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Old 08-10-2009, 11:48 AM   #15
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We have just completed our week holiday with 2 Mini Schnauzers. Both are getting older now but they do love to go camping. The oldest (13) is just getting ornery but loves the trailer. (I think he likes the size of it ). Our youngest (12) is diabetic and is given 2 insulin shots per day. He is also blind. You might think that hinders the camping but it doesn't really. We just have to remember to keep the insulin cold and not move anything once the campsite is set up. He gets a little confused when he walks into a line that wasn't there before or hits a tent pole as he turns around. And we have to watch the fire too. Of course, that comes with all animals. Right now, I wouldn't go camping without our boys. Who am I going to talk to when hubby is out fishing? I do have to say though - because our dogs are getting older - we have no intentions right now of replacing them (for a while anyway) because animals can make it a little difficult to leave the campsite and of course, you can't just leave them in the car or back at the trailer. I've seen (actually heard) many animals get upset because they were left alone at a strange place. People tend to forget that others may not want to hear their precious pup(s) singing in the trailer waiting for their owners to show up again. If you don't mind taking them with you where you go, they can make camping alot more fun. Oh, one thing to remember, keep a bottle of SKUNK OFF in the trailer.....just in case. Also, when their fur gets wet, you can have that "wet dog smell" surface. Amazing how that just pops up at times.

If you know the puppy needs a good home and can give it one, then you have to look at the whole picture. How often will you be camping? I do see where Keith makes his point and it is very valid and No... you are not a meany Keith.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:53 PM   #16
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Thanks for the support, Ron. I really do love little Jake, it's just that when God was passing out patience, there was a line, and I said, "I'm not standing in line for nuthin". So, there you are. We'll hang in there with him until the end, but when he's gone, that's it.

Take care of your guys. They are really special.

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Old 08-11-2009, 11:08 PM   #17
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One of the reasons I want to take up the lifestyle of camping is so I CAN take my 2 pugs with me! Since my kids are grown, (and nobody's giving me grandkids yet!)--I enjoy seeing the world thru my dog's eyes.

A couple years ago I was Googling "pet friendly vacations" and stumbled upon Four Paws Kingdom near Rutherfordton, NC. This is a camp expressly for dogs and their owners (in fact, there's an age limit on kids--under 2 or older than 14.) There is hiking for you and your dogs, swimming, off-leash parks, agility parks, etc. They even have a pet-walking service, if the humans want to sight see without their pooches. (And it looks like there's LOTS to see there!)

This camp is mainly set up for rvs, travel trailers, etc. but they do have 3 cabins and this year they added 3 30 foot campers. All you bring is linens and towels. Since my husband is not yet convinced that he wants to own a camper (I may be looking for a new spouse soon!), we will be staying in one of the campers.

So---how crazy are we?? On Aug. 31 we will leave Omaha NE, and drive 17 hours to go to a DOG camp for 3 days and 4 nights, then back home. I'll let you all know how it is. I'm so excited I could scream, (but wish I was making the trip with my own fiberglass home!)

BTW---I DO LOVE kids---I'm a pre-school teacher!
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:57 PM   #18
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So---how crazy are we?? On Aug. 31 we will leave Omaha NE, and drive 17 hours to go to a DOG camp for 3 days and 4 nights, then back home. I'll let you all know how it is. I'm so excited I could scream, (but wish I was making the trip with my own fiberglass home!)
Vickie your comments and humor made us both laugh! We look forward to hearing your post vacation report! And we hope your husband might be convinced after your camper experience to purchase a trailer. There are plenty of good reasons to own a FGRV and a few not to - I think losing a good husband could be among the reasons to forgo ownership!
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:14 AM   #19
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A couple years ago I was Googling "pet friendly vacations" and stumbled upon Four Paws Kingdom near Rutherfordton, NC. This is a camp expressly for dogs and their owners (in fact, there's an age limit on kids--under 2 or older than 14.) There is hiking for you and your dogs, swimming, off-leash parks, agility parks, etc. They even have a pet-walking service, if the humans want to sight see without their pooches. (And it looks like there's LOTS to see there!)
There is a Casita and Friends Rally held at this park every year. See if this link helps:
http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/index.php...mp;hl=four+paws
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:20 AM   #20
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It's strange how aware you become about something when it enters your radar. One of the network morning news shows had a segment about dogs. They were discussing the smartest breeds. And this morning our local newspaper had an editorial titled "The Truth about dogs and dogma". Note the clickable link to the editorial. You might find it an interesting read as I did.

That said, I'm sorry to report that we've decided not to adopt our neighbor's dog or any pet for the time being. We gave it a lot of thought but concluded that it was not the right time to take on this type of commitment.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:19 AM   #21
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Aww, Steve, tough decision---but you obviously thought it through with your head, and made what is best in your life right now. (I tend to do all my thinking with my heart---not always a good idea!)

