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Here's the pooch a week ago. Riley is his name. riley nov 29 2017.jpg  Don't know why this program rotates photos sideways?
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retro195man
Retro-Active wrote:
retro, yes, I need a good day of camping.  I cancelled my reservations for camping last night and tonight because I want to set up in daylight for my trial run.  I Just returned from a trip to a Veterinary specialist out of town, plus stocking up all kinds of food for my dog who is not eating much.  I got canned dog food as he isn't eating his regular dry food, baby food meat, soft dog food, a variety of treats, and pedialyte for replacing electolytes when needed.  The news was rather grim today after ultrasounds and biopsies.  He has advanced, aggressive prostate cancer.  A dog's prostate is supposed to be the size of a pecan. His is the size of a softball.  Plus the cancer is in his bladder somewhat, and in his lymph nodes. The Vet thinks it is also in his lungs and says he may have pneumonia.  I am going for treatment of inflammation and associated infections, and pain management.  He is definitely hurting. Surgery would not likely accomplish the desired result due to the advanced stage of the cancer. And I don't want to put him through chemo.  He is still on for various camping trips to come.  After all, he is my buddy and sidekick, though I expect he will be spending even more time napping than usual.

I hope you both get to enjoy some camping. May he be strong enough to go and enjoy the time with you. 
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Went camping last night. First time with the retro.  Probably set a record in how many times going back and forth to both park the trailer properly in the campsite and to back the truck up to the trailer this morning. It seemed like every time I wanted to back up an inch, the truck would then lurch forward another half inch when I put it back in park. It was a learning experience.  The heater worked. The bed was comfortable with the added memory foam topper I bought. The jacks worked fine. Unfortunately, none of my outlets worked. I located and reset the GFI outlet, but it didn't make any difference.
I didn't tear anything up while backing in, which is a plus. The site was a nice, quiet one. Not too many people camping during the week so you have plenty of buffer space.
Riley the dog felt right at home in the trailer and riding around in the truck with me.  He was not too loud at the campground.  Whew.  I did not know how he would react to other dogs and noises away from home.  
The highlight of the trip was seeing two bobcats fairly close up today.  They were sunning themselves on some rocks.  My dog and I watched quietly for awhile, then they got up and sauntered off into the shrubbery nearby. Amazing that my dog did not bark. It appears they are pretty accustomed to humans, like the deer and skunks we also saw in the campground.  There were dozens and dozens of quail too.
It was 23 degrees this morning per my truck's inaccurate thermometer.  It was cold enough last night there were very few people out and about.  I did see one diehard barbequing outside. Good for him. I was glad I had my flashlight to help me catch site of one of the skunks before I got too close. We about faced and headed the other direction.
The campout was a success in getting more familiar with the trailer. I am glad I have the powerful truck. One of the employees at the campground provided some horror stories of people who made it into the campground but couldn't make it back up the steep hill when it was time to leave.  One transmission went out. Others had to have their trailers towed out.
My pooch is feeling significantly better which I attribute to the medicines helping him get on a more even keel. Some of his appetite has returned and he spent some time chasing the ball, his favorite activity.
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dynodonz
Sounds like a good first trip.   It's always a learning curve no matter how experienced a RV camper you are when you take out your new TT for her first trip.
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DuchessLynnabelle
Camping appears to be what was needed for both Riley and you! Glad it went well!!!!!!!!
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