VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

- POSTING RULES
- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics


Go Back   VAF Forums > Main > Acts of Charity (using your RV)
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-03-2019, 07:37 PM
catmandu's Avatar
catmandu catmandu is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 792
Default River, a dog destined for greatness!

We went from three dogs to none, and my wife said no more until we are 80 so we can drop everything and jump in the RV and travel. Can't argue with that too much!

But I still need a dog fix from time to time, so I have decided to look for PNP trips where an overnight stay with the dog would be prudent. You know, for safety reasons, too many legs in one day and all that.

Today I flew down to Georgia in my -6a and picked up River. A four month old Golden and Labrador Retriever mix, he is on his way to be a service animal for Delta Dog. Awesome pooch, he mostly slept until we passed over some building cumulus and wallowed around a bit, which got his attention. So I opened the top hatch of the crate and gave him some love.



It has been a great afternoon and evening playing with him. A bit too rough in the Chesapeake Bay to 'baptize' him as all retrievers should, but lots of fun nonetheless. He is a tough one to give up, especially when after dinner he casually cruised into the under-desk cubby hole my departed Golden loved so much.



Dang this summer pollen, my eyes are watering up.

Off to New Hampshire in the morning, this dog has work to do!
__________________
Mike C.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
RV-6A bought flying
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-03-2019, 08:00 PM
Tankerpilot75 Tankerpilot75 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Posts: 435
Default

River looks like a great dog! Your story causes my eyes to water!
__________________
Jim Harris, RV7A, 2nd owner, N523RM
IO-360, Hartzel CS prop, Older Aerotronics built panel Dual GRT Horizon WS, GRT EIS, Garmin 340, 335, Dual 430s, TruTrak 385 A/P with auto level, FlightBox hard wired to WS, Dynon D10A with internal battery (backup EFIS), 406 MHz ELT.
Retired - Living the dream - And going broke!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-04-2019, 07:04 AM
Raymo's Avatar
Raymo Raymo is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Richmond Hill, GA (KLHW)
Posts: 2,025
Default

We went from 2 dogs to 3 when a skin-and-bone stray showed up at our stables. Two months of steady food while staying in and around the barn, a trip to the vet for the "fix" and he's doing well. In the interim my wife decided she wanted a Golden Retriever. I had one when we met back in the mid-90s and he was an awesome mate. We found some Golden-Doodle pups and now have a 4th dog: Amazing Grace (aka Gracie).

I too like to jump into my RV and go on trips but the wife doesn't like to fly and she has several horses that require a lot of daily assistance. I joke that they eat money on one end and create work at the other
__________________
Ray
RV-7A - Slider - N495KL - First flt 27 Jan 17
O-360-A4M w/ AFP FM-150 FI, Dual PMags, Vetterman Trombone Exh, SkyTech starter, BandC Alt (PP failed after 226 hrs)
Catto 3 blade NLE, FlightLines Interior, James cowl, plenum & intake, Anti-Splat -14 seat mod and nose gear support
All lines by TSFlightLines

"The object of the game, gentlemen, is not to cheat death: the object is not to let him play."
Patrick Poteen, Sgt. U.S. Army
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-04-2019, 07:25 AM
petehowell's Avatar
petehowell petehowell is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: MN
Posts: 2,226
Default Great Job

Those rescue pups will get to ya! Thanks for helping him to his new job!
__________________
Cheers,
Pete

Amateur Plane - RV-9A N789PH - 2200+ Hrs
Amateur Radio - KD0CVN
Doggies Delivered - 25+
St. Paul, MN
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-04-2019, 07:52 PM
roadrunner20's Avatar
roadrunner20 roadrunner20 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bay Pines, FL (based @ KCLW)
Posts: 1,919
Default

Thank you for providing this service.

I'm a PnP pilot, but never heard of this group & looked them up.
They are based in my hometown of Hollis.
I told my family about them & they will look into helping them out.

Keep up the good work! That's quite a trip from GA.
__________________
Danny "RoadRunner" Landry
Morphed RV7(formally 7A), N20DL, PnP Pilot
1140+ hours
2019 Donation Paid
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-05-2019, 05:21 AM
Hardy Hardy is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 5
Default

Heartwarming stuff. Thanks for the post from Australia.
What brand of dog carrier do you use that fits in the back of the RV-6?

Last edited by Hardy : 06-05-2019 at 05:25 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-05-2019, 06:31 AM
catmandu's Avatar
catmandu catmandu is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 792
Default

Dog crate: Soft sided one from Amazon.

For my -6a, the 30" model was just a bit too big, so I went with the 26". 50 lb dog is my limit, just because of the volume available. I put a piece of plywood in the cargo area, on top of an empty cardboard box that the 4 x one gallon oil comes in (has an extra center support), laying sideways. A moving blanket on top of the plywood for comfort. That puts the upper 'windows' of the crate high enough that tall enough dogs can see out at least a little bit.

Takes a little bit of geometry manipulation to make it all come together (I 'assemble' the crate in the cargo area), and to get the larger dogs to go in the side access hole. I normally fly solo with the crate, so I shift it over to the passenger side to keep the pilot side shoulder harness from being restricted. When there are two in the plane, you have to forgo the raised platform deal, or live with shoulder harness tethers that are off center.
__________________
Mike C.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
RV-6A bought flying
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-05-2019, 08:50 AM
Vlad's Avatar
Vlad Vlad is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 7,827
Default

Noble cause Mike. Are you still in New Hampshire? If yes where?
__________________
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-05-2019, 10:14 AM
catmandu's Avatar
catmandu catmandu is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 792
Default

Went to Nashua and back yesterday to drop River off. Took a pilot friend along to show her how to fly the Hudson along the way.
__________________
Mike C.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
RV-6A bought flying
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-05-2019, 09:23 PM
Hardy Hardy is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by catmandu View Post
Very helpful. Thank you.
__________________
East coast, Australia
RV-7. Superior IO-360.
2019 dues paid.
RIP TinyPic.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:19 PM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.