As most of you who follow our trip journal know Ringo was our cat who has traveled with us for the last 5 years or so. We had to make the tough decision last week to have him euthanized because of numerous cancerous tumors in his stomach. We’ll miss the guy. I thought I'd share some of the pictures of Ringo through our travels between 2014 and 2019.
Sue got him from a shelter just before we left on our 2014 Great Circle Tour. That trip was memorable because our new cat disappeared in Alabama and didn’t show up again until Texas. He was gone for 3 days and nights and we thought he had gotten out of Winnie at the RV park where we were staying at in Alabama. He was lost, but never left Winnie. He appears to have spent the time hidden in the dashboard of Winnie. When we first noticed he was "missing", I looked under the dash on the drivers side where there is a lot of room to climb under. The first night, I thought I heard some scratching on the passengers side of the dash while I was writing my blog so I got into the passengers seat and stood on my head to look under the dash, but couldn't see the cat or anywhere he could get up there. The next night I fell asleep on the couch, and when I woke up I heard some louder scratching from the same area. I thought we might have mice or a squirrel. Since it was dark, I flipped open my iPad to give me some light and a dark cat flashed by and ran to the bedroom. It was Ringo! I woke up Sue and she tried to coax him up on the bed to see if he was okay. At 2:00 AM we had to get out the litter box, food and water that had been stowed. He needed all three after his time in the dashboard. The mystery was solved and Ringo seemed none the worse for the wear.
The rest of the time Ringo travelled with us was pretty uneventful as he adjusted to life on the road well. He liked to travel on the bed and spend his time while we were sitting still on the dashboard looking outside or if the door was open in the stairwell looking out the screen door at the big world outside. Early on it was a struggle to find hiom in the house as we got ready to leave on a trip. We'd have to corner in a bedroom and drag him from under a bed to get him in the carrier for the trip to Winnie. He eventually had gotten to the point on our last couple of trips that when I got the carrier out to take him into Winnie he climbed right in. I guess we’ll be traveling without a cat for the time being until Sue decides she’s ready for a new traveling companion.
Rest In Peace Ringo - 2014-August 6, 2019.