 08/15/22 04:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Panic Water buying Again?

The level of Lake Michigan is dropping.. NESTLES bottled water.. Much of it comes from Lake Michigan... Lake Michigan levels near record highs Having lived with 10 miles of Lake Michigan for much of my adult life, I have observed cycles of lake levels. There is a compact between states and Canada that border the lake. The compact limits withdrawal of water to communities that lie within the Lake Michigan watershed. Probably not an issue with respect to regional shortages.
dturm 08/05/22 06:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

I feel for you all that are dealing with heat and drought. We usually get a few 100-degree days every summer and had a few upper 90s in May and June. Right now, it's beautiful and comfortable, we made it to low 80s yesterday and finally got some rain last week.
dturm 07/14/22 05:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Sorry your wife is sick; hope she heals quickly. We're going about 40 miles to the Hollywood Casino campground, Joliet, IL. We're trying to escape the fireworks that are so prevalent in Indiana. We'll still get a show at the casino, but nowhere near the the issues we get at home with every person setting them off at all hours.
dturm 06/28/22 02:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Fireworks

I second the idea of a Thunder Shirt or similar product. They don't work all the time but enough that it's worth the try. We had one for a previous Golden but putting it on an 80# dead weight, totally limp, uncooperative dog proved more difficult than the benefit. Winnie really isn't THAT bad, she just won't eliminate with loud booms so the last trip outside has to be well before sunset. That makes for a long night. She just goes to a semi-enclosed area and puts her head under an end table. BTW, don't pass up the potential of "chemical" intervention. There are OTC meds and MANY more prescription meds that can be amazingly beneficial in lessening the anxiety. This isn't the old tranquilizers that we used to use but newer meds and combination protocols that can really help. We live in a state where fireworks sales are permitted and actually encouraged. Several years ago the state refused to increase restrictions and instead put a special tax on fireworks sales. The tax was supposed to go for fire personnel training. We do have restrictions on time and dates permitted around holidays, but we all know how that goes. Doug, DVM
dturm 06/22/22 12:25pm RV Pet Stop
Fireworks

Winnie - our new Golden - is afraid of loud noises, mostly thunder and fireworks. Kaylee is getting better as her hearing diminishes, she now only hears and reacts to the loudest sounds. I heard a financial report a few days ago and it appears that another sector that has been hit with large price increases is fireworks. I can only hope that the price increase is enough that people choose to buy gas, food and other essentials rather than fireworks. I'm not holding my breath...
dturm 06/22/22 10:31am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I remember when we first started RVing and the credit card cut off was $50. I almost filled up in rural Illinois the end of May on the way back home and the cut off was $100. A couple of years ago I was filling at a Flying J and they put a $300 potential charge and my CC company put a stop on the CC before I could fill. BTW, when I filled in May the cost was $4.49. We were $5.89-5.99 last week but this morning were "down" to $5.35
dturm 06/09/22 12:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Best Route Frm Iowa I80 to New Brunswick, Class C+toad

You don't need to get multiple I-Pass transponders. Illinois allows registration of multiple vehicles to one transponder, we have 2 cars and one motorhome registered to ours. Vehicle license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions are entered in the system. They have velcro type attachments to allow you to move the transponder between vehicles. I know it's not in fashion to praise governments, but Illinois really did the tolling thing right when they upgraded to join the EZpass system. They remodeled their toll plazas and established an "open road tolling" system where you no longer have to stop at a toll booth to pay a toll. Traffic backups are reduced and you can often breeze through tolling stations at highway speed. The system reads the transponder, license plate and counts axles and then charges the corresponding account. During the pandemic it has allowed them to eliminate person to person contact by closing manned toll booths and allowing people who don't have transponder to pay tolls online (the system has recorded your license plate to catch people who try to game the system) Living in the area, it has made travelling around Chicago much easier. USUALLY.
dturm 06/06/22 04:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route Frm Iowa I80 to New Brunswick, Class C+toad

We got an IPASS from Illinois. We have used it locally (IL and IN) and, on a trip east through Ohio, PA, NY and Mass. We had a single transponder in the motorhome and nothing in the toad. We have also been able to use it crossing into Louisville from Indiana (bridge toll) and on some of the Florida toll roads. I think most states rate a motorhome towing as a different class. As far as route, you are going to pay for the convenience of using a limited stop more direct route. We thought it worth the cost. BTW, Illinois does not charge a monthly or annual fee for the transponder and their web site makes it really easy to load your account as needed.
dturm 06/04/22 03:40pm Roads and Routes
Good News

Multiple good news items after a couple of difficult years. As many of you know, we lost Sasha at the end of January at a young age due to kidney failure. As luck and fate conspired together, we now have a great new Golden thanks to Love a Golden rescue from St. Louis, MO. Meet Winnie (not sure if she was named after Winnebago, Winefred or Winnie the Poo). She's about the same age as Sasha and has fit in perfectly https://i.postimg.cc/L5k5Gjgp/20220505-115001.jpg width=640 The second bit of good news: After a 1 1/2 year hiatus from RVing, we're back in the motorhome. We're back because of the third bit of good news, Sandy had a knee replacement Feb 14 and is able to walk and climb stairs - just about back to "normal." Her recovery has been amazing and the surgery option one of the best decisions we've made. Her knee was so bad that she was just about wheel chair bound (one of the reasons we weren't able to RV). Her surgery was done by the Rush Orthopedic group (those of you around the Chicago area may be familiar with Rush Hospital).
dturm 05/09/22 05:13pm RV Pet Stop
RE: 2019–2022 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

I suspect many of these reactions are due to the immune response induced by either the vaccine or the disease. The reason the reactions might be more severe in the disease could be due to greater number and types of immune complexes created by the disease. After all, COVID can affect many different systems in the body while the vaccine produces a more focused immune response. The typical vaccine reaction we see in practice is usually due to vaccine components that the individual is allergic to. Aside from the active ingredient most typical vaccine might include adjuvants, preservatives, stabilizers and residual particles from manufacturing.
dturm 04/30/22 09:28am Around the Campfire
RE: How to discourage territorial barking at home

This is a site I like for information: Veterinary Partner How do we stop barking? Start by identifying why your dog is barking. It is useful to journal times of day and what is in the environment during barking episodes. Teaching alternative behaviors incompatible with barking like checking in with their person or relaxing on a mat can be helpful to change this behavior. It is important to use positive reinforcement when teaching these behaviors, meaning a reward is given for each desired behavior. A reward does not have to be a treat. Learn what your dog likes. Some rewards include a favorite toy, attention, or verbal praise. Force or pain including yelling, painful collars, and physical punishment are often not helpful. These techniques and devices can increase anxiety, causing the barking to get worse rather than better. It is REALLY difficult to get a dog to stop doing a behavior that is instinctive, especially when it is taken to an extreme. The major take away in training is to SUBSTITUTE an acceptable behavior and use positive reinforcement to establish that behavior. I had a similar issue (not a severe as yours) and I taught Ginger to go get her tennis ball (something she really enjoyed) whenever someone came to the door. It worked great for everyone except my brother-in-law, but that's another story. Doug, DVM
dturm 04/02/22 10:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

There was also a painting of Richard with Old Fella that was donated and is hanging in Waynesboro. I don't remember if it's in the Library or City Hall... if anybody else remembers.
dturm 03/30/22 07:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

So sorry about Sam's passing. I know he was a great protector and help with your sheep.
dturm 03/21/22 06:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Our 2nd new Sheltie addition

Woo hoo!!
dturm 03/13/22 03:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We went to that Strawberry festival a few years ago, we were staying in Crystal River. It was fantastic!! The very best strawberry shortcake I've ever had in my life.
dturm 03/03/22 12:48pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

So happy it worked out for Rocky. We learn new stuff every day and the internet makes it pretty easy to share. The xylitol is a BIG NO-NO for dogs. It can actually kill them by causing a low blood sugar.
dturm 02/11/22 04:05am RV Pet Stop
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

So sorry.
dturm 02/03/22 02:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: We're getting ready........for lambing

It's been about 50 years (OMG) but I remember my large animal rotation that happened in Jan/Feb. We attended a few downer cows. It's really amazing what a little glucose or calcium will do. We see an eclampsia in post-partum dogs infrequently, but I saw several in 40+ years. A little calcium IV turned them around, really amazing to witness. Do you see the downer ewes more often with twins? I assume if she survives this will be her last breeding.
dturm 02/01/22 02:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: New study on Neutering/Spaying

Larry - You are not looking. This is an almost universal policy where pet licensing is done. 2022 Pet Tags are due by March 31, 2022. If your pet is unregistered or new to your family, you must visit us at the Clerk-Treasurer's Office to register for the first year. You can renew your pet tags online. Go to stjohnin.com and click the "Pay Online" tab. The cost is $8.00 if your pet is spayed or neutered and $20.00 if unaltered. Proof of current vaccination record is required.
dturm 01/31/22 09:31am RV Pet Stop
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