A dog and his dog

Saturday, March 19

The crew and I have a lot to accomplish on the day I’m writing this post.  For that reason I’m leaving out a report of our doings on Saturday — our short walk on a trail and our trip into town where I have a conversation with a resident of Arivaca.  Maybe I’ll write about that in the next post. 

For now, I give you a glimpse of what it’s like living with Reggie Man.

~ ~ ~

Reggie is quite attached to his green, stuffed-dog toy, “Limey.”

Lately Limey receives more attention than any of the other toys.  Even more than Sock Monkey, Pink Piggy, Armadillo, or Blue Monkey . . . combined.

P1100087Reggie and I play “Go get Limey!” over and over and over again.

It’s not a game of fetch.  Not in the purest sense.  I sling Limey the distance of Reggie’s tether, Reggie fetches him, races back to my lounger, and then refuses to give him up.  It’s a two-part game. — A combination of Fetch and Tug-of-War.  One could say it’s Fetch, Terrier Style.

P1100090Limey is a mess — dirty, worn, and wounded in several places. 

Reggie bites him without mercy.  He shakes him with fury.  Each time I toss Limey, Reggie pounces on him with a vengeance.

“Reggie!  I thought you loved Limey!”

P1100089“Haven’t you punished him enough?”

Reggie insists on bringing Limey on our walks.

P1100105At the beginning of the walk, he’s happy to carry his friend (who is also his pretend enemy).

P1100107Like a little kid, however, he soon tires of the responsibility.

Limey hits the dirt.

“Reggie, are you telling Limey to wait here for you?”

P1100106Of course, I end up carrying Limey for the rest of the walk.

When we return to camp, Reggie wants to bring Limey inside.

“No, Reggie.  You can’t, honey.  He’s an outdoor toy.  No.  I said no and that’s final.”

P1100104“No, Reggie.  You can’t put Limey on the bed.  He’s too dirty.”

And so it goes . . . .

Sunday, March 20

P1090933Today the crew and I leave Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and search for our next camp!

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115 Responses to A dog and his dog

  1. Chey (WA coast) says:

    First?

  2. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    second? Can’t be!

  3. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Huh. Well, this has to be one of my favorite posts! A dog & his dog–love that AND the fact that sound just like a parent, Sue! So funny that Reg takes Limey on his walks…what a cute guy. Happy trails–looking forward to reading about your new camp.

  4. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    OMGosh! That boy is all boy!

    Very excited to meet my newest Grand-Pup. A three legged 3 yr old my kids adopted yesterday!

    Hugs from Hoquiam and beyond!
    Barb

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      LOVE Tripaws, my neighbors have one as does my boss. Kudos to your kids for the adoption. Enjoy.

  5. casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue!

    I’m not quite first and will type something, so really won’t be first now!!

    Our dog Chula likes a ball that rolls and squeaks.

    She just goes crazy, chasing it and growling as she pushes it around. It sure gets her busy and lots of exercise!

    Toysmith Mini Wiggly Giggly Ball (Assorted Colors)

    I substituted one of my Amazon links for yours. — Sue

  6. Our Bogie has a Limey, except his is blue. It doesn’t squeak anymore, and it has no eyes. Bogie denies having anything to do with it. 🙂

  7. Linda from Oregon says:

    Happy first day of spring, RVSue and crew and all the bloganeers. It’s pouring down here so no sunshine. I will just savor the pictures on this blog.

  8. rvsueandcrew says:

    Blogorinos….

    It’s fun to share our pet’s favorite toys. If you do that, please don’t make a link to Amazon, just give a description. We will be traveling and I won’t be able to convert reader links to mine. Thanks.

  9. Judy in East texas says:

    Be safe out there, Sue & Crew.

  10. Where's Chris Now? (Portland, OR) says:

    Top Five?

    • Where's Chris Now? (Portland, OR) says:

      Gauge loves her ‘Kong on a Rope’ that we fling across the dog parks, into the lakes (we have the floating version), and across the beach.

