We've been going to the same spot for about four years now. We love it there. The last year we took the BP for his first time (well, tecknically second, he went in mom's belly one time!). But this year will be different, mom and dad made a hard decision. One mom still feels like crap about.
Duncan isn't going.
Now, we all know Duncan is beyond old fart status. He's 16.5 and will turn 17 in February. He's still pretty spry as far as fossils go. But he has slowed down a bit. I have no idea why!
He does do well in the crisp mountain air, but during our last few trips he's been hiking less and less. It's just too hard on the old fella. And he'd rather sleep in his comfy ortho-pee-dic dog bed within easy reach of noms.
Dad was just worried because our cabin is two flights of stairs to get in and out. No other way to get in or out, with slick wood floors. Mom was in denial. But the more mom and dad talked about it, they grew more concerned that he might slip and fall, and even worse, if he fell while we were out hiking (inside, he's never unsnoopervised on the outside stairs).
On our last trip, he only made on small hike around the property and then had the run in with Canine Vestibular Disease which scared the crap out of mom and dad.
So they decided, Dunc will not travel to North Carrylina. Instead, he'll stay at Camp Spoiled A Lot with Granny and Pawpaw for the week. Dunc is actually kinda excited about this, because Granny likes to spoil us with treats and noms.
Mom says parenting is hard, and she'll probably cry like a baby when we leave Dunc at Camp Spoiled A Lot. But Granny has assured him, she will live up to the camp name. And while I will miss my old, fossil brother, but there is one thing I won't miss...
Old, nasty, dog farts. OMD his butt is nasty!! That's 8 hours of being trapped with fossilized dog gas!!
*Mom side note: We really did wrestle with this decision to not take the Dunc with us. But we know it will be better and safer for him to get pampered at my mom's. And yes, we will all kinda "miss" Dunc's impressive gas. :)