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Old 06-23-2015, 10:56 AM   #15
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For us, a lot of the fun on trips is enjoying the antics of our Cairn terriers. We try to be good neighbors, though, just like we do at home, and certainly there are things we can't do with 'the boys' along. We've never left them at home, but we plan to when it makes sense -- say, to visit Yellowstone (and most other national parks), or to attend a rally in really hot weather.

And surely we understand some people's annoyance with 'bad' neighbors who bring dogs and don't properly care for them (some are the same with their human children).

Meanwhile, all we have to do is say 'Tyler & Wally, you wanna go camping?' and tails wag, and Tyler starts turning 360's. The hassle is worth it, for us.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:12 AM   #16
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My two little dogs, Possum and Wookie take me camping a lot. They even let me sleep and eat in their 13 ft. Burro. We all have a great time. They wouldn't think of leaving me behind.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:18 AM   #17
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[QUOTE=My two little dogs, Possum and Wookie take me camping a lot. They even let me sleep and eat in their 13 ft. Burro. We all have a great time. They wouldn't think of leaving me behind.[/QUOTE]

I've heard that dogs have owners, and cats have staff. Sounds like Possum and Wookie also have staff. Sometimes our cat has servants, though.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:19 AM   #18
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I'd say it's up to the owner and the pet. If the pet enjoys traveling and camping, behaves well (no barking, whining, running loose and creating havoc) and the owner is ok with the additional work it creates, then I say go for it!
We wouldn't think of leaving our well behaved GSP home. The two cats are a different matter.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:20 AM   #19
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I bought a 16 foot Scamp instead of a 13 foot just so I would have more room for my dogs. Yes, it will inconvience me at times and I will not be able to just leave them to go do things. But I also cannot imagine being without them. One is a deaf and blind Aussie that is just thrilled to have new adventures and new things to smell. He loves every person and animal he meets. Barking at sounds is nto a problem I will be fulltiming starting next fall and they will be my traveling companions.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:29 AM   #20
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I believe pets are a pain in the neck.
We have a small dog ,,,should say, my wife owns a small dog .
When we were in Pensacola last winter near one of the best beaches in the world we either had to take turns , as there is no dogs allowed, or not experience it at all.
Turns out I never saw the beach!!!
Driving around in circles trying to find shade so the dog can be left in the car for ten minutes is no fun either.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:26 PM   #21
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Our dog goes with because there would be no one at home to take care of her and she is my responsibility anyway. But, I do not plan on a replacement should anything happen to her. Our longest trips are 7-10 days so it is not terrible on any of us but she sure is happy to be off the leash and able to "run wild" when we get home. Her camping dilemma is: I get to be with my people 24/7, but I have to wear this damn leash pretty constantly. Hummm, people, leash, people, leash.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:29 PM   #22
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The one rule that most people ignore is the 6' or 8' leash rule. Most seem to use the retractable leash that extends to close to 30' in direct violation to the posted rules.
Yup - even I as a dog lover I wish they would outlaw the retractable leashes - drives me nuts trying to pass someone with a dog on one and the dog is pulling the person around with it and ends up wrapped around my ankles. That and little dogs that nip & bark at the end of one as you pass.

I honestly don't get what the owners are thinking or even how they are able to put up with it!
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:12 PM   #23
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You might relate the stories that I heard about little dogs on those long leashes. In AZ, specifically, I heard that sometimes the coyote ate the dog. I am serious. The people were angry with park rangers and were trying to demand that they do something with the coyotes. There are coyotes everywhere that we have been.

The other issue is trying to protect your dog if a dog that is loose coming running your way. And, there are other varmints that could bite or attack your dog.

Of course, you can pretend that you didn't see the pile that little Pooey just made since he/she is so far away. Never fear though because if I spot it for you, I always carry extra poop bags and am generous in their distribution should the need arise.
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:24 PM   #24
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You might relate the stories that I heard about little dogs on those long leashes. In AZ, specifically, I heard that sometimes the coyote ate the dog. I am serious.
Heck that has happen right in the middle of Vancouver City proper - more than once! Coyote's in the city are not scared of people.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:15 PM   #25
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I'm with Ziggy. My husband and I have no children but we have little dogs so we bought our camper so we could take them everywhere with us. Even pet friendly hotels frown on three dogs. Kids are just as capable of running loose, screaming through campgrounds at all hours, littering and wreaking havoc by bouncing Frisbees and balls off the neighbours' RV. If we had kids we would have to accommodate their needs and be mindful that they didn't disturb others, or leave a mess in their wake so we don't regard our dogs as any burden. There are plenty of places we can't take kids or dogs but then we would enjoy those places less without them so it is no great loss. Our dogs are rescues who spent years in cages for breeding so being able to let them bask in the great outdoors even on the end of a leash brings us a great deal of fulfillment. Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:29 PM   #26
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Holly is a twelve year old JR that lives with us. Travels with us and camps with us. We use an expandable leash that gives her 10 feet of freedom unless there are other people or pets about. Then she is locked in on a two foot leash at full heel. On the camp site she has a tether that reaches about two feet outside the front canopy. In my pocket, most of the time, are from three to six doggy bags and you are free to have one if you forgot yours. Besides they are great for small items at the store or when collecting the mail. A screen door allows her to see out when in the trailer and provides great ventilation. At night she sleeps in a kennel inside the trailer and not on the bed.
How can you not want a pet that gives unconditional love and only expect to be fed and her evening doggy treats. Proper training as a puppy and constant refreshing through her lifetime can give both great fulfillment. Accepting a pet into your life is accepting a great responsibility but the returns come back a hundredfold.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:50 PM   #27
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I might add that our dog is usually a big hit with everyone (especially kids) in the campground. There aren't any bad dogs..... only bad dog owners. Responsible pet owners always insure their dogs are not being a nuisance to anyone, are well socialized with other dogs and always clean up after them. I have to agree that there is nothing more annoying than a constantly barking dog, except the seemingly endless drone of a generator : )
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:02 PM   #28
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We are in the middle of a 12 day trip to Glacier National Park with our German Shepard, Gunner. We put the back 2 rows of seats down and a piece of fiber board covered with carpet for him to travel on. He loves to ride back there, and whenever we take a rest stop he is almost frantic to get back in the SUV. At the camp site, once he gets settled in, he is good as gold.
Yes, I love Gunner to death, but they do restrict you on activities you might want to do.
This is our 4th Shepard, but I think he will be the last dog we have. Now we need to get rid of, or let pass on, the old horse, the old cow, and the old cat. Shucks, that leaves us with still one young cat. Guess we better start leash training her.

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