  11. Sealarkesmiles says:

    Such a sweet post, Sue. Love the photos….adorable. Smoochies to Reggie and also Bridget. You are ‘sounding’ exceptionally happy. Could it be that beautiful quilt you wake up to every morning? Stay well 🙂

  12. AZ Jim says:

    Reggie has a doggie that almost his size. It great to feel good like a young dog does, so much play in a little fella like Reggie who is healthy, happy and has a wonderful owner who sees to his needs. It’s fun to watch Missy…Be safe…

  13. Glinda says:

    Good morning RVSue and crew !
    Hope your day is filled with joy and sunshine.
    looks like the crew is having fun.
    This is off the subject, but I was wondering what
    Book you are reading. I have enjoyed many of your
    Suggestions.
    Am anxious to see where you camp next. This spot
    was beautiful.
    Give those precious babies a hug for me.
    Glinda

    • bess in oregon says:

      you didn’t ask the rest of the blogerinos but i will tell you what i am reading….

      Donna Leon mysteries featuring her detective Guido. set in Venice and you can smell the food and see the sights by reading her descriptions. Donna likes to quote the Classics. not gorey.

      Diane Mott Davidson mysteries set in the Rockies near Denver. start with the first and read in the order of publication. the first is called Catering to Nobody. these mysteries are about a caterer and have menus and recipes throughout the book. not gorey.

      what are you reading? bess

      • Teri Live Oak Fl says:

        I’m reading Edward Abbey, makes me want to visit Moab. I’ll check on Davidson’s book sounds interesting through RVSue’s Amazon site of course. Thanks Bess

        • Bill & Ann - Page Springs Campground, OR Malheur NWR says:

          Which E Abbey. Very interesting reading.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Great minds read alike!!

          I just finished a reread of Desert Solitaire. One of the few books I have read more than twice.
          Now I’m on to “Forge of God” by Greg Bear. Not sure how much I like it at this point but the best thing I’ve read this year is “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Great bit of “cli-fi” about a future version of the Southwest dealing with decades of drought and climate change.

  14. Pat McClain says:

    My Betsy (Schipperke) likes to grab beds out of the other crates. Then she drags them into the kitchen where she lays down and chews on them. The big fluffy beds are her favorites.

  15. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Our terrier mixes love to remove the stuffing and the squeakers from their toys. Many toys get sent to the toy hospital (a basket in my sewing room) where they await being stitched up with dental floss. We now buy more of the type that are still fluffy but have no stuffing and of course through Amazon.

  16. catew says:

    Hi Sue, crew,and Blogorinos,

    I’m still reading the posts and enjoying them immensely but crazy busy at work, cooking for my amazing weight loss diet (The Fast Metabolism Diet) which has resulted in 11.5 lb loss in 2 weeks, and spring cleaning. If you want to check out the book and cookbook for this healthy plan you can find it on Amazon thru Sue’s blog link.

    Reggie..I love your adventures and your antics…poor old limey has a rough life.

    Did I already bore you with my May vacation plans? I’ll spend 8 days between Charleston, SC, Beaufort, St Helena Island, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island and and Savannah, GA. Then 3 nights and 2 full days in Boston for museums and a show before I come back to Maine and work. Can’t wait for some Southern cookin’ and beautiful scenery.

    Safe travels to all…looking forward to hearing about Sue’s next camp.

    CateW

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Catew,
      I am so jealous of your plans! I got to vacation down on St. Simons years ago, and it was magical (but very hot in August!). I don’t like big cities much, but must confess to loving Boston. It sounds like you have a magical retreat planned. I’d love to hear about it when you get back.
      Dawn

      • cateW says:

        Hi Dawn,
        I’m so looking forward to the trip South in May. Yup..I’ll catch you up on the details later in May. I thought spring would be a good time to visit these places when hopefully it is pleasantly warm and NOT HOT!

        Yes…good ole’ Boston is easy to love. Its still safe as cities go, and very walkable. The amount of our US history it represents is a plus. I still walk the Freedom Trail some years.

        Take care of you, and sorry I didn’t respond sooner. Hope you see my reply.

        Best to you,
        Catew

  17. Wendy in Thailand says:

    Top twenty, :-)) when we moved from Oz to Thailand I made sure we packed a few of Vanna’s ( fur child) toys with us, and one of her dog beds as well actually, thought it would help to make her feel like home. She loves to toss them about and have a game, she likes tug a war as well. Safe travels Sue and crew?

  18. Good morning Sue n crew. Another delightful post with just a touch of mystery. I for one, am intrigued by your conversation with the resident of Arivaca…and a locals insight into the refuge area and other things. Happy and safe travels Sue.
    P.S. Hope you are not leaving AZ so soon. Marilyn

    • AZ Jim says:

      If she is leaving she’ll miss some beautiful weather. It’s gorgeous right now and will be for awhile. Low to mid 80’s for the next 10 day period. Been getting gentle breezes too.

  19. Renee says:

    Happy first day of spring! We are sure feeling it up here. Sunny and almost like a cool summer day. It’s nice.

    I so enjoyed this and it’s how my little terrier treats her toys – she runs and brings one to me, then we play tug of war, I throw it, she runs to retrieve it, brings it back to me teasing me by attempting to place it in my outstretched hand, then snatches it quickly, only to repeat it till we play tug of war again and I throw it and game starts all over again. She too shakes them violently attempting to “kill” the squeak. Our lab will bring it to me, hold it in her mouth till I tell her “drop it”, at which point she does and I throw it again. She quickly tires of the fetch game and after retrieving it she drops her haunches and commences to chew on it too.

    Looking forward to the report on your new spot.

  20. Pam N. says:

    Reggie and Limeyman, their relationship is adorable (thanks to your description)!

  21. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Great post Sue. Reggie is sure having a happy time with Limey, but then he seems to love all his toys. I wish Angel would play more. She loves playing Tug-of-War with her prized possession, (sock) and the cat toy with the fuzzy tail on the end, which she has dug most of the stuffing out of & will not give up any of her toys once she gets them. She still plays with the catnip ball and consistently brings me her sock during the night, even though I have taught her to get in and out of the bed herself.

    I was thinking about the person who was saying the perfectly house-trained dog has started going the house. I think maybe Lee J? Angel does that on occasion and I finally figured out that she does that when she is bored. It seems to mostly happen when it is raining here and we can’t get in our usual 3-4 walks per day, and/or I don’t play with her enough.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      Thanks for the comment, yes my dog Arlo. A funny thing, the other night he took offense at me picking up some paper he was attempting to rip up, nasty aggressive growl. And I yelled at him, he did it again and I pinned him down with my hand across his back and scolded him loudly. I don’t hit. Anyway, he hasn’t peed in the house since! Someone suggested he was thinking he was the alpha dog and marking territory. I think they were on to something!
      I had considered boredom, but we live in the county with a huge fenced yard and a doggie door. So I don’t walk the dogs except if I am walking to the mailbox, very seldom.
      I just wonder if me pinning him down and scolding reasserted my position? I have been gone so much this winter due to family issues, the dogs stay home with my husband…and I am the alpha, so he was thinking he had stepped into that position because of my absence? Hmmm, doggie reasoning!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Wow! You may have!
        Good for you!

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

        I think you absolutely re-acquired your position as alpha, or pack leader. If you watch any shows about wolves, you may notice that they greet each other after each separation, usually a hunt. The pack members, usually the alpha female and her cubs, that stay at the den never know who is leader after the hunt. Hunting is dangerous and the alpha male that left the den may not return due to injury or even death. So kudos to you for regaining your spot at the top of the pack!

  22. Chris B of the Clete and Diego Tribe says:

    Hi Sue!
    Diego plays a very similar game. It ususally starts out with tug o’war then a fetch or catch. He can jump quite high and likes to show off his jumping ability. But after that, it can go into two or three directions. If there is a minuscule hole in the fabric, there is a good chance of the toy having all of the stuffing removed. If there is a bonus of having a squeaker in it, the toy gets a squeakerdectomy and he runs around the house with the squeaker in his mouth acting like he’s talking with a squeaker. He comes us to you with this goofy look on his face and bites on the squeaker. Crazy dog! Sometimes he will bring the toy back totally flattened out due to lack of stuffing and start from the original tug o’war. It can go on forever if you let it. Funny how Reggie decided that he wants Limey to enjoy partial walks. 🙂

  23. Susan in Dallas says:

    Reggie, Reggie, Reggie! Simple things ARE the best. Limey is a good pal but not clean enough to come inside. I think you gave RV Sue the stink-eye about that! I wonder if she laughed as hard as I did when I saw that picture of you with the steel-eyed gaze.

  24. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    A boy and his toy! What a goof!

    His pretend enemy…..that was good! Have a great day!

