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.
A '00 KLR 650 40,000 miles, A '07 1250S 74,000 , A '03 5.3L Chevy Truck 78,000 + '43 style dude , Simper Fi ;-)