Late yesterday I open an email and find this message . . .
“Hi Sue . . . We moved in today at 2:45 pm and we are happy. It’s big and Timber is just as happy. It’s still raining and we don’t feel cooped up as we would be in the truck camper.
I cooked our dinner on a real gas stove and the fridge has real juice cooling in it. We have a nice couch and a empty entertainment center. No furniture yet, so Timber and I will sleep on the couch till we get a bed.” — Rusty and Timber
Here’s a photo of their new home!
Definitely a lot more room than in the truck camper! And it has a real shower, a real toilet, a real gas stove, a big refrigerator, and many other features that Rusty will surely enjoy. He’s waited a long time for this. I am so happy for Rusty and Timber!
In case you don’t know why I’m excited . . .
Rusty and Timber are dear friends the crew and I met while boondocked near Ash Fork, Arizona. You can read about the beginning of our friendship in the blog post of April 13, 2012, and the ones that follow.
Later, when Rusty was camped in Utah and the crew and I were camped in Oregon, Rusty’s dog, Timber, was lost and ended up in Colorado. The Arizona Republic ran a story written by Scott Craven about the incredible reunion involving several states. The story went national with coverage in USA Today and a video on Channel 2 News.
Click on this link to my September 8, 2012, blog post (expand the post so the links work properly) to read the stories and to watch the video. (Warning! You may need a box of tissues!)
The story touched the hearts of many of the readers of this blog.
Rusty is a kind person who has lived a unique lifestyle so far. He’s gone from years walking the West with his donkeys, to living full-time in a truck camper he designed and constructed, and now to a permanent home in Chino Valley, Arizona.
I know my readers join me in wishing Rusty and Timber much happiness!
NOTE ABOUT HOUSE-WARMING:
Several of you have expressed the desire to send a house-warming gift. That’s great because the house is nearly empty! Instructions on how and where you can send a gift are available from the header or by clicking on “House-Warming for Rusty and Timber.”
MESSAGE FROM READER VICKI!
“We will pick up and deliver items to be donated if others can not deliver. Nothing from the Valley please.”
Thank you, Vicki, for your generous offer of time and labor, plus gas!