  25. Yahaaaa!! Such a fun post !!! Reggie and his pal Limey!! Love and smiles!!!

  26. Piper n' rusty / AZ says:

    nice n’ sweet post of Reggie and his favorite toy,,, I buy toys for Piper , but she loses interest in them, she grabs a toy that I throw and that’s it, then goes off and leaves it where it lies and there it stays till I pick it up and put it away,,,, she plays with me,,,,,, have a great and safe move to your next camp,,,,,,, rusty

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Rusty,
      Has Lady Piper gotten any better about howling when you have to leave her alone in the truck?
      Dawn

      • Piper n' rusty / AZ says:

        Well she does ok now as far as I know, I know that when I leave her in the camper and try to disappear she howls or cries, and I must leave her in the camper if I go to the VAMC, so now I place a notice on the windows that says; Sorry my Dog Has Separation Anxiety., she misses me when I’m here at the VAMC., Piper has Water and plenty of Ventilation., Call me if you need to:— — —-

  27. Elaine in Colorado says:

    How precious! I loved your descriptions and pictures of Reggie & Limey.

  28. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Gotta love ’em.

  29. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Happy Spring! I have noticed the bluebonnets along the roadsides and other wildflowers. So nice to see. I remember our schnauzer, Heidi, and she always had a favorite toy, but an old sock tied in a knot for tug of war was one of her favorites.
    Thanks for the very nice blog, Sue. I plan to get back to reading your older posts. Still working on them.
    Pamela

  30. Lee J in Northern California says:

    My three dogs All have favorites. Maggie, 8 pound blonde terrier, has a stuffed squirrel that sleeps with her, is the recipient of serious attacks and flinging around. Zoe also 8 pounds, Silky Terrer, doesn’t play except with Arlo, no toy has ever interested her. She was almost a year old when I got her so I have no idea why. But she has the most delightful body language when she invites her buddy to play. Then there is Arlo..10 pound Silky Terrier, he will play with whatever comes to hand,,er..paw. His all time favorite is the tray that covers a roasted chicken from the grocery store. Talk about a racket! He will play with a feather, a leaf, he loves to steal my slipper and trade it for a doggie cookie… When he was a puppy he would lie in wait when my sister visited. If she wasn’t looking he would steal her car keys from her purse and tease her to chase him. My sister visits about once a year, and Arlo will make sure he steals her keys the instant she leaves her purse open.
    Aren’t dogs delightful?

  31. Velda says:

    Sue, in case you haven’t seen it, all older Kindles need critical update by Tuesday March 22 or they lose connectivity to download. Verge.com has the link to the Amazon info ( which I had searched Amazon and could not seem to find without the link). The Amazon link gives a list of which Kindles need update and which don’t (because they auto update). For instance my 2014 does not need update but the Amazon link does tell me how to verify. Important info if you have older Kindle!

    • Velda says:

      Make that theverge.com for article.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      I don’t like the “sound” of that Velda. Who is Verge? Be very careful giving out any personal information. Why can’t you find info on Amazon?

      • edlfrey says:

        It is not just theverge.com that has information about the update there are numerous web sites that are carrying the same warning. But, you can never be too careful.

        “The Verge was founded in 2011 in partnership with Vox Media, and covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. Its mission is to offer in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories, breaking news coverage, product information, and community content in a unified and cohesive manner. The site is powered by Vox Media’s Chorus platform, a modern media stack built for web-native news in the 21st century.”

        The Amazon Notice can be found at :
        Help & Customer Service>Fire & Kindle Support › Fire & Kindle Software Updates›
        “Critical Software Update for Kindle E-Readers “

      • AZ Jim says:

        Good thinking though Mick, with so many evil viruses out there!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      This seems pretty legit.
      I found it on several pretty reliable sites. It appears that if you have a kindle made before 2012 and have not connected to the internet with it since last October you only have a couple of days to update the software before you lose access to the cloud and the kindle store. If you don’t do it by the 22nd you will need to download the patch to your computer and update it manually.

      Of course if you don’t use the Amazon store for book purchases you won’t miss it. But there ya have it.

  32. Dawn in Mi says:

    Katie has lots of toy choices but has a favorite too. I’ve seen it up a few times and washed it in the washing machine too. Don’t know if it will survive the next wash. Then I’ll be in trouble.

  33. DeAnne in TN says:

    I’ve been on the internet a lot today, and I have seen many stories on how to update via Amazon. I do to have an older one, but better safe than sorry.

