Having such a big dog “on board” means you have to adapt a lot and figure out different solutions for pretty much anything you do on a daily basis.
🛁🚽 Balthazar needs a lot of space, so we had to say goodbye to a normal shower/toilet room that we actually had in the bus from the beginning. Now this space is Balthazar’s. His bed is ca 140x120cm. We’ll have to use a portable toilet and a bucket for showers with removable shower curtains instead of walls. 😂 We don’t mind. Our life is so much better with him than without. 🤗
🚐 The bus is too high for him. He can’t jump in the bus as a “normal” sized dog, and it’s not very good for his joints to do it too often. He is not agile at all, because he weights a lot for his small and very long legs. He can’t use usual RV steps (50-55cm wide), we have to make them wider, bigger and less slippery for him.
~I am dreading the time when he becomes too old to use stairs and etc.. But I am trying not to think about it now. We’ll figure out something for him when the time comes.~
🥾 We have to choose our hiking trails carefully. We always try to check out trails’ difficulty on the Internet, because he can’t take too complicated trails, and we can’t lift him or help him to jump on high rocks, because he is too heavy. It’s also too dangerous for his joints. He is not allowed to overwork them.
⛰ Plus, he is very clumsy, so If something happens to him, it will be very difficult for us to carry him back to the bus. We constantly discuss what we can do if, e.g., he gets bitten by a snake or if something happens to one of his legs, because it’s impossible to carry him in your arms or even on your shoulders like a regular dog.
~Hopefully nothing bad will ever happen to him!🤞~
🥘 Balthazar needs a lot of food. Usually we buy two big 16kg bags of dry food, some fresh food, dog candies and etc per month. So, storage space.. We have to adapt our storage for ca 30 kg dog food. So we can have enough food for at least one month until it’s time to refill it.
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