Thread: My Journeys

  1. #1001
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Southern California
    This just sucks. But remember that you gave that guy a life most other dogs (and some people too for that matter) can only dream of! Remember all the good times and keep moving...

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  2. #1002
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Cedar City, UT
    Damn Jerry, so sorry to hear! Its tough to loose a pet.

    Great pics BTW.

  3. #1003
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    I'm very sorry to hear about Montana. I've enjoyed following your thread and the journeys the three of you have been on. I hope to someday travel to some of the places you have shown us. Thank you.

  4. #1004
    I am sorry to hear that's tough,you opened your heart and gave him a good life.
    14 Ram CTD 2500 CCSB 315/70/18 Toyo MT's,A.R.E. DCU

  5. #1005
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Sorry about Montana, he was a great dog. How's Yukon doing with this? When you take off I moved to Casper WY, So if you come south let's grab a cup, I think I still owe you one.


  6. #1006
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Greeley CO
    Sorry about your loss. I have gone over the last 2 days to scratch the neighbors dogs.
    1992 FG, 1994 Hallmark camper.
    1961 CJ3b, V6,OD,PTO winch etc.
    1969 Jeep Commando.
    1998 Harley.
    2, 1982 XT 550's
    1953 Buick Special, that I get out about once a year, 62K original miles.

  7. #1007
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana area
    They ask so little, give so much and leave too soon. It never gets easier saying good bye.
    '86 M1031 CUCV (Chev K30) w/6.2, 4x4, 6" lift HUMMV tires
    '01 G3500 Chev Express Cutaway USAF flight line box van w/6.5, 2x4
    2013 Yamaha XT 250

    "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!" Hunter S. Thompson

  8. #1008
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Orange County, CA
    Quote Originally Posted by JerryYukonMontana View Post
    We've have been busy again preparing for another road trip. Typically I start a pre trip post here about all the work that I'm doing to the Jeep, truck, camper, or whatever, but this time it'll be different I'm afraid to say. This pre trip post is only about Montana......

    Montana, my best friend, really my everything, for the past 6 and one half years passed away Thursday evening, from cancer......

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    Thursday morning appeared to be another typical day in our lives. We were all awake much too early, I was having my coffee, and the dogs laid around wondering why I'm up so early again. After a few cups of coffee, we took a walk down to the fields, the air still cool here in Montana, the sun just rising, clouds in the sky. Just a typical morning in our lives. The dogs chased gophers, man, they love to chase gophers. Montana had become quite proficient at it, and I'm sorry to say that he ended the lives of more than one. Next we headed over to the lake, it's crystal clear and ice cold with the recent rains, but more so with the spring run off from the mountains. I don't know how he does it, but Montana can just stand in that frigid water for what seems like forever.....

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    Montana spent the remainder of the morning on the seemed good to us all. I roused the dogs up to go and run some errands, and Montana was hesitant to leave the couch. He whimpered in the garage, and reluctantly got into the truck. For some reason I had an urge to spoil the dogs, so we stopped in at the local pet store where each dog got a large cookie covered in yogurt.....a rare treat of that caliper. But Montana was not interested. At our next stop I let the dogs out of the truck and Montana seemed like he was weak on his feet. I called the vet and within (5) minutes we were there.....

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    Tests revealed some abnormalities, x-rays confirmed that there were issues, and the vet recommended that they open him up to see what was going on. I was able to go into the operating room to see him, hug him, and tell him how much I loved really special he was to me. It was all so hard to believe. In a matter of hours my life was turned upside down. At 3:00 p.m. they started the surgery and by 4:00 p.m. he had passed away. They told me that he was filled with tumors and his organs were breaking down. There was nothing that could have been done.....there wasn't a single sign prior to this.....

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    I found Montana on December 20, 2010 near my cabin in the Appalachian Mountains. It was a cold, winter day, the ground frozen and covered in snow. He was so cautious of humans at that time.....he had been abandoned, he had been shot (3) times and one of the gunshot wounds had become infected, starving, his ears and gums were infected, and the next day he tested positive for Lyme Disease. But over time he regained the trust of all man and through our travels he became quite the entertainer and was loved by all that met him. He loved people and other dogs so much. He hated gophers so much. He filled every hole and void in my life. He slept at my feet, if there was room he preferred my lap, and in bed his head always laid on my chest.....always. We were inseparable 24 / 7.....

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    I've often said to people that if there is a dog heaven, that's where I'd choose to go after this life. And if there is a dog heaven, then there's no doubt in my mind that Montana is there, romping through the marshes, creeks, and fields, sunning himself along the shoreline of a lake in the afternoon sun.....just doing what we always did together. It's what we loved.....

    We hope to be on the road in a few weeks.....

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    It is such an honor to experience such great love for you and for Montana. To see that you were such an honorable dog owner (I am sure you never considered yourself an owner but based on what you have shared you were mutual friends) is an example of how life can be when we show love and respect to another living thing. I am sure that you never intended to be an example of human kindness to us all but in my opinion that is exactly what you have been. Of course with all of this is the profound sense of loss that comes along with the end of a life. Hopefully your powerful memory of the good days and that love will be more powerful than the pain. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I hope you find comfort and peace in knowing that you were the best friend you could be each and every day.
    2003 Montero Limited
    3.8L V6 6G75 5 Speed Auto
    Roof Rack, Kumho- AT-51's LT265-75-R16E, Air Lift rear bags, skid plates, rear recovery points added on, modified spare tire holder for larger tires, 2" home made front spacer lift, 30mm rear coil spacer (80 Series Landcruiser Polyurethane spacer from Ironman4x4)

    1984 Isuzu Trooper II, LWB, 3 Door, SOLD
    1986 Toyota 4x4, 31-10.5's, SOLD
    1992 Isuzu Trooper 3.2L, SOLD
    1993 S-10 Blazer 4x4 4.3L Vortec SOLD

  9. #1009
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Carmel, Indiana
    Jerry, I was just caught up on your post. So sorry. Been there several times and it is never easy. Montana crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was a very lucky dog to have you. We will be thinking of you. jd

  10. #1010 sorry man. I know how tough it is but you just have to try and dwell on the good times you had together. After reading your post this morning I gave Petey some extra love. Again, so sorry.
    Photo journal and ramblings about my travels
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