Horses of Palo Verde

Monday, February 29

Today is a busy day for me.

I’m remodeling and redecorating the Best Little Trailer!

By remodeling I mean that I’m replacing the storage units that run along the wall opposite our bed with a different kind that are much nicer.  They have spacious, smooth-rolling drawers, for one thing.  And they don’t have contact paper on their fronts.

Really.  Contact paper?  That has to go!

By redecorating I mean I bought a new quilt, shams, comforter, a folding table to replace the pedestal table, and a folding chair with cushion.  As I type this the interior of our little home is in total disorder.

You know how it is.

The project grows as you go.  All the stuff that’s in the old storage drawers has to be sorted and then organized in the new drawers. I’m nowhere near done with this project.  My goal is to have everything in place by nightfall in order to avoid waking up to Camp Chaos tomorrow.

I’ll probably do a post with photos when this project is complete, right down to the color-coordinated chair cushion!

The horse photos in this post were taken this morning.

P1090715-001The crew and I ride out of Buckeye Hills Recreation Area early. 

We have no set destination.  I drive Route 85 north and turn onto Old Route 80 which takes us around freshly-mowed fields of alfalfa and past farm houses.

Near the village of Palo Verde, we come upon a few horses.  Of course I zip the PTV onto the shoulder and park.

I love taking photos of horses!

P1090722Reggie gives the horses a piece of his mind. As you can see, they aren’t impressed.

Later in the day, trouble visits Bridget!

She’s on the bed, waking up from a nap.  She stands up and immediately yelps in pain as her back leg gives way.

Remember that old chipmunk injury?  The one that two vets told me had to be repaired surgically because it would never heal by itself?

That was a couple of years ago when we were in Oregon.

As those of you who have read the old posts know, I opted to skip the surgery.  Not because of the cost which would have been hefty.  It didn’t seem right to put Bridget through all that trauma without giving the leg some time to heal on its own.

Miraculously it did heal without intervention and she’s been using it ever since without any problem.

Up until now. 

I really expected that leg to be an issue, on and off, ever since the injury.

Anyway . . .

P1090717-001Poor Bridge is in awful pain.

I grab the crew’s medical kit and find a vial of Tramadol pills.  Quickly I cut a pill in half as instructed on the label, hide it in a piece of chicken, and feed it to my girl.  Down it goes.  (“Yes, Reggie. You get a bite, too!”)

About 20 minutes later, Bridget stops whimpering.

Since she’s unable to put weight on the leg, I carry her outside so she can do her business before bed and during the night.

P1090706(You may have to adjust your screen to see the Bridge.)

Around 10 p.m. she’s crying again.

I give her the other half of the Tramadol.  The label says “Give 1/2 tablet twice a day.”

Well, the first tablet was at 4 p.m. and now it’s 10 p.m.  Kind of close . . . .

I give her another piece of chicken that hides a half-pill. 

It takes her a while to get comfortable and fall asleep.  I’m thankful when she does fall into a deep sleep, and also when she sleeps until 6 this morning.  (I’m typing this around 3 p.m.  She’s had one more half-pill.)

The good news is she’s putting weight on that leg again!

A little bit. Gingerly. I’m lifting her up and down from the bed and in and out of the door to give that leg time to heal.  She’s resting comfortably.

P1090708(Photo taken before Bridget’s misfortune)

I forgot to tell you we moved to a new campsite at Buckeye Hills.

Yep.  We snagged that primo campsite with the super view of the surrounding countryside!

P1090699That’s it for now.  I need to get back to work on this mess of a house!




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119 Responses to Horses of Palo Verde

  1. Sealarkesmiles says:

    Hi Sue, Crew and Blogorino’s! Hope everyone is having an awesome day!

  2. Kim says:

    Hi from a lurker! I love your posts!

  3. Deb D says:

    Hope Bridget is feeling better. Love your horse pictures. Sounds like you
    Are spring cleaning. In that mood myself.
    Reggie is such a contented pup. Enjoy your beautiful site.

  4. Jerry says:

    No way I’m first

  5. Jerry says:

    When I scrolled down I didn’t see any comments so I rush to shout it out and after I hit post and scroll back there’s four other who beat me. lol

  6. Jerry says:

    I hate hearing about the Bridge having troubles, I so remember when Spike was having troubles and it worries me. It’s like your family is part of my family and I care so much. Thanks Sue for sharing, I know it must be even tougher on you. Be safe.

  7. Karen LeMoine says:

    Poor little girl! Hope she’ll be OK. Maybe a vet visit?

  8. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Hi Sue, Bridget and Reggie – I’m hoping that Bridget will recover soon! It’s so hard when they are not feeling well. Maya tore her ACL in her knee two years ago. I opted for no surgery as well. Most of the time she is fine but once in awhile it seems like she reinjures it or over-uses it and it really bothers her. She recovers after a day or two. I really hope it’s the same for Miss Bridget! Sending healing thoughts Bridg!

  9. Sealarkesmiles says:

    Gorgeous photo’s Sue! Poor Bridget with her leg. I hope she feels better and it doesn’t give her too much trouble down the road. Maybe that is why she likes her car so much :). We are cleaning and reorganizing today as well. Well, I am as Lily prefers sleeping. Chip and Jack finished up the Casita today. Wave 3 quick connect (I have the SD so no real room to mount on the bench seats and still have a decent bed), better gauge wire for a longer length of cable to solar from battery which I just upgraded this morning to a nice AGM, Brakes all serviced as well as the water heater which was direly in need of it. New tires this morning as well as another 12 volt outlet inside for charging. Pretty much have everything up to speed as I had been wanting since purchasing the Casita. I even took out the huge microwave for more storage and I definitely love it. I rarely used it anyway. I had thought everything was updated and serviced (or so I was told) when I bought it but no sense crying over spilt milk…best to just move on. Now it is putting everything back in the camper and reorganizing and cleaning. I haven’t figured out how or where I can wash/clean the outside of the camper. She is getting a little funky. Hope you get a good rest after all of your cleaning is done.

  10. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, love the chores, pictures of horses with Reggie looking on, sending healing thoughts to Bridget. You are a great mentor for doing the mundane with cheer.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  11. Pat McClain says:

    Poor Bridget. I take tramadol myself when my legs or back are hurting. I try not to take them too often so they will have a bigger impact when I do take them, lol. Hope she gets better soon!

  12. Sealarkesmiles says:

    Oh, and I feel your pain with what you and Bridget are going through. Although Lily is pretty good, at her age you just never know. I try to prepare myself everyday for her time and just give her all the love, care and attention that my only best buddy so well deserves.

  13. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I love the horse photos. There is so much expression on their faces. I am sorry about Bridgett. So glad she is doing better today. So glad you had pain pills for her to take on hand. I am not first, but that is ok. We are heading to Disney next week with three of the grandkids. We are all very excited. Hope you are doing well Desert Ginger. Pray for you everyday. Also someone who’s husband is not doing well either. I cannot remember the name, but I mention you in my prayers too. Love all of you.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Thank you, Jean, for the prayers. At least, I think they are for my hubby (Jay.)

      • Jean in Southaven, MS says:

        Yes they are. My husband is on alot of meds and I know how it is to worry about them.

  14. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    came close

  15. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    Oh the joys of projects! It will be so worth it though when you are finished.
    Poor Bridget, so sorry she is hurting. Hopefully this will heal again soon.

    Keep DGinger in your prayers tomorrow. She is having surgery to put in a pacemaker. She is healing well though according to her last Facebook post. She also showed a picture of her room with a view!

    For you Facebookers I just learned about a neat page I just started to follow. It is called Driving Miss Norma. A sad but happy story. Miss Norma is a 90 year old who lost her husband of 67 years around 6 months ago and 2 days later found out she had a large, most likely cancerous tumor on her uterus. Her Dr. was telling her about surgery, then chemo and radiation and asked her what she thought about it all and she told him that “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.”

    She just decided she didn’t want to go through all of that and they said honestly what they see the affects of all the cancer treatments, he would choose the same thing. Her son and wife live fulltime in an RV and they just took her on the road with them.

    Now 6 months later she is still doing ok and is not in pain and out seeing the country. I just started looking through the FB page and will be going back and looking through it some more. It is going to be fun to follow this.

    Sue, I look forward the pictures of your completed project. I bet it will be awesome. Hugs to Reggie and Bridge and you too! 🙂

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      For those who don’t have Facebook, I just found this. Sue if this is not ok, please delete it and I will understand.

    • Velda says:

      Big story about her on news here maybe two weeks ago. She is the old lady I want to be(minus the tumor). All the best to her.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      Jolene: Thank you for the update on DG – I’ve been wondering how she’s doing. Miss Norma sounds wonderful – I’ll have to check her out!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending positive thoughts to DesertGinger for her pacemaker surgery tomorrow!! I do not “do” Facebook..I bet DG’s view makes her hospital stay just a bit more bearable! Have a good evening, Jolene! 🙂

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        This is how she describes her room, ” in my fabulous view room overlooking the Pacific Ocean”. I think she said it is along the Pacific Coast Highway.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          Jolene, Thanks for the update on DG. I don’t have facebook either. We will keep praying for her.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Again thanks for the update Jolene. I assume you are passing along messages. Please let our girl know she is loved and being prayed for.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Sounds lovely….that view has to make the hospital visit just a bit easier to deal with. Better than drab walls with a window overlooking a parking lot or HVAC unit! 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      Hey guys!back from my surgery. Nowstraightintobattleover my lunch. I had ordered a hummus tray which promised 5 varieties of hummus with pita bread and crisp veggies. I got tomato soup. Yep, just tomato soup. Three days ago I confronted my doctor and begged to be able to order my own food. The hospital won’t be able to control my food when I leave here. I’m an adult. It’s up to me what I eat. So hunger strike it is. No more eating until I have control. I cannot take this additional loss of dignity and self-determination. I’m not a 4 year old.

      So…not feeling great right now. Hungry sad and defiant. But ihaveapacemaker!

      • cc and canine (soon to be leaving Eastern Missouri) says:

        Great to hear that the pacemaker surgery went so well! You wouldn’t be this hungry (or feisty) if you were feeling poorly. I thought the surgery would be Friday, but now you have it successfully behind you. All those prayers are helping!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thanks for checking in, DesertGinger! I am glad that your surgery went well and that you feel up to taking on the food police. Wish I lived nearby….I would sneak in whatever you had a taste for! Sending you wishes for rest and healing, and a BIG HUG!! 🙂

      • Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

        I was in the hospital for 7 days when I had my bypass surgery and I was so hungry
        for salt……got wifey to sneak me in some….you ever had a salad without salt?
        good to see you complaining….it means your getting well…

  16. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    Sorry to hear about Bridget, hope by this time she is feeling better. tramidol works, she will heal as long as she doesn’t get excited an move around a lot, Very pretty horses and fields. Always love your Pictures.

  17. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and Crew –
    Thank goodness you had something on hand to help Bridget. So sad when a pet is hurting. She couldn’t be in better hands – with you and Reggie.
    Enjoy all the photos and looking forward to seeing so pics of your redo. I find myself day dreaming about how I am going to store things in my Casita. I do find some good ideas on the Casita Owners site and on Pinterest. Once you stand inside one of those Casitas, you realize how much you want to have everything in its place and not too much sitting out.
    Enjoy your new home.
    Pamelab in Houston for now…

  18. judy in east texas says:

    Hey Sue and Crew….so sorry to hear about Bridge. It just tears us apart when our babies are in pain and can’t tell us the exact spot it hurts so we can kiss it and make it better. Hoping with some rest she will get back to her old self just like last time. All is well here in the East….just working like a mad woman and yes I am mad because I am working.
    I am beginning to plan a 1 month trip up to Lolo, Montana. I read a lot of James Burke’s books and he talks about the area and it sounds so beautiful. Ask the boss (the best boss i have had in the 40 years that I have been working) if i could just take a month off next June and head up there and she said sure can!!! BUT, you better have cell service and your WiFi better work the whole time your gone. So let the planning begin! Don’t have a clue what I’m doing but what the Heck, I’m going!

    Well, better get back to the old grind, just a few more pieces of paper to shuffle and I can leave this desk!

    Stay safe out there and ROCK ON, judy

  19. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    hope Bridgett gets well soon……always bad to have your babies in pain…
    I figured you would grab that great camping spot…..
    great pictures of the horses too gal….
    thanks for posting

  20. Val Roberts says:

    I love the horse photo with the back of Reggie’s cute little head showing.
    (((Hugs to Bridge))) hope she heals quickly. Look forward to the pics of your reno.

  21. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Awwww… heart hurts for Sweet Bridget. I hope she is feeling better.
    Glad you like taking horse pictures because I love seeing them!!
    Sending hugs
    Love you

  22. Nora now in Florida says:

    Can’t wait to see the photos of your remodeling and redecorating. And I hope Miss Bridget is feeling better soon. My Kobie has mast cell cancer (has had for many years) and is getting awfully grouchy lately. Hope that doesn’t mean it’s getting worse down inside where I can’t see it.
    I also saw the Driving Miss Norma site and am following her. I hope to be just like her someday. Just don’t know who would be patient enough to take me along.

  23. Linda from Oregon says:

    I feel so sorry for how much pain Bridge is in. Praying she gets better soon.

    Redecorating can make so much difference in a small space. Just a drawer that slides instead of needing to be bumped to get it to go back in can mean a lot.

  24. cc says:

    Our last baby had a bad back knee and the same thing would happen. She would be OK for a bit, then it would act up. Since she was a breed known for issues with anethesia, we just kept an eye on it and kept her quiet and comfortable when it bothered her. She lived her whole life without needing surgery, though I know the vet would have recommended it if she’d been a different breed. I hope Bridget girl feels better soon!

  25. Linda-NC says:

    So sorry to hear about Bridget! My Maggie is older and on 3 Tramadol a day for hip dysplasia and arthritis her back. But she still enjoys here walks and loves to be outside with me in the garden. The supervisor don’t you know. I sure hope that Bridget gets feeling better. Time can heal. Good luck on your remodel and looking forward to some more great pics. Take care.

  26. Linda Rose & the 4 M's Carmichael, CA says:

    Poor Bridget. I’m so sorry she’s hurting. It’s hard when our fur babies are suffering and there’s nothing to do but hope and pray everything will work itself out. Looking forward to your remodeling pictures.

  27. Beautiful photos of the Horses and it looks like Reggie is seeing how big those dogs are and with their Dog / horse talk,,,,, Well we are just below Bumble Bee in a nice level spot for 14 days, the road in from the lower exit is a little bumpy and windy ,,,,,,, the sun is setting and we need to go for a walk,,,,,, have a great day and give them babies a hug ,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  28. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    Bridget, feel better. Our thoughts are with you.

  29. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    What spectacular horse photos! I love the first one with the back of Reggie’s head in the foreground – he looks like a little mini horse!! Poor Bridge – I wonder why her leg pain flared up all of a sudden. Maybe she slept on it wrong? Or inflammation from overuse in the injury area? Hopefully you have more Tramadol and/or dog aspirin. Sometimes my big guy pulls something going up the stairs and I have to give him dog aspirin – it seems to help.

  30. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Oh, I am so sorry that Bridget’s chipmunk injury flared up again! Poor thing! No wonder the little sweetheart did not feel up to a walk or ride in her chariot! I hope she continues to feel better each day.

    Good luck with your redecorating/organizing project! I am excited to hear about it! Pretty horses….one seems to be saying, “Hellooooo There!” I wonder what they think of tough guy Reggie?! You snagged the primo site with fantastic views – enjoy!! 🙂

    Please give dear Bridget a kiss on the head for me to feel better, and one for Reggie, too, for being such a good little brother, and helping his mom. Sending you a hug – I know it is a worry when one of your best buds is not feeling well or is scared. Bridget, Reggie, and Spike are lucky to have you as their mom. Love to you all from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  31. Phyllis in Phoenix says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bridget. I am glad that she put weight on the leg again. I used to keep Tramadol on hand when I had two older dogs, and it always worked well. I agree with you about exhausting non-surgical options with an older dog.

    I look forward to seeing the pics when decorating is complete. have a nice evening, and I wish a pain-free comfortable night for Bridget.

  32. judith says:

    Oh , I feel so bad for Bridget. I really hope she is feeling better. I love the horse pictures. They look a lot like our gang here on the farm. Can’t wait to see your remodel.

  33. Nancy S from Indiana says:

    Poor little Bridget I really hope staying off her leg for awhile will
    help it heal again. I understand your hesitation regarding surgery.
    As they get older we wonder if the stress of anesthesia will do more harm than
    the surgery will do good. Get well soon Bridgie?

  34. bess in oregon says:

    congratulations on your re-design and remodeling. i love to make spaces work better and those drawers that glide more smoothly sound great. just remember that out of the chaos comes the jewel. you will have many many happy times with your new design and will be able to feel confident that you did it yourself!

    i love this post of the horses and your photos. and i am sending you and Bridget peace and love!

  35. Renee says:

    Poor Bridge. It causes me heartache to know she is in pain. We too have Tramadol around for our dog, when she needs it. I sure hope Bridge is better by now,

  36. Linda Hughes- North Carolina says:

    Hey RVSue! Give Queen Bridgett a hug for me. Our baby Booger had a back issue and took the same medicine. So happy Bridgett is feeling better. This is not on the post but I have a question to ask … when you are boondocking out my yourself and you go off to town or take a drive are you wary to leave your camper? It would be fairly easy for someone to hookup to it and drive off…can you give your thoughts on that? Also I really love the beautiful horse pics. Stay safe!

  37. Gal and a cat in FL says:

    Sorry to hear about Bridget. Long (I do mean long!) time vet tech here. These injuries are typically either lower back but more likely ACL related (back leg) Either one requires as much rest as possible. Like carry out to pee and right back in again. No walks.Tramadol good but can be hard on organs long term. Good for immediate pain. But rest rest rest to allow it to heal. It will usually heal in time and feel better. Sending the very best wishes to her and you!

  38. Colleen says:

    Nice pictures. Sorry that Bridget is feeling badly. My little guy is feeling bad tonight also. His name is Hawk… over 13 years old…..he lost his older brother last May and he’s never been the same. Always makes me feel bad when he feels bad……anyway hope Bridget gets to feeling better.
    Can’t wait to see your pictures on how you remodeled .

  39. the rat says:

    glad the baby is feeling better. I saw the picture of the dog looking at the horse and the caption for what the dog is thinking ” weirdest looking dog I ever saw ” popped into my mind! ha ha ha

  40. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Poor Bridget…hope this flareup subsides soon…glad you had some meds for the pain!! They simply grow old too soon!!

  41. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Sue, Love the horse photos and Reggie giving them a piece of his mind. Sounds like something Angel would do, I should say does. There was a loose dog in our community today. It barked at her, so she gave it right back. She can be snarky sometimes.
    Glad Bridget is starting to feel better.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the remodel. It’s always fun to change things up.

  42. Chuck Hajek says:

    I enjoy looking at your horse pix as much as you enjoy taking them! Sorry to hear Ms B is hurting. We have our 5er in constant ‘remodel’…..

  43. Lynn Brooks says:

    Dear Sue,
    So very sorry to hear about Bridget’s leg!!! I hope she’s better soon!
    Those horses are quite beautiful!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  44. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Oh no, two of my favorite girls facing trials at the same time.
    You hang in there Bridget. I know you have the best nurse a pup could ask for. Just let Reggie chase the chipmunks, er ground squirrels from now on. Holding you in my heart and sending healing energy your way.

    And don’t worry DG, plenty of both left over for you girl. If you see this Ginger just know that there are folks all over the world praying for your recovery and sending you love. Give em hell girl.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Love you too Rick. I’m doing ok. Pacemaker in. And I got what I ordered for lunch! Hooray! It takes an act of God. I ordered two slices cheddar on whole wheat with Mayo, mustard and tomato. After waiting nearly an hour beyond lunch…I got it! It is on menu by the way. I decided yesterday I a done letting others control my diet. Done. I get what I asked for or I don’t eat. Now and in future forever. I get to have some little control over my life.

      It is so great to feel all the love and support from my blog gang. You guys really make a difference.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        WOW…sounds like progress is being made, Ginger!! Glad you finally got what you wanted to eat. When I had major surgery years ago hubby told me to consider it a very expensive top hotel and to get what I wanted…ha!! Glad to hear you are better…hope you are soon home again and feeling top notch!!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Yippee!! You got your choice of lunch!!! That is a major accomplishment! 🙂

  45. BoxinTheCompass says:

    Hi Sue
    Sorry Bridget is not feeling well…
    We have a sad story but with a very happy ending here in Daytona in FL

    Story in the paper had a lady opened her back door and her Shitzu puppy Ginger ran out the door down to the river chasing a bird and went right over the seawall. Terrified they called the marine patrol but no sign of the pup… the water is in the 50’s and current strong. We sadly accepted the bad news after several hours of searching.
    Then 2 days later in another article in the paper an angel riding a bike came upon a puppy in the middle of a busy intersection with cars screaming around the poor terrified puppy. She got off her bike almost got hit by cars herself called out to the puppy who came running and jumped into her arms… it was cold, wet, dirty and hungry and it was Ginger!. She took care of the dog and cleaned and fed her and was able to find the owner …. happy ending! When i was telling this story to my wife we were both tearing up when the dog was lost and then again 2 days later when found!

    Moral to this story is dont give up hope when everything tells you to….

    I have hope for Bridget she will feel better!

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

    Hi Sue – There is no such thing as too many photos of horses. I love the arrangement of the second photo…the one with three horses with the one horse staring at Rocketman.

    One of my friends from high school is in the horse transporting business. He travels all over the world transporting thoroughbred race horses, ponies, llamas, and whatever else fits in a horse trailer. He posts some beauties!

    I was just stopping by to grab your Amazon link. I’m purchasing a housewarming gift for my daughter who recently moved to Seattle. I’m in love with my little Hoover Lynx stick vacuum cleaner and everybody who uses it wants one. I’ve already given one to my daughter-in-law as a gift and now my daughter. My friend purchased one for their big trailer and love it. If anybody needs a nifty battery operated cordless stick vacuum, this one is great! I mostly use it to vacuum my hardwood floors. It does not replace my heavy duty vacuum cleaner but does a respectable job on carpets for the in-between cleaning. I recommend purchasing an additional battery so that one is always charged and ready to go. Please note: I’m not associated with Hoover in any way. Just a person who likes functional equipment to ease the pain of housecleaning. I also like purchasing through Sue’s Amazon link. I feel that I’m giving her a tip in exchange for her wealth of information. 🙂

  47. Gary Wood says:

    I like taking photos of horses also Sue. Especially if you can catch them running and playing, rearing up on their hind legs. They are an amazing animal. Enjoy the remodel.

  48. Steve says:

    Great photos of the horses. Sorry to hear about Bridget, the story hits a little too close to home.

  49. Kay from KC! says:

    To The Divine Miss B! I hope you get to feeling better….anytime you can’t walk and in pain is very frustrating. I hope Reggie is being calm around you although we know he loves to be in motion. Please tell him that I love the picture of him looking out the window at the horses. I hope Sue got everything re-organized. Sometimes doing that makes the whole world seem better. Take care of yourself!

    Kay from KC!

  50. Eileen Dykeman says:

    I’m sending “healing cyber vibes” to Bridget. My “elderly” beagle also has back leg issues, so I empathize with your concern, Sue.

  51. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Pretty horses!

    Sorry to hear Ms Bridgee Babee’s leg is bothering her. Sounds like you’ve got the situation under control! It will get better..just like before. From the looks of her smile, she really doesn’t mind being in her chariot.

    Funny how your life improves dramatically when you surround yourself with good, intelligent, kind hearted, positive people. No matter where you are in life’s journey, it’s comforting to know that we can all gather here, truly enjoy each other’s company and most importantly “be there” for whomever…whether it’s a peak or valley.

    Thanks RVSue and fellow blogorinos. Have a great day…stay tuned….the journey continues!

  52. Lisa says:

    Oh, I hope the Bridge feels better!! One of my pet sitters lives in the Arlington/Palo Verde area. It is beautiful down there. I was looking at your horse photos to see if they were any of our clients, but no. You have some beauties, though!

    Hope you continue to enjoy your visit in my neck of the woods!

    Lisa & Ghost Rider

  53. rvsueandcrew says:


    Well, we did wake up in Camp Chaos. I ran out of steam in the heat of afternoon and quit working on putting the house back together again.

    Good news about Bridget! All your positive energy worked! She is much better, no longer in pain. I’ll report on that in the next blog post. Thank you for your concern and caring for HRH. She sends each of you a royal wave.

    Today is one of those rare days when we socialize… Visiting a fellow camper here at Buckeye Hills and more friends arriving, too. Oh yeah, and then there’s the house mess. . . .

    Talk to ya’ later! In the meantime, enjoy the company of those who gather here and don’t hesitate to join in. Feel welcome . . . because you are!


  54. Deb says:

    As a full timer, I follow a few RV blogs but I gotta say, this is the one I read every time a notification arrives in my inbox. It’s like listening to a friend telling stories. Thxs for the posts!

  55. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Everything that you photograph is just beautiful; the pink-and-blue skies, those majestic horses, the road stretched out before you. I guess that’s why you’re out there, then! Peace and quiet, and beauty as well.

    Poor little Bridget – I hope this will pass and heal up for her. When she wouldn’t even get up and go in her stroller maybe she was having the beginnings of pain in the leg. I give my senior girl the same thing, Tramadol in a bit of food. Since I have cats and she has always been tantalized by the smell of the canned cat food, whenever she needs a pill I ask her if she wants her “meatball” and she comes running. I put a glob of cat food around the pill, shaped into a ball, and she thinks she’s getting a delicious Italian creation. Trouble is, now she wants a non-medicated meatball every night before bed.

    I love to redecorate from time to time, and a set of new bedding is just a real treat. I like the tiny floral print shabby chic look and I think I’ll look around on Amazon for something for my own RV and if I find something will order it through your site.

  56. Biz Crate - still 40m south of Chicago says:

    Delighted to hear Miss Bridget is on the mend!
    I totally support the decision not to have had surgery back at the time of the chipmunk incident. I had a lab/border collie mix that my daughter dubbed “Bob, the big black dog” who was a hoot to have around. During Super Bowl one year he couldn’t help greeting each party guest by leaping off of the back deck and racing around in the snow. He was 11 at the time. Suffice to say, Bob made one too many leaps, hit a patch of ice and blew his ACL. (Not exactly, since dogs don’t have an ACL, but you get the idea)
    Vet did recommend surgery and stated that if he were a smaller dog he would recommend letting it heal on it’s own. Smaller dogs seem to do OK but big dogs have more weight on the back joint and they are in constant pain.
    What to do? Bob was already 11, typically an advanced age for a large breed.
    Well, we said a prayer and decided to go for it. If he died under anesthesia then we could at least say he had a good life and passed without pain. He did just great, however, and live to the ripe old age of 16! Good dogs, those mutts. SO glad we adopted him from the local pound as big, black dogs and among the most unwanted types. In fact, when my daughter was asked what kind of dog Bob was she would reply: He’s a pound puppy!

  57. AZ Jim says:

    Get well quickly Bridget!!!

  58. Wonderful pic of the three horses in a row – looking so impressed 🙂 I’m sure your newly spruced up digs feel great now that the work is done. Hopefully Bridget’s leg is also much better, it’s so hard when they’re hurting. Fortunate you had the pain meds on board. Enjoy your new spot.

  59. Dan says:

    Hi Sue, Hi everyone,

    The post is a def. a mix of good and bad. Hope Bridge is feeling better soon. Love the horses, looks like they lined up for you in the one shot. Now to read everyone’s comments!

  60. Melanie in TX says:

    Sue, Thank you for your blog. Have been reading for quite a while, but never commented. Today I wanted to share an article I read that might be interesting to you and your blogorinos. Norma, 90 years old, was told she had cancer. Instead of the treatment, she chose to accept her son and daughter-in-law’s invitation to join them in their RV and travel the country. The article was from and Norma is on Facebook at Driving Miss Norma. Good for her and all you full-time RV’ers!

    • cc and canine (soon to be leaving Eastern Missouri) says:

      Welcome Melanie in TX! You are now an official blogorino. We hope you stick around for the ride, and see where RVSue goes next.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Melanie! 🙂

  61. katydid in Chicago says:

    I’m so glad to hear that Bridget is feeling better! I love the photo of Reggie watching the horses.

    I can sympathize about camp chaos. My bedroom floor is dotted with 12 piles of photographs, (plus a large pile of frames.) I’m trying to transfer all the important photos into digital form before we begin our full-time travels. Chaos is hard, but I look forward to the end result. It will be more step in our process of getting ready.

  62. Susan in Dallas says:

    Dear Bridget –
    Bette Davis said it best – “Old age ain’t no place for sissies!” Hope your leg is feeling better soon. Meanwhile, take advantage of your carriage and keep RV Sue do the hard work.

  63. weather says:

    Thanks for commenting with the updates, Sue. It’s great to hear Bridget’s no longer in pain. I wonder if the hard packed dirt road with it’s uneven surface made her car rides rougher than usual and aggravated her joints. Being the one pushing her I guess you’d feel the difference in the ride between that and sidewalks or pavement, and would know if anything as a pad beneath her would possibly help, fit or add comfort.

    That seemed like quite an ambitious project to attempt completing within one day. Coupled with the heat there I’d have run out of steam, too. I’m glad you’re taking the time to cool off, relax, rest and enjoy other things between the work sessions on that and this blog. I hope the human and critter visits are a nice change and fun for all. Neat that you snagged the primo campsite, and found some horses to see and show us!

    • Amazing that you take her post with all the news and wrap it all up in a bow and place it in only 2 paragraphs….amazing Weather.

      Hi Sue, I am glad that Bridget is on the mend, we all get like that somedays…a little rest and love will do. A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down.. 🙂 Going to rain here this weekend, so watch the weather coming your way, may be a treat for you and even more beautiful clouds to photograph.

  64. Linda - from Central Illinois says:

    Hi to all!
    Just a few words from me, since I’m mostly a ‘lurker’ and nobody knows me anyhow! 🙂
    I agree that sometimes its best to let nature’s healing hand work. I do tend to rush to the vet, when maybe that’s not always the best. At least you have something to give her when the pain is kinda bad! Mother Nature can always know best…. well usually!
    Heal fast, pretty girl!
    I do love the horse pictures, and that you can stop just any time you want to, to take pictures! We don’t all have that luxury 🙂
    Enjoy your remodel, and you’d be amazed how it can perk up your spirits!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Linda!

      By posting a reply you are now officially a blogorino! 🙂

  65. Dawn in MI says:

    LOVE the horse pictures, particularly the one with Mr. Reggie’s head in it. What did he think of the big “dogs?” 🙂 Hope Bridget is feeling lots better without drugs soon.

  66. Chris(MN) says:

    Poor Bridget! Glad that she is improving rapidly. It is so hard to see your “babies” in pain, you want to fix it any way that you can. Love the photo of Reggie looking at the horses. Why is it that the smallest dogs have the biggest personalities? Sure curious about your trailer remodel. My 5th wheel isn’t even a year old yet and I keep looking around and wondering what I can do to personalize it.

  67. Anne - in GA says:

    Like everyone here, I am so sorry to hear of HRH’s leg pain but so happy to know she has a loving, caring and very devoted “Mom” to do just the right things to help her.
    This is one of my favorite blog entries of late – I am adicted to horses.
    Also, so good to hear from Desert Ginger “in person” and know she is on the mend – though probably not fast enough for her preference.
    And more good news. I just heard from Mick in TN – the solar suitcase arrived and he pronounced it “beautiful”. So I suggested that he let his friend have it and order another one for me as I won’t be able to pick it up for likely another week. So watch for another suitcase coming through – and commision. When I stop at Mick’s to get mine, I want to discuss with him what more I need for other solar power needs at home. And of course that will go through Amazon as well.
    Since I’m stopping by Mick’s for the solar setup, I decided to incorporate a side trip to Kentucky horse country around Lexington. I am so excited. And all because of your marvelous blog. Thank you. Though Weather said it so much more eloquently.
    I can only add “What Weather said” here.
    I was thinking about you “remodelling” and the easy rolling drawers. Made me think of the 2 chests I bought last fall at Wally World. Each has 4 large drawers and fits perfectly in my tent for clothes. Summer stuff in one chest and cooler weather stuff in the other one. They will also fit so nicely in the travel trailer – not in a hurry to buy at this time thanks to Mick and the pending solar set up for my truck / tent on the road.
    Thank you for everything, Sue and marvelous Crew!!
    Anne – still in GA
    Being food for Georgia’s state birds – the black-winged mosquitoes
    Anne in GA

  68. Robin Shaw says:

    Hi Sue and Crew! Oh, poor Bridget! I hope she continues to improve…wonder what she did to inflame an old injury?

    Yeah for you for redecorating! Think how refreshing things will look and feel when everything is put back together! Can’t wait for pics! Robin in NC

  69. casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue,

    Today was the day I kicked off my new blog…and I wanted to give you credit for all of the inspiration you have given my husband and I. If you have a chance, take a look and let me know what you think.

    We appreciate all you do so very much. You have been an inspiration to us.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi casitagirl,

      I enjoyed reading your blog! It was nice of you to give a shout out to Sue! Enjoy your travels! 🙂

      • casitagirl says:

        Thanks so much Denise! I have been a loyal RV Sue follower since very early in her travels. We got our first Casita based on her recommendation! We’ve worked so hard, selling our home of 18 years, I left my job and my husband made arrangements to work remotely and moved to an entirely new state far away from friends to make this work. It’s been…and will be a journey!

  70. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you and the Crew enjoyed visiting with friends. I am sure Reggie was thrilled to have another playmate!

    Believe it or not, another snow storm is headed my way tonight into tomorrow morning. At this point, they are not calling for a ton of accumulation, but with dropping temps, the roads will be icy. Late opening for work so far….I may just take the rest of the day off and have an extended weekend! 🙂

    Have a great evening! Sending you, Bridget, and Reggie hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  71. Lee J in Northern California says:

    It is so good the the princess has improved leg function. Poor sweetie!

    One nice thing about projects, they wait patiently for us to return to them and make no complaint! I can’t wait to see what you have done, I bet it will be nice!

    I was out back in the barn today grooming my Haflinger Meg, getting throughly covered in dust and hair, I was wearing a black shirt just so I could see just how dirty I was too! I ended up with enough hair piled on the floor you could have stuffed a pillow. Naturally we are supposed to get lots of rain this weekend so I will have to keep an eye on her to be sure she doesn’t get cold, as her winter coat was on the floor today. I do have a waterproof blanket for her if needed.
    I know many of you love horses as much as I do, so if you want to take a peek at Meg, go to the website and look at the chat board…no need to sign up or anything to look, and see the post shedding! Meg is standing in the middle of her former winter coat, all removed with a furminator tool. Just combed out basically. I bet Amazon sells them!
    There is also a post about my friend Michelle, she was kicked by one of her horses, critically injuring her.. She is a 911 dispatcher in San Jose, and part of a huge family like the blogorinos. One one of her friends updates her progress… Everyone has been pitching in funds to care for her horses…

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Lee, I use a Furminator on my cats. Works well. Got it in the size I wanted on Amazon.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        We too use the FURminator on Annie Oakley. Seriously cuts down on the fur tumble weeds in the house!

  72. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue. Thanks for the update on Bridget! So happy to hear she’s feeling better. They are SO Dear to us; some people will never realize the significance of pets or the joy they bring to our hearts. Take care and safe travels.

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

    Hi everyone, wow, what a great post. Those beautiful pictures of the horses, and Reggie checking it all out. I have worked teaching equitation and horsemanship, I really miss those gentle beautys.

    Lee, I took a peek at your girl. She’s a strong one, I’ll bet the birds were fighting over that fluffy fur. Every spring when the herd was blowing their winter coats, we would like the shed hair in a corner of the yard. You never saw such a ruckus as each pair of nesters got busy lining their new homes with that soft windfall. I bet there were a lot of baby birds snug and warm in those nests. Oh how I miss that “Eua de Cheval”. Had to keep a separate hamper for barn clothes, haha.

    Sorry Bridgette is sore, but you do such a fantastic job taking care of the crew, I am not surprised she is on the mend. Not surprised, but very happy to hear she is feeling better. Just wondering, is that something an ice pack would help? Do you have ice? I mean can you make ice if you need it? I am planning to have a little frig/freezer in my trailer so that I can have frozen foods and ice at hand. Mostly I will freeze containers of water to chill a yeti style cooler, where I can keep produce and eggs. At least that’s the plan, we all know how those can go. Sending you energy and positive thoughts as you renovate your house. Small changes can have a big impact, especially when they make life easier. I am having fun dreaming up different designs and decorations for my little home too. Landlord trouble has been settled and I can focus on other things. Stay well Sue, take care of the crew and you. You are loved.

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

      Here, autocorrect made it, ” Every spring when the herd was blowing their winter coats, we would like the shed hair in a corner of the yard.” Should have said , “Every spring when the herd was blowing their winter coats, we would pile the shed hair in a corner of the yard.” But you probably figured that out.

      Enjoy your company ! I’m looking forward to seeing the new bedding and curtains, fun stuff!!

  74. Suzette (TN) says:

    So sorry to hear about poor Bridget’s distress. I know that causes YOU distress, too! I’ve lived with a pup in pain, and I know how much it hurts to not be able to make it all better.

    The horse pix are gorgeous!

    Can’t wait to see the results of the redecoration project.


  75. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, everybody!

    I hope you are having a wonderful day! Again, I thank you for your notes of compassion for Bridget. She continues to be pain-free and walking well.

    CONGRATULATIONS to Sealarkesmiles for being first!

    Hi to Kim who took a step into Blogorino Land. Great to see you here.

    Congratulations, Stella (casitagirl) on a topnotch start for your blog. With your writing and photography talent, I’m sure it will be a success. Thank you for mentioning my blog in the recent post and how it inspired you. Very nice of you to do that!

    Wow, Anne in Ga… That’s a win-win-win with the Renogy solar suitcases… Everybody’s happy! Thank you for shopping from my blog.

    Jerry… Thank you for the warmth conveyed in your comment. . . and for your concern.

    Nora… Hoping your Kobie has a good day without discomfort.

    Eileen… Also wishing your beagle a good day.

    Hey, Parker… The BLT is not clean. It’s an illusion. I love fiberglass!

    Thank you, Nancy from South Florida, for planning to shop Amazon from my blog.

    Chris B. of the Clete and Diego Tribe… A vacuum that actually works is a treasure! Thanks for the recommendation on the Hoover stick vacuum and for being an RVSue shopper.

    Colleen… Give Hawk a hug from me. Poor guy. I hope he can find something to be happy about today.

    Gal and a cat in FL… You’re right about Tramadol. All tolled, Bridget only had one and a half tablets.

    Yippee for DesertGinger! She’s back and she’s sassy! 🙂

    A big, warm welcome to Melanie in TX!

    Hi, Shirlene… The lens cleaner cloths are so handy in their little packets. I used the one with the crashing wave today. Brought me back to Rialto Beach, Washington!

    Denise – Richmond VA… If you have to go out, be careful on the icy roads! Hugs to Gracie pup.

    weather — I don’t think the stroller ride caused Bridget’s problem. It glides on this hard, smooth road. I do wish I had a better stroller for her. I planned to order one from Amazon while in Yuma and then I didn’t want to deal with the shipping situation downtown. She still seems to like her umbroller…always smiling eyes when rolling along…

    Lisa… About an ice pack for Bridget… I have some of those automatic ice packs that were brought to my attention by Cinandjules, I think it was. I was going to use one on Bridget and then the Tramadol kicked in… There wasn’t any swelling.

    Hi, AZ Jim… It was good to hear that Detta is improving..

    Oh, gee… I can’t respond to every comment, even though I’d like to. I’m very happy to see blogorinos who haven’t appeared in a while. Also those coming out of the “shadows” and, of course, seeing the regular commenters is always like being wrapped in a soft, fuzzy shawl.

    I hope to put up a post today, although it won’t be soon. Can you believe I’m still fooling around decorating?

    Bye for now,

  76. shelley in california says:

    Hi Sue, I started giving my elderly dog glucosamine and it helped a lot. You could probably find it on Amazon for a good price. I could tell the difference with her getting around when I would forget to give it to her.

  77. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hi Sue,
    Oh I can’t wait to see the redeco! Yeeehaw!!!

    So thankful Her Highness is feeling better. You are such a good crew leader 🙂
    Racy came to us from a situation where he was thrown as a pup across a room… breaking his legs. He was very young-and a small dog anyway, and a 3 yr old was just trying to play (unfortunately the family didn’t pay much attention). We adopted him. Every now and again he will lose his jumping power and do a bit of a limp, but not often. He does ask for assistance to get off the bed most days now, for that I am grateful… For a 14 yr old man, he is pretty spry. But those things happen…

    I just got back from my kids’ home. Granddaughter had Scarlet Fever (!) and mom had no sick time left… now MOM has strep (grown up version of the fever I gather…). And I came home medicated too (strep for granny too). The gift that keeps on giving. Problem is that I was SUPPOSED to be at the OTHER daughters for the weekend to sew and craft with those kiddos… she has since opted to not let me NEAR her family (LOL) as she just got over the crud at her house! 🙁 We are all mending to a point, and DAD is about ready to be down with it… Gorsh!

    Can’t wait till the next installment of the Sue and Crew Adventures!

    Hugs from Hoquiam,

    • bess in oregon says:

      hi Barb, we had the crud go through our family too, all of us with flu shots! so hang in there, we will all get better soon! bess

  78. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Sue, good luck with the decorating. Bridget could not have a better Mom than you to know the right thing to do when she’s not feeling well. Tramadol can usually be counted on when you need the pain to go away. Glad it helped Bridget get thru it. You are a great Mom and your love shows in all you do. Feels good when we can help our kids feel better, no matter how many legs they have. Love the horse pictures, Thanks for them. Be well.
    Jazz Lover

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