Lost My 4 Footed Pal

Vance Resting

Vance loved sleeping in the converted RCA TV

Hello and welcome to the blog.  Today is a very tough day.  The new camping buddy, Vanse, had to be put down after a sudden health crisis.

Vanse (“Van-Van”) was a rescue cat, having sustained a broken leg and facial injuries very early in life.  Often when a kitten suffers cranial damage, there is scarring on the brain;  as they age and grow, problems surface as the brain grows and inflammation occurs.

Van had experienced several days of frequent seizures.  We tried various medical treatments (much like they do with humans) but the meds did not work.  His seizures became so frequent and violent that there did not appear to be any chance of saving him.  Van-Van was barely able to walk, eat or drink much of the time.  Seeing him in this state was agonizing… both to Jesse and myself.    Suffice it to say, I could not continue to see him suffer.  He’s resting now.

VanVan Deceased

Vanse permanently resting… Jesse tried to lick him back to life,, then howled… He’s mourning his little buddy’s departure.

Vanse (formerly named “Jenko”) was born near Monticello, Iowa and was about six months old.  He loved the outdoors and seemed to enjoy our first and only camping trip.  Van-Van loved “people food” and having his belly played with.  He was fascinated with television, the laptop computer, and particularly with old Disney musical videos.  He was a fun little guy and will be missed by his adopted brother Jesse James and myself.  We’re both pretty sad.

Tonight Vanse’s little body will be buried at the farm where Serena and I had lived in the van.  Just like I did with Serena, there will also be a little cross placed for him in a private spot where we camped in Clayton County.  He was quite an amazing little guy!  I’m glad that Van-Van was able to experience a loving home even if it was for such a very brief time.  After being hit by a car on a gravel road, he very well might not have ever had a “family.”

What a day…  Well, it’s time to rush off to work for now.  Staying busy is a good thing.  After the weekend is over the plan is to do a little camping near home and Jesse James is going along for the excursion.  He’s not thrilled about car trips but likes the fresh air and camping food.

As always, thanks for stopping by today.  Happy and safe travels.  Give your cat or dog an extra hug for me!

Bradford and Jesse James
Jones County, Iowa

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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18 Responses to Lost My 4 Footed Pal

  1. Good for you that you can stay strong and do the difficult things that sadly sometimes need to be done. Now you have saved him twice. But it will be a tought couple of days coming up so hugs for stength.

  2. shadowmoss says:

    My condolences. I know you gave him a loving home and made the best decision for him when the time came.

  3. Cynthia says:

    I’m so sorry about your 4 footed pal going to the rainbow bridge but you gave him love, companionship food and a warm place to sleep and when he died he had people around him that cared.

    that was a wonderful thing to do. he didn’t die along, didn’t die in a shelter with no one around he was warm comfortable loved & fed.

  4. Jo says:

    So sorry to read this, He was such a little guy and so very cute. I’m glad you gave him so much love to take with him that he may never have known with out you n Jesse

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks Jo. For being so tiny, he was sure full of live and love. He made an impression. After Serena died, I didn’t really want to warm up to another cat – now I’m planning to get another one right away. Jesse was also in a funk but seemed to enjoy the kitten’s company. Van-Van sure contributed a lot in the few short weeks we had his companionship.

  5. Sunday says:

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  6. Coweta Dan says:

    Sorry for your loss Brad. Good luck on the fishing next week.

  7. Laurie says:

    I am so sorry. I’m glad he had a good home and family for a little while.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Laurie. He brought a lot of happiness in the short time he was here and he got to experience things he never would have. I can only imagine the grief that a parent must experience when a child passes.

  8. Pleinguy says:

    Losing another pal so soon must be heartbreaking. Hope you and Jesse get past this sadness and remember the good times with Vanse.

  9. my_vantasy says:

    I’m so saddened to read about Vanse passing. I’ve been out camping where there was no Internet, so I just now read the news. Yes, go adopt another kitty and give it a loving home. Keeping you, Jesse and Van-Van in my thoughts and prayers.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thank you much for the warm thoughs! The new little kitty girl is sitting in the recliner beside me at the moment. She was very vocal, crying until I picked her up and let her sit her. She’s got many of the possessive, strong willed attributes of Serena. Something tells me she’s going to rule this place with an iron paw. 😀