Kurt’s 2008
Land Rover LR3

Donated to
Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio Car Donation Review

It seems only fitting that we pass on Loki’s Car to MPR in his honor so that they too can benefit from his grand adventure.

Saying goodbye to ‘Rove’ is more than saying goodbye to a car, it is closing out our long goodbye to our very good friend, and the reason we purchased it, our friend Loki (RIP 2018). We purchased our used LR3 in late 2013 because it was the only car we could think of that we would like AND would fit our 90lb German Shepherd, Loki.

In the Rove we created many family memories going on camping adventures together (as well as weekends in the city where we drove to the lakes for walks every weekend). Aspen, CO was our most treasured annual camping trip until Loki fell ill in early 2018 with Degenerative Myelopathy. His last big trip in the Rove was to The Gallatin River in Montana when he was already outliving the odds of his disease; and on his last weekend he went camping ‘Up North’ before we came home to say goodbye. In October 2018 Loki spent his final moments sitting in the back of the Rove with us at the University of Minnesota Small Animal Hospital as his final sedative took effect before his passing. It was fitting that the back of the Rove, where we spent so many fun times together, was the place we had our last moments together. This was his car.

It is with lumps in our throats, and great sadness we now say goodbye to Loki’s car, but as with Loki ~ we can no longer keep it going. Our dream would be if someone could make the repairs needed and keep the Rove going as it seems like it should have so much more life, but we also know that may not be realistic. Like Loki, it feels like something with such beauty shouldn’t be so sick. So we made the difficult decision to purchase a new more reliable vehicle that we can continue our adventures with, with Loki in our hearts, and say goodbye to the Rove.

We have been longtime members of public radio; it is the only station we listen to on our long car rides to camping destinations, in the car around town, and in the house. It seems only fitting that we pass on Loki’s Car to MPR in his honor so that they too can benefit from his grand adventure.

Thank You, Kurt!

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