  34. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    I love the pictures you take of Reggie and Bridget. Reminds me of my dog I guess. Makes me want to take better pictures of her.

  35. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Absolutely love the story about Limey!!!! Sassy has a rubber chicken that she will bring to us but won’t let go. So we play TUG until she lets go, we sling it, Sassy runs and retrieves it and then shakes it like a !! Great pictures.

    Smiling
    Pauline

  36. Linda-NC says:

    Mr. Personality made me laugh and your description is priceless. He is a hoot!

  37. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, everyone!

    The crew and I enjoyed an easy drive today and are safely tucked into a new campsite.

    It’s fun reading your reactions to this post. Lots of dog lovers here! Thank you for commenting.

    Have a good night!
    Sue

  38. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Too funny. I know “terrier fetch” very well. Dexter (rat-chi) will chase any of an assortment of toys, shake it till it’s dead and then bring it back until she is just out of reach. Then a minute or so of keep away followed by tug-of-war followed by “bark until I get this silly human trained to throw it again.” Repeat until exhaustion = happy puppy.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Good Morning! Dogs are something else!! When I was at America’s Mailbox in SD the guy (John) next to me had an adorable dog. When John went in the RV to get more coffee the dog brought a stick over to me and dropped it just out of my reach. I automatically said “I can’t reach that” and he immediately picked it up and brought it closer to me!!! I said it again and he picked it up and dropped it at my feet!!! When John came out with the coffee I told him what the dog had done and he said “yep, I taught him that”! Unbelievable!

  39. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

    Oh a favorite toy and his dog! What fun they have with play. Tommie loves to play fetch. That’s where I through the object, he runs and picks it up, trots back to somewhere near my vicinity, flops down and chews. We’re still working on the complete fetch. His toys have to be extra tough to withstand this chews, so dynosaur sized nylabones, cow femurs, lacrosse balls.

  40. Nancy s says:

    Never ever get tired of the Reggie stories. But I’m, like most of us I think, an animal lover. We ran across the most beautiful husky the other day. He was unleashed & ran across the road at the park when he saw us pull in. Since I always have dog treats somewhere on me, in my purse a random pocket or anywhere I ask the owner if he could have one. He got one & immediately climbed inside the car & sat down. Decided he wouldn’t get out till he went for a short car ride. Well his doggy parents said he could go on a short ride with us. Hebwas so pretty had two gorgeous eyes but we’re different colors one was blue & other a golden green. So Chloe made a new friend today. Wish I’d gotten a picture of the 2 of them together, that would be fun if occasionally we could post a pic of our fur babies so we all get a better feel for our furry families.I’m not good at learning how to do electronic things yet, I’ve wasted 2-3 days with Amazon trying to let a couple orders we placed go thru. Kept getting an email stating my credit card was expired. After many attempts to delete the old card & place the new card in the system & 2 telephone calls I think we finally have success. Unfortunately we know have to hang here until our order is delivered. Oh well you gotta do what you gotta do & we got to meet Bailey the friendly amazing husky.

  41. DesertGinger says:

    My Chloe would have made a great surg on. She can get the “squeak” bit out of a stuffed toy in nothing flat. I miss her so much. She is staying with my friend Helena while I am in this place. It looks like in here for 3 more weeks. I don’t know if I can make it. I’m really chomping at the bit. Trying my best to be patient.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Hang in there girl. At least Chloe is will people who love her, take comfort in that.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Hi DeGin, I’m sending prayers your way every day. Now I pray you will relax and recover. Get some good novels and chill out while enjoying a good read. Try Todd Borg for a different detective series. Your time to romp will come with patience.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      You can make it! Hang in there! Glad to hear about Chloe.

    • DesertGinger says:

      All my favorite folks, Rick,Cindy and Mick! Thanks for encouragement and book suggestions.

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

        Hi DG, I like a good movie when I am bored, maybe a. Comedy? Hang on, you can do it!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        DG, Even though you are bored, it sounds like you are recovering nicely. You know they say patience is a virtue, however, I think god passed right over me when handing out patience.
        Take care dear girl, I am confident your freedom will come soon enough.

