Belly Acres RV Park, Ajo, AZ

Thursday, February 22

Gunsite Wash dispersed camping area, Why, Arizona

Today is our first morning at this camp.

The crew and I wake fully rested after a quiet night.  The sun shines brightly on a new day. After breakfast and a walk, I fiddle around working on a blog post.  The boys want me to join them outside, so I close up the laptop, go out, and settle into a camp chair.

Reggie asks me to play a game of Fetch the Hedgehog.

I toss his toy a few times and soon the game turns into tug-of-war between Reggie and Roger.

What are we doing here? This is a nice campsite, but  I feel like I’m in the doldrums.  A state of suspended animation. Static. There’s nothing I want to do here. . . .  

Well, gee, I haven’t unhitched yet.  We could . . . .

“Guess what, guys?  We’re leaving!”

In a few minutes we’re rolling northward.

At Ajo, we pull into Belly Acres RV Park.

I need to set us up for a new camp, wherever that might be.  At this point, I don’t know.

What follows is a step back in time . . .

A time when the customer was king (or queen).

I park at the propane pump.  Dennis, the manager, appears as I’m removing the cover from the tanks.  After giving me a cheerful “good morning,” he asks if I want both tanks filled and I respond that, yes, I do.

Immediately Dennis removes both tanks and fills them.  (The usual practice is for the customer to unhook a tank and set it by the pump as the attendant watches.)

While Dennis pumps the propane I mention that I’d like to use the park’s dump station and take on water.

“Sure, go ahead!  It’s ten dollars.”

He hefts the full tanks into place, attaches the hoses, turns the regulator indicator to the tank in use, and secures everything.  (Almost never do I encounter this kind of service.)  I thank him and he says he’ll meet me over at the dump station.

Dennis signals when to stop so the tank valves are lined up with the station.  I get out and am surprised by what I see.

A sewer hose is already in place!

“You provide the hose?” I ask incredulous.  “I’ve never seen that done before.  How handy and thoughtful!”

“I do that every winter,” he remarks with a grin.

While I empty the waste tanks, Dennis fills the fresh water tank with a hose from the spigot.  He assures me it’s a brand new hose and it’s not used for anything but drinking water.

The dumping done, we chat while the water tank fills.

(I also fill six one-gallon jugs.)

I remark about the spacious dog pen he has set up out of wire fence sections.  They look like the ones I own that I haven’t used in a long time.

(MidWest Foldable Metal Exercise Pen / Pet Playpen)

“I like that pen,” I remark.  “The dogs can go in and out without leashes.”

“Yeah, it works great.  I cut one of the sections so it will go behind the step.”

Dennis and his wife have five small dogs.

One of them is a pretty little chihuahua-Jack Russell mix named Moo.

Dennis explains.

“When we got her all her spots were black.  Everything that is brown on her now was black.  She looked like a little Holstein cow.”

I write a check and express my appreciation for his courtesy and help.  

Before leaving, I ask Dennis for permission to take photos for this blog, promising to share Belly Acres RV Park with my readers.

He hands me his card for the park.  The rates for Belly Acres, located on the north end of Ajo, are:  $22.50 a night, $125 a week, $325 a month.

“That includes everything — cable, electric, water, sewer, showers, trash, Wifi — everything.”

Nodding at a park resident walking past with her dog on a leash, he adds,  “. . . and obviously we’re pet friendly!”

~ ~ ~

The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries us northward.

I’m so glad I decided to move camp.  That great feeling of opening up the gift of a new day is BACK!

rvsue 

FLASHBACK!

The original crew inspects a big stick — LaPush, Washington, September 2013

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91 Responses to Belly Acres RV Park, Ajo, AZ

  1. Calvin Rittenhouse says:

    That looks like an actual good commercial campground. For a grouchy introvert like me, those are few and far between. Being treated decently like that is also a good remedy for the doldrums! I’m glad you were there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin,

      I told Dennis that I don’t usually stay in RV parks, but if I ever want to do so in Ajo, I’ll choose Belly Acres.

      Not having to haul out my own sewer hose, set it up, clean it out afterward, and put it back is a big convenience. Now I’m wondering why more dump stations aren’t set up that way.

      CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING FIRST TODAY! 🙂

      • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

        I was surprised to be first! Usually, I’m somewhere doing something when you post, and, as always, I read the post before commenting. I’ll try to remember that place; that level of service is rare.

      • Rob, in Las Vegas now says:

        The RV Pit Stop in Quartzsite has hoses. It was a pleasant place to dump the tanks (if that task can ever be pleasant 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Rob,

          Gee, wouldn’t it be great if having a hose already set up at dump stations catches on all over… It makes the job go faster.

  2. Jan NH says:

    What great service provided. Love the huge fenced in area Dennis sets up. Those instincts of yours served you well again!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      I know of two places in Ajo to buy propane– the Shell station and Belly Acres. A couple years ago I bought propane at the Shell station. The attendant was worse than rude. I won’t go into the details except to say that she seemed disgusted that I was an RVer needing propane. Eye-rolling and huffing and puffing… I vowed I’d NEVER go back.

      I left there feeling grouchy. I left Belly Acres feeling great! 🙂

      • Jan NH says:

        Hi Sue,

        I’m sorry you had such a bad experience at the Shell but I’m so glad you found a better place in that area. I don’t understand people that work in a service industry where you are PAYING them, helping them keep their business alive and they show no appreciation for that. I’m with you, I would never go back there even if the alternative meant going a little farther or paying a little more money (which from you description doesn’t sound like the case here). I believe in supporting businesses that appreciate my business and will go out of my way to do so. A smile and friendly attitude goes a long way to gaining my loyalty.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Loyalty means a lot to me, too. I give it where it’s earned. That young woman rolling her eyes because I asked for propane reminded me of some students I had. Standard response to the expectation that they make an effort to learn something was rolling their eyes and huffing and puffing.

          I almost said to that woman, “You hate your job. You hate having to pump propane. It’s my guess you hated having to work in school. You rolled your eyes at your teachers and now you’re rolling your eyes at customers.”

          In contrast, one can brighten the days of others, like the man I wrote about in this post.

  3. Renee from Idaho says:

    Top ten! Be back soon.

  4. That IS a big stick in the last photo!! Am I really second??

  5. Tamara and Honeybear in MI says:

    There is nothing better than great service!

  6. Renee from Idaho says:

    Wow! What service! Unheard of today. Makes one happy to hand over a check!

  7. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    What a great find! Have you been there before? I’m blown away by the low monthly rate. And for everything. A guy could stay there for a few winter months and really cut expenses. Moo is cute but think the R’s have him by a whisker.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stephanie,

      On behalf of Roger and Reggie, thanks for the compliment!

      We’ve never camped at Belly Acres. I’ve stopped there for propane when in Ajo in previous years, also this winter before we moved to Buenos Aires NWR.

      The park is small. It’s within walking distance of Olsen’s Market. I don’t know anything about the other RV parks in town. They may be good deals, too.

      • Ed says:

        I stayed at Ajo Heights RV Park, just south of Belly Acres and almost across the street from Olsen’s, for 2 months in 2011 – 2012. It is a little bit more up scale than Belly Acres but not by a whole lot. Their current monthly rates are: One Month – $370.00, plus electric. Long Term (4 months plus) – $350.00 a month, plus electric.

  8. Hi Sue,
    Service with a smile, but help with filling the fresh tank is beyond service, its down right friendly.
    I’m surprised you didn’t pull into a site, you might have gotten the rig washed and wax?
    You didn’t happen to ask the meaning of the name did you? Unusual.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert,

      What a pleasure to see you here again!

      No, I didn’t ask about the meaning of the name Belly Acres. I’ve always assumed it’s because running an RV park has got to be a big belly ache at times. 🙂

  9. Georgina Lentini says:

    Thanks for the awesome find! And a great one for you and the crew

  10. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    I rarely comment so I’ve never been in the top ten. Now I have to say something. 🙂

  11. chas anderson says:

    I too had a good RV citizenship experience yesterday.I was heading on I-10 east in the pouring rain and decided to duck the rain and boondock at the Lake Charles Isle casino.
    Pulled in and there were no signs indicating where the RV parking was so I turned down a road that looked logical.As I headed down a car overtook me from behind.I stopped as they waved and pointed.I was heading down a dead end with no space to turn around at the end .They said to follow them and they took me right to the lot which was well hidden.They were RV people out and about in their toad.Good folks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chas,

      That was good of them to flag you down. RV people are considerate and helpful, as a general rule. Sounds like the casino could improve their signage…

      Thanks for sharing your good story.

  12. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    So nice to find friendly folks and good service! Sure can’t beat the monthly rate! I was reading it to Chuck and he said “let’s go!”. Hahaha!
    Hugs to you sand the boys!💗

  13. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    Hi Sue! I love the fact that you can be footloose and fancy free. One spot doesn’t suit, you can go right on to the next! Can’t wait to see where you end up next. Love the picture of Moo. He’s a real cutie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Part of the delight of this kind of living is the ease by which one can change one’s surroundings. There was nothing wrong with our camp in Why. It was quite nice actually, but it felt wrong. With all the moving about, after a while a sense of rightness in a place is necessary for a camp to become a home.

  14. Brad mn says:

    Dear RVSue & Crew –
    First time commenting. I found your blog last fall (2017) while searching for info on Solar power in rvs. After I hit home, I realized that the time jump into the future. So, I went back to the beginning, and am trying to catch up. I am now up to 3/20/2014. Less than 4 years behind. Spike is still hunting for his next soak, Bridget is looking beautiful. Both are enjoying their new raw diet. All of you are enjoying the Arizona desert. I can see by the pictures at the top, big emotional changes are coming. I decided to continue to read old post and start reading new posts. My wife and I have less than 18 months until retirement, and have decided to 1/2 time, not full time. Still deciding on the rv. Small class A or medium size travel trailer. Thanks for sharing your life on the road. Appreciate all your insights and information in the posts. Sorry for the longish post. Thanks,
    Brad

    • Deena in Phoenix says:

      Welcome Brad mn to blogorino land…it is nice to meet ya, good luck in your search…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Brad! Welcome to my blog and to blogorinoland!

      I’m pleased that you’re interested enough to read my old posts as well as the current ones. It probably is a bit weird at times, jumping back and forth.

      Only a year and a half to go for retirement…. Exciting times ahead for you and your wife. Best wishes as you prepare for RVing. If ever you want to ask questions, perhaps about an RV or whatever, feel free to do so.

      No apologies for long posts. I want long posts! Thanks for being a part of my blog, Brad.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Brad (and your better half)! 🙂

  15. Linda not in NC says:

    20th?? HA!

  16. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Wow! You’re not kidding…flashback! What a pleasant encounter…Dennis’ attentiveness is definitely an asset to his establishment!

    Moo is cute…a Holstein cow! Made me laugh!

    Showers and laundry in the forecast? I recently read where someone bought one of those overthe door hanger thingymagiggy to hang their towel and whathaveyous! We lugged a bag and hopefully there was a dry place to set it!

    Nice day today….after a 37 degree morning. Have a great weekend and enjoy the amenities at Belly Acres!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      We didn’t stay long at Belly Acres. A quick stop and then we left for a long day on the road. I agree, nice day today, although windy. I have the BLT positioned for maximum sun in our outdoor room. Felt good after that bout with rain and cold.

  17. Hi Sue, believe it or not when the email notification came in for this post I was standing in front of Belly Acres waiting to get one of my propane tanks filled. When Dennis finished with the motorhome he came over to my truck to get the propane tank and then carried it back after filling it. And what a pleasant person to talk with! I agree with everything you wrote. I asked for the rates and he gave me a card and told me the same details on what all is included. I also told him I was mostly a boondocker. Then he mentioned the showers were open to the public and were $1 for 10 minutes – that’s a good deal I think. I drove through the park and only noticed one empty site. I imagine they do a good business since this is such a popular area. I took a peek in the laundry room and showers and everything looked clean. My next trip to Olsen’s I’m going to pop over there and take a shower. And if I were going to stay at a park I would definitely go there!

    I have to joke a little bit 😀. When I heard the ding for the email I glanced at the phone. When I read the header – Belly Acres RV Park – my first thought was rvsue is here, OMG I hope she doesn’t think I’m following her. Then I glanced and saw you had only made a quick stop, whew! Just kidding with you 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is a funny coincidence, Debra. Of course, we were there a couple days ago. I like that you experienced the same helpfulness and courtesy while at Belly Acres. Dennis is a pleasant guy, isn’t he. 🙂

  18. Linda not in NC says:

    Hi Sue-

    I really like that big stick! I would also have to stop and take a pic of that. Nature’s artistry can’t be beat.
    That Moo is a cutie! I just took Hannah for a walk by the lake. Poor little thing is in information overload-so many bugs to catch, deer to watch, waves lapping on the shore, ducks that she can’t get to, oh and she found a rock that she likes and wanted to bring it home. She loves the full experience. She is a lot of fun.
    Belly Acres RV Park sounds nice-kind of a step back in time when customer service mattered. Have a good evening. What’s on the griddle?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Nothing on the griddle, much too windy today.

      Hannah does sound like a fun companion. She lives life to the fullest. 🙂

      You have a good evening, too…

  19. Wow, you don’t see that type of service in most places today! This is great advertising for Belly Acres. We have driven by there and now you have peaked my interest. Sounds like a good before or after boon dock place. Hope your new camp is great and keeps the doldrums at bay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa & Connie,

      Belly Acres is a conveniently located, well managed park. It’s not a resort type by any stretch. A comfortable place with nice people.

      No more doldrums for me…. Hope your days are sunny and bright!

  20. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Wow, what great service and honestly, for all of what is included, I think very good rates for the RV park by the month! I love all I learn from your blog. I hope you and the crew are settled in a great new camp now! Looking forward to what is ahead! 🙂

  21. Chey (WA coast) says:

    Another fabulous post! I definitely see the Holstein in Moo dog. Your closing line gave me rush in my chest, Sue, thank you.
    Look for a lifelike rat on Amazon. It’s not a prank, but for my rat terrier. He’s got the rainy winter blues.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ooh, I see the rats! Here they are!

      Black Furry Rat Prop

      I hope they entertain your rat terrier. I know if I were to give rats to Bridget, she’d go, “Ewww!”

      Thanks for ordering your rats through my blog, Chey. 🙂

  22. Joe in TN says:

    Hi Sue,

    Obviously Dennis understands the value of good customer service. I love it when that happens. Looking forward to your next stop. Have a great week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      Thank you. I wish you the same.

      Dennis does understand the importance of treating customers well. I think he probably is that way with everyone, customer of not.

  23. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    That is such a reasonable monthly rate with electricity included. Cute dog

  24. Pamelab says:

    It’s chilly here in the Quartzsite AZ area. I was in Borrego Springs and Salton Sea areas a week ago and enjoyed Joshua Tree National Park. It’s higher elevation and colder still, so I’m back in AZ for now. The Giant Sequoias will have to wait.
    Thanks for your blog, Sue, and for all the good info, not to mention those frisky pups
    Pamelab in SE Arizona for now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab….

      Yeah, those Giant Sequoia aren’t going anywhere. 🙂 We’re going to have a few more chilly days and then, I hear, warmer temperatures, at least in the 70s, will return to AZ.

  25. Alane in Durango, Colorado says:

    It’s always such a pleasure to be treated well. Sounds like you got well set up for your next move. I hope warmer temperatures are in your future.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alane… Thank you. It is a bit warmer and feels a lot warmer now that we’re not in damp air.

  26. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, Your little story about Dennis and his service reminded me of my first “real” job. When many of my High school friends headed to college, I began to look for work (couldn’t afford college). I passed the interviews for a job with Standard Stations. In those days we all went to training school and were issued uniforms. Hat, white shirt and trousers and a black bow tie. The customer was king. We gave full service and beyond. I remember cleaning up where a little dog vomited in a ladies car. We enjoyed making our customers happy. After two years I was promoted to station Assistant manager of one of our newest stations. I found a more challenging position elsewhere and left Standard but always used their stations until they sold off their stations to Chevron dealers. It’s easy to be a positive experience for your customer, all it takes is a little extra effort. I am glad you found such courteous service from Dennis.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I remember those white outfits with the bow tie. Those were the days when one’s appearance was taken seriously. Adults dressed like adults and acted accordingly. Thanks for the memory, Jim. Lots of wisdom in your comment!

  27. Desert Ginger back in the desert! says:

    Hi gang! Just checking in. I was pretty sick for a few weeks but on the upswing now. Still busy with work and living my job. Starting to think about getting ready to travel this summer but also concerned about money so we’ll see how it goes. Doing what I can to get healthy. Been eating better and losing weight. I need to start exercising again now that I can breathe.

    It’s been cold here in Tucson (to me). Can’t wait for summer!

    C u guys soon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger! On behalf of the “gang,” welcome back!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      So glad to hear that you are feeling better Desert Ginger. I always love hearing updates from you.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      So good to hear from you DG – I’ve been wondering where you are and how you’re doing.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Happy to see you here DG! Sorry to gear you were sick. As soon as it warms up, go soak up a bit of the sun before it gets to hot. Keep in touch more often!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Desert Ginger!

      Glad that you are feeling better. I was happy to see a comment from you. Hope you are back to 100% soon! Chloe – take good care of your mommy! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Good to hear you are feeling better, DG. Take care of yourself.
        Hope you can hit the road soon.

  28. Ken says:

    Hello Sue & Crew,
    I really enjoyed Gunsite Wash BLM last winter. Be sure to checkout the rock garden on the far west side. Also check with the hostess on tours of the Border Patrol facility in Why. Also, with the Senior Pass, spend a day at Organ Pipe NM, check the visitor center for the ranger presentation schedules & if tours or walk some trails. It’s a great area to stay awhile!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Ken!

      Thanks for the suggestions. I agree, Organ Pipe NM is a fascinating place. I enjoyed our driving tour through it a couple years ago. As for guided tours, I’m happy for those who enjoy them. For a loner there’s nothing worse that being caught with a group and wondering how to escape gracefully. I avoid tours like the plague. 🙂

  29. weather says:

    Gosh, Sue, what a great post! I’m so glad you moved when you didn’t feel the “sense of rightness” a camp should have. Thanks for the link to the post from 2013, too. I enjoyed seeing Spike and Bridget again, as well as the Pacific’s waves and beach. On the following post you had moved into your oceanfront site at Kalaloch. What an amazing campsite, wow! Would you like to return to the state of Washington sometime?

    People like Dennis deserve our applause, I always appreciate it when you include how considerate they’ve been in a post. He not only made your day brighter, and impressed those reading about it, at the end of a day he can feel satisfied and proud of himself, too. Often those serving the public make it appear that they have a naturally sunny disposition and that being so nice is effortless. Yet it really does involve extra work , as well as their intent to make everyone they help enjoy their day more.

    He seems to extend his making others as happy as he can into his personal life, if his dogs’ pen is any indication. It cannot have been inexpensive or easy to make it that roomy and comfortable for them. I grinned when I thought of how the tree he enclosed within the fence is likely used by any male dogs in that pack. As you noted, the dogs can go in and out without a leash, too. They’re free to go inside if they feel like it, and don’t need to wait for someone to take them out whenever they need to relieve themselves or just enjoy the yard. That’s an altogether wonderful set up.

    Have you ever heard the expression “Quit your bellyaching” ? I wonder if the name of that rv park was intended to be funny.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      This post “grew” on its own. I intended the stop at Belly Acres RV Park and meeting Dennis there to be a short anecdote on our way to the next camp. As often happens when I write, what seems incidental when planning a post becomes the major focus of the post as it unfolds in the writing. From your response and that of others here, I see that it was good to highlight the park and its helpful manager.

      You had me opening up those old posts to recall the Washington oceanside experiences and camp. I enjoyed reliving those days. Sure, I’d love to return to Washington state. There’s a lot of ground to cover between here and there and the timing is important. September does seem like the best time to visit, even though storms may come along like that one that hit us at Kalaloch. 🙂

      • Sarvi in OR says:

        You sure don’t want to come to the Pacific Northwest yet! It’s still very, very cold!

      • weather says:

        Being there during a storm really appeals to me, that probably doesn’t surprise you. According to the recreation.gov website the peak season for Kalaloch ends September 22nd, on and after September 24th all sites are walk ins, and cannot be reserved. I take that to mean during late September, and thereafter, there would likely be a better chance of getting a site like the one you had (with an unobstructed view of the ocean )because fewer people go there during the non-peak season.

        It would be nice to have the chance to visit the rainforest near there, too. You missed seeing that when you were there, I think because you wanted to stay where you were sure to have enough sunlight to charge what you need to in order to blog. I can just imagine the birds and wildlife in a rainforest being different than what we’re familiar with. That alone would be worth taking an extra day or two away from a laptop.

      • weather says:

        Yesterday and today I looked for information about the Hoh Rainforest, wow, is that fun! When the logging industry intended to cut the old growth trees there defending the habitat of the Northern Spotted Owl was key in the battle environmentalists won .That is why the rainforest still exists there. I found a blog post written by a vagabonding geo-tripper. While walking a trail in Hoh during the daytime they found and photographed both a northern spotted owl and a barred owl. The canopy in the rainforest makes even daylight so dim that the owls don’t confine their activities to nighttime there. I know most people would be totally bored by this stuff, it fascinates me, though.

  30. weather says:

    The Hoh Rainforest is the one you skipped, I think I’ll do a web search to see what it’s like.

  31. Pat(KY) says:

    Greetings,
    After experiencing the cold in the same manner as you with the frosty windows and frozen water bowl for the dogs, we left Las Cienega NCA in a hurry. We headed to the Ajo area. Could not believe it when I was “googling” Ajo and saw that J A Jance was going to be a guest of the Friends of the Library on Sat. We were just in time. I just finished the Joanna Brady series a couple of weeks ago. Must be 20 books in that series and she has several other series.

    I’m sure I found out about this author here on your blog. I thought it was a good turnout, maybe 120 people. I enjoyed her talk but talking with a couple of local ladies in the audience might have been even more fun. It was a good day. Nice to have some bright sunshine and some warmer temps.

  32. Willow (AZ) says:

    Hi Sue,
    I really get such a kick out of Roger and Reggie, they are both such characters, and I love the way they play together, they are such buddies, it warms my heart to see such a happy life they have with you. I used to volunteer and the local animal shelter at my last house so I love, love happy endings for homeless animals. What a great life they have, thanks to you.

    • AZ Jim says:

      True Willow, Sue is giving them the lives we all should have, safety, security, food, healthy walks, and her love. They return that love! They gifted each other methinks…

  33. We stayed at the park next door last time in Ajo, but I think we’ll give Dennis’ place a try next time! Having a hose already in place for dumping makes a lot of sense to me. Seems like it would eliminate a lot of the spillage due to folks not hooking up the hose right 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing where your improved day takes you.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Good idea Jodee. If you do be sure to mention Sue’s recommendation to Dennis. I’m sure both Sue and Dennis will appreciate it.

  34. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I am glad that Dennis’ kindness chased your doldrums away! It is wonderful when one stumbles upon exceptional service. 🙂 I hope you and the crew have found a nice camp! Thank you for the throwback post with dear Spike and sweet Bridget. It was fun to play “find the Spikester and Her Royal Highness.” I had to zoom in on the first photo to find them. That was a huge piece of driftwood, more like the whole tree!

    Sending you wishes for a peaceful night, Sue. Love and hugs to you, Reggie, and Roger from me and my little lap warmer, Gracie pup. 🙂

  35. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi to Rusty and Miss Piper!

    I was at Petco Saturday: they were holding dog adoptions. There was a beautiful 10-month old red husky. He was absolutely beautiful! I have never seen that coloring in person before. He seemed to be very sweet, giving me lots of kisses. He was a new rescue, so they did not have much information about him. As soon as I saw him, at thought of Lady Piper! Hope you are feeling a bit better with each passing day, Rusty. Take good care! 🙂

  36. Jesse (El Paso, Tx.) says:

    Hi Sue,
    Having REALLY good service is very uncommon these days. I think one of the symptoms is technology. We become so distracted with it, especially our youth, that they don’t really learn social skills and how to apply those in the work place or any place for that matter. My wife and I always try to pay special attention to those that go above and beyond when giving us exceptional service. My wife will either ask for or call the manager of a business and praise their employee for the service they provided. She does it because people are quick to address bad service but seldom good service. We should expect good service but when it is exceptional that should be addressed as well. I also think that people in the service industry should compensated when that happens as well.
    Well let me get off my soap box. Oh, by the way. We also have two dogs. One is a wired hair terrier mix and a shitzu (my son rescued him a couple of months ago). Definitely family. Love them to death.

  37. Hoot says:

    Thanks for posting about the dog pen. I love it. I have a crazy pug that can’t go off leash..picture a pug chasing every moving tire with a special love for bicycles when they are moving. A definite accident about to happen. Anyway, I may need to make a purchase of a dog pen.

  38. Joan Austin says:

    We have a friend who has been staying at Belly Acres since November. $325 per month. LIt is a great deal for the winter. We have been down the road at Shadow Ridge RV since December. We pay less than 300 dollars per month at this point. About 270 I would say. It starts at 300/mo and the longer you stay the less per month the rate is. But we do have to pay electric separately. Probably works out to about the same rate as BA. Ajo is a real deal for a few months in the winter compared to Phoenix or Tucson area rates.

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