Idle at Idylwild

Thursday, August 6 – Saturday, August 8

P1060580Idylwild Campground, 18 miles north of Burns, Oregon

It’s a good thing I took on plenty of water while camped at Miller Lake.

P1060584Our last camp at Chickahominy does not have water spigots.  Here at Idylwild there are spigots at convenient points throughout the campground.

Thursday the camp host stops by our site.

“No water,” she announces.  We chat briefly about what might be the reason.

The following day we find out that the pump is the problem.  A new one is on its way from the company that manufactured the original pump.  It may be several days before it arrives and water flow resumes.

P1060581The crew meets fellow canine campers!

These are the camp host’s pugs.  I forget their names, something like Della and Delbert, Donna and Dino, whatever.  Reggie’s ears always stick up funny when he meets dogs.  Bridget gives a polite hello.

P1060559 The camp host lady and I stand and talk, outside the pugs’ pen, of course.  Reggie becomes excited and runs back and forth in front of the penned-up pugs.  This aggravates the pugs.  They jump at the fence, barking.

“Reggie!  You rascal!  You’re taunting them!”

P1060558I cut the conversation short and remove the crew from the premises.

“I know you were just playing and being excited, Reg, but that didn’t look very nice, you know.”

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I meet the one other camper here.

I compliment him on the camper he built.  It’s neat!

P1060575We were interrupted before I had a chance to ask questions about his rig.  It’s not very long or wide.  You can tell that my using the twin propane tanks for reference.  He has pared down the indoor living space to the essential, making for a compact, probably lightweight, camper.

P1060574That awning! 

A great solution to the problem of leaks and also for providing shade.  I admire creative, resourceful people who do what needs to be done in order to “get out there!”  I thought you might like to see what one person has come up with.

A reminder of our indebtedness to firefighters . . . .

In Idylwild Campground there is a small memorial garden.

P1060569Reggie and I walk the path through the garden.  Bridget decides she doesn’t want to walk any further, turns around, and returns to our campsite to wait for us.

P1060568I always encourage Bridget to take walks for exercise, yet I let her make the final decision. 

Sometimes she enjoys a complete walk or walks part of the way; sometimes she refuses to go altogether.

When Reggie and I approach the campsite, Bridget is happy to lead us the rest of the way home.

P1060582-001Recently I pull the stroller out of the back of the PTV.

It’s time for our last walk of the day and Bridget looks very tired.  When she sees the stroller, she perks up!

“You remember this, baby?  How ’bout you going for a ride while Reggie and I walk?”

P1060589She obviously thinks it’s an excellent idea!

After she’s rolled along in her ride a few minutes, Bridget turns her head and looks up at me behind her.  I’ll never forget the softness of her eyes, brimming with love and gratitude.  Aww, you poor thing.  These walks are becoming difficult for you.

I stop the stroller, bend down, and caress her cheeks.

“You’re welcome, Bridgie.”

Of course, at a moment like this I don’t take a photo.  Here’s one I took later.  Although it’s not quite the same expression she gave me before, it’s close . . . .

P1060592Bridget has aged a lot this past year since Spike left us. 

She’s had many happy moments, yet there are times when I sense an undercurrent of sadness.  She was Spike’s sidekick, and, like all sidekicks, she was happiest and most fully herself in that role.

I need you to know that I don’t post photos that make her aging obvious.

I show her looking her best, which, I admit, gives a false impression.   Those of us who love the Bridge need to accept that she is aging and this may be her last year.  I hope not.  Meanwhile I try to make every day a good one for her.  She enjoys exploring new camps.  She gobbles up her chicken or liver breakfasts with gusto.  She feels special riding around in her limo.  She loves to snooze in the sun.

The crew and I may break camp tomorrow.

P1060579Camp Idylwild has been cool, comfortable, restful, and pleasant for all three of us.  If I’m in the mood for driving in the morning, we will hit the road again!

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170 Responses to Idle at Idylwild

  1. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    First?

  2. Joy Sutton says:

    Goodness
    surely not first

  3. Debra Larson says:

    Bridget looks adorable in her stroller, had wondered how she was doing after the loss of Spike. It’s sad to see them age, there never seems to be enough time

  4. DeAnne in TN says:

    Yay–Read–hope I’m at least top three!

