3 Golden Retriever Dogs Autumn RV Trip to Gateway Arch of the West
October 22 – 28, 2008
My name is Buddy. I am 11 years old rescued golden retriever dog. I was adopted by my masters Tommy and Suzie McMullen in July 2004. I would like telling you little bit about my wonderful masters who are deaf .Tommy and Suzie are involved in an organization for Rescued Golden Retrievers since 2002. They adopted and raised nine dogs in 8 years.
I am the oldest one of three golden retriever dogs. My dogiblings are Mandy, age 6 and Cassie, age 4. Mandy and Cassie are best buddies. I join them playing sometimes so my body aches from time to time. Cassie and Mandy know that I am the BOSS of the furry kids in McMullen’s family.
When Suzie found out that her oldest brother having pancreatic cancer early in October and he was on deathbed .Suzie was so devastated for losing him. He was her awesome teacher while she was growing up as a Deaf person and overcame the obstacles in the hearing world. Thanks to him, Suzie is an American Sign Language Instructor at an university level for 16 years.
Tommy has 24 foot leisure boat for 20 years and docked in Lake Erie on some summers. We enjoyed riding and sleeping weekends on their boat. Tommy wanted something new and challenging. Traveling in recreational vehicle is one of his goals when he retires from his dental lab business he owns for 21 years.
Tommy and Suzie wanted to go to St. Louis Missouri visiting and saying goodbye to her cancer-stricken brother. Tommy drove 1 hour to Mentor Ohio from our hometown Akron, Ohio picking up 25 foot recreational vehicle Class C.
Cassie, Mandy and I were thrilled for not going to kennel. We joined the fun adventure with them. We stayed at four campgrounds, all of them are KOA. We were able to enjoy the smell and crispy of autumn in the Midwest and the campfires were awesome for us, the hunting dogs, even though we were kept on leashes all the times. We did not mind because we didn’t want to be in kennel.
Beside visiting the hospital, we visited the Jefferson Barrack Cemetery for the soldiers. Suzie’s parents are buried there. Suzie’s mother was well-known as the lead secretary for General Eisenhower in World War II while Suzie’s father was in the war.
Our highlighting trip was seeing the Gateway Arch and Dog park as reward for our good behaviors during the trip.
We enjoyed the new experience very much and Tommy and Suzie did, too. They are planning on taking us again to west especially Seattle for Suzie’s childhood friend’s wedding on Fourth of July 2009.
On sad note, Suzie’s brother passed away on November 8, 2008 of pancreatic cancer. He lived 14 weeks since diagnosing Stage 4.