For the last few days, our 16 year old baby boy, Joey, has been eating and drinking little to none. Yesterday, we came home to Joey having very little control over his body. He would be lucky to be able to make it three feet by half dragging his back legs, and then falling over because he is just too unstable.
I suspected a stroke because not too long ago, a family member lost their kitty of over 20 years, and had similar issues.
We kept him comfy for that night, figured in the morning we would get him to the vet. However, this morning he had even less strength than the night before and was urinating on the floor and himself.
Being the stubborn guy he is, he still tried to get from place to place and while we were making calls to get Joey in, he made a scrambled dash to the water dish, fell over hard, and could barely move.
So we finally got an appointment for him this morning, went in with him to say our goodbyes, with lots of hugs and love as he passed away.
Love and miss you Jo Jo Bean.
So I got this bright idea a few months ago. I decided I wanted to become a weekend warrior. Get a backpack, some gear, go for a hike, camp. Repeat for a day or two, then come home.
Something I have learned on my journey to weekend warriot-ism:
Backpacking gear is expensive. Especially when going for light gear. The really nice tents started at around 300.00 (going into over 1000.00), with down sleeping bags in most cases going for more than the bottom of the line tent.
I have managed to get the core of my (summer) gear to under 20lbs. Add food and water weight on top to complete. Keeping in mind that I need to carry extra gear for my bear bait dog. I did a ton of research for a lot of gear deals, made a bunch of things myself (sleeping bag liner, dog sleeping bag, beanie/hats, stuff sacks), and have spent way too much money at MEC. Now my husband sits in a little pool of fear that I wont want to get into this, after spending so damn much.
I now have all my gear! So what is stopping me? Well, the heat. I’m not car camping, or driving to my destination with a dinky little 20 minute walk to a nice spot to cozy up to. While that still sounds like fun, I want to hike multiple days. In this heat, there is just no way. Especially considering how out of shape I am, sprinkled with health problems that include lung and heart issues. Also, Oona overheats quickly.
So I wait for some ccooler weather to begin my long walk.
Best. Thing. Ever.
In my never ending quest to keep my pack as low weight as possible, I was looking at dehydrated foods at sporting goods stores. Wow. About 6-8 bucks a meal. No way.
So I got a dehydrator! I love this thing. so far I’ve done some of the basics. Apple, bananas, mixed veggies. Then there is jerky. Wow. Absolutely amazing making your own jerky. Sticking with pork because we rarely eat beef. Plus, Beef is ridiculously high right now.
At some point, I may just say fuck it and go no cook with my adventures. I’ll have to wait and see.
Oona, my Boston Terrier bag of submissive suck.
Oona is no fierce protector. No barks, no growls, just love. She will even go and hide in her crate if people are being too loud or have a negative tone around her. Taking her on the trails with me, I also have to carry her things, because she would overheat too quickly with even an empty dog pack on her.
I’ve never been a small dog person until I had a Boston Terrier. Now I seem to be torn between the choices.
In the next few years, I will be getting another dog. The plan was another BT, male. He would be Chaplin, a companion for Oona. Except now, with backpacking, I’m wondering if a big dog would be better.
Getting a bigger (medium ish) dog would not be for protection against bears or cougars. Any size dog on a trail environment needs the human to protect them. However, it would be a safety/comfort measure, regarding humans, when out on the trail by myself.
Some of the dogs I have been looking at are Doberman Pinscher, German Shepard, Boxers, and certain mixed mutts. No matter the pick, it would be a rescue. No exceptions.
Having said that, I do like small dogs, now that I have had a chance with them. Getting a Yorkie has it’s appeal. I wonder if there are backpacks small enough for yourkies 🙂