Guess what the topic of today’s post is

Yes!  Edith came to our camp yesterday!

On Friday, July 3, Bridget, Reggie, and I meet Edith in the big back yard of Dogpatch Too where she lives with her foster mom, Katie.

Introductions go well . . . .

P1050960Bridget, however, isn’t much interested in Edith. 

She lets Edith know right away who is top dog.

P1050962Reggie, on the other hand, is very excited and invites Edith to play.  A game of chase commences.

“Oh my gosh, ” Katie exclaims.  “Edith is chasing Reggie!”

I’d like to report the details of the day.

Maybe I’ll be able to do that in a future post.  Right now we are parked alongside the highway as I type this and I don’t have time to write all that.  I’ll let the photos give you an idea how things are going.  Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos.  I haven’t had time to figure out why many of the pictures didn’t come out right.  Anyway . . .

The canine threesome walks the campground loop.

P1050971Playtime in the pen is fun for about three minutes.

Tether play lasts longer and is more fun!

P1050965Reggie steals Edith’s toy piggy . . . .

He’s turning into a little show-off.  Funny what a girl can do to a guy!

P1050989-001Romping on the bed . . . . Who gets to sleep where?

P1050974I haven’t made a firm decision about adopting Edith.

The Pixie Project’s adoption policy requires a two-week trial period.  As you can imagine, the four of us have a lot of adjusting to do.  Besides the bonding necessary between Edith and me, there is the canine pecking order to be established.  Routines need to be learned.  I need to learn how to handle three, instead of two.

Let’s just say there’s a lot going on in our little home right now.  Bridget shows no sign of accepting Edith.  She snarls and snaps (without biting, of course) whenever Edith comes too close.   Bridget gives me these sad looks . . .

P1050987Edith has some issues she carries from her days on the street.  (She’s already had a litter of pups!)   Reggie? . . . Well, he loves having someone to play with . . . and, of course, he has a sad face, too, whenever Edith is in my lap.

I am happy to report that all of us had a good night’s sleep in spite of the heat and after much “discussion” who sleeps where!

And where would that be?

Well, on the bed with me, of course!

Lazy Bend Campground is full for the holiday weekend.

Today we will relax at camp.  You may sense from the tone of this post that I have some concerns about this situation.  Edith is a darling and seems happy to be with us.  I don’t know why I’m not firmly convinced that she’s right for us.  My hesitation may simply be this stretch of heat, day after day, wearing me down.  I’m searching my heart as well as evaluating the interactions of the pups in order to figure out what is best for all of us.

I hope to have better photos for the next post.

Happy Independence Day!

rvsue

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214 Responses to Guess what the topic of today’s post is

  1. Susan in Dallas says:

    Wow! Now back to read!

    • Susan in Dallas says:

      OK, the 3 of them are off the cuteness meter for sure! But, you can’t live on “cute” alone. I know you will figure out what’s best for all. Happy and safe 4th to all.

  2. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Cute!
    Must read now….

  3. Norman in San Diego says:

    Hi Sue,

    You will have a busy Fourth of July for sure.

    Happy Fourth of July

    Norman

  4. Edith is a bit bigger than Reggie?? Well, two weeks should get things sorted out! Bridget needs to accept Edith, maybe time will change her attitude, maybe not. Wishing the best for all of you! Happy birthday America!

  5. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    How exciting!!!!! I am happy for Edith!!! The 2 week trial period is a good idea and I hope it all works out well. Praying that Bridget will accept the new situation and realize that Edith is not a threat to her Queenly Throne. Bridget will always be QUEEN!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend without too many firecrackers to scare the crew.
    Sending my love

  6. shirlene says:

    She is so cute…and well Bridget is miss Bridget…the look on her face is hilarious! You will have a hard time leaving her after two weeks…bless you Sue..the snarling is a female thing I think..it happened when I had two females and one male…it will work out because Bridget is Alpha and HRH..

    • shirlene says:

      HugShe is so cute…and well Bridget is miss Bridget…the look on her face is hilarious! You will have a hard time leaving her after two weeks…bless you Sue..the snarling is a female thing I think..it happened when I had two females and one male…it will work out because Bridget is Alpha and HRH..

  7. Edith sure is a cutie pie. Bridget looks a bit mournful. Reggie just looks happy. At least you do have a trial period. That is a lot of dog for one person 🙂 Happy 4th of July!

  8. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    Another crew member! Very exciting for all. We are in Nebraska waiting out the holiday and then we move on towards Rapid City where we will get our drivers licenses and registrations for the vehicles. We are staying in the city campground in Holdrege, NE. Everything else is very full. Our neighbors are from Oregon and are familiar with the area you are in. They have a nice dog who loves to play fetch. He will wear you out. He has me thinking about adding a crew member at some point.

    I have been watching the long term forecast and it looks like the heat wave might break by the end of next week.

  9. Cat Lady on the road in Panguitch, Utah says:

    I like Edith…hope Bridget will come around but it may take awhile.

    I had to return the camera/case a couple of days ago. The pictures were terrible. Washed out colors on automatic, etc. Returned it within the 30 day period. I’ll have to check out other cameras. I may get another Canon.

    BTW, around 10 this a.m., we had a 4.0 earthquake with the epicenter about 3 miles from this campground. Had three good jolts that almost knocked me off my feet. It did succeed in retracting my rear moho jacks. I thought someone had run into my coach.

    Hope everything works out so Edith can stay. Happy 4th, Sue and Crew.
    Cat Lady

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      WOW, hope you and your coach are fine after such a jolt! We have never been through a quake, thankfully. That’s something I can surely do without.
      Your camera… Look at the Nikon S1 series. I have one and love it! They have S1-s, S1-J, S1-V. in that order of cost and features. I bought the S1-S, the cheapest one to take on motorcycling-camping trips. All of my other Nikons are the pro-level DSLRs and didn’t want to take any of those on the scooters. Well, that said, I didn’t expect much from the little cheap camera…I WAS VERY SURPRISED INDEED! Now the S1-S is my quick-n-easy go-to camera, that one and my GoPro for anything other than a photo shoot session. If the S1-S broke tomorrow, I’d go buy that same camera again and they have lens choices for different ranges. Packs nice and small, great VaCay camera. I have the red one, easy to find for a quick grab. 🙂
      Good luck in your new camera search. There’s lots to choose from.

  10. BadgerRickInWis says:

    AWWWWWWWW, but you knew I was going to say that! 🙂

    Needless to say crank the cute-o-meter to 11. But trust your heart and see how things unfold. Remember the heat is not just effecting you, but Bridge as well. Plus being in a hot crowed campground is not what your day to day will be down the road.

    It sounds like Edith might be OK with letting Bridget be top dog, that’s very good. As for her forlorn look, well that might get better as you reassure her of her place as #1 in your heart or it might just mean that you have the damn camera out again. 🙂 Tough transition from being the only dog getting your attention to now sharing you with not one but two. Let her know that I am sending special loving energy to all of you with a little bit extra just for her,

    I bet Reggie is thrilled to have a playmate. That might make life easier for everyone in the long haul. I really, really, like the 2 week trial period. I wish every place did that. I am 100% sure that all will be as it is meant to be. As I said trust your heart, it’s a good one.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Sorry, I assume you are in a CROWDED campground. But what do I know, it might be full of crows as well.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Hot crows, at that.

        The two week trial period is a great idea – gives you time to make the right choice.

        My pup was in a foster home (small town so no actual shelter, but just organized fosters), and they, too had a trial period. So I got to make sure he fit my lifestyle (took him for a long ride in my truck :D).

        It’ll be fun to see how they all “settle in” over the trial period, and either way, you’ll end up with a happy home and crew (although I suppose it might be tough on Edith if she goes back, it’s still best to end up with the “right” crew whether or not that’s three or two).

        Having a cool/off-and-on rainy 4th near Flagstaff – out boondocking and it’s pretty quiet (which is fine by me!).

  11. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Happy Independence Day to all Blogerinos and Sue and crew. Hubby has pulled pork from smoker ready and I have side dishes to finish. Tonight, after dark we will join the neighbors for safe and sane fireworks in the middle of the cul de sac. So what are you doing to celebrate today?

  12. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Oh Gosh!
    She is a darlin’ but I can understand Miss Bridg being a bit upset. Good LUCK with all of it. You will know.

    Of to an old car show and stuff.
    Sending Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

  13. AZ Jim says:

    *consulting my crystal ball here*……Prediction, Edith stays, Bridget mellows, all happy and up the road we go…The crystal ball is infallible, Missy…Heed it.

  14. Janis Harrison says:

    Ohhh I love Edith already
    Huggs
    Grandjan

  15. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Edith is cute!! But it can be hard to expand with dogs…and 2 is a different deal altogether from 2 as I am sure you already know. We have had 3 before. But you are in tight quarters and can understand how that too may influence things. So it appears you will be staying closeby until you reach a decision. Hope all goes well, Sue.

  16. Karen LeMoine says:

    I knew you would get her!!!!!! So happy for you all!!!!! How exciting a new crew member!!!!!! A wonderful 4th for everyone!!!!! Welcome home Edith!!!!!!!!!

  17. Jenny Waters says:

    Oh, that expression of Bridget’s is great! Edith is certainly cute, I’m sure you will make the right decision if it is meant to be. 🙂

  18. Karen LeMoine says:

    Just read the post. I’m rooting that Edith stays! There is always a period of adjustment. Edith needs a chance! Bless all your furkids!

  19. Dyana says:

    We go through all this every time we adopt a new cat or kitten. In the end, the older ones accept and adapt to the newcomers and get along just fine. Edith seems to be a sweetheart and Bridget will get used to her. It’s just a matter of time and giving her majesty some extra loving and attention.

  20. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Like you or anyone of us…would be able to give her back up for adoption! Explain the sleeping arrangements again please?

    Yikes Bridgee babeee….it’s okay girl…you’re still top dog!

    Happy 4th of July.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      True that!

      I forgot for a moment who we were talking about. After all this is a woman who falls in love with tattered butterflys!

      Gotta love that shot of Bridgee babeee however, setting the ground rules right off the bat!

  21. BadgerRickInWis says:

    So maybe the heat is getting to me as well. I reread my post above and realize that while all I said is true I missed the REALLY important aspect of this post.

    “HI EDITH, WELCOME TO THE CREW!!!!!!!

    We all love you already and you may not realize it yet, but you sweet girl ARE THE LUCKIEST DOG AROUND!!! You have just landed in doggie heaven and are about to embark on the greatest life a dog could ask for.

    Don’t you worry about a thing, respect HRH and give the princess her proper place in the pecking order. Let Sue love you the way that only she can, (hint: she likes it when you give her kisses in the morning) and don’t worry about Reggie stealing your toy. He’s just a boy, give him 3 minutes and he’ll find some squirrel or something to distract him.

    You are so beautiful and all of us in blogorino land are loving and adoring you. Welcome aboard!!!!! WE LOVE YOU.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Gosh Rick, you sure have a way of summing up all of our feelings.
      Edith is adorable and I think she would be a great playmate for Reggie and I really hope she becomes part of the crew. However, I do feel sorry for Bridget. I’m glad she set her place from the get go, but she looks really sad, about having to deal with another young squirt. Two weeks should tell the story, though, and hopefully she will come around. Good luck Sue & Crew. Hope you have a wonderful 4th.

  22. Pam and Maya says:

    Happy Fourth everyone! It’s dangerous reading this blog. Maya has been laying around a lot lately, seems like her zip is gone – I’ve been wondering if she needs a companion. Someone please shake me and tell me NO!

  23. Jan Johnson says:

    Hope they all learn to live cohesively but if not at least you gave it a try! Edith is so cute and looks almost like she could be Reggie’s sister! Bridget accepted Reggie much faster, but she still could accept Edith. It took my older two dogs a while to accept the third. Dogs are much better at it than cats – we took in a stray starving kitten five years ago and our older cat STILL hates her! Hoping for the best!

  24. Lyn says:

    Sue,
    For years we had four dogs (two boys and two girls), all miniature dachshund rescues. Some had a lot of issues from being on the streets. But they were all younger at the time we adopted them and they quickly accepted each other. Unfortunately, the oldest of the group (a girl) passed away earlier this year. A little over six weeks ago we adopted a young Chihuahua mix that looks like she could be Reggie and Edith’s sister. Our oldest dachshund, Nelly (age 13), hated the new girl from the start, and would growl anytime she came near. Then after a couple of weeks, she stopped growling at her and just ignored her. Just in the last week, she has started allowing the new girl to sleep next to her and they actually have been playing together the last few days. So sometimes it does take a while! The two boys in our pack are younger, and were happy to have a new girl to play with, but there have been some territory and jealousy issues. But those are improving day by day. And of course, we’re in a house with a traditional yard, so your experience is going to be very different. I’ve got my fingers crossed that you decide to keep her – I think it will be worth it!
    Lyn

  25. Mick'nTN says:

    Edith is adorable and will be a great crew member. Bridget just needs some extra hugs during the adjustment period. Reggie and Edith, being the same age, will have a great life as palls. And an extra HUG for RvSue during the trial period.

    • I agree! Sue needs a few extra hugs too! This is going to be a very busy time for her! Can you imagine all 3 sharing her bed on these hot nights??? Along with the rest of you, I sincerely hope Edith will fit in, however only Sue can determine whether that will work or not! With all of our excitement about Edith, it might make Sue feel awfully bad if Edith doesn’t work out. Because then she will have to tell us and I sincerely don’t want Sue to feel bad if she has to say ” no” ! So Sue, we love you and know you have a hard 2 weeks ahead of you! Only you know what will work and what won’t! I think all of us will support you, whatever your decision is. But dangnabbit, Edith really is a cutie! Grin! 🙂

  26. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    so happy for you and the pups, Sue…..it will take some time to get
    used to each other…..
    chuck

  27. Captain K (Utah) says:

    We are dog sitting my son’s female lab mix this weekend which initially always causes my female pit mix to validate her own status as Queen. My male pit mix doesn’t seem to care as long as there’s a lap available come TV time. Hopefully Bridget will come to realize that Edith will keep Reggie out of the way and she’ll retain the alpha title and more time with you RV Sue! Good luck, what is meant to be will be!

  28. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Sue,

    Changes, changes, sometimes they are easy and sometimes they are hard. Over the next few days it will become clear as to whether Edith will fit or if there is another loving family out there waiting for her. In your heart, you will know.

    Ahh, the heat. We were at Klipchuck CG off the North Cascades highway last week and it started out cool then turned scorching by Thursday. We decided to head home early since it was only going to get hotter in that area – 100+. Back to our “hot” mid to high 80’s here in the NWest. Tomorrow it may get as high as 90 in some areas around here, way too hot for the PNW!

    Where is our rainy, gray weather? Fire danger is extreme, so we are staying home with our hoses ready in case someone doesn’t play safe with their fireworks today. A few years back we had fireworks start a field fire near our neighbors home. It can so easily happen and the results can be devastating – think Wenatchee. A special thank you to all those firefighters who are standing guard this weekend!

    Enjoy!
    Kitt

    • LoupGarou says:

      Sue its your house and your heart is certainly in the right place, but consider what would happen if something should happen to you, It’ll be far easier to place two of them than three.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        On the other hand, by that logic no one would have pets at all in case something happened. I think if they work out as a crew of three, more power to them and to Sue! And if not, well, that’s okay too. Hence the two-week trial period.

  29. Dawn says:

    Bridget may also be picking up on your concerns and acting accordingly.

    When we adopted Freyja she was so unsocialized – it seemed like a big mistake. I was pulling my hair out and really considering rehoming her (I was not going to take her back to the shelter). It wasn’t until the trainer at the rescue I found that pointed out that my own indecision about committing to the adoption was affecting Freyja’s behavior – and I committed – that things began to settle out and she began responding to being “part of the pack”. Maybe Bridget knows she has some sway over the outcome?!

    My heart is with all of you – and I know you’ll make the best decision for everyone!

  30. weather says:

    The initial few hours ,reactions and reality were a shock- compared to the dream you had.The one where Reggie and Edith were safely playing outside …while Bridget basked in your company …as you sat at the laptop with your contented family of pooches and blogorinos all within reach…Fast forward from the day you mentioned that to- short tempers and leashes,bared teeth and nerves-all exacerbated by heat and no internet,overload of strangeness,Good Lord -help this lady!

    Dear sweet Sue,heart as big as heaven and it’s rooms filled with so many’s needs…just breathe…wait…watch…let yourself rise above the burdens and momentary anxieties,friend.No answer is needed this minute,let it surface when you can feel the rhythm of the dance again

  31. susan says:

    So happy for all of you! Especially Edith! She is so cute – way of the scale for cuteness!
    I’m sure Bridge will accept her, it just may take a few days. And for Reg, someone young enough to play with.
    Hoping it works out with a few days. Lots for Edith to learn, and Bridge too.
    susan

  32. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Geri M-H has it right . Hugs to you too, Sue, we know you will do what is best for all of you and of course we will support that. We may be disappointed, at first, if it doesn’t work, but you would have tried and we will respect that.

  33. Two young dogs and one mature dog will give you some interesting group dynamics. I’m really glad there is a two week test drive, hopefully the pack will sort itself out in that time frame. In the Seattle area, and hopefully where you are, the heat is supposed to break Saturday. We are looking forward to that!

  34. Jolene says:

    Edith sure is sweet. I am sure it is an adjustment for all of you. Only you will know Sue whether or not it will work out. Looking forward to hearing more about how things are going. Enjoy the weekend!

  35. Marcia GB in MA says:

    I think two weeks is a good amount of time to see if Bridget will soften her attitude toward Edith (Ha, sounds like a soap opera!). You’ll definitely know by then whether Edith will fit into the crew. My money is on “yes.”

  36. Betty Shea says:

    Oh Sue!!!They all are so cute! I have 3 Furbabies right now…It is always most difficult female to new female…after they set the order…who is the Queen,it will be fine…always 2 females need just a little time !
    It will be fine and they will accept and love each other,because they know you love them all!!!!
    Pure sweetness!!!

  37. Dawn in MI says:

    I hope Bridgette can learn to love Edith. You will do what is right for your crew. And you will give Edith a fair chance. That’s all she can ask. At least we know she has a good place to go back if she has to, and a good place with you if it is to be. She’ll be OK either way.

  38. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for the quick update. You have your hands full, so I hope you will focus on your needs and heart. The blogorinos will keep the home fires burning while you sort things out. Always know that you have our full support, whatever is decided. 🙂

    Sending you wishes for cooler weather, a peaceful campground, sound sleep, and the guidance needed to make the right decision for your little family. Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  39. Sondra-SC says:

    It will be difficult in a small space but I have 3 and they all get along pretty good 2 big girls I’ve had for 7 yrs and then we added Casey he is a small fellow compared to them but he can handle his own around them. You will have to use your head and heart to figure this one out–Bridgett will come around and she will be the matriarch of the pack.

  40. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Happy 4th Everyone! Hope all are enjoying the holiday as you see fit.

    Well, the 4th is a fine day of fireworks at the RVSue camp! Proper Miss Bridget , Aloof Miss Bridget is something we have become accustomed to…but ~A Very ANGRY~ Miss Bridget??!!
    As all of you know, I have been a very outspoken cheerleader for the young Miss Edith.
    That said, I do have serious reservations after seeing Miss Bridget’s reaction to her. I don’t want to feel this way, mind you. It’s a deep gut feeling and here’s why… Girl dogs can be as pity and fighty as girl people can, you read about that being true all the time in the dog stories. Yes, Bridget may come around as she gets better accustomed to Edith but that may not happen for months or years, if ever. That would be sad to Bridget, she already lost Spike, and Sue is all she has in her whole little world…she will be fiercely protective of her world and of RVSue. Next, Bridget sees the Reggie-Man as her charge. Not sure it will sit well with her to see him learning other things from Miss Edith over time, just not sure she will be keen on sharing what she already has. All that said, Miss Bridget has a bad leg, one that flairs up from time to time. I just don’t see Bridget being in any kind of cozy mood AT ALL, during those times. I could be all wrong but first impressions are important and often telling warning signs. Sometimes it gets better, sometimes better for awhile and sometimes never a good match. Is Edith cute, absolutely!!! Is she right for Reggie-Man, maybe, looks like she could be. Is she right for Bridget? I have a bad taste about that…sorry, I’m just getting a bad vibe about it as a good combo mix. I wish, heaven knows, I wish I didn’t feel this way, she is such a cutie! Anyway, Like RVSue, I call it as I see it…please don’t hate me for that. I could change my mind after a number of new photos and stories come to light but for now I have to go with my gut and it just doesn’t sit right somehow. Sorry, Sue, I can see why you have your very real concerns…

  41. Shawna says:

    Edith is surely a Cutie Patootie! Looks like her and Reggie get along very well. Hope this works out for all of you; I have no doubt you will make the right decision.

    Happy 4th! Enjoy!

  42. eliza says:

    Maybe you are thinking about Bridge and those sad eyes. Two weeks should tell. And you might need a bigger bed!

  43. cc says:

    one thing you can do is feed you and Bridget first, then feed Reggie and Edith after you two are finished. Dogs eat in order of pack hierachy and often this will ease an older dog’ s anxiety. Another trick is Bridget gets treats with no work, but Reggie and Edith have to sit or lie down to earn their treats

  44. DesertGinger says:

    Well, had my last Knife class today. Now I will be on a shadow team until I earn my way on the publishing team. Hopefully that will only take a few weeks. Tomorrow I move into my house for a few weeks while I am between tenants. That will save me paying rent on a room. I want to spend a few more weeks here and have a chance to work directly with other Knifers. Sooner or later I have to make the long drive home, but not quite yet!

    Very excited about Edith. She looks almost like Reggie. You had two black and white dogs that looked very similar, and now two brown and white. I hope Edith works out. Even though Bridget is not happy. She will get better.

    Hope everyone is having a nice 4th!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      DesertGinger,
      You are taking Knife classes??!! As in making knives??!!
      How did I miss that?…
      I thought you were taking more accounting classes or something related to your tax work. Oh Boy! I guess I was fast asleep at the wheel on that one, Clueless! Well, glad it is going well and you are enjoying it. Enjoy working with all the other knifers 🙂

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Uh, maybe the knife thing is for cut-n-paste for copy layouts.
        I am confused, sorry.

      • DesertGinger says:

        The Knife of Aristotle is an online media analysis service. I was training to be an analyst.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Oh! That does sound interesting! Good luck, nice career field. I can see why you are having such fun in your classes now. A friend of ours works for NPR, always something interesting going on to talk about. My husband has a background in Drive-Time news and reporting FM radio broadcasting. During *Gulf I* he was on air for two full days. No sleep but for cat naps. Rip-n-reads, cut-n-paste, things moved to fast to do real copy during the first hours of the Gulf War. I tended the wire telex and ran his copy to him for broadcasts in the on-air booth. I remember running out to get a feather bed so we could nap on the floor during all the chaos. Exciting times, never a dull moment!

  45. Mel from TX (formerly NV) says:

    You will know in your heart what is best for the crew, that said, many have offered very good comments based on their experiences and that is good knowledge too…older female with younger female, competing for the attentions of a male and “mama” can be a testy dynamic- in both the canine and human world!! Bridget might feel a little threatened, having gone thru alot of adjustments this past year… she may be picking up on your uncertainty and playing you (they are very smart little furry kids)… in the end, the pack pecking order will establish itself with guidelines from you on what is and isn’t acceptable behavior…One more piece of unasked for advice.. look long term… Reggie is young and bringing in a playmate of similiar age now is a good thing for him… Bridget’s comfort level needs to be considered absoloutely but perhaps it should not be the only and final determination in your decision…

  46. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hello again!

    The pups and I are on the hill again where we can pick up internet signal. Just checking in….

    Great comments! Several wrote that Bridget will learn to accept Edith as time goes by. I believe she would and I have no concern that she would hurt Edith, although the photo of her ferocious jaws suggests otherwise. It does bother me that she tolerated Reggie from the start. She’s not as tolerant of Edith. Of course, it could be this god-awful heat.

    I’m the one that is the Big Concern. Little Edith is very sweet. She comes when called and is eager to sit in my lap. She cheerfully follows me around. Katie warned me of her possessiveness with food, the usual result of a dog who’s missed some meals while being a stray. I heeded her words and have been careful when putting out dishes. No problems!

    So why aren’t I head over heels happy with Edith? I don’t know. Maybe I wondered about her for too long and created an image of her that is much different than reality. I had in mind that Edith was a dog of Reggie’s size, one with a submissive personality, docile nature, and playful. She’s playful, yes, but I wouldn’t call her submissive!

    Even so, I don’t place the responsibility on Edith for us to bond. For some reason I’m not feeling a connection with her. I wasn’t wholeheartedly sure of my decision to bring her home with us. Katie saw my hesitancy. Well, that’s why the organization has a trial period.

    As a former foster parent of homeless dogs, I used to wonder how anyone could choose a dog, bring it home, and then return it. I felt that they were giving up too hastily. I’m confident that any of the “difficulties” that Bridget, Reggie, Edith, and I encounter while getting to know each other can be overcome. However, one cannot force a feeling that is not there. Now I have a better understanding why some dogs are returned.

    Like I said before, maybe it’s the heat. I wrote all this to keep you up-to-date on the situation as several of you are anxious to see Edith join the crew. At this point I’m doubtful that adopting Edith is the best for each of us.

    I’ll make a final decision tomorrow. If Edith goes back to Katie, I want it to occur before she becomes attached to me and Reggie. As it is, she acts as if her time with us is a happy, extended play date.

    Thank you for expressing yourselves regarding Edith. She is a wonderful dog.

    Sue

    • Jolene says:

      I do understand what you are saying Sue and you are the only one that can make that decision for you and YOUR crew. God bless you and we will all accept your decision whatever it is.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’m sure you’ll make the best decision.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I suspect Bridget is different because Edith is a girl. Boy and girl dogs always do better together.

  47. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Heartfelt

    Best wishes on your decision

  48. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue and all,
    First of all I understand how it is with Bridget…she can’t believe this is happening and it took 6 weeks for my Rosie to go anywhere near Lily but now they love each other. Good luck with a big decision… I can barely handle two pups.
    OK news: I am now a fulltime RVer! Living in a RV park near where I used to live. I decided to stick around for at least a month to downsize even MORE!
    I am loving my new home I call her Christine. The dogs are doing fine too and we are getting used to our new space and all that goes with it.
    what a year it’s been!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      So glad for you, your pups and your new Full-Time RV Lifestyle. You worked so hard at achieving what has now become a grand reward sure to lead to wonderful new adventures! Well Done!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Deb! You are now officially a full-timer! Whoo-Hoo!! Have you posted more YouTube videos? How do we find your videos? Once again, I am happy for you….you are starting out on your “next chapter.” Sending you a hug! 🙂

      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi 🙂 I didn’t want to be rude and mention my youtube channel but since you asked it is RVDebs Journey and as of last night I have over 700 subscribers. It’s been so cool. I put video’s up usually daily. What a journey it has been so far!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So glad to hear your update, Deb…your living in an RV park there sounds like a good way to ease into living the RV lifestyle. Wishing you the very best!!

    • Krystina - In Warrenton, Oregon says:

      That is fabulous Deb!! Nice to see how happy you are. Please keep us up to date with how things are going.

  49. Only you can know whether the ” connection, ” is working or not. I appreciate your honesty in telling us. As cute as Edith is, I feel sure she will find a forever home soon, if you should decide she needs to go back to stay with Katie. I wish you all well and a sweet good night!

  50. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Sue I think you are so wise (knew it anyhow). You know what it takes to be a vagabond. Edith may not be able to adapt to that lifestyle… having been one on her own in such a difficult way. You will know… She is so cute, yes… but cute doesn’t work all the time. She may need the stability of someone at a full time home… not a rolling one… it is too bad, but you are so caring of course you would be careful.

    Racy was treated very badly by a young toddler as a tiny pup… he absolutely can not be trusted near little kids. Edith will find her ‘fur-ever home’… I am sure of that. If it is with the ‘crew’ that is awesome, but if not… it will be OK.

    Can’t wait for the next adventure.
    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb (and Racy, Kali and Amelia the wonder cat–oh sure and Jim too).

  51. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Sue,
    Thank you for such a wonderful and very candid update this evening. I guess I feel alittle better about the negative vibes I was picking up on earlier when reading your post and seeing the photos. I still feel badly feeling this way about the new mix. I think about those hot days when you have to go grocery shopping or to take a shower and all three dogs are left alone in the PTV, territorial fussing and who knows what the hot weather could bring even tolerant dogs to do. And then with cold weather and everyone wants the max snuggle space with you… I know I sound like an alarmist, I don’t mean to, I just have those images in my mind and I tend to heed them when I see them, that’s all. I know you, too, have that 6th sense that gets through life and brings you to make the right decisions for you and your crew. I have complete faith that you will carefully study all aspects of things positive and negative ~ and then make your final call about what is truly best of everyone. I do agree that it would be a good call to take Edith back soon should you not want to adopt her. I would not want her to think that she did something wrong or was rejected. Making her stay with you and the crew an extended play-time sleepover would ease that for her ~ if you do decide she is not to be a crewmember. Sue, seems that Ain’t Nothing Easy. Life! And all its curve balls. Who knows, like Scarlett said, “Tomorrow is another day”… Heartfelt hugs no matter what you decide, we’re with you on this one, stay or no stay.
    Try to sleep well.

  52. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Sue, you are a world-class dog person & will know what’s right for you & the crew. Stay cool. Ear skritches all ’round!

  53. kgdan says:

    My view is that you and Bridget have had a very emotional year. Adding Reggie has been major. I’m feeling for Bridget. Best wishes on your decision.

    Hot is right! Over ten days of 100+ here— very unusual for our area. We usually see only a couple of these temps and always in August.

    We are continuing our fight to turn our lemons into lemonade. Two month check shows Gil making fabulous recovery. Next check in 3 months & if good will take him off Warfarin. Dr. already took off my bp meds— yea! New reclining loveseat installed in new trailer today— super! Happy Birthday, America!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      kgdan,
      Was so great to hear Gil’s recovery progress is going wonderfully!
      New recliner in the new trailer…Stylin’ 🙂 Enjoy!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Ooops, was so glad to hear of Gil’s recovery news that I forgot to metion you and your being off the bp meds! After reading Krystina’s post I saw it there again. Happy, happy for you too!
        Geez, there is always so much to read and get all caught up on!

        Now I’m wondering if Barbara got to visit with her maybe-forever-dog Carli. She so excited about the forthcoming visit with her. See, it’s always something new 🙂

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          Pamela, Thanks for inquiring about Carli. The meet & greet got postponed due to heavy rain & sever thunderstorms in the area where she is fostered, so we mutually agreed to move the event until
          Tuesday 7/7. I am so anxious for this meeting. If it goes well, I will try to do the home visit/inspection, sign papers and pay the fee on Thursday or Friday this week.
          I am bursting with excitement to get her. Her foster mom sent me a home video of her with one of her other dogs. She is so funny.

          I hope Sue got to see her as I think she would be happy for me also. https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32292299/

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            Barbara,
            Rain delay, I can relate. I will cross my fingers and my toes for you until we hear something back from you Tues evening or Thurs morning 🙂 I, too, am excited about your little cutie-pie. I saw her earlier, she is a real doll! Good Luck!

    • Krystina - In Warrenton, Oregon says:

      Yeah!!! Happy to hear that Gil is making a good recovery and, yeah, you are off you bp meds 🙂 I see that you installed a loveseat in your trailer. I have a few questions about that. I have a horseshoe dinette that is huge. As I never use the table it is a big waste of space for me. I want to put in two recliners and a drop leaf type table (with storage) in the space. The questions is do you have to attach the recliners to the floor? Also, is the paneling and flooring usually complete under and around the dinette? Thanks for whatever information you can give me. 🙂

      • kgdan says:

        Yes, the trailer came with a big dinette as you described. Before purchase we had already evaluated our needs-big one was lounging comfort. Gil removed the entire dinette piece by piece; found it very easy to do. Only visible signs are a couple of small pieces of molding which he will redo. We found a great leather double power reclining loveseat with center console which has USB plug-ins for charging gizmos. Fits in the slide perfectly & does not recline back but seat slides forward. Very comfortable. Gil fixed the TV so it can swing out for viewing in front of loveseat & folds flush to the wall when not in use. Also thinking of devising TV trays on swing-out arms as well. We are really getting serious about comfortable senior citizen living on the road. We have sacrificed the compactness of the Casita but only added 4′—tho it looks gigantic.

        • kgdan says:

          Do not yet know if the loveseat will need to be attached. We think not but will see first trip out.

        • Krystina - In Warrenton, Oregon says:

          Thank you so much for the information. I kinda thought the first trip out after the recliners were in would tell me if they needed to be attached. I have read that many folks take out the dinette. Unfortunately I don’t have a “Gil” here. I may have to wait until I get back to the RV Park in AZ so someone can help me take it out. Thanks again.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            One consideration for anything in the RV is what will happen during a fast stop or (of course we hope not) accident. I tend to think it’s good to have heavy items like furniture bolted down, but if that can’t work (say floor does not allow it) possibly something with straps and eye-bolts (secured to something firm) that you would attach for travel. Of course then it’s one more thing to do/undo (I try to minimize those).

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              PS: I realize kgdan has a trailer, so no-one is in it during travel times, but IIRC Krystina you have a Class C, so you are “connected” to the RV interior while driving. That makes a difference for “bolting down” in case of fast stop or whatever. I mean, not that you want things flying around in a trailer, but at least they are separated from driver/passenger.

            • Krystina - In Warrenton, Oregon says:

              Sidewinder Pen…That is a thought too. Thanks for the info.I found out the hard way that my entire floor is steel. Found that out when I had my solar put in.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Well, that should be excellent for anchoring anything you’d like to the floor. (Was probably not quite so fun running solar wires tho’ – surprise!)

            • Krystina - In Warrenton, Oregon says:

              Surprise!! Good word to describe it. The “technician” broke two $100 drill bits!!

  54. Another Reader says:

    Totally understand Edith’s appeal, but I was surprised that you would add another female to the pack. At Bridget’s age, keeping her position as Alpha girl is a lot of work and a lot of stress for her. She sees another female as a constant challenge, and that can’t be good for her or you. I don’t think she would be happy with another female, no matter who it is.

    I do see having another dog of Reggie’s age and energy level as beneficial for him and for you. In your shoes, I would lean towards another male, one that could get along with both dogs. If you can take all the leg lifting, that is.

    It’s a tough decision, one that it might be best to let the dogs have a say in. If you aren’t making the connection and Bridget is unhappy, Edith might not be the right one.

  55. Oldbeachguy says:

    We travel with five dogs (4 are rescue 2 from Mexico). Three is a piece of cake. We find that they tend to support the pack when togeather as a group. A single dog would receive more attention, but that would leave the others with none. It is all what you make it. Enjoy the ride.

  56. Barbara in Scottsdale says:

    Sue, Thanks for the update on your crew this eventing. My negative vibes have been bothering me since reading your blog and seeing the pictures of the crews interactions amoung themselves. It looks like Bridget is picking up on some vibes from Edith that has her in a tizzy. The last photo you posted has poor Bridget looking so sad. I pretty much feel the same as Pamela K. response that came in At 7:30 tonight so I’m saying ditto to what was said . Do you think Bridget would be more receptive to a younger smaller female? A younger dog might not threaten the pecking order as much as an older dog. Btw I hope your hot weather gets over, and cooler climates return to stay.

  57. weather says:

    With your not having internet access first thing in the morning you probably won’t read this until you’ve been up with your own new day’s thoughts,which is good.Light should influence us before exchanging conversations in my opinion.As an experiment I looked at the dogs’ photos at bedtime then again after a restful night’s sleep and a touch of morning song.As usual ,there’s a difference in my reactions after having done that.

    The Pixie Project would do well to have you as their photographer because you capture the essence of your subjects like few on earth can.Their pics of Edith had made her appear smaller and more docile than she is.In yours she’s barely recognizable as the same creature,no wonder the confusing reactions ensued meeting in real life.As I’ve always been drawn to what’s more wild I wouldn’t have given her a second glance if she were what they portrayed,to me -cute yet unremarkable.Now I’ve “seen” her-she’s beautiful!!! Someone will be having a rare and exciting treasure to live with,I’m happy for whoever that is.A funny image comes to mind of her a bit like a burdock-exquisitely colored and shaped it clings while entangling and messing things up.Perfect in the right environment,yet surely not most folks cup of tea with good reason!

    Can’t help noticing again how much I admire your making choices based on what’s right for you,completely apart from what many would expect Sue.Wow,are you fun to know! What ever amount you let this situation be part of your lives going forward ,it’s already spread so many seeds for what’s good-what a delight …I pray none of this feels heavy on your heart or mind,you truly enhance the life of all you encounter whether briefly or long term even if you are unaware of it or how ,I so hope you know that and have a really good day 🙂

  58. Eileen Dykeman says:

    Sue, I know you’ll make the right decision for yourself and the crew regarding Edith (yes, she sure does look like a little sweetheart). I’m sure Edith will find a forever, happy home whether she joins your little family or someone else’s; and if it turns out that Edith is not meant to be a part of the crew, there will be other adorable “prospects” at the right time/place in the future. Love and hugs to you in your decision-making process.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      That’s a good point, and one which I’m sure is not a new idea to Sue. But just to voice it, if Edith does go back to the Pixie Project, that doesn’t mean an additional crew member is off the table. Maybe it would just be a different one. At any rate, there are a number of good options.

  59. Marie says:

    Your three pups are sure cute and Edith looks so much like Reggie that they could be related, she’s a wonderful find for you. How old is Bridget, that is one thing you should consider – I’m sure she will come around after a short period of adjustment.
    My vote is for you to adopt Edith but that has to be your decision, good luck!!
    It will be a difficult thing to choose, good luck again!

  60. Ron Sears says:

    Well I finally added a new member to my home also. Her name is Maggie and is a mix of Yorkie and I can’t spell it (little mex. dog) She looks a lot like Reggie except with the Yorkie ears. She has the big brown spot on her face like the little RCA dog has and the short legs of the Yorkie. Anyway she is a handful and a lot of company. I got her from the pound where she has been for a long time so she was ready to have a home of her home and shows it with much love..Now if I can just live through the teething thing, things will be good…Be safe

    2

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Ron,
      Maggie, love that name! She sounds like a real looker too! Love the RCA pup with that big brown spot, always draws me to a dog who has one. Especially nice of you to pick her since she was awaiting her forever home for so long…special when that right connection happens 🙂 Here’s wishing you both a long and adventurous life together.

    • Karen LeMoine says:

      Chihuahua?

  61. Jodee Gravel on the road in Brookings, OR says:

    She is a sweet little dog and a great match for Reggie. She’s a great size, bigger than I thought, and looks to meet all your criteria. My experience has been that introducing a new female to a home with an established older female rarely goes well – and that’s when there’s space to be separated more often. I do hope Bridget proves to be the exception and maybe the four of you can make a crew. If not, Edith will have had a fun camping vacation to tell all her friends about 🙂

  62. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Morning Sue,
    Here’s hoping your morning finds you both relaxing and reflecting on the question at hand. I don’t envy your position, it’s a hard call either way…so many factors to weight. As for me, I wish I had more photos of Edith and the crew together. More to review and ponder on a bit. I guess more photos would give a fuller picture of how they are doing together. As a photographer, I know that no photo ever tells the complete story so only you can know for certain. I guess I’m just trying to make my own self feel better for you really. It hurts me that you are having to weight such a heavy and long-term question. In the end, maybe THAT is the answer in itself…If it is THAT heavy of a question then that IS the answer. I don’t know. Anyway, we wait and know that you will take whatever time you need to know what is right for you and the crew and for Edith. Know that you have everyone’s support here and know that we all understand how life is never easy on all fronts. Much like you are so comfortable in your own skin, you will know what is comfortable for your crew long-term. Always trust yourself first and all things will fall into place! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  63. BadgerRickInWis says:

    As the yahoo patrol in the neighborhood started the annual explode-o-fest last night and Dexter took her pheromone collar and went to hide under the bed clutching her magic collar in her little paws like a rosary, my thoughts turned to you.

    At too low an elevation, in too crowded of a campground during an atypical heat wave and probably with campers near by setting of their own fireworks. Hard spot to make such a tough choice. But as I have said before I have complete faith that you will listen to your heart and do what is right for all concerned.

    I know you won’t read this until later. But just know that I am holding all four of you in my heart.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Rick,
      So sorry your sweet little one had to go through all that. So many animals fear the sounds from fircrackers, always such an unkind time of all our pets. Our place was quiet as a mouse! We stayed in all day and all evening, not a single sound of the 4th was heard here. I think the vast rains had much to do with that. Our Golden, her Bearness, slept the whole time…lazy and lovin’ it.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Thanks Pamela, have no fear she weathered it fine. Just needs to be a little drama queen every now and than.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      As so often happens after I make a comment I realize that perhaps I was just hinting at what was REALLY going on in my convoluted mind.

      I guess what I want to say is this. Your lack of an internet connection has left you more isolated than usual and us on this side of the screen with no real idea of what your situation is like. Please take that into consideration as you read this. But IF my assumptions about what a campground on the busiest holiday of the year might be like are correct I would encourage you to take a bit more time in your decision.

      I fully understand your desire to make a quick decision but I would also encourage you to ask yourself if you are concerned about Edith growing attached to you or you growing attached to her. Both are without question equally valid but it sounds like Edith has not had much stability in her home life of late. This of course means that her personality will evolve as she grows more familiar with her new situation but it also means that she will likely adjust quickly should you decide to return her to her foster family. Dogs are like that.

      They have given you two weeks to decide and I’m sure which ever way you go might be cause to wonder “what if.” Why not take some time to see how everyone adjusts in a calmer less stressful situation? You really have nothing to lose and potentially more to gain than can be put into words.

      As I have said many times now I have complete faith in both your heart and your mind in these situations. Also please know that this and everyone’s comments the past couple days are from a place of love for you and the crew. Take care.

  64. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I don’t think Bridget’s behavior towards Edith is strange. We have one girl dog, Mimi. When she came to our home she was docile and sweet….then came Ralphie, a baby still wanting to nurse,…..Mimi mothered Ralphie and became sort of protective. Well, we then adopted Rudy, a male young pup,….Rudy and Mimi occasionally have spats but no fighting…just Mimi’s snarl. Rudy has come to accept that…and learned to back off when Mimi is in her mood. My little Chowder is sweet as can be and accepts everyone 🙂 They all play and get along otherwise and all four are the same size with Chowder being the oldest of the bunch and Ralphie the youngest. Rudy and Mimi are about the same age hence the sibling rivalry LOL We have never had four dogs before. We mourned for a year for our one dog, a huge German Sheppard Hieka, for a year and after that things just happened. Chowder came to live with us because granddaughter moved to Alaska, we found Mimi blowing around in the dust forging for food on the Navajo rez, so we asked if we could adopt her…the answer was ‘Yes.’ Rudy was thrown from a car after the couple who owned Rudy got into a fight…tossed out the door at a gas station. My daughter’s co-worker saw all this happen as he was gasing up and picked up Rudy and advertised on employee web & guess who adopted Rudy, my daughter. Anyway, we love them all and they love one another….if Rudy and Mimi go home, Ralphie and Chowder are sad and vice versa. End of story.

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      I forgot to mention, Ralphie and Rudy have tons & tons of energy…they love wrestling, playing tug of war, etc. I think Mimi gets concern with Rudy’s over zealous energy around Ralphie.

  65. Gal and 2 cats in Fl says:

    Please give it time! Bridgett is acting in typical older female fashion. Of course she is not happy. But time usually cures everything. You got Edith for Reggie, as he needs a playmate that is equal to him and they are young and will bond. Bridg will always be a queen bee and your number one although the youngsters are cute! Give her special time with you and accept females never really bond up with another girl. She will probably continue to snap when Edith fails to maintain her space. Those 3 will work out their own pecking order, but it takes time. Also takes time for you and her to Bond. Just take it a day at a time. If it means staying in the NW for the remainder of summer………hey is that all bad? lol

  66. Virginia Henkaline says:

    I like Edith too, but I don’t think you will be keeping her. Bridget’s vote is a big one.

  67. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hello again!

    A quick word because we’re in the heat of the day….

    I apparently have given the impression that Bridget is the reason for my hesitancy. Not at all! I realize that in time she will accept Edith. Also, Edith will reveal more of her personality as time goes by.

    I repeat what I wrote earlier… I’m the one that is the problem… not Bridget, not Edith, not Reggie. Instead of being eager and loving toward Katie, I’m feeling nothing at all.

    As for allowing time to tell… I have other factors at play here. I’m under a fourteen day limit at the campground. I’m also becoming weary of the environment, particularly since every day has been brutally hot. I also have to consider the crowded campgrounds during summer in the Mt. Hood area. It is important that we move camp at the beginning of the week… before Wednesday is best.

    In other words, I don’t need two weeks to make this decision. I know myself well enough to make the right decision now. And Edith doesn’t need to form an attachment to me and then have it broken. Even assuming all of us will adjust beautifully — and I think we would — something isn’t right. Remember I have met a lot of dogs in my life and that prior knowledge informs this decision.

    I was going to write a blog post this evening explaining my decision. However, to end speculation, I’m letting you know here..

    I called Katie and made arrangements to return Edith at 5:30 today.. I know it’s the right thing to do. I hope you trust that this is not a rash decision, due to the short interval of time Edith has been with us.

    Bye for now… Thank you, as always, for your support and caring.

    Sue

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Good to read your update, Sue.

      If there’s no “magic feeling” between you and Edith, well, that says it all. You gave it a shot, which was great, and now you know.

      I hope you are able to get to someplace cooler and less crowded ASAP. I’m breathing a sigh of relief just thinking about it! (Through some unexpected circumstances, I’ve spent the holiday weekend in the Flagstaff area, where it has been cool/rainy (odd to have it feel so damp here!) and quiet. I’m counting my blessings and wishing the same for you soon.

    • weather says:

      You set such a good example by being confidant in your decisions,Sue,thank you for updating us with news.I hope you each enjoy the remaining time together and afterwards as well.Stay as cool as you can in those temps,may peace surround and be within you.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      It is true we are not attracted to every dog out there and not every one of them is attracted to us…Katie no doubt enjoyed her time with you all, esp. playing with Reggie…I cannot imagine she will be long without a home as she is cute and small. Small dogs go for a small fortune around here…they are highly valued in apt. and city life!!! You no doubt made the best decision for you and the pups.

    • Big H says:

      Sue:

      Thank you for letting us know.

      I think you made the right decision. A person – especially a dog person, as you are, and as I am – just “knows”. It doesn’t take two weeks, it doesn’t take two days. There is either a spark, or there isn’t one. It’s just the way that it is.

      There isn’t anything wrong with the dogs, the situation, or the environment. It’s just not a match. Things happen that way sometimes.

      It is always best to listen to one’s inner voice in such matters, if one has the wit to hear it.

      The inner voice never lies.

      Anne

    • cate walsh says:

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for letting all of us know about your decision. I “go with my gut” much of the time, and think you are the only one who can know when “something isn’t right”. No point in prolonging the process. Seems like the blogorinos have got your back on this.

      Sorry to hear how beastly the heat wave has been where you are. We finally hit 82 degrees in Portland, and consider ourselves fortunate that we aren’t melting. Here’s to some temp relief for you and the crew soon!

      Loving thoughts from Maine,
      CateW

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Sue, we respect your decision. You are the only one who knows what is right for you and the crew. I hope I make the right choice with Carli tomorrow.

  68. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I must say I’m impressed with you yet again for knowing your heart and trusting it. Disappointed of course but we weren’t there you were.

    So now my only question is:
    Which one of you blogorino’s in the PNW is going to go get Edith? 🙂

    • Karen LeMoine says:

      That’s what I forgot to add! Please someone find it in your heart to adopt this precious girl!

  69. Karen LeMoine says:

    I’m very sad for poor Edith:( Hope she doesn’t feel rejected and I pray she finds her forever home. Thank you for giving her a mini vacay! I know you tried but wasn’t meant to be.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      I doubt very much that Edith feels rejected. She enjoyed playing with Reggie very much. On the return trip to the foster home, she looked out the passenger side window with anticipation and was obviously happy when we arrived.

      • Teri in SoCal says:

        I don’t think she was with Sue and crew for long enough to form a tight attachment. She’ll be fine and her special someone will come along shortly.

  70. Nonna says:

    Only you can make the right decision if Edith is right for the crew or you! The magic needs to be there! It needs to work for the group as a whole! I have tried to keep a dog that didn’t fit and everyone one was miserable! The poor thing was so scared of my husband that every time he came in the room the dog would go after him! We did finally give up and found her a new forever home!

  71. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    You know YOU BEST! 🙂

    Stay safe.
    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

  72. Jolene says:

    I said from the beginning that only you would know if it was a good fit for all of you. I am sure Edith will find a great home that will work best for her and her new owners. Now you can focus on trying to find some place to go that will hopefully be cooler.

    They say this is going to be a hot summer for that area while we here in the midwest are cooler than normal. I would almost think about a night of electricity for some AC for some good restful relaxation and a break from that heat. You are used to being at higher elevations with dryer air, temperatures just like AC and this hot weather has to be hard on you.

    Sending relaxing wishes and a big hug for you.

  73. Barbara in Scottsdale says:

    Hello Sue and crew,
    You have listened to your gut. . .heart. . .6th sence or just plain old God given discernment. If I don’t have peace about something, then I know its not right for me to pursue it.
    We are about the same temperature here in Arizona, but its a dry heat, I don’t know how you can stand it, with all the humidity, PLEASE get the PTV A/C fixed so you can go searching for a cool quiet place to dangle your feet in a stream while eating a scoop of Tillamook ice Cream, reading a good book, and drinking a cool glas of ice tea while loving on the crew! Stay safe.

  74. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Okay, it’s time for a little South Georgia humor here.

    We always say there’s no room for two bitches in a hot trailer….and Bridget’s expression said it all.

    On a serious note, if it’s what you feel in your heart, it’s what needs to be. Wishing all of you the very best and safe travels to a cooler location.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Nancy,
      LOL, too funny! Southern humor gotta-love-it! 🙂
      Yep, more Southern humor…

      One *B-tch* is inside the trailer, door open, watching Soaps in bubble-gum curlers and wearing her Duster. The other *B-tch* is laying in the shade under the trailer, lol. The trailer is, of course, on cinder blocks making it easy for shady relaxing! Only way to keep both *B-tches* happy all summer long 🙂 Well, that and plenty of Sweet Tea…

      Enjoy your day.
      Always fun to lighten-up with some good hearted Southern-ness!

  75. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    At no time did you express or imply that the reason for your hesitancy was due to Bridge.

    Being the wise woman that you are…you are following your gut.

    As my mom always told me…Cindy you can’t adopt all of them! I have no doubt Edith will find a home. Bless you for taking the time to consider her, opening your home and a bit of your heart.

    Enjoy your day

  76. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I feel kinda numb for all… RVSue, Bridget, Reggie & Edith. I do agree you have to be in the right mind set to adopt. In our case, there was no question that the pups needed to be adopted. Need and Want are two different scenarios. Does Reggie ‘need’ a play mate? OR does RVSue ‘want’ a playmate for Reggie? That is the question.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “Does Reggie need a play mate? Or does RVSue want a playmate for Reggie?”

      Well, neither exactly…. More accurately RVSue wants Reggie and Bridget to have the best life possible.

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        AWE!!!! Well they can’t lose! They have YOU!!! 🙂

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Sue,
        I think both Bridget and Reggie HAVE the best life for them. Really I do. Miss Bridget feels complete just to be near you! And Reggie, well all those photos tell his story of his wonderful new life with you and Miss Bridget. It is easy to see his pure wonderment as you take your walks and how he always looks back at you with such loving eyes. Both are happy doggies, both adore you and the life you provide for them…and THAT is having the BEST Life 🙂

      • grammasandi says:

        good call Sue, get somewhere cool, if you can find it about now. Happy dance on the trail.

  77. Virginia Henkaline says:

    It’s ok , Sue. it was your decision to make . And it was heavy. Edith will be fine. And the two other rascals in the bed are going to continue to be their same loveable selves . It’s ok.

  78. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I can so identify with your decision.
    I found Maggie on the side of the road in pouring rain..in traffic…soaked, hungry, frightened….
    We brought her home, tried to find an owner but apparently she had been dumped.. She lived with us almost a year and we never meshed..but..my grand daughter fell in love with her and Maggie has lived in Oregon the past two years. It was the best solution…
    I wanted her, liked her, wanted the very best for her…but to this day when we visit, Maggie has a welcome!! Fit of total happiness..then goes to my grand daughter…win win..
    So Edith’s girl is out there waiting for her… And you did the right thing. I know you don’t need my validation in this decision..ya did good kid.

  79. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    I hope that the weekend drama has not been overwhelming…..the hot weather….the holiday revelers…..and the 3 dogs trying to get along. We try to stay home over the 4th of July weekend; the corps of engineer campgrounds south of here were already filling up last Sunday and Monday as we headed home from our trip. Guinness, our rescue hound, hates fireworks…barks incessantly over people down the street setting off firecrackers. Hopefully your crew is a little more tolerant of the loud noises.

    Your decision is a wise one. I trust you will find your smile again soon.

  80. Deadeye says:

    Nope. Sorry. I don’t agree with most posters here. Two’s company. Three’s a crowd. The addition of Edith will be Bridget’s demise. Let her have her space with Reggie. There is always time for additions down the road. JMHO.

    Don

  81. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Sue,
    Well Sue, I have to admit that I am relieved that little Miss Edith is going back to Katie and that Miss Edith will have another time to make a perfect fit instead of just a good fit. Like you said, Miss Edith is a sweet and wonderful dog. She deserves a perfect fit, like HRH Bridget and Reggie-Man found. That perfect fit will happen for Miss Edith too, I can feel it in my bones! And that couldn’t happen for her if she didn’t go back to Katie first 🙂 Yep, I really think you did her a huge favor for her long-term happiness. Like they say about Pots, there’s always a perfect Lid that’s waiting in the wings. I hope Katie will let you know when Miss Edith finds her perfect Lid. Then you can let us know and we will all rejoice for her and her new family. Sue, glad you trusted that Life IS Good and all things work out IF you follow your heart…and your gut. Really, Miss Edith will be just fine! A perfect textbook ending for everyone 🙂
    Nite Sweet Lady.

  82. Stan Watkins says:

    You are the top dog and you will decide who is in the pack not Bridget. She will follow your lead and may grouse from time to time but she will be alright. Our oldest dog was that way trough two adoptions and he is fine now. If you decide 3 is too much then that is a different ball game. Reggie and Edith sure are cute together and I think she will take the heat off Bridget as far as Reggie bugging her to play. Happy Travels. I don’t comment much but read your blog devotedly. Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good to see you here again, Stan! I start to wonder when readers aren’t heard from in a long time. I appreciate you making your presence known from time to time! 🙂

  83. weather says:

    Hi Sue,hope your coffee and morning are/were good good today.In case you’d welcome a change of subject and can answer yet,I have a few questions.Have you chosen possible new camps and moving day?How far would you need to drive to gain enough elevation for slightly cooler temps?Aside from the ac,how’s the ptv been running?Do you see steep climbs in your near future?Maybe more importantly-good rye toast or rotisserie chicken? 🙂

    • shirlene says:

      Morning Weather and Sue..so moving on….FIFA Gold Cup winners! USA Women! For those that are out of touch…how but those women!

      • weather says:

        Were you inside watching sports to avoid the outdoor weekend hoopla or are you a soccer fan Shirlene?My neighbors (on both sides!) had all their young greatgrands and grandchildren there for visits and fireworks.The adult sons decided to help catch up on front yard work after all the recent rain-with lawn mowers,hedge trimmers and whatever else makes a lot of noise.Nice bonus,though,they did mine while they were at it so I wouldn’t have to,sweet!Of course now all the wildlife is taking the only refuge left which is my backyard-sweeter yet!The noise and crowds are gone,the troupe’s recovering nicely and I saw more birds than I had in quite awhile at sunrise.As they are quite a bit older than myself I’m sure my neighbors are secretly as glad as I am that their families went back home.Your poodles likely wore designer head phones,on second thought,that would mess up their gorgeous grooming 🙂 Really,I hope you all managed to enjoy your days off.

        • I had a good weekend, thanks for asking 🙂 Poodles are not even bothered by all the noise, they just slept beside me like there was nothing going on…but to my ears it sounded like a war-zone out there. Took the dogs to a bbq with us, and that did not even bother them. They must have a Zen going on! Nice you got your lawn duties taken care of, nice of them to think of you like that. The birds must be scrambling around wondering what happened to their cover. And yes I was inside watching soccer with the rest of the 100 million people…I got many texts from friends about how well they were doing, it was fun, everyone around here watching and when they scored, of course, MORE FIREWORKS! Take care Weather, nice having coffee with you this morning.

          • weather says:

            So nice to hear that the fireworks added to your pleasure instead of spoiling it,I still love seeing them,and storms,noisy or not,gorgeous is gorgeous-!I hope you know I think that’s what your car and dogs are.I think your glamorous tastes are fun and completely cool or I wouldn’t bring them up.Seriously,Shirlene,please forgive me for being insensitive,if you have felt that I was making fun of you I am so sorry.

            • Nope, no problem, making fun of, to me is FUN!… I like that you remember my dogs, and appreciate that I have the luxury of my convertible, like you have the luxury of your Jeep.. Which I also appreciate. I am not sensitive to your words, for me your words are always welcome and beautiful. 🙂

            • P.S. You should see my saddle oxfords and poodle skirt! ha!

            • weather says:

              My sister taught me how to jitter bug as soon as I could walk,I know exactly what they look like,what a picture LOL!I have a lace skirt and petticoat I wear with cow girl boots just to be outrageous.I’ve been meaning to grow up,just can’t seem to find the time…

            • weather says:

              Phew!I’m so glad you see it that way,too.It would suck to meet down the road with us sitting there pouting instead of laughing or whispering so we don’t scare the eagles away… 😉

            • You AND and an eagle, would make my day! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather and all the blogorinos…

      Quick answers as I’m typing this in a Forest Service Office parking lot, about to check out a new camp…

      PTV is running fine! Gotta’ love her! 🙂

      I’d have to disappear from this blog completely in order to find those temperatures in the Mt. Hood National Forest. At this point I’m looking at a campground that is 4 miles from a coffee shop with internet connection. The campground is in a canyon so no service.

      Then once I get the blog caught up a bit, I may try a high camp where the rangers tell me I “might” pick up a signal. This has been a challenging summer so far! Even so, there have been blessings, including the Edith experience.

      We probably will do some steep climbing. This is a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants operation right now. Ha!

      I wish I could reply to everyone’s comment. Know that I appreciate every one of you!

      • weather says:

        Woo-hoo,your enthusiastic upbeat tone indicate how glad you are to have “the show on the road again”!Great news all around-thanks for telling us 🙂

      • Hi Sue!
        Waiting for you to land in a much cooler camp, were you can breath nice cool air and relax! We had a weird day yesterday! They called it a downdraft, like a 3 minute tornado, that blew through here! Yikes! I was outside when I was hit by a wall of wind that nearly knocked me off my feet! The RV awning (brand new 5 days ago!) Jumped straight up, Chuck was out by that time too and he grabbed the awning and it lifted him off the ground, all 250 lbs of him! It bent both arms that hold the awning up! All so fast! Before that wall of wind hit, there was only a very slight breeze! Sheeeeesh! It also tore the roof off our Coleman screen room! Whew! Exciting 5 minutes for sure!
        Hope your next few days are more relaxing than yesterday was for us! Ha ha!

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Glad to hear you are all ok!! THINGS can be fixed a lot better than bodies can!! My folks in Southern Idaho had one of those once that took out a huge old cottonwood tree, right beside their door!! My mom said, “Sure enough before it hit, it sounded just like at train coming through…” Apparently those can occur anyplace, even places that usually never have a tornado, etc.

          • Well, this wasn’t really a tornado, there was no train coming through or anything. Local officials called it a downdraft and it only affected 2 rv’s, ours and the one next to us! But it was an intense 5 minutes! It also some other damage as it barrelled down the road but it seems we and our neighbor, caught the brunt of it! To top it off, sometime during the night, our AC unit quit! Chuck will go up on the roof today to check, maybe the AC was damaged during our “episode”! Sheeeeesh!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Even with all the damage, you and Chuck are very fortunate to have come through it without injury. I imagine it was terrifying for you both, being outside in it. I’m very relieved and thankful you are okay!

            • KB says:

              Actually close to the walls of the canyons it is an updraft as evidenced by your awning trying to lift straight up. This situation is common. Hang gliders take advantage of it as do airplane gliders.

              Really hot weather will take these normal air currents into the extreme range. Now you are forewarned, don’t be in the canyons in really hot weather or of course in situations with predicted thunderstorms near the canyon areas.

            • No canyons here in the Florida panhandle! Ha! We are 6′ above sea level here! As time goes on, we are finding out more about this storm, quite a bit if damage in Apalachicola, ! 65 mph winds recorded at the weather station there! Wow!

  84. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Shirlene,
    You have poodles?! How ever did I miss that?! I must have known but forgot or something. What with all the different topics ranging from rv info to personal topics I guess I can be forgiven for it, lol. Anyway, Poodles are a FAV or mine from early childhood days and I have always been fond of them. For a full 45 days we had a Standard Poodle. My father found him roaming the interstate while he (my father) was on his midnight shift at the police department. Since the poodle was chocolate colored, he was very hard to see so my day scooped him up with one of his roast beef sammies. That did the trick and home he came with the dog. Full of energy, young and extra sweet he was sure to be a long-term family member…but then his real owners came forward with flyers and we gladly returned him to his rightful home. Seems he was extra good at not only being friendly and beautiful but excelled at digging holes under their fence to seek out adventures from time to time. His owners assured my dad that they would keep in within the fense from that point forward. All’s well that ends well. 🙂 I often reflected on the short time we sort-of-owned him. I also wondered what my mother would do if he had dug up her beloved garden, LOL. Sometimes childhood memories can be so funny later in life!
    Hope your morning is going well and the weather is good this week, convertible weather and cruising the beach 🙂

    • Good Morning Pamela! Poodles, yep, Weather tends to make fun of me with my baby blue convertible and my two poodles. I love poodles, I have had poodles for quite a while now. They do not shed, but have to be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks. Because they have hair and not fur, they also do not have odors like other dogs. My dogs have never ever smelled, unless they rolled in something along the beach…there is al kinds of stuff down there that smells. We don’t go down there very often because once you get sand in that bunch of hair, it is there for quite a while. Everyone seems to have a favorite breed of dog. Mine are getting quite old, 13 and 12 years, and I hope I will have them on the road with me for a little while before I lose them over the rainbow bridge, and then I do not know what I will do. Kind of hard getting groomers while on the road every six weeks. We will cross that when we come to it.

      Thanks for the note. Here, for me, it is always top off, cruising the beach weather, except for this weekend, too many people came to the beach, and I went the other way for most of the day. Even had a hard time getting out of my neighborhood, like swimming up stream…so many people coming to the beach. Have a good day and a good week. 🙂

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        You running away from the beach during the holiday rush…sutter at the thought, lol! I would have been one of those who couldn’t be torn away from it all! Then again, if I lived at the beach then it might be different. Since I am land locked here in Atlanta I crave the beach…can’t get enough of it. So I whine, red wine, white wine, rose’ and I NEED to go to the beach, LOL! Yes, I AM shameless 🙂

  85. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Well, Morning Everyone!
    Hope all is going good on all fronts for this Monday.
    Wonder when we will hear from RVSue? I hope she is taking today as a travel day. A good change of scene and temps and helping to put some distance between her and the Portland area. What with the heat and all, I hope she is not depressed over the last few days and the tough calls she had to make for herself. I know she will be fine, but it would be hard on anyone, even our Miss RVSue. I’m not worried about Bridget and Reggie… Reggie is most likely back to being Reggie-Man Explorer Extraordinaire and Bridge is back to, well, being Bridget, lol. Anyway. Sue, wherever you are be Happy, Peaceful and Safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Not depressed! Sweet of you to wonder about that, Pamela…. On the road today!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Sue,
        Super glad, travel is often good medicine and any relief from those hot temps would be welcomed even if the PTV has no AC right now. You are going to get that AC fixed…aren’t ya? HRH Bridget surely needs her AC on in her carriage 🙂 Of course Reggie just thinks it’s another round-up ~ he’s such a Cowboy!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Hi Pamela, I lived in Cobb County for 13 years ( 1970 – 1983,) moved to the Nashville area, when my husband was transferred in 1983. At first I hated it; it was like moving back in time 20 years, now I love it here. My 2 nephews live there, one in Alpharetta and one in Chamblee.
      Holding my breath for tomorrows meet & greet with Carli.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Barbara,
        I lived in East Cobb from 1980-1985. Near Merchant’s Walk. I had many friends in both Roswell and Alpha’. Now that I’m back in Georgia, those areas have really changed, grown so much bigger. More populated. And Lanier…I hardly could believe how it had grown! We had a sailboat at Aqualand for years, it has sure changed from the old days too. I still enjoy visiting those areas but they are way too busy for me now. I walk with the slower dogs 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Good luck tomorrow, Barbara!! 🙂

  86. Applegirl NY says:

    You are wise, and that cutie Edith will find a home, I’m sure. Onward and Upward!

  87. R. now in WY says:

    Is it still so hot? I camped during this holiday weekend in Bighorn NF at elevation almost 10,000 ft. 43-49 degrees in the morning and later low 70s. Wildflowers are spectacular. Truly, I don’t think I ever saw such beautiful wildflower displays anywhere. There were no fireworks thanks to the forest regulations. I had no neighbors although trailers and ATV took over during this weekend. Good luck making decision about your new addition. Whatever you decide it is going to be the right decision for you, Bridget and Reggie.
    One more time I enjoyed reviewing today your money section and hope to see more. This is a very helpful part of your blog and I thank you for it.

  88. Wow, what a roller coaster this weekend has been! I was just catching up on all the comments/happenings since last Thurs, wow!….I do think you made a great decision, Sue 🙂

    Glad everyone survived the weekend, I was concerned about fires the whole time!

    Happy Monday everyone!!!

  89. Dawn from NC says:

    Hi Sue, I’m glad that you were able to quickly discern what the right decision was for you! That is a true blessing. I’m missing you from the blog, but glad you get the chance for a break for yourself! Stay cool and let us know what you’re reading! Inquiring minds want to know. 😉

  90. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Well now, now that we know RVSue and Crew is traveling today, I wonder if the pups will do a Canine Corner once they settle into their new camp?! It would be a fitting ending to the Edith Sleepover Weekend 🙂 I’m sure the pups have some lighthearted and funny stories to tell. No doubt Edith was glad to see Katie too. Foster Moms are very special and loving people too 🙂 They are often the Unsung Heros, so many comings and goings in their world as caregivers.
    Yes, a Canine Corner would be perfect! 🙂

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      For Pamela K in GA (in case this reply winds up God-knows-where: Love your Canine Corner idea. This little doggie triad would make some great reading! Edith must have quite a story to tell about her background. Reminds me of Archie Bunker, “E-dit’ stifle!”

  91. DesertGinger says:

    I am moving back into my housqeforafewweeks,while we try to rent it again. I will beworkingonckeaningitanddoingsomerepairs. But tomorrow I start my Knife shadow work! Very excited about that. I had toturnthe electric on at the house. I forgot that I need electric for my cpap machine at night. So, as of now, I am expecting to stay till August at a minimum. Then we’ll see.

    Not that it matters at all, but you did good Sue. If you are going to bond with a dog, I think you feel that connection right away.

    Well, I’m in a cafe and need to get home to my pup. Later gators.

  92. Lynn Brooks says:

    Good Luck with Edith. I hope it works out that you can ALL be one happy family!

  93. Julie says:

    Sue. Just returned from trip to lamoille cyn & new to me trip to angel lake outside of wells, nv. Even @ 8500 ft elevation both were hot but beautiful glacial cirques. Glad you checked in. I was a little worried.

  94. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Read your latest update. Funny how getting back to ~normal~ can feel soooo good 🙂 Imagining seeing you going 4 miles to a coffee cafe’ for internet gave me a good case of the chuckles. A far cry from the cofy and private table in the BLT. Everything you do for us, to keep us connected to you…it’s a wonder how you manage it all! How ever you do it, where ever you do it, we love it! 🙂 Can’t wait to see your newest camp and what The Crew finds on their treasured walks!

  95. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Good Morning!

    It’s 6:22 AM here in Ga. I am waiting for the sun to come up so I can head out to Wally-World. I need to go there to have a nice place (concrete) to organize the insides of my van. Right now it is caulked full of stuff that needs to be placed in storage. Using their carts helps too, not to put things on the ground. I like that they do not mind me doing that there. Since most everything came from there anyway, lol, they figure they *owe* me. Besides, it’s a neighborhood supercenter and all the folks are locals. The advantage of a small town and nice folks 🙂
    Today I have to search for a different rental storage unit…
    The one I rented earlier this in June is AWFUL to get to. So bad that I paid for it and never used it! The road is steep, potholes so big a small truck could fall into one, a concrete retainer wall in a hairpin corner turn. Like that wasn’t enough already, it also has a low tree limb that hit the roof of my roof rack! Don’t ask, I took a deep breath! Why on earth did I rent it, no sane person would, right? Because it was *the only 10×15* and rental storage units in this area are hard to come by. I thought I could make do with it, silly me, I have since wised-up!! Anyway, wish me luck in finding an *easy to get to* storage locker today, the search continues. Oh, BTW, update on my YETI Tundra 45 cooler. Over the weekend we took it back and upgraded to the YETI Tundra 65 cooler. I found I really love it and haven’t had any issues with ice melting too soon. I haven’t tried block ice yet. Most of the time when I go to refill it there is still ice left, just a *good to know* for anyone looking to invest in one. They are heavy little buggers when filled! You would not want to lug it around, for sure! It stays in the van.
    Well, I can see daylight through my windows, so I’m off to organize and find the perfect rental storage unit. And, yes, the awful storage place refunded my money, in full and my deposit 🙂
    Hope everyone’s day is more exciting than mine is going to be, lol. I’m not fond of these kind of pesky errands.

    • Want a hint with your ice chest??? No matter what brand, if you buy some dry ice and put it on the bottom, then load the regular ice and food, the cooler will stay much cooler much longer than you thought possible! I promise!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Good to know 🙂 Do you put the dry ice in something within the cooler and then put the regular ice and food next to it in the cooler? Or do you put the dry ice on the bottom and the regular ice on top of that along with the food? I always thought you were not suppose to put dry ice where it could be touched because it will give you a chemical burn. Same with direct contact with the food. I ask because I use some of the regular ice in my soft drinks or in my coffee. Maybe put all the food and drinks in a separate tray along with some regular ice? That might work.

        I filled the cooler with regular ice on Sunday. All week it has been closed in a very hot van with daytime temps 85-95. I checked it earlier today, Thursday, and the ice had melted later today but the water was still ice cold. This evening, Thursday night, I drained it and put 2 new 5 lb bags of ice in it. I thought that was pretty good for such hot weather (85-97) and only regular ice. Dry ice, like you said, would keep much longer. I’m not sure that I’m careful enough to stock it with dry ice yet. I hear you do have to be really careful using dry ice in any cooler. Is that right? I hope this makes sense, I’m really tired and it’s late, almost 1:00 AM here.

  96. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Barbara,
    Super good luck on your meet-n-greet with Carli today!!!
    What time do you meet up with her?
    Hope she’s a perfect match for you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  97. weather says:

    Starlings,swallows,martins and swifts moving through the trees and flying overhead all have their favorite paths and trees outback.The robins,woodpeckers,and mourning doves prefer the front yard.A section where the two connect is finch and cardinal turf.A single eagle circles through and owns everywhere he is.No matter what changes ,be it season,condition,temperature or time of day he remains the same and does what he intends to and pleases.That he makes visiting me one of those is often the highlight of my day.Each of the rest are wonderful and has a place in my heart yet I don’t pretend they matter as much to me.

    People if given the choice select their favorite environment for it’s climate,location and comforts,set up a home there and stay as long as they can.They remind me of the smaller birds here in that they can’t or won’t adapt.Only the true vagabonds of humanity have an eagle’s capacity to do that.Good morning,Sue,or good moment if you read this later on.In yesterday’s reply you said this has been a challenging summer.

    Which one of yours hasn’t been?It’s never made a bit of difference to you what you’ve encountered-cold,snow,heat,easy or hard access to internet or whatever else you want,how others behave or what they choose-you go forward,period.My life is full of wonderful folks that have a place in my heart,and always has been.Just thought I’d mention a few reasons why you’re one that matters,why you’re one of my obvious favorites.Enjoy the view from your heights,I love watching you soar.

  98. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Sue,
    I imagine that you are reveling in the cool silence of the morning, with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and a pair of dogs in the other!
    Enjoy!

  99. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning! I’m typing this as I sit at the little table at the back of the BLT. Yay! There is internet at our new camp!

    My inverter died. I’ve learned from experience to keep a back-up inverter. Well, when the inverter died of old age a few weeks ago, I hooked up the back-up inverter. With all that has been going on in my life, as well as not being able to leave the crew in the PTV while I shop due to the heat, I didn’t buy a back-up. Now the new inverter has quit! Maybe it was defective or it had a heat stroke. Anyway…

    This means I’m charging my laptop with the PTV and then bringing it into the more comfortable BLT, powering the laptop off its battery. Thus I think it best I get to work on the next post instead of replying to comments, as the charge runs out quicker than I can write a post.

    Please understand that I’d like to greet you individually with a good morning and a brief conversation. I miss that! And I appreciate your kind words to me, Bridget, and Reggie.

    BTW, our new camp is charming and cooler! More about that soon . . .

    Bye for now . . .

    Sue

    • Marilyn Dennison, Dania Beach, Fl says:

      Sue,

      My son told me about a fast charger. It is one which will charge two items at once. It is this one.

      Boomur Dual USB Rapid Car Charger, Two Intelligent High-Output Smart Charging Ports, 4.8A/24W Black, Compatible w/ Apple, Android & GPS Devices

      You need better cords, too. This is what I purchased.

      Anker [3-Pack] Premium 3ft Micro USB Cables High Speed USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync and Charge Cables for Android, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Nokia and More (Black)

      I tried it in the car today and the charge was quite quick.

      Good luck,

      Marilyn

  100. Krystina - In Longview, Oregon says:

    Yikees!!!! Never rains but it pours 🙁 Inverter dies….Jeeze!! You have been through a lot this week. I am so sorry to hear that Edith had to go back to Catie but as everyone else has said here…you knew it was not a good match for you…or Miss Bridget. Now in your new camp you might be able to rest and enjoy for a bit. Go clean something or reorganize….that always gets me out of a funk LOL xxoo

  101. AZ Jim says:

    Well Missy, I understand completely about Edith. Maybe it was a push to begin with to take on another dog right now. That is something else that you’ll know when the time is really right. Edith enjoyed her little outing and you tried. In a way I am kinda relieved that Bridget and Reggie have you to themselves again. Don’t be apologetic (I detect that in your comments), you did what seems right to you and that is good enough for us. Have fun with the other two adventurers and know we are beholding to you for dragging us along. Hugggg Missy……

  102. I remember bringing an inverter to you wh3n we met in Bluff some years ago! Is that the first one that went bad? I didn’t think they lasted that long, that was what….almost 4 years ago now! So sorry your back up inverter wasn’t long lived!
    Looking forward to seeing your next edition of this campground! Cooler sounds good!

  103. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Wonder where Sue and Crew is?
    When last I heard she was traveling earlier today? Has she checked in yet?
    Hope she got her van’s inverter fixed or bought a new one. And the van’s AC fixed. I know she is heading to cooler temps but still…it’s summer.

  104. Walt says:

    It took me a while, but I’ve now caught up again on my reading. I’ll admit, I wondered how the four of you would get on in the BLT, thinking it might get a bit cramped. Of course, I say that as the owner of one dog, an almost 11-year old Beagle who at this moment is sleeping alongside my chair. I watch him knowing that his time with me is starting to wind down (since not even Beagles live forever) and knowing that when he goes my life as a dog owner goes as well.

    My wife has already said we aren’t getting another dog when Oliver dies. She thinks dogs limit what we can do when we are out in the RV (can’t take them on National Park trails, for example). It took me 15 years to convince her to allow this dog, and I don’t think I want to spend another 15 years having the same discussion. So I just enjoy the time Oliver and I have.

    On a more positive note, we finally found and bought our first motorhome, a 35-foot 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire with less than 37,000 miles on it. It is probably the fastest my wife and I have ever agreed on anything in almost 22 years of marriage. 🙂

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