Earlier this week we said goodbye to our traveling companion and best buddy Phineas. Over the last few months old age caught up to him. It is terribly sad he is gone, but we know Phin had the life all dogs dream of.
He was born almost 14 years ago in Kansas after his mom spotted his dad Jake riding in the back of a pickup truck. Relocated at an early age, he spent most of his days in Vermont (Which was probably a blessing, he hated the heat and loved snow). Much like us, Phineas enjoyed exploring the wilderness. He hiked; he swam; he snowshoed; he got us out of the house in the best and worst weather. He also loved to lay in the sun on his deck, watching over his yard and driveway. Amazingly he was also great with kids.
Just over a year and a half ago we told him we were taking him on a great adventure with us. I’m sure he was a little confused at first. All his favorite couches were suddenly gone and he was trapped in this little silver tube with us. What ever trepidation he had was quickly forgotten once he realized the best campgrounds were on some body of water, and those were just the type we wanted to visit. You can’t read blog posts from our first few months on the road without seeing a picture of Phineas frolicking in water. He loved his “retirement tour” and we wish it didn’t have to end. The Airstream will be empty without him.
Here is a bunch of pictures of Phineas doing what he loved best; Playing in the water.
That is such a sweet tribute to Phineas. It looks like he had a wonderful life.
Awww, I’m so sorry. I lost my best bud at 16 a few years ago. He also loved to swim and fetch sticks (or… logs!). Makes the house feel so, so empty and quiet. As you said though, what a lucky, lucky guy Phineas was to have you. Clearly a happy life/happy dog.
Seeing that last photo in San Diego really hit me. Just last week. Awww… Phin.
And you did the hardest but most loving thing: Choosing to let go at the best time for him, not you. Takes guts and a lot of love.
So sorry to hear this news. I can think of few things any harder than losing a dog. But, what a wonderful life he had and what memories and pictures you will always have to remember dear, sweet Phin (who is likely up there swimming his heart out in those beautiful heavenly lakes)!
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful doggie. We’ve been thinking of you guys a lot this week. It was time for the old boy, but I know that doesn’t make it any easier. We’re honored to have been able to spend tine with Phineas these past months. Hugs to you both!
What a beautiful dog. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Beautiful memories. So sorry for the loss of your dog.
A life well lived.
A beautiful tribute to a wonderful and full life!
So sad. Great tribute, great photos. We’ll all miss Phin. xo
My heart breaks for you! It is so hard losing a furry family member, but you gave him the best send-off tour any dog could want. What wonderful pictures of him doing his favorite thing with amazing views. May God bless you in this difficult time.
Oh Amanda, I’m so sorry to hear. I know the trailer will feel empty without him. We still miss Bear. What a beautiful post and wonderful memories. Our thoughts are with you guys!
That last photo brought on the tears, remembering how a year ago we lost Jake, the best cat ever. Those last days were especially hard. I’m so sorry for you both.
Im so sorry for your loss. I’ve always looked forward of seeing Phineas from day one. Goodbye big guy.
I’ve been a lurker on your blog for some time now, and just wanted say how sorry I am to read about the loss of your Phin. It’s so hard to say goodbye; we know firsthand, because we’ve been there several times over the years.
What a beautiful tribute, and a great memento of the extraordinary victory lap your water boy enjoyed during his last days. Peace.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss – what beautiful photos & what an adventure you had with him! Sending good thoughts your way…
I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve enjoyed reading of Phineas’ travels. He was a lucky dog with a great life.
Sorry for your loss. Such a great dog!! I love all dogs!
My heart is breaking with yours… what a great tribute to a wonderful traveling companion. I love the pics of Phineas doing what he loved to do. I said good-bye to my Dinah Doggie a few months ago and my little trailer is very empty without her. Such a tough thing it is to say good-bye – I know the two of them are now running free together! Blessings to you!
A beautiful tribute to a great dog! He most definitely lived an awesome life!