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Paleo Ron

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Some of you might remember that a few months ago I sent a post saying that I was a solo RV'er and was wondering what peoples' advice would be about getting a dog. The responses were in a slight majority advising against it, and so I decided to put it off. Well, I've just come back from a big trip from Ontario to British Columbia and back, including a three-day visit in Vancouver, and I can see now that while a dog can be a great companion, it could also cramp one's style to a big extent. I now think that getting a dog could to a big extent be unfair to the animal. Anyway not to start a controversy, but for anyone thinking of getting a dog for RV'ing, I'd have to say think it over carefully.

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Completely agree with you. I have watched people forced to walk in pouring rain, wipe animals feet before they could re-enter their RV. I have seen dogs attack other dogs, lunge at people, bark, pee on everything that is not running faster than the dog is. etc on and on. I put on my flame proof suit. ;>)

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You make a good comment there. Many people consider what enjoyment a dog may bring to them. But few consider what enjoyment they may bring to the dog.

Dogs are not for everyone. Or for every situation.


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With a TT or 5`er I could see it being an issue. but with a class A or C and a smaller dog I don`t see an issue. we travel a lot with our dog and he loves it. I`ve traveled as long as 8 hours with our Shepherd and he has no issues. when we stop for food or gas he goes for a walk. he loves being in and out of the trailer. now if we had a motorhome I don`t think I would choose a 100lb dog, but a smaller dog I would have no problem with.

Like you said you have to think long and hard and also do some homework.


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My wife was recently driving me crazy wanting to get a dog. We ended up dog sitting our kids extremely well behaved dog for a week. After about four days she announced, "I've changed my mind, I don't want a dog".

Problem solved.


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Posted: 09/16/13 12:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we travel NOW with our little dog. he is our daughters pet and part of the family. He is only 3 and Daughter is 8 (almost 9) so I figure in about 11 years or so she is off to college, doggie should be about gone at that time.

pure freedom

we plan on full timing and when that happens NO MORE dogs for us. while caught in controlled travel due to her school, summer vacations etc.....we don't mind the little dog with us. But when it comes to retirement, no way I am slaving to a critter at this point. but of course everyone has their own version of how they want to travel. with or without a pet. go for what you want and enjoy!!

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Having a dog wasn't a plan for us, neither was having a tt. Our dog coming into our life was a really good thing. Before, we didn't take vacations. The dog loves to travel, in the car and camp in the trailer. So, we bought the trailer to travel with the dog and now have taken 4 weeks off in the last year. Best thing for my husband. Yeah, we have to worry about her, walking her, places to go, etc. But, so what. She brings a lot of joy to our life.

We were camping last week Sunday-Friday. LOTS of dogs during the week, at least 15 different dogs during the week. The campground was quiet all week until Thursday night when the family with children showed up. Their little girls felt the only way to ride their scooter was by screaming at the same time. Two little girls made more noise than all the dogs, and the 25 person father/son church group.

Having a dog is not for everyone, but that's ok.

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Love dogs but we full time and camp in a central location and get up early and sight see all day. Wouldn't be fair to leave the dog in the RV all day by itself. What if the power goes out?


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StephanieLynn wrote:

Having a dog wasn't a plan for us, neither was having a tt. Our dog coming into our life was a really good thing. Before, we didn't take vacations. The dog loves to travel, in the car and camp in the trailer. So, we bought the trailer to travel with the dog and now have taken 4 weeks off in the last year. Best thing for my husband. Yeah, we have to worry about her, walking her, places to go, etc. But, so what. She brings a lot of joy to our life.

We were camping last week Sunday-Friday. LOTS of dogs during the week, at least 15 different dogs during the week. The campground was quiet all week until Thursday night when the family with children showed up. Their little girls felt the only way to ride their scooter was by screaming at the same time. Two little girls made more noise than all the dogs, and the 25 person father/son church group.

Having a dog is not for everyone, but that's ok.
I bought my RV for the same reason, to take the Collies. It is a trade off on having to take care of them and having to deal with one less thing.

* This post was edited 09/16/13 02:00pm by colliehauler *

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My wife and I had this conversation earlier on in our marriage.

She wanted to get a dog. I was travelling a lot with work. I asked her point blank, can you see yourself getting up at 6:00am when it is minus 40 and letting the dog out or taking it for a walk?

Just because it is optional for you, doesn't mean it's optional for the dog.

We are quite happy with our cats now. two of which happily go Rving with us.


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