Canine champions compete at the campground!

The sun is low in the sky as Reggie and I take our last walk of the day around Cedar Pocket Campground. 

The air has cooled in the fading light.  RVers sit outside in camp chairs while their suppers cook on grills.

When Reggie and I approach such a group, a woman gets out of her camp chair and jogs toward us.  A miniature Australian Shepherd trots alongside her at the end of a leash.

She greets us with a hello and explains.

“We drove for several hours today and my dog needs to work off her energy.  Is it okay if they play?  This is Beau.”

It’s a moot question at this point because the play has already begun!  Reggie challenges Beau to a game of chase.  Seeing this, the woman drops the leash and Beau takes off after the Rocketman!

Playtime: Part 1 —  The Chase!


The campground road is wide, giving plenty of room for the race.



I struggle to capture the action.  As Reggie races around the woman and me, his leash wraps around her legs.  I know from experience to watch the tether in order to jump over it.

Here I am, laughing with delight at the fun our pups are having, twirling as Reggie goes ’round, jumping over the tether, helping the woman become untangled, jumping the tether again, and taking these photos all at the same time!  Hilarious!

“Beau is a herder so she’s loving this!” the woman exclaims.


Reggie comes around again and crashes into Beau! 


Playtime:  Part 2 — Face to face combat!


“The two combatants wrestle for a paw-hold!  Look at that leap!”


“Face nips are allowed.  No foul!”


“Ooh, Beau attempts to throw Reggie off balance!”


“Beau hesitates and Reggie sees an opening!”


“These two are well-matched, folks!  The intensity is growing with each second! Oh, my!  I don’t believe this!  Teeth are bared!  The crowd is going wild!”


Playtime: Part 3 —  The Take Down!

“Reggie flips his opponent and takes control!”


“Beau is on defense now as Reggie goes in to complete the take down!”


“This is one for the history books, folks!  Rocketman is in top form tonight!”


“This round is OVER!  What a battle!  What a pair of competitors!”


Playtime: Part 4 — Reconciliation


Reggie and Beau . . . friends.


After several minutes of play, Beau and Reggie take a break.

This gives me a chance to grab portrait pics of the beautiful, blue-eyed lady.


What a photogenic creature!


I look around and see that the exciting, canine play has attracted some onlookers.

Having an audience propels Reggie into another circle of zooming.

“What kind of dog is that?” someone asks, while eyes follow the indefatigable Reggie with amazement.

As I answer, a man steps forward, tugged by a Jack Russell Terrier who is eager to join the action. . . . .

Oh boy, here we go again!



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113 Responses to Canine champions compete at the campground!

  1. Stephanie from Albany OR says:

    Can I be first?

  2. Jan NH says:

    Love this! Wonderful to see them having such fun!

  3. Judy Johnson says:

    No way!! I’m 1st?!? Those blue eyes are stunning. Reggie wins every heart. Did you ever think that you would end up having the life of the party dog?

  4. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Ha, ha, what a great match! Beau has such beautiful eyes!

  5. Lori S says:

    Look at those beautiful blue eyes? Does Reggie have any male friends or is he on a mission?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Reggie has met a few males. Now that you mention it, Lori, it does seem that Reggie prefers the girls.

  6. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    LOL So much fun!

  7. Karen LeMoine says:


  8. Cat Lady says:

    You’re a wonderful storyteller, Sue. I felt like I was right there with everyone enjoying the antics of two high energy pups. Thanks for letting us share along with their antics.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cat Lady! Thank you for the great compliment. I love it when someone says they “felt like I was right there.”

  9. VictoriaEP says:

    And the Reggieman goes airborne! Obviously having as much fun running around as you are watching!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Victoria,

      I loaded the pics onto my computer from my camera and began to edit the batch of photos. I noticed how many photos showed Reggie with all paws off the ground. He goes airborne a lot!

  10. Mary in CO says:

    Two dogs will sleep well tonight! Sue, is that campground as crowded as it looks? And if so, how do you feel about that?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary,

      Is the campground as crowded as it looks? Well, there are two influences on that impression. First off, the camera tends to reduce the depth which makes it looks like the RVs are closer together than they really are. There’s plenty of space between sites and we’re fortunate to have a site where we face the mountain, rather than other RVs.

      The other thing about this campground…. Because it’s located right off the interstate which a lot of snowbirds use (and they’re flying south right now), the campground will fill up toward the end of the day. In the morning, they leave and continue south on the interstate. In other words, from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the campground only has a few campers.

      Today is our first Saturday here. Families, probably mostly locals, are here and the campground has been near full all day. If loud children, loud parents, loud radios, and loud generators were near our site, I would be bothered. It’s been pretty quiet so I enjoyed the day.

      • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (WA) says:

        I really appreciate this added detail on the campground – it seems like one I will enjoy visiting too. Of course you are so savvy to have nabbed the best site there!

  11. Bob Miller says:

    Face Biting Fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob! I’m happy to see you here! Right now I’m not sure which Bob you are. There are a bunch that drop in here from time to time. 🙂

  12. Pat from Mich. says:

    That Reggie! A girl in every port (campground)!

  13. MKReed says:

    Reggie has always looked like a Chi JRT cross ~ love his markings and personality!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MKReed,

      The rescue people at ARP of Las Vegas told me he was a mix of chihuahua and Jack Russell. At first I was uncertain if I made the right decision because I was unfamiliar with both breeds. That uncertainty went away very quickly when I got to know Reg. I love his spots and personality, too.

  14. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Happy to see Reggie making lots of friends! I miss that about RV’ing – making friends when you want, moving on when you want…

    I found an animal rescue about twenty minutes from the coast near New Bern here in NC that takes monthly volunteers. 20 hours a week in exchange for a site w/ wifi. Pets welcome. I was thinking that might be a nice place to start once my rig is ready for her first extended tour. I’m going to have to continue my business (can do it from a distance) so that sounds like it would be just right.

    Juno is finally safely stored in Denver until she comes home to me in December. The BF has been dutifully taking pictures so I can “discover” from a distance. Don’t laugh but I finally got to “see” the other side and was elated to discover a window awning on the dinette window! Another thing off the “perfect rv” vision list checked off. That little fact kept me grinning from ear to ear two days straight. He thinks I’m a freak, but (sshhh) I can tell he’s bonding as well 🙂

    Funny (exasperating) story about storage. He showed up at the Flying Saucer – an RV park where we stored our other rig eight years ago I had lined up through several calls – to find out they had a “ten year old rule” to STORE an RV – in a field no less. You’d laugh even more if you saw this park – it’s one of those on the edge of “okay.” Poor BF had to sit in a parking lot for two hours until I finally found another place. Not only was it difficult to just find even a parking space available, but when I did find a place that had a space, there was a problem because my name is on the registration and insurance. Finally found a nice friendly U-Haul storage that was happy to take our money. Paved parking, friendly, and ultimately cheaper. They have a loyal customer going forward 🙂

    I knew about the ten year rule in a lot of campgrounds, but not to store (and if Juno looked shabby I might even understand – well, no I wouldn’t – but she’s in nice shape). Anyway, thought I’d share – the adventures of owning a motorhome begin!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      That sounds like a good deal, a camp spot at an animal rescue and with wifi, for 20 hours. Plus the coast isn’t far.

      Thanks for the report on your rig and the storage situation. I’m sure that’s of interest to a lot of readers. How nice that Juno has a window awning! That can make a big difference on hot days and when it rains.

      I appreciate you sharing all this, Dawn.

  15. Wonderful pictures! Love the Rocketman!

  16. AZ Jim says:

    Well folks it’s official! Missy has literally gone to the dogs!! What an exciting post I was following the action round by round. You and the Reg have become traveling ambassadors. Good one too. I think back to when you just got our little hero, Reggie and can’t imagine you having done better. He is a delight. Ankle seems better I go back tues. and one way or the other that will be my last appointment. I’ll get those MRI results. Let ya know. Great to have you two back in your honorary home state of Arizona.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Little Reg has turned out to be meant for this kind of life. He travels well, lying in his bed quietly as I drive. We stop for a break, he gets out, walks around, does his business, and gets back into the PTV without resistance. He loves exploring new camps, walking around campgrounds, and meeting every person and dog that he can. Inside the BLT he’s a good boy, too. He has another dog bed I keep at the foot of the bed and when it’s bedtime, he goes in it, curls up, and goes to sleep. He hardly ever whines, doesn’t bark a lot, and gives me loads of kisses. What more could I want? 🙂 Oh, and he’s cute as the dickens..

      Glad to hear your ankle is improving, Jim!

  17. Sue from Philadelphia says:

    Hi Sue,
    Have enjoyed your blog and photos for some time but this is my first comment. I am retired but circumstances don’t allow for time “on the road”. I wanted to let you know how much this one person enjoys vicariously sharing your adventures, your photos are beautiful, your stories fun, your canine companions (now companion) endearing. Thanks so much for adding a special light to each day for your readers, enjoy everything!

  18. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (WA) says:

    That’s such a fun post!! I laughed all the way through with your vivid commentary and perfect photos. Love the one especially where it looks like Reg has a hold on the tip of her nose – no mercy! I like when big dogs adjust their strength to the play opponent of the moment. So sweet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Molly,

      Always fun to learn a post made someone laugh. Yeah, Reggie is relentless in those photos. Sweet Beau played along in the “fight scene.” It was a shame that they left this morning. Reggie and I walked past their empty campsite and he sniffed around. Ever cheerful Reggie didn’t seem the least bit sad… On to the next canine encounter!

  19. You captured, beautifully, some great actions shots! Nice photos Sue, and what great fun those two had!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Shawna. I try to remember times when I’ve been as gleefully happy having loads of fun like Beau and Reggie together. Way back in childhood….

  20. Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

    Beau is absolutely gorgeous!! And what fun those two had playing. Reggie may be small, but he a powerhouse of energy. Thanks for the cute pictures and commentary. A really fun read!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, retiredcajun lady…. I’m glad this was a fun post for you. That was my intent!

  21. Kathy (NC) says:

    What fun! You and Reggie have a wonderful life!

  22. rhodium, RI says:

    Dogs can teach us a lot. I felt a little sad since our Zoe can’t play very hard with her heart condition but she still enjoys being a dog and doing quiet dog things. It inspired me to order a dog stroller like you had so she will be able to come on long walks with us, especially after the house closes in three weeks. There is a whole country to sniff!

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Hey Rh,

      Left you a reply on the last post … then noticed a new post. Hope you see it.

      • rhodium, RI says:

        Now I did, thanks. I always like it when I have an idea and it has been done, it means I am having good ideas.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      rhodium… Have you received the stroller yet? Does Zoe like riding in it?

      Forgive me if you told me already… Another person bought that stroller, too, and I can’t recall…

      • rhodium, RI says:

        It will come Tuesday, I will let you know. I think she will take some time getting used to it, she does not like getting picked up, but she does like to journey.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          She might accept the stroller right away if you place in it her favorite blanket or some other item that belongs to her. That way she knows the stroller is hers.

  23. Wow!!! What an action packed post!!!:) Adorable competitors… Great photos!!! 🙂 Yahaaa!!!

  24. Marilyn says:

    What a delightful post and play photos! Welcome back to Arizona!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Marilyn. It’s good to be in Arizona again…. although we will move to Nevada as we head further south..

  25. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Isn’t it just lovely, Sue…dogs are so fun…and make us laugh so much!! Loved it!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy you loved this post, Elizabeth. It was such fun watching the two pups have fun, I wanted to share that.

  26. Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

    That play by play was great! Reg man is coming out of his shell!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The play by play was okay? I don’t know the lingo that sports announcers use because I never listen to them, haven’t in many years, since I’m not interested in sports at all. I was winging it. Thanks for letting me know it worked!

      • Nancy from South Georgia says:

        I love it that you’re not versed in sports lingo nor are you interested. This is the time of year when all of that nonsense goes on and it’s how I justify the seasonal expense of taking off in the RV.

        Since I’ve started really spending money for gas, groceries, and other things while on the road (and the trip is mainly to avoid televised football and all the resultant yelling at the TV and other drama) it’s amazing how my husband’s interest has seemed to dwindle down. Seems like his obsession dies off a little bit each time that credit card bill comes in the mail.

  27. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Lol, this was a hoot!! I was just waiting for someone to get tangled in tethers!! What fun! I bet he sleeps well at night after all the activity!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      The playtime with Beau was yesterday. When we returned to the BLT, Reggie had a big drink, ate some kibble, and hopped into his bed at the foot of our bed. Instantly he fell asleep. I know it was a deep sleep because he looked like he was glued to the bed. You know that look? No stirring at all. 🙂

  28. Geri says:

    This post could not have been better! Excellent action packed photos and your play by play narrative gept me chuckling the whole time! Loved it!
    When I first met Chuck he had a mini Aussie and what a sweet heart. They are great little dogs!
    DoogieBowser is not doing well. Sad! 🙁
    I am so glad you and Reggie are having so much fun there! Take care! We love you both!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Geri…. I hope DoogieBowser can get some enjoyment out of this last stage in his journey with you. I know you are bracing yourself. I pray for his comfort, for many more loving moments shared with you, Chuck, and Radar, and for easy passage when it’s his time. Love you!

  29. Fabulous photo story. Reggie, what a guy. And what a beautiful Beau. Love the photos!!

  30. weather says:

    That woman clearly picked the right playmate to help Beau work off some energy, wow! Did Reggie’s tether wrapping around her feet help his flip/take down happen? However it was accomplished she probably didn’t see it coming, that boy is fast! I’m guessing they were both obviously playing the whole time and that was obvious to everyone that was watching ,right? You’re fight announcer’s voice over was spot on and hilarious 🙂

    They do make a sweet pair in Part 4. Each are gorgeous creatures, and seem well matched, in energy and temperament. Was Beau’s owner able to see the photo’s or given your blog’s name to see them here? And have the extra folks that arrived for the weekend at that campground behaved in ways that allow you to still be comfortable there?

    The “company” here since late Wednesday night has been non-stop rain that is forecast to leave for at least part of tomorrow. It’s made me very grateful to have the right clothing to stay dry while outside and to have the jeep. Instead of the occasional puddle small ponds are where grass was,and mud’s replaced the dirt paths and parking spots. It’s nice that everyone I’ve spoken to is taking it in stride and with good humor.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      You ask some fun questions…. No, the tether becoming tangled didn’t help Reggie take down Beau. It was the part that Beau was playing in their little fight game. He let Reggie be the conqueror. That photo with the two of them showing their teeth was all play. Not one growl. Everyone who gathered around knew it was entirely play with no hostility or aggression, just play-acting the way kids do. It was quite an entertaining show and we were laughing!

      The action was so fast and I was taking photos that I didn’t have much chance to talk with the owner. Then the guy with the Jack Russell came out and the woman had to go tend to supper. I never did tell her the name of this blog, although I did explain the reason I was taking lots of photos…. that I write stories about dogs to post on the internet. She was agreeable to that.

      Your gratitude for the right clothing and for your jeep reminds us to appreciate what we have, including the “company” of rain and the company of people with good humor, when we are so blessed. 🙂

  31. ApplegirlNY says:

    What a riot. Reggie on a tether and you guys jumping to stay untangled. It reminds me of a game we used to have where you had a tether around one ankle with a ball attached, and you’d get the ball going and have to jump over it as it went around. Anyone else remember that? Don’t even know if I described it properly.

    Great to see you two continuing to have fun visiting with the folks. Love all the doggie posts, and that Beau, sure is true to her name.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I remember that playground game. I think it was called tether ball. Our school playground didn’t have one set up. Whenever I saw one I wondered if anyone ever had the tether come round and wrap them around their neck. I must have been a kid who looked for potential catastrophes! Hahaha..

  32. Linda-NC says:

    Great narrative Sue! I laughed all the way through that one. What a great time was had by all! Beautiful pic of Beau and those intense blue eyes. Reggie continues to delight us all with his antics. I am truly hooked on this blog. I just have to see what you two are up to next. Have a good evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I am tickled that you’re hooked, Linda! That’s my aim! Ha!

      We did have a great time, dogs and people both. Beau and Reggie “connected” immediately. No long, drawn out sniffing of each other’s butts. They went straight to playtime and, as you saw from the photos, they didn’t hold back!

      You have a good evening, too…

  33. Teri in SoCal says:

    This post made me so happy.

  34. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Wow! Reggie has his take down tactics perfected! And a dog at least 4 times his size! I enjoyed your commentary – I felt like I was a bystander, watching along with you. What a beautiful and well-mannered dog Beau is…I wonder if she is a working dog and if so, which animal she herds. She was very gentle with Reggie; she could have easily overpowered him. Oh, and those gorgeous bright blue eyes, just stunning!

    I am glad that you and Reggie have been enjoying visiting with folks and their pups. I think Reggie is making up for being snubbed by that female dog last year….remember when he showed his love by peeing on her comforter! You go, little guy! 🙂

    At first glance, this campsite looked a little more crowded than you like, but it really has been a nice stop on your journey. You have met lots of good people. Birds of a feather…. 🙂

    Safe travels! Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Most, if not all, the photos of this campground were taken late in the day. That’s when the campground fills up. Then they leave early in the morning and only a few of us stay. That I can live with! 🙂

      I didn’t have much chance to talk with the woman about Beau. She didn’t mention Beau doing any herding. When she said Beau was a herder, I’m pretty sure she was referring to the characteristic of the breed of Australian Shepherd.

      I hope Gracie pup is all better now and enjoying her weekend with you!

  35. When Reggie zooms, it just looks almost impossible. Today’s pics made me wonder where all that energy is manufactured in such a tiny tummy! Who wouldn’t be enthralled watching the Reginator go? LOL He has no idea how small he is, does he? His world is his playground! I bet he sleeps soundly having other dogs to play with at this camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great first line, Carla! Reggie does seem to defy gravity. Yeah, where does that energy come from? A little chicken, a little kibble, and away he goes!

  36. Jan Johnson says:

    Wow, Beau is beautiful! I looked for a mini Aussie last time we were getting a pup but they were SO expensive around here. I love the photo under “Reconciliation” – so sweet! It is so fun to see Reggie having such a good playtime with his new friend.

  37. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face, and in my heart too.

  38. Pamela Avery says:

    Thanks for starting my day with a big laugh and smile! Shouldn’t we all be able to fight-play-become best friends!

  39. Kerry says:

    Great photos!!! Love this since some times people can be so prickly about their dogs. They were a great match!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Kerry, re the photos.

      We avoid the “prickly” people. I always feel sorry for their dog. I wish every dog could have the kind of fun that Beau and Reggie had together.

  40. Tom Moore says:

    I love the action shots. Your photography gets better every day.

    I also love Australian Shepherds. They have one at the RV places I bought my trailer that I pick up next week. More brown and tan with gold eyes than any I’ve seen before.

    I had two next door for years and they would dig under the wooden fence to play with our two Chihuahuas.

    I don’t think dogs see size as part of who’s boss. My older Chihuahuas seemed to have the upper hand when they played even though the shepherds were three times their size.

    Keep up your great blog

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tom,

      I agree with you about dogs and size. Reggie doesn’t seem to have any idea that he’s smaller than most dogs he meets and that the size difference could make him vulnerable. He has enough muscle, speed, and gumption to handle any big dog that comes along!

      You get your trailer next week — That will be fun!

      Thanks for your comment on my photos…

  41. Renee from Idaho says:

    Hi Sue, Reggie has learned that with every ride and setup, he is bound to meet someone new and have more fun. Call him Pavlov!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I suppose you’re right, Renee. Although I think Reggie would be cheerful in most any decent life.

  42. Delightful doggie fun! You should consider a play-by-play gig at the local dog park 🙂 It’s just so wonderful when our kids finds a new friend to play with.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee… Reggie has met several dogs at this campground. Of course, whenever I can and when I’m allowed, I take pics to share here…

  43. Linda in Manito Illinois says:

    What pure joy in those canine faces!
    Love those blue eyes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Quite an impressive-looking dog, that Beau. She and Reggie had such fun together. I wish she didn’t leave the next morning.

  44. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    That was a fun and rousing post. Reggie just has boundless energy. Wish I had half of that energy. Good job on capturing all that action.

  45. gayle beach boomer says:

    RVSue, were you exhausted and out of breath after photographing this epic confrontation? I’d say that was your exercise for the day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, gayle… Oh, not so much. I did a lot of twirling and changing angles, not much running, not like Reg and Beau!

  46. Beth P says:

    I have a mini aussie named Smokey. He loves to play and it would be the same story with he and Reggie. Yes, I’ve jumped his leash a few times, I learned the hard way from another dog. The sheer joy they run with takes my breathe away. I love to watch them. I’m sure Reggie was in puppy heaven showing off his speed.


  47. BadgerRickInWis says:

    ” Reggie challenges Beau to a game of chase. ”

    Oh silly Beau, You’ve been set up girl. NO ONE beats the Reginator in a game of chase. 🙂

    Seems like the little guy is making you a bit of a social butterfly Sue. Glad you’re having fun.

  48. DesertGinger says:

    Hi everyone! Isn’t this autumn weather glorious! We are having mild days (80s) and cool nights. Just perfect. I decided to switch to a vegetable based diet. I have been laying in supplies. Yesterday I bought a pressure cooker to cook beans in (I love beans) and a rice cooker/steamer. The rice cooker came with a nifty recipe book. You just load it up with rice, spices, veggies, turn it on and let it work. You can do meat also if you want. It’s pretty cool. I’m going to give up dairy (well mostly; I’ll still have butter) and maybe an egg now and then. No dairy, no meat and very little gluten. Lots more fruit and veggies. We will see how that works! Next I want to get ear buds so I can play music on my iPhone while I walk….determined to walk more and further. The cool weather helps that goal!

    I’m doing a story today so need to get back to work. Just checking in. Hugs to all.

  49. ChanW says:

    What a great batch of photos Sue!

    Such a pleasure.

  50. Susan says:

    Those are some great photos of the doggy action !!!

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