  5. Larry G in AR says:

    Could it be?

  6. Larry G in AR says:

    Good grief, you people are fast. Anyway, still mostly lurking and still mostly enjoying.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi,Larry,

      Gee, now I have a new goal… to change Larry’s opinion from “mostly enjoying” to “always enjoying!” 😉

      • Larrry G in AR says:

        I had just sat down at the computer and was checking through my usual peek-ats, then read your entire post before I realized that there were no comments. Missed it by that much. No biggie. Being first was never that big a deal to me.

        What’s the old saying about pleasing all the people all the time? I will say that I’m here just about every day. Does that count?

  7. First things first: It’s sad to know that Bridget is having problems. I know you will do your best to make her life as easy and pleasant as it can be.

    I appreciate rigs like your fellow camper’s more than I do the bulk of manufactured RVs. While there are exceptions such as Casita and a few others, in many cases an individual’s best efforts result in much simpler, stronger construction. Of course, the resulting unit is also personally fitted to the owner, and that always matters.

    Quiet time in camp is a good thing. Enjoy it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin,

      I enjoy seeing what people have designed and made, too. I particularly noted that the one in this post is no bigger than absolutely necessary. Room to sleep, protection from weather, room to store stuff when on the road. It has to do with how we define “camping” for ourselves. This gentleman is outdoors most of the time. Others are indoors running the microwave and watching tv. And still others are somewhere in between.

      I like the way he painted the top half white and bottom half black. It’s not an aerodynamic design, yet its small size makes that less important. Nothing about the trailer looks haphazard or slipshod. His spare tire is handy. And there’s something about that awning… I really like it!

      • Indeed it does have to do with how we define “camping” except when it’s how we define “living.” I am a minimalist. If I don’t need it, I don’t want it, and I define “need” rather strictly. I suspect the builder of that unit has a similar outlook.

        I had not noticed the black and white colors, but they are indeed pleasant. That awning is more than pleasant, I think. It shades the person or people and it also keeps the sun from heating the camper, thus saving both discomfort and cooling cost. Such items are not mass produced.

  8. Kay Dattilio says:

    Reading about The Divine Miss B’s again makes me sad…..she’s a part of my life. We have an aging lady and she still goes up and down the stairs but very slowly. We lift her up to sleep on our bed with us. It’s sad that the things we love have to go earlier than us. Stay safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      I lift Bridget up into bed, too, and down to the floor from bed. She carries a lot of weight on her spindly legs. Bless your little lady….

  9. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, this was a touching post. I’ve been pushing some of the things you have expressed today to the back of my mind as I too have slowly come to realize our little Bridget is getting tired. I hope she stays and enjoys many more days with us and many more of her beloved chicken meals with you and little Reggie. I remember how bad I felt when Spike left us and how much we missed him. We still do. Always will. I see him in my mind in one of his soaks. We can only keep up the march and realize that we too are closer to our ends than our beginning. We have to do as Rusty, you and all of us have had to do, lock our lost loves in our hearts and carry on.

    I’m sorry if this is a downer but it is honest and we still have rainbows ahead so truck on Missy….

    • Shawna says:

      Very well put.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Jim,

      Many days I’m in denial about Bridget, like I was with Spike. It’s not as easy to be that way with Bridget because she’s beginning to exhibit some of the signs that Spike showed.

      Speaking of that which touches the heart, you missing Spike and his soaks. . . .

      Well, I didn’t want to bring more sadness to this blog. I’ve put off this dose of reality for a long time. It would be unfair not to prepare readers.

      “Keep up the march”… 🙂

      I agree with Shawna. Very well put.

    • Cynthia Blaylock says:

      Jim: Yours was a beautiful post, and said what I’m sure so many of us are thinking and feeling.

    • Dear Jim, you were able to put into words what I could not! HRH Bridget come with a lot of good times memories, as did Spike! Thank you for your sweet words!

  10. Julie says:

    Hi Sue
    That lovely cg saved my hiney on the way back from the coast in May. Just couldn’t drive any more after assisting with a roll over accident outside of Eugene then horrible traffic thru bend. It was just the oasis I needed before continuing home to Boise. Hope you continue east to explore more of Idaho. Julie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gosh, Julie… That was a long day of driving. From the coast to Eugene, through Bend and Burns to Idylwild! That would take me a week minimum. More like a month!

      Idylwild is convenient to the road, easy off, easy on again.

  11. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Love the photos as always. Miss Bridget is a special soul; it’s tough to watch a beloved pet slow down. Do your travels ever take you through Idaho, specifically the Payette National forrest area?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K,

      The crew and I have traveled through Idaho three times I believe… Once through Superior, Kellogg, and Coeur d’Alene. Another time from Idaho Falls through Boise. And this year coming northward from Nevada to Twin Falls and then turning west.

      We haven’t camped in Payette National Forest although I do have my eye on it!

  12. Shawna says:

    Yes, we love you Bridget. And we love RVSue for taking such good care of you.

    It will be terribly hard, as you know, when the time comes, but you rest assured Sue that you were the very best human Bridget could ever have. Except for me, of course! But Bridgie is none the wiser on that front. LOL. Hugs.

  13. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    well just up from my nap and I see you snook another post in on me….
    I can relate to Bridge living life slow just as I do….after all these years
    my get up and go has already got up and went….
    I look forward to all your posts now to see more of the northwest
    area of our great country…
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      You have enough get up and go to stop by and share a few words. For that I’m glad!

  14. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I hate seeing Bridget slowing down. It is never a fun thing when our pets get older. We all love her as we loved Spike, but hey were best buds. I love the camp sight. The self-made camper is really small, but I guess it suits his needs. May have gotten the idea from Bob Wells site (cheaprv-living.com.) He had a customized trailer for a while, but it was a larger one.
    Personally, I would prefer one already set up for camping. I am not opposed to making it my own from there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Some people like to know exactly what and how their camper is made and only trust their own handiwork to make their home-on-wheels what they want it to be. Folks like me don’t have the skills (or the tools or the ambition) to create something like this man has done.

      Yeah, it’s nice to have a camper made for you! I’m a saver, not a builder… 🙂

      Thanks for your kind comment about Bridget.

  15. wildflower in prescott says:

    Beautiful Bridgie Baby we love you!

  16. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Sue, I can just imagine the adoring look Bridget gave you–you are a world-class dog lover! She must’ve been so happy to ride in the stroller! Miss Ari is beginning to slow down & her face has more gray every day. She still knows how to work a room full of people–and us! Ear skritches & much love for the crew & peaceful days for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      That look from Bridget made my heart skip a beat. The message she gave with her eyes was unmistakeable. I’ll never forget it.

      Miss Ari is slowing down,too. I hate to see the gray hairs on my crew, more than I hate them on my own head!

      Hugs to Miss A!

  17. Deb D says:

    Great picture of Bridget at the end. One happy girl ..
    Reggie is perfect too. Ordered a juicer ..trying to lose a few pounds.
    Hope to be on the road next summer. Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      I saw that juicer. Thank you! I hope it helps you lose the weight. It probably will lead to more healthful eating.
      I thought you were leaving for Texas sooner than next summer. I hope you don’t do as I did… Texas in August (to pick up the BLT) when temps were 106 degrees or thereabouts. That was in 2011 and TX has the same type of weather this August, too.

  18. Norman in San Diego says:

    Hi Sue,

    Really enjoy the pictures of Bridget riding in her limo. She needs a small hat and sunglasses!

    Norman

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Norman,

      That would be cute!

      That limo was $5 at a thrift store in Florence, Oregon. Of course, Bridget doesn’t know that. She’s proud of her ride!

      • cate walsh says:

        Hi Sue,

        Bridget being proud of her ride, and your very touching comments today about her physical changes with the ways you keep her life happy and as active as possible had me “laughing thru my tears”. Laughing as its clear Bridge loves her little chariot, and tears for the obvious reasons.

