Once again the call came in from May at the Boxer Rescue. They had found Lizzy in a shelter and she was not doing well. If you remember Sully, this case is in the same league.
From the Shelter: (sorry about the caps)
LIZZIE WAS REMOVED DUE TO NEGLECT/CRUELTY BACK IN AUGUST 2009. SHE HAD BEEN USED AS A BREEDING MACHINE ALL THROUGHOUT HER LIFE AND MOSTLY LIVED OUTDOORS WITH LITTLE ATTENTION. ONE DAY WE REMOVED HER AND ANOTHER DOG FROM THE PROPERTY AND IT HAS BEEN A COURT BATTLE WITH THE "OWNER" EVER SINCE. THE WOMAN CARED NOTHING ABOUT LIZZIE BUT WAS MAD THAT HER "MONEY MAKER" WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HER. LIZZIE HAD HEALTH ISSUES OFF AND ON ALL THROUGHOUT HER LIFE AND BETWEEN BEING BRED TO DEATH AND NOT RECEIVING PROPER CARE, THIS DOG GOT WORSE AND WORSE THE FURTHER ALONG IN LIFE SHE WENT. BY THE TIME WE RESCUED HER, SHE WAS AND IS A MEDICAL DISASTER. BUT SHE FIGHTS ON.....
AS AN ADULT BOXER, LIZZIE WEIGHS CURRENTLY 24 LBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS A WALKING SKELETON JUST ABOUT. SHE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF VETS EVER SINCE AUGUST OF LAST YEAR AND MOSTLY STILL REMAINS A MYSTERY AS TO ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH HER. SHE HAS BEEN ON EVERY KIND OF DIET KNOWN TO MAN AND RIGHT NOW IS ON 3 FEEDS A DAY OF PRESCRIPTION CANNED I/D FOOD. SHE IS ALSO ON SEVERAL MEDICATIONS INCLUDING PREDNISONE, TYLAN POWDER, BAYTRIL, ETC....
We pieced together a 3 plane relay to get her from Akron to Fort Wayne(Rich in a turbo Arrow) Fort Wayne to Aurora (Dale in an RV-6A) and Aurora to Minne(yours truly). Sunday was a great day to fly in the upper midwest and we took advantage of it. There was fog in the big river valley, but clear and a million above it, so I went up to 9.5 to latch on to 25kt + tailwinds.
I had the O2 flowin' and the podcasts to keep me busy when Minne Center was not calling traffic.
My 9A delivers good economy at this level - here 149kts true (Dynon reads a bit low vs GPS) on 5.8gph.
A little less than 2 hours later, I was on the ramp at Aurora.
30 min later, Lizzy arrived with Dale in a nice -6A......
.....and I got to meet Lizzy, just a bag of bones, but sweet as could be.
We loaded up, said goodbye to Dale and the good folks at Lumanair, and headed northwest - I knew the winds were brutal upstairs, so we climbed up to 4K where there was a crosswind and battled the bumps. With the Alt hold engaged - I saw TAS variation from 120-165kts as we rode the unevenly heated air mass roller coaster - Lizzy did not seem to mind - she just curled up and enjoyed the trip.
She tucked into my lap for the better part of the trip - this is what it is all about.
I think we have a convert to RV travel!
I was met at KANE by a nice group of people who will care for Lizzy and find her a home. My wife was very understanding and supportive of the trip on Mother's Day, and thanks to the speed of the RV - I got home in time to make dinner and hang out with her.
More pics here: