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Old 03-07-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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Question Do you travel with pets?

Just curious.
When I met my DH and his kids, we'd pack up Sears mega-tent in the trunk and camp/cook-out in local deserts, mts. to bond...no pets.
As the kids grew up and drifted off to jobs/schools, our 'camping' became an escape from intense jobs and we'd bring our best friend, a rescued rottie, with us. She was a love and I miss her perspectives on the whole camping adventure. Nothing felt right after she passed on.
RV is a lot less hairy...
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Old 03-08-2008, 11:15 AM
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Yeah, but we have a smaller critter. A pomeranian. He loves to be outside, against everything we have ever heard about these dogs. We take him camping with us everytime we go. We just stake him outside, set his water bowl out there, and he is usally pretty happy.

It does become a hassle sometimes, because he is a full time leash dog, otherwise he would run off. And he is VERY mischevious, always into something. So when it gets too hot, we will put him in the camper, but we always have to make sure everything is up so he cant get to it.



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Old 03-08-2008, 02:36 PM
 
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I've loved reading about these pets of yours, a Pomeranian, and Rottweiler. Sorry if I misspelled them. We had pets at our house, but they didn't go with us camping. It looks like so much enjoyment to have a pet along. My Mom lost their Scottie about 4 months ago. She lives in MN, and brought him everywhere with her. He was 15 years old, and they had to put him to sleep. Because she didn't want him to suffer. She misses him.
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CT's Pomeranian is probably more fierce that our Rotty was. Folks WOULD drop their jaws when I'd open the RV door for the morning walk.

She'd stand in the stairwell with her head out...sniffing. After that ritual, we'd go flying out the door. Also had to do the leash when we were out-n-about...so nimble was the watchword. Sigh...miss her.

So...why do dogs put up with us?
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:17 PM
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When I first started camping with my wife we had dogs. They both went with us all the time. We did a lot of Boondocking/Dry camping, so the wife felt safer with the dogs. We had a 120lb Rotti male, and a 80lb German Shepard female.
Most people didn't come too close to camp with those two running around.

Then we had kids, and more kids. So no more dogs right now. We are planning on building a bigger house in the next few years. So when that happens I'll probably get a couple German Shepards again, and they will camp with us.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:07 AM
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CT's Pomeranian is probably more fierce that our Rotty was. Folks WOULD drop their jaws when I'd open the RV door for the morning walk.
I know I would have done the same thing bludog. They can be quite intimidating

I dont know about why they put up with us. However I do know that our dog has no idea he is a dog. He is like another kid around here, so if I was him, I would put up with us



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Old 03-09-2008, 12:27 PM
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We dont currently go camping with any pets. We do camp with others that do though. I wouldnt have a problem camping with dogs, but I dont think I could go camping with a cat. I am not a cat person, maybe if I was it would be different. I dont think it would be that enjoyable for either, cat or owners. Anyone here take their cat? How well does that go?
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:26 AM
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No camping pets for us either. We have camped with dogs before, never been a problem. I imagine at some point in our lives, we will be camping with pets again.
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My husband's brother had a Rottweiler. That thing was huge and had to be in a large outside cage. He was fierce to look at, and no one would mess with him. I think he got him because of the way he looked. But my brother-in-law really got attached to him. He'd do things like get special treats for him. The dog always howled when he was coming home.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:48 AM
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We bring our dog with us (Mandy) camping all the time. She loves the campfire. We put her towel on the ground usually right beside me in front of the fire pit and she curls up to stay warm and falls asleep. She's a Silky Terrier. The only thing is she likes to growl at everything that comes close to the campsite. Including bugs!! It's a nice treat for her to get out and get some fresh air and go camping too.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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Default My Daughter Wants a Silky Terrier

The girls begged their Dad for a Silky Terrier. They petted the ones at the pet store. We did on-line searches for adoption for them. They read books, but it's still a "No". We plan on getting a dog in the future. So they are waiting. You must love how beautiful they are. Curling up at the fireside -Mmmmmmm.
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:31 PM
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Glad you asked :

This is one of the reasons we got into camping, we have always like to take our dogs camping with us, we had a beagle that died last April and whenever we would go out to the camper he would go crazy with excitment. We now have a doggie that is learning to love camping as well. It makes us feel good to be able to take our whole family with us! Ok you gotta love the smiley.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:07 AM
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The first time we went camping with our dog, we had one strange experience. She was a rescued Greyhound racer, and we awoke that night thinking that there were some cats fighting outside the tent. What made it even stranger was the dog wasn't concerned. Turns out her stomach was upset from drinking out of the streams, and since greyhounds have hardly any fat, there was no insulation to buffer the sound. After that, I started giving her a Pepto Bismol tablet every night - that did the trick.

Our present dog is a half St. Bernard who knows what else. I do the same trick with the Pepto, though he's insulated well. Keeps him from wanting to make a late night stroll.

I've tried to get him to sleep on a rug on the camper floor, but by morning he's always up in my 5 year old daughter's bed with her. The greyhound would sleep on the floor - but we don't have a slideout and when she stretched those longs legs and body out, there was no room left to walk by.

We always get praise from everyone else, because he will not bark unless a stranger comes into our campsite. He has to stay on a long leash when we are there, but 90% or our trips are to a campground near where a friend has ten acres in the mountains, so we'll make a couple trips there during the week to let him run.
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Hehehe that's funny, greyhounds are such great animals, my sister has three .
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DO WE CAMP WITH DOGS???? Somewhere we mentioned that we have over 300 pounds of dog in our motorhome. Two large goldies, a blind lab and a Belgian shepherd. We have always traveled with dogs and have had up to 7 in the motorhome at once. This included my parents' blind dog who needed insulin shots twice a day. We know this wouldn't be the life for everyone, but to us, it is just the greatest. To look on the floor and see them stretched out and sleeping peacefully just makes this motorhome a home. Of course, when they all have to sleep on the bed with us, that does make it alittle tight for sleeping It is alot of work, especially the hair as we both work in a security department and our uniforms are BLACK... But we wouldn't trade them for anything. They do earn their keep as two of them are drug dogs and they all do their part to remind anyone that this is THEIR home. They sound ferocious when someone comes to the door, but it is a free-for-all when they come in and all four of them want the attention at once. To us, it is the only way to travel and we couldn't imagine not having a dog in our motorhome with us.
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