        My little Jaye (cocker & poodle mix) loved our walks on the country roads near our Vermont home, and it was safe for him to be off leash. The first few years he would trot out in front, looking over his shoulder now and then, to make sure that slow poke human was still behind them. Gradually, we were walking side by side…he was still pretty chipper. At the end, his spirit was willing…his pace was slow, and he began to lag further and further behind me until we had to turn around for home. I remember the day we decided that we would just lounge together on the deck enjoying the sun, the breeze, and the sounds of nature. He still enjoyed our walks in his dreams, and I will forever miss my country roads buddy.

        Aren’t we blessed to have these loving creatures in our lives. Isn’t it a blessing they live in each moment, and don’t worry about the future?

        Ok…blogorinos…I went on a sentimental journey. Didn’t intend to drag anybody down.

        Hugs and many happy days ahead,
        CateW

  19. We do love Bridget, and this post brought tears to my eyes. I too hate to see her slowing down. She is blessed to have such a loving Mom. One of the hard things for all of us who love our fur babies is knowing how short their life is compared to ours.
    The great thing is she loves her life and you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re absolutely right, Lisa, when you say “the great thing is she loves her life . . . .”

      I appreciate your loving message. I didn’t want to write a sad post, yet I also don’t want Bridget’s passing to be more of a shock than it need be. May she be blessed with as many more years as she can enjoy.

  20. weather says:

    God love you Sue,that had to be so hard to write.Not because your readers would be shocked and upset,I’m sure most of us knew that Bridget’s struggles have intensified with time,especially during this past year.I mean writing it,typing the words,saying it ,while cathartic is just so real.This is when kleenex,love from others and perfect words cannot change what’s already been prayed about constantly-the just one more please Lord’s I mention sometimes.One more long sweet season miraculous that defies all normal expectations.I once received a seventeen year such season when the experts told me my husband wouldn’t make the night.I’m praying that however your blessing is given it’s felt as beautiful all through, as mine has been.Some of my human and animal family walked or flew from my home to heaven far sooner than I expected,as well ,however.I’d come to rely so strongly,long ago,on being given extra that I reacted at times in a state of shock,as I did when winter found me single again.Most in my care outlived problems because of sheer love and faith,yet we live on a fallen earth where this phase of our existence is a temporary state and that’s reality ,too.So as I type watching my oldest dog frolic in the backyard, as though he’s unaware that he’s not a pup,I know in the morning when I open my eyes the first thing I’ll do is check to see if he’s still breathing,I always do.This autumn will be two years since we went through an episode that “should have” taken him from me.Yes,every hour together is a gift -the strong and the weaker ones.I only mention it so you know how thoroughly I understand …Again,God love you ,Sue,you know that I do,look for the joy,feel peace hold you steady from deep within,it’s just a love walk friend-these really never end,they only change.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You do understand, weather, probably more deeply than I can know. I remember those moments with Spike and previous dogs I’ve loved… the wait for the ribcage to move, the ear to twitch, any sign that he hasn’t left yet.

      How precious those years with your husband must have been, knowing they were an answer to prayer, a gift beyond measure.

      I’m touched by the image of your oldest dog frolicking in the yard like a puppy. May he do so up to his last day!

      A very sensitive comment, weather, even more than what you always offer here. It bears reading several times. I’m honored that you shared your deep feelings. Although I don’t bring up the topic of the winter of your loss, believe me that it hasn’t slipped my mind when I read your uplifting, cheerful messages to me and others.

      This life is a temporary camp. There are camps ahead we can’t even imagine. Love ya!

      • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

        I know sue that it’ll be real hard on you and reggie,,, i’m already prayen , started as I read,,,,, but just think,, when bridget cross’s that bridge, spike n’ timber and all will be waiting to welcome her to doggie heaven and she’ll be in good paws,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

        • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

          but sue,,, Bridget looks like she’s haven fun now,,, sweet girl that she is,,,,,,,, rusty

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I thought of that, too, Rusty. Timber and Spike playing and then Timber stops and says, “Hey, Spike. Isn’t that Bridget coming this way?”

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Aww. I hope my guy has found the connection and spent some time with the gang there already 🙂

      • weather says:

        -and an equally sensitive reply,Sue.There are moments when it’s fitting to lift the brims on both of our Pollyanna hats to look each other in the eye, perhaps brush away a tear or two- so we can go on playing the more happily 🙂

  21. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    That silly Reggie! Bridget is a doll… such a Lady.

