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Old 04-23-17, 06:32 AM
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Goodbye to My Cycling Companion

We had to say goodbye to our 14 year old mixed breed this week. My daughter spotted her at a dumpster at CVS on a cold rainy January day when she was just 3 weeks old. I was out voted 4 to 1 at the time to keep her which added to our growing number of pets.

We took her with us on our XC Cycling trip last year as she had already greatly slowed and we figured we'd bury her along the way. The trip seemed to really revitalize her as she found her youthful spirit. How many dogs can say they saw the US the way she did??? She put her paws in both the Pacific and the Atlantic plus lots of lakes and streams in between. She got to visit Yellowstone and Niagra Falls.

While she added some complexity to the logistics she was really good company for my wife along the way. We had to carve out a pretty big spot in our van for her to lie down and for her food. We had planned to camp most of the nights but it was so hot and most of the campsites were without shade. She wouldn't have lasted long in the heat so we opted for hotels. Finding hotels that permitted larger dogs at reasonable rates was also a challenge. In the end I was thankful for the amenities that the hotels provided.

Here are a few photos of her from our trip:




















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Old 04-23-17, 06:45 AM
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She had a great life. I like the picture where she is guarding the Cervelo. Sorry for your loss.
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Condolences for loosing her, but it looks as if you had a great life with her. It is always painful to loose a buddy....
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Old 04-23-17, 07:09 AM
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As certainly as she could feel the warmth of the sun, she felt the warmth of your love. You no doubt provided her with adventure, affection, stability and security. She would have had a very different life without you. Every dog should be so lucky as she.
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Sorry for your loss. She appears to have had a happy full life.
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Old 04-23-17, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by freedomrider1 View Post
She had a great life. I like the picture where she is guarding the Cervelo. Sorry for your loss.
I think that was in a small city park in Burns, OR, just down the street from our hotel. We got there pretty early and we were waiting on our room to be available. Fortunately we found some shade as it was hot. There were several "energetic" kids running around so she really was guarding the Cervelo. She sounded her alarm if anyone got too close to the bike or her!!
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It sounds like she had a wonderful life. I know how tough it is at the end. But you and your family got something special from her companionship
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Old 04-23-17, 09:12 AM
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Sorry to hear of the loss of your BUDDY and Friend..Its BRUTAL
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Companion animals come into our lives in what is, with rare exceptions, a mutually highly beneficial and satisfying relationship. Then it is all over much too soon, particularly for some of the larger dog breeds. Thank you for sharing your story and hers.
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Oh, why did I click on this? I'm a sucker for anything dog, and now i'm crying. I am SOOO sorry for your loss. Going to hug and kiss my pup now and give her a treat. Your pup is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge to travel with you again.
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Originally Posted by metalheart44 View Post
Condolences for loosing her, but it looks as if you had a great life with her. It is always painful to loose a buddy....
Yup - you and your partner have been blessed with "Man's Best friend". The extra money spent has been returned in many positive ways - you and your partner will have those memories to your graves while any money you will have will be left behind. Karma, etc.

Happy (bicycling) Trails to you and your partner...
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Dogs and cats are the same in one respect.....it's always the "mixed-breeds" that make the best pets.
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Great story and that XC trip is now even more impressive, kind of a canine Bucket List. Glad she was able to make it and sorry for the loss.
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Sorry for your loss. Dogs make the best road companions. My dog, Happy, even had a line of meals named after him; the iconic Happy Meal.
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
We had to say goodbye to our 14 year old mixed breed this week. My daughter spotted her at a dumpster at CVS on a cold rainy January day when she was just 3 weeks old. I was out voted 4 to 1 at the time to keep her which added to our growing number of pets.

We took her with us on our XC Cycling trip last year as she had already greatly slowed and we figured we'd bury her along the way
. The trip seemed to really revitalize her as she found her youthful spirit. How many dogs can say they saw the US the way she did??? She put her paws in both the Pacific and the Atlantic plus lots of lakes and streams in between. She got to visit Yellowstone and Niagra Falls.

While she added some complexity to the logistics she was really good company for my wife along the way. We had to carve out a pretty big spot in our van for her to lie down and for her food. …Finding hotels that permitted larger dogs at reasonable rates was also a challenge. In the end I was thankful for the amenities that the hotels provided.
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Great story and that XC trip is now even more impressive, kind of a canine Bucket List. Glad she was able to make it and sorry for the loss
Dittoes to all the above sympathies, @jppe. I got to meet Sushi on the last day of his cross-country trip into Boston.
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...we hit it off immediately. jp called us the "3 J’s," Joe, Jeri and Jim (and Sushi, the 13 year old family dog). I got to look inside the well-packed van with the camping and bicycling gear, including an extra bike, with room to spare for his traveling bike [and Sushi]...

We waited for Jeri to arrive with Sushi [at Castle Island on Boston Harbor] and jp told me the heartwarming story of how they acquired him (I think). So Jeri arrived with the handsome dog, and right away a group of three young ladies gathered around admiring, ignoring the guy in the superhero costume. I had to tell them that the dog had just come across the country from Oregon, and oh yeah...with the guy in the red suit on a bicycle.
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I was impressed by his [jppe’s] engineer’s approach to planning the trip.
That included finding dog friendly hotels, and even bringing along a shovel.
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What a great life the both of you had. Such a sad day for you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.
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A great story. A sad story. An uplifting story. That life must end is what makes it so precious.

My condolences. And my respect for being such a great companion to dog.
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Sorry to hear of your loss, but sounds like you were a good fit and improved the quality of life for each other. Pets are a member of the family and losing them hurts, but how life goes.
I have my dog and she joins me on shorter Mtb rides, running behind me the whole way, sometimes up to 6 miles.
Thanks for sharing the story and pics with us, God bless!
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They are members of the family ... plain and simple. And their loss cuts deep. I'm so sorry.
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Very sorry for your loss. A dog's love and companionship can't be replaced or matched. Now that my kids are grown and out of the house, the Best part of my day is getting up in the morning to get breakfast for my dogs. The second best part is getting home to be greeted by their smiling faces and wagging tails.

I am blessed with a wife who understands and accept the bond between the pups and me.

Throughout my life, I have had to put down many dogs, it never gets easier and the tears are never less copious.

You gave your pup a good, happy life. You have tons of Karma coming your way!

We all feel your loss.

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condolences. here's wishing you just the best memories
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Sorry for your loss. She looked like she was a wonderful companion.
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Sorry to hear... Tough losing a member of the family.
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