Gone are the days when you throw the dog a bone and fresh water. Last year we spent $300 having dental work and extractions done on Skippy. And then there's all the regular shots, and, oh yeah, the special dog food for his pancreatitis. Not to mention this year when Elli Rose hurt Skippy's eye ($112). And now we're planning the vacation around their happiness (BTW, Brian, thanks for that Casita Four Paws info--cool!)

Lest you think I may be alittle crazy--let me assure you--I AM. We also have 2 Guinea Pigs, and I've spent bazillions on them, too! When we accidentally found out ButterCup was a boy, (not the advertised female), I rushed them to the vet, where Peanut was given an Ultra-Sound to see if she was pregnant. All this for 2 $24 pets. They live in a huge(separated) pen complete with fleece flooring--in my living room! (I've been told my house does not stink--I hope my friends are being honest.)

I got this way from parents who took our 59 cent anole (lizzard) with us on vacations to South Dakota and Minnesota.


Anyway, since my hubby puts up with all this, and rarely tells me NO, why is he being so stubborn about getting a fiberglass palace??????? Hmmmmmm maybe I should trade him in for a bird!!!

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:12 PM   #22
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So---how crazy are we?? On Aug. 31 we will leave Omaha NE, and drive 17 hours to go to a DOG camp for 3 days and 4 nights, then back home. I'll let you all know how it is. I'm so excited I could scream, (but wish I was making the trip with my own fiberglass home!)
Vickie, you are NOT crazy.
One of our favourite vacations is a long (5 day) weekend held annually in NW Pennsylvania that is totally about the dogs. It is a breed specific (Rhodesian Ridgeback) event with every activity possible for the breed. It's held on an old previously Amish farm and most people camp on-site. We've been twice now and will likely go again. Many of the participants come from both coasts to be there.
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Penney and Mike--how "good" can he be---if he won't let me get a camper! Today his MOTHER even chimed in with "you don't want a camper." Well, thanks for the info (She didn't think I should have a third child, either--but that turned out OK!)

Carol Ann---Viva le animal lovers!
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:11 PM   #24
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Lately, we've been thinking about getting a little dog. It's been several years since our 14 year old cat passed away and now may be the time to get another pet. Since we're relatively new to RVing we were wondering how well a dog would adjust to traveling. Are they allowed in campgrounds? Are there any other things we should consider relative to camping with a pet? The dog we were considering is a toy poodle. Our next door neighbor recently bought one but it is not fitting into their family very well and is being somewhat ignored, sadly to say. They have asked us if we wanted to adopt it but so far we've held off taking on such an important commitment. I did a little reading about toy poodles last night and they seem to be a good match for us based on their temperment, etc. Well, it might be a more appropriate match for me if we selected a slightly dumber dog according to my wife. She says the dog has already been teaching me tricks when he escapes and gets me to come out and play with him.
I wish my cat (cinncinati ) didnt get car sick in less than 300 feet...he's a cool cat otherwise.....id take him
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:08 PM   #25
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My traveling buddy started his first trip 12 years ago by throwing up on the truck seat, he now has well over 100,000 miles under his belt and his love of travel is second only to his love of Frisbee.

He is 125 lbs and any place that would not allow him is not a place I care to visit anyway.

I could not imagine a trip without him.
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***Train the little one to hide in a purse if you must, and take it with you. My friend from Portland, Oregon took her Poodle into grocery stores, shopping centers, resturants, etc.***

In my opinion, that is so wrong, and on so many levels. Sorry - just my opinion.



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I vote for the dog too. Nothin like a loving little companion to travel with.
Pets can be a problem if it is hot outside, and you want to eat in a resturant or sight see where pets are not allowed(as you can not leave them in a hot car or camper.)
Train the little one to hide in a purse if you must, and take it with you. My friend from Portland, Oregon took her Poodle into grocery stores, shopping centers, resturants, etc. That little Poodle stayed in its purse even if the purse was sitting on the floor in a cafe. I could not belive it. Little Bubba went everywhere she went and no one ever questioned her as to why she carried 2 purses
I took my Nicky into cafes, church, and shopping centers a few times in an extra purse. No one knew he was there.
I do remember going tent camping yrs ago way up north in the wilderness where there were no fast food places. We did not eat all day due to not wanting to leave Tina in the car while going into a cafe. That was the only time I was sorry I had her along.
I bought my camper mainly for the dogs. I wanted a place I could leave them for a little while if I wanted to go somewhere they could not go.
Yep, I vote for getting the dog.
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***Train the little one to hide in a purse if you must, and take it with you. My friend from Portland, Oregon took her Poodle into grocery stores, shopping centers, resturants, etc.***

In my opinion, that is so wrong, and on so many levels. Sorry - just my opinion.
Pets do not belong in grocery stores... and it's an Oregon law. Only service animals are allowed: Oregon Reminds Grocery Shoppers: No Dogs Allowed
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Same is true here in Texas. Several Dallas area resturants have recently opened outdoor eating areas where dogs are welcome.
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