Wow Rod! What a story! What determination! I for sure hope the rest of the trip went so much betta for U.
I know your feeling for the dog. We had to put one down a few years back that had been with us for 12 years. Very sad day.
A14 KLR 43k miles ,07 1250S Bandit 75K miles , 03 Chevy Truck 80K miles '43 model me. Simper Fi