  42. Jan Johnson says:

    CUTE photos! I love the top one of him prancing along with Limey. It’s so good to have a young thing around. We have one playful pom who is 6, but the 5-year-old pom and the 8-year-old beagle rarely play except occasionally with each other. Poppy has Mr. Fox and Monkey, but her favorite thing is pinecones. Every day on our walk she chooses a pinecone – she does not like the ones I choose – and she brings it to be thrown over and over and over. She will often choose the SHARPEST ones and carry them in her tiny tender mouth and by the end of the walk she has often shredded them or wants to bring them in to shred them on the couch, which she occasionally does before we notice! Poppy can always lift my spirits with her joy in life!

  43. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Love Reggie and Limey interacting on the walk-about! Those kind of photos are priceless 🙂
    And Sue the fur-mom — toting Limey along as backup for Reggie, too cute 🙂 As for the other toys, I have no doubt that Pink Piggie is relieved to have some down time from the Reggie-Man.
    Our Golden, Her Bearness, recently passed over but she loved her toys. Her favorite was chasing paper airplanes! Without a doubt she must be doing a lot of that in doggie-heaven. I think what she enjoyed about them most was how unpredictable they were. She never knew where they would land — just that she would go attack it once it did. I would make many for her and take them on our outings. I even colored them with different colors for her. I think she liked the yellow and pink ones best. And if you use scented paper to make them then your dogs can find them even if they are hidden behind things when they fall 🙂

  44. SecondLife says:

    I hope you get the credits for my Amazon purchases.

  45. milliehubbard says:

    Our RiRi has a Rudolph Reindeer who no longer has eyes, antlers, tail, or toes!! Better Rudolph take the brunt than Ri’s brother Gabe!!

  46. Andrea in Glendale says:

    Lol… Reggie and his toy buds…you’ve gotten some good shots…just love these. Take care Sue.

  47. Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

    Hi everyone! I’m new here & wouldn’t miss a day of reading. I have a problem and need advice. I will be joining ya’ll within a few months fulltiming it. Right now I need to replace my cellphone & am wondering what works best out there. Am going to follow a lifestyle such as Sue’s. Right now I am with Straight Talk..will that work? I don’t want to buy a new phone now and then again in a few months. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, and also thanks for letting me ride along!

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      Hi Pat,

      I have been with Verizon for about 20 years. Back in 2003, I went to Yellowstone, and Grand Teton and had excellent service when my friend who was with AT&T had no service.

      In big cities, I’ve had no problem receiving an excellent signal when walking between large tall buildings. For a few years, I worked in a building on the 38th floor, always had a signal in the elevator and in the middle of the office where others had problems with reception.

      Hope that answers your question

      Elaine

      • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

        Elaine, thank you so much for your reply. I was thinking that I had read older posts indicating that Verizon was preferred by most people, but wasn’t positive. I presently live in a very secluded area and have had both Verizon & AT&T and have had a better connection here with Straight Talk than either of those. Thanks again for your input.

        Pat

        • Elaine in Colorado says:

          You are welcome, Pat!

          Who is the carrier for Straight Talk? I have seen commercials for “ST” but never what carrier they use.

          BTW, I’m looking at vehicles and travel trailers now as I will join others in living “on the road”.

          • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

            Elaine..you are a newbie too? I would love to hear about what you are considering for a trailer & vehicle. My thinking has been all over the place. First I think small & low cost..then I think gee I don’t want to be falling over the dogs..then I’ve thought 5th wheel (they seem to have not only more room, but more storage), and aren’t outlandishly priced if you stay small or used. Have even thought small class A, but don’t really think I can manage the cost for one of those. Then there’s the tow vehicle. Golly, I’m just so conflicted!!
            Straight Talk IS the carrier. I’ve been confused by that stuff too, but I talked to the guy at the store today. They are one of the ones you get at Walmart. They use Verizon towers, but they put their own equipment on those towers(they rent space from Verizon). So I’m thinking it’s a pretty good deal. I pay $45.00 a month for unlimited talk & text…a lot better than what I used to pay the others.
            Good luck in your trailer shopping.
            Pat

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Hi Pat!

              I’m sort of a newbie! On the travel trailer, I’m thinking that I want room for storage and the comforts of home (like a shower, stove, bed, refrig) I’m deciding on whether I need a dinette area which would be nice OR I could eat outside/on my bed etc. I craft and sell my items, so I need room for sewing and crocheting.

              As for what I have looked at: Casita 16-18ft, Wildwood (I think that is the name) 22 ft. has an electric awning and push button stabilizers plus all the cable hook ups including antenna to name a few things that I really liked. Of course, there are many others. I have links saved from my google searches. As for a 5th wheel, I hadn’t thought of looking at them but I am familiar with driving a 5th wheel (as in tractor trailer). I’ve looked at new trailers and used. I was advised not to even look at a high/low type as they have leakage issues.

              I like the idea of a cargo van so that way I can place my storage shelves (plastic bins with drawers in) on the walls of the van. They hold my crafts. I can organize it the way I want and still have plenty of room for my dog(s) (that I still need to get).

              Perhaps, if you wish, you can write to me by email and talk trailers and tow vehicles. You know how the saying goes “two heads are sometimes better than one”! There are so many different manufacturers that it would take me a year to go through all of them and then decide. My plan (in my head of course) is to buy, organize and get the necessary item(s) – for one, a solar panel on my van roof.

            • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

              Elaine, would love to talk via email: freespirit77445@yahoo.com

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Oh, thank you for the information on Straight Talk. As you know I have Verizon with unlimited talk and text and 3 gig of data for $65. I’m online most of my day so of course, I will look into unlimited data plans. With Verizon, believe it or not, not all states have the same plan options. I use “earning sites” online to get a little extra money for bills and those little extras, some I get Amazon cards.

      • Marilu now in Arizona says:

        I second the vote for Verizon. It has worked the best everywhere in the West with the exception of the Sierra foothills better known in CA. as the gold country. Find out if Straight Talk uses Version towers. Have fun planning.

        • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

          Yes Marilu, ST does use Verizon towers. If you’ll check my reply to Elaine, I was telling her about my talk with the guy at Walmart when I bought my new phone today. I bought the Samsung 5s, which is also a Verizon phone. Don’t know if that matters. Oh, I am having so much fun with the planning..just wish things would move a little faster. Are you a fulltimer?
          Thanks for your reply & be safe,
          Pat

    • edlfrey says:

      ” Am going to follow a lifestyle such as Sue’s. ”

      If you really, really are going to follow a lifestyle such as Sue’s then you probably do NOT need ANYcell phone. She claims that she does not use hers except on rare occasions.
      I live a somewhat similar lifestyle. I do not boondock but prefer RV parks that are in smaller towns. I have a TracPhone that I keep turned off until I wish to use it as I would a pay phone if such things still existed. The good news is I have tried to use it only a few times. The bad news is that when I have tried to use it I have no signal about 20% of the time. If I really, really wanted to talk on a telephone, which I do not, I would be with Verizon. They provide me with ‘good’ wireless data service (i.e. Internet) in the places that I like to live.

      • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

        Thank you, Edlfrey. That is very helpful. My only real concern is keeping some kind of connection with my kids. They will worry about me being out there alone, as I am 75 years old, and last year I had major health problems to the point of being near death three times. And then that is also the reason I want to do this, and do it now! I’ve always been one for adventure, and want to get my fill of it, doing what fulltimers do. I am thinking I could keep in touch with them by having a blog, which of course means having an internet connection. What do you think of the blog idea?

        • edlfrey says:

          I like blogs. I read a few and I write what some people would call a blog every day. I think of it as simply a Journal that I have been keeping since 1996 but only in a ‘blog format’ since I started living as a Fulltimer in November 2009.

          If you were do something like what I have done, or what many others have done, then your kids should have no reason to worry about you. They would know where you were at at all times and know what is going on in your life. I believe it is better than a telephone call but then again I do not like telephones.

          • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

            That sounds good and I think they would be happy with that. Do you get just internet from Verizon? And I guess you don’t have problems with it? I’m not crazy about phones either, it feels like people are encroaching in my space, kind of like loosing control of my time. Do you travel alone? Seems there are a lot of women doing it solo.
            Thanks again,
            Pat

        • Barbara from Camano Island says:

          Good to hear someone else in their 70’s is thinking trailers. Maybe I’ll never get there but love looking!

          • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

            Come on, Barbara…us “old farts” have to stick together!! We can still do anything if we want to badly enough. I saw somewhere, a couple of weeks ago, that there is a lady doing it that is 90. I plan on making it at least that long. C’mon, join me!

  48. Beverly Northwoods WI & Venice FL says:

    Love the pups stories. I have two labrador retrievers, which have their favorite toy, too. My girls, Riley and Bella, are my best friends, as I know your dogs are your BFs. They add laughs and smiles to all of my days with their antics. Keep loving them and sharing Bridget & Reggie stories. We love them.

  49. Mick'nTN says:

    SOLAR panel alignment … I was testing a Renogy suitcase panel today for a fellow Blogorino and thought of a quick easy way to get good alignment.
    Find a plastic bottle, opaque with straight sides, Some shampoo bottles would work great. A steel bottle could scratch your panel. Hold the bottom of the bottle firmly against the panel with a finger on the top and look around the bottle base for a shadow. No shadow is perfect alignment. This is best done at noon. Cheap precision measuring tool! Easiest on portable panels of course.

  50. Toni says:

    Hi everyone,
    Just popping in to update you on my medical condition. I forget what I posted initially but I had a portion of my tongue biopsied and it was a malignant tumor which I had removed on the 10th along with a portion of my tongue. Very uncomfortable. Puree diet at the moment. Lymph nodes came back negative so it appears that it hasn’t spread. I have a post op follow-up Wednesday and that is where I stand right now. I would KILL for a cheeseburger right about now.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Oh my. That sounds terribly uncomfortable. I wish you luck and healing.

    • Marilu now in Arizona says:

      I’ll be thinking of you with healing vibes. I’m glad the biopsies came back negative. Be well, Toni.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Thank God you had it removed in time!!! What a time you’ve had. Stay positive and take care of yourself.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Toni,

      I’m sorry for the discomfort you are going through and for the trauma you experienced. On the other hand, I’m very happy to learn that the tumor is gone and your lymph nodes are okay!

      Thanks for the update. Have a good follow-up appointment. A cheeseburger is in your future!

  51. Funny how they find a favorite out of all the ones we think are just as wonderful 🙂

  52. Mertinkentucky says:

    Hi sue, been a long time. Been a lot gonecin with me and mine. I had problems with my shunt, i began having seizures,the last oje happened while i was driving, i wrecked,hit a house,had my doors lockec,when police arrived I still had my foot on gas and still seizing. Was put on a vent and in a medically induced coma. Was woke up 5 days later in hospital 2 hours away thinking wth is happening. Broke my leg,knee, foot, elbow, shoulder and 3 toes. Come to find out my shunt was full of staph infection, 3 different kinds, in my head,spinal fluid and stomach. Definitely used up a few lives lately, im now on the mend glad to see you are well and still trucking along. Peace and happiness
    Mert and asia

    • Mertinkentucky says:

      Since i had doors locked,police had to bust out my window to get control of my truck and get me out. This all happened dec 27th

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Hi Mertinkentucky. Jeeze, you have been through the ringer. Sending up prayers that you heal well and quickly. How do you get rid of a staph infection?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome back, Mert. What a horrible series of events. Thank heavens there are facilities and people with medical knowledge and expertise to bring you back. It’s hard to imagine what you’ve experienced.

      I can’t tell you how relieved I am to see you appear here. I knew something terrible had happened because you shared freely of yourself and wrote with warmth and sincerity — not the sort to disappear without a word. We missed you! I gave you a few shout-outs and when you didn’t reply, I thought, “Uh-oh. Something has happened.”

      I wish you continued healing. Your Asia has had a tough time, too, with you being gone. Thanks for writing. It’s good to see you here again, Mert.

  53. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    That little dog is so darned cute carrying and then tormenting his stuffed pets. My dog doesn’t even look twice at toys I’ve purchased her so we always end up donating them to the animal shelter.

    I purchased some things through your Amazon link; things for my cat (formerly named Snowball but lately known as “The Pisser”)

  54. Lee J in Northern California says:

    This has bee an eventful time for many of you. My goodness, my good thoughts are reaching out to you all..and huge wishes for your healing.

    I am off tonight north again, on amtrak, to stay with my sisters grandchildren in Astoria, her husband is going into the hospital in Portland for a huge aorta repair, ascending and arch both need repair so a stressful time for them. My sister is guardian of her two granddaughters since their dad unexpectedly passed away two months ago. I feel so sad for her, her son was just 39, fit, healthy as far as we knew. So she asked me to come be auntie to the girls, get them off to school, and give them hugs, feed the livestock, and generally keep home fires burning, so,she,can,concentrate on getting her husband fixed.
    My internet will be spotty so if I don’t show up to comment, I’ll be back in a couple of weeks…I will miss you!

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