Friday, December 18, 2009

Taking Care of Our 4-Legged Child

To say that I was just blown away to find a new "Follower" on my RV blog this afternoon is putting it mildly.  But yet....there she was!  Carol K has decided to join us on our Full Time Journey, and for that I am truly grateful.  Thank you, Carol!

I was thinking about our little "Annie the Schnauzer" today as she rode along with us to the Camping World store in Fife.  She likes to go for rides (as long as it isn't to the groomer) and look out the window in the back seat. 

When we are traveling in the RV, we try to take her as often as possible.  However, sometimes she is better off staying in the comfort of the motorhome while we are out for a while.  Last year when we were in the East, I thought about what would happen to Annie if we were out and had a traffic accident and got sent to the hospital (or worse).  Who would even know she was stuck back in an RV?  Who would know where to look for her?  Our kids, back in Washington, know we are traveling in a certain area, but they don't usually know where the RV is parked or where to find it. 

So, I came up with an idea.  I typed up a "fill in the blank" form on my computer and printed out several copies.  Each time we go to a new campground/RV park I get one and fill in all the blanks with the name, address, phone number and space number of the place we have left our motorhome.  I leave it visible in our car.  That way, an EMT can see it and find help for Annie.

The form I made has the following information and reads as follows:

We are traveling by RV in this area.
Our motorhome is parked at:
We have a dog inside our RV and in event
of emergency, somebody needs to tend
to her right away.  Her name is Annie.
Emergency contacts are:
Stephanie (I list her phone #)
Dennis (I list his phone #)

This may not be a perfect solution, but we are making a pro-active attempt to help our 4-legged child in the event we cannot be there for her.   All of us love our family pets and look out for their needs, as well as our own, when we are on the road in places far away.  After all, they cannot take care of themselves.

Until next long for now!


Rick and Paulette said...

That is a great idea! I think we'll copy that one for our 2 pups.

Anonymous said...

That is an outstanding idea, I have often thought of that too. I'm going to do the same thing, if you don't mind me stealing your idea.

Merry Christmas,

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

That is a great idea!!! Thanks!

Happytrails said...

What a wonderful idea! We travel with our little buddies also and never thought about what would happen if something happened to us.
I think we will borrow your idea and leave a note in our car also.

Thanks so much for the idea.

squawmama said...

Margie what an awesome idea... I will be doing that from now on...Annie is looking so good... How is she doing since her little episode? Great photos of her!!! Have a fun day my friend...
Travel Safe

Margie M. said...

I'm glad a few readers have liked this idea for remembering our little furry friends. Feel free to use this idea or adapt it as you feel it works best for you.

Donna...Annie is doing very well right now and looking forward to heading 1 find nice weather.


Janna and Mike said...

Margie--I also had those thoughts especially when we were out riding the motorcycle (less safe). Some RV park along the way in our travels had given me a pad of notices such as you created and each time we would change RV parks I would write up a new one and put it in my husbands wallet. We lost our little 8 year old schnauzer, Jazz to cancer this summer and now will be going south with Emmi, our newest little schnauzer. We are heading to AZ, maybe our paths will cross.

sue and doug said...

this is a great idea!!..we too will be travelling with our four legged children and yes..god forbid if something were to happen..we will be taking your idea also..dont know if I would leave it visible in the car but I will be sure to have it in my purse or backpack..thanks for this good idea!!

Sonya said...

Margie, that is a great idea. We will be stealing it from you. I had never even thought about that situation coming up. Thanks again for the idea. Annie is such a sweetie. Glad to hear she is doing better.