    Ours are both in the area of 13. I see Kali (our Aussie) getting really really tired. And Racy, well… he is too. They had busy active lives on the farm… but here I can’t even walk Kali, as she pulls so hard (well, I can at 2 am as long as no one is around). So they have become much more sedentary.

    No matter how long they are with us, they are always in our heart. My Rocky has been gone for about 6 yrs now. I have his tags and his photo… miss him all the time. He was my walking bud.

    Sue what a life of adventure and charm you have given your fur pals. They are very lucky.

    Hugs from Hoquiam where the drizzle has moved in!!! YAY!

    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb from Hoquiam!

      Well, your Kali and Racy are about the same age as Bridget. As best I can figure she’s around 13, too. Yours lived on a farm… nice life for dogs! And now they have your attentions in closer quarters as they live a more restful life.

      Drizzle? How nice! Have a good evening, Barb.

  22. Pam N says:

    Beautiful, poignant post. You’re such a great dog mom, you let her keep her dignity and trust her to choose what she’s most comfortable with. Love to Bridget from her fans, safe travels to all of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’re fortunate to live in places where I can allow Bridget to make up her own mind about walking. If we lived in a city apartment I couldn’t leave the door open and say, “You can always change your mind and join us, Bridge.”

      Thanks for the kind note, Pam N.

  23. Teri in SoCal says:

    But what a great life Bridget has right now!! Great food, great scenery, and all the love she can handle! (not to mention being beautiful)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Bridget does have a great life and I hope it is great for her entire life.

      On behalf of the Bridge, thank you, Teri, for the compliment!

  24. Anne says:

    What a lovely post, Sue.

    I am one of your lurkers who daily follow your blog, although I rarely post. Thank you for writing for all of us.

    I have worried about Bridge for the last little while, especially so since you looked into a third crew member a while back. I had wondered what that portended. How old do you estimate that she is? I had guessed that she was five or six, but she must be older than that.

    I hope that The Bridge still has a long and happy road ahead of her, with you and with us.

    Happy travels.

    Anne

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Anne,

      It’s always a treat to have a reader leave lurkdom to join us here. Thank you for your words about this post and about Bridget.

      Bridget is around 13 years old, although she could be as young as 11. She’s never had an athletic, toned physique. Like many of us, she tends toward chubbiness and carries several fatty masses which vets have told me is typical of her breed.

      I’ve asked myself several times why I chased after Edith. I really hated seeing Bridget alone after Spike left and also the vacant places in our lives. Maybe I thought I could avoid that by adopting a third dog, sort of blunt the shock of losing her by still having a pair with me and with each other.

      Thank you for your hope.

  25. Lynn Brooks says:

    We love Bridget!!!

  26. Jolene says:

    So sad to hear about Bridget and after this past week and the stress of Harley being sick and he would have died without surgery, makes this all the more real. Our fur babies aren’t with us near as long as any of us would like.

    I know you have given Bridget and Spike and any dog you have had the best life just based on reading this blog. Praying for many more years for Bridget!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And may Harley recover completely to share many more years with you!

      Bless you for your willingness to provide the surgery for Harley.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        Harley is doing great today. Eating well and even pooped. 1st poo since his surgery. So we feel so much better. We will be unplugged for about 10 days so I will catch up when we get back. Have a great week! Hugs to all!

  27. Suzette says:

    I’m always happy to see a new post. I know that from time to time you will let us know how things are going with Miss Bridget, even when it’s not so great. In the meantime, it’s fun to watch her enjoy life, and when it comes time for her to leave us behind, we will watch her go, knowing you gave her the best life possible. My granddog, Sassy, is a Jack Russell. She’s 13, soon to be 14, and like Bridget, we’re seeing her slow down. (You do realize that the term “slow down” is relative for a Jack Russel!) She can’t see very well. She can hardly hear us anymore. Her muzzle is all gray. She sleeps a lot more than she used to, and now and then she has an accident. But, when we enter the room, she is just a big ball of excitement and love! And that’s what life is all about. Enjoying every minute to the fullest. The life you’re enjoying with Bridget is a gift to the both of you. I know you know that. May your days continue to be filled with excitement and love.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      Jack Russells are so energetic I have a hard time imagine one slowing down with age. I hate it when sight and hearing goes… Doesn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of your Sassy though! She’s still overjoyed to have you return.

      Enjoy her while you can. I know you are doing all you can to make this phase of her life the best it can be.

  28. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Bridge is precious, Sue. My own little sidekick is aging also and exhibiting some atypical behavior due to aging. In her case it’s occasional aggression against my cats that she used to share her bed with. So I’m watching her closely these days. She’ll be 12 soon.

    So glad you got the stroller out for Bridget because she only wants to be where you are; while the spirit is willing, the “ole legs ain’t what they used to be.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      Your aging dog finds cats irritating. That’s the way it is when one gets older, at least for some of us. For example, there’s a little boy who comes round to play with Reggie. He’s a sweet little boy, well behaved, kind to both Reggie and Bridget, polite with me. However, I can tell if he stayed for a length of time I’d become impatient for him to leave.

      Things that I wouldn’t even notice when I was younger, piss me off now! (pardon the crude language) Mostly things that people do, as you may have noticed in this blog. I mean, really, people, act right!!

      So it is with your dog and the cats… He probably can’t stand the way they rub up against people’s legs and that annoying purring over every little thing.. What’s that all about? And that incessant licking! No wonder you get hair balls! Go away! I’m trying to get some rest here!

      🙂

      • Nancy from South Georgia says:

        LOL! They sneak past her when she’s napping, looking back over their shoulder as they carefully put one paw in front of another. She’s taken a hunk of hair out of both of them for getting too close to her chew toy.

        God forbid they should try to “knead” her belly with their paws as they used to do as kittens. She’d so patiently mother them and lick them as though they were her own babies. They are probably now thinking WTF?!

  29. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Thank heavens you are always prepared with H20 and supplies. You just never know!

    I have to admit, as soon as I started reading about Bridget I got a huge lump in my throat and heart. I said to myself…oh no…you have a tendency to eloquently ease us into things…I’ll never forget reading about Spike. Beautifully written yet sad.

    Watching our fur kids get old is definitely a hard task…knowing one of these days we will have to say goodbye. Totally not fair but we all do it over and over knowing in the meantime they will have the best life possible.

    My golden Montana was 17…we had a Queensland heeler pup…she was full of energy and had to have exercise. Montana wanted to go..but he was slow and couldn’t go the distance. So I got him a red radio flyer wagon…he would walk a bit and then let me know when he wanted a ride. I would pull him the rest of the way. He was in 7th heaven…just to be with us. I did this for 3 years.

    Bridget seems to love her chariot rides. When she had her injury and would look back at you…that was priceless! What I’m trying to say is…although her level of activity may be decreasing…it doesn’t necessarily mean…….the inevitable is nearing. Spike and her we’re buds and his passing no doubt made her sad.

    As you have invited us blogorinos into your life, Spike, Bridge and Timber have entered and occupy a space in our hearts. (Rusty and you also…but we’re talking about fur kids).

    I’ve always have been a firm believer of…enjoy today because tomorrow is not promised.

    So I’m gonna tell Bridgee babee the same as I’ve said long ago …. Live your dash!

    Hugs to you and the crew… Have a peaceful evening.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      I feel the same way. Our boys are only 11, but they are showing signs of aging. More stiffness when walking, running a bit slower. But they seem happy and content. They are not thinking about their future as much as we are.

      “Live your dash”… I love that.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        It’s a poem by Linda Ellis.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good point, Applegirl. As hard as we may try, we don’t live in the moment the way our pets do. They aren’t concerned about the future one bit.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cinandjules . . . What a lovely message!

      The picture of you pulling a radio flyer wagon, Montana walking slowly while the pup trots around full of energy, and then Montana being pulled home in the wagon… *sigh* … It’s all about love! You sharing that may help others help their aging dog. I never thought of a wagon. Just the ticket for a big dog.

      I’m sorry if I gave you a scare about Bridget, and thank you for your words about my post about Spike. I’ve rewritten it several times in my head, how I could’ve made it better. I do that with several of my posts. That’s the way it is with blogging… no time for edits and rewrites!

      Thank you for your sensitive comment. I choked at telling Bridgee babee to live her dash.

      Enjoy your Annie…

  30. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, I do hope you are wrong about how much time is left with Bridge…but it is wise to prepare ourselves for what will likely come, yet hoping for the best, isn’t it? Our last dog however, lived maybe 5 years at reduced energy and health…but we gave her chondroitin/glucosamine pills each day and eventually added a bit of otc either ibuprofen or some other (whatever the vet told us to use) and that gave her some peace from pain at least. I wanted to put her down a year before it became absolutely necessary as I was the one home watching the pain…as daughter and hubby were gone all day working…but she was technically our daughter’s dog so it was her call. I still miss her beyond belief…….still!! I do feel your grief…really do. I am glad however at least you found the little guy…so he should yet be with you a long time…well, hopefully so…dogs just live such short lives…I have never figured that one out!! Why much less interesting and less connected animals can live so much longer!! Oh well…the day will one day come with no more partings or death!! I do look forward to that too…while enjoying life each day too.

    It is cool now here…but I see more heat coming…oh well…the AC shall again be used!! At least the AC has helped SO VERY MUCH with the extreme noise below!! How grateful I am!! Hubby sees that we need to move again ere too long….all the stairs is just plain too risky anymore… But he will miss this seaside place so very much. Maybe GOD will provide another one on level ground…we can hope!!

    Happy travels…for all of you!! Glad Bridge enjoys rides too…that is very good too!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I’m glad you are in a cool spell. I can understand your husband’s attachment to a seaside view. I hope you do find a quiet place by the sea, or another location that you both will enjoy.

      Thank you for sharing what you went through with your precious dog. She couldn’t have been loved more.

  31. Joy Sutton says:

    We have an older beagle , about 20 . DH rescued him when he was 3, when he heard a local redneck say he was going to shoot him because he wouldn’t run deer. DH said that was one thing he never allowed the rabbit hounds to run deer. He has a lovely personality, most beagles do. My husbands hobby for many yrs was training and selling the working dogs. Dear old Hunter has trained many a puppy even to when he could no longer run, he would still stand in the field and “bawl”. He is now deaf , getting cateracts n his eyes, but can still go down the porch steps and wander around the yd a couple a times a day. Sometimes he struggles to get up, his legs are twisted from arthritis , and yes I double check to see if he is still breathing each morning. 20 is very old for a dog. We did have a poodle that lived to be 17.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Twenty years old…Wow! What’s your secret? Hunter sounds like a dear old man, enjoying what he can out of each day. I’m glad he has you to watch over him.

      I agree, beagles have wonderful personalities. I’ve never had one, only because of their nature to follow a scent. Oh, and beagle puppies… Nothing is cuter!

  32. rhodium says:

    It is hard to comment with misty eyes. Bridget is a real dear. Because of lifespan differences, a day for a dog is like a week for us, and they always seem to pack a week’s worth of loving for us into every day. We try to return the favor for our Zoe, a Sato (Puerto Rican for little gangster, or stray) who followed my wife home from the beach in Puerto Rico (more or less) when she worked down there. My wife swears all the dogs of Zoe’s pack came to the house the day she left to watch her go.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “a week’s worth of loving for us into every day.” I like that!

      The pack’s bon voyage party… how touching…

  33. Linda Rose & the 4 M's says:

    Wonderful that Princess Bridget has a carriage to ride in when she’s feeling tired. How wonderful that her handmaiden is so attentive to her needs. As a reader of your wonderful blog I have to say that I do appreciate the “warning” about her slowing down, etc. I will now be appropriately grateful for each and every picture, comment and story about the lovely little girl. Not that I wasn’t before. I had a warning from the vet when my schnauzer Gilly got congestive heart failure but it still didn’t make it much easier when she did go. Before she did die I was so sad and depressed that I started looking for another furbaby. That’s when I got my Muffin. 10 years have gone by and she has been such a blessing as I am sure Reggie will be for you when Bridget is done here. Now to a happier subject: I love the looks of your campground. I am keeping notes because you seem to find the best of places. I am glad you are staying cool and avoiding the fire and smoke. Thankfully it was only in the high 80’s here today. Safe and snug travels and give the crew some cuddles and sniffs from me and the 4 M’s.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose,

      Thank you for letting me know that you appreciate the warning about Bridget. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for months. It must have been hard to hear that “news” about your Gilly. I’m glad you have Muffin.

      About Idylwild Campground… I wonder what it looks like in spring and early summer. I see lots of rose hips. It would be even nicer with wild roses…

      Hugs to M & M & M & M!

  34. Terri says:

    Remembering my drive across eastern Oregon as I follow your stories. I loved that drive through the high desert across Hwy 20/395 much more than I expected. I loved the solitude and the wide-openness. I noticed that wildlife was more skittish of humans which made me happy to know they were not as exposed to humans as other more-traveled routes.

    It warms my heart to see how much you love your companions and how much they love you. It is surely natural to deny aging. It is very hard as it starts seeping in. One thing that I’ve learned from my cats is how strong the will to live is. Just as I think they won’t be here long, they have surprised me most of the time. I have had talks with them saying it is OK to pass on when they are ready, but I’m happy to keep caring for them for as long as they would like to stay. It’s helped me when I can get to that point and I hope helped my cats. Like you, I have adjusted to their needs as they age. It is obvious they appreciate all we do for them especially when they are older. I love how you adapt to Bridget’s needs. I’ve never seen the stroller idea, it’s brilliant!

    Hip/Joint made by Pet Naturals has helped my cats tremendously and everyone I have given a pack to says it has helped their arthritic dogs and cats. I’ve tried a couple of other brands and they did not work so well. Cats who were unable to get on the bed without steps could get on the bed without steps by choice after a few days on Hip/Joint. I give double dose as suggested on package during more painful/stiffer times. You can get them on Amazon or Vita Cost. Target here used to carry them. Inexpensive too I think. Be sure to pay attention and get the canine formula as they are different formula for felines…if you decide to try them. I haven’t been following your blog long, I’m sure you are doing a lot for your sweet Bridget and keeping her comfortable. She sure looks like she enjoyed being the stroller it means, “Yay, I get to go too! and be with you and Reggie!”

    I respect that we all have our own way of handling our aging pets.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      Your first paragraph describes a feeling I’ve had several times since coming to the West. As a life-long Easterner I had no idea how wide-open the spaces are and with no sign of human presence. At first it was daunting, now exhilarating! The drive across the desert from Jordan Valley to Burns is that way. I was practically in a trance drifting over the folded hills like a giant’s rumpled bedcovers, plain and oddly beautiful.

      Your phrase “OK to pass on” brought to mind a recurring thought. I can’t predict the future. However, I expect Bridget’s passing will be a gentler pain (if that’s possible!) than the wrenching stabs when Spike left. I want her transition to be smooth. That’s why I haven’t taken her to a vet. I’d rather she pass naturally with no nights spent alone in a cage at an animal hospital. Not the right decision for every dog, of course. It seems right for Bridget. What is foremost in my mind is Bridget joining Spike again… a joyous reunion!

      Thank you for sharing how the Pet Naturals product has helped your cats and that they make a product for dogs, too.

      • Terri says:

        Your description takes me back to eastern Oregon even more. I experienced the same daunting feeling too when I was first out there. It grew into an deep appreciation and reverence. I could see my soul out there like I’d not experienced myself before.

        I’ve lived in South Carolina for almost 20 years, but am not from here. Summers are hard, not just because of the heat and humidity but because of so much grow. I feel claustrophobic at times here. And the sky seems to be lower here perhaps because of the high humidity and so much pollution.

        With each cat’s passing (3 of them in the past 3 years), I’ve experienced them differently. I’m suspecting LittleCat’s passing 3 years ago seems similar to your experience with Spike. (I was not following your blog then so I am not sure of the details.)

        I haven’t found vets or human drs to be all that much help. Sometimes yes, but mostly I end up with more problems and diminished quality of life after their antibiotics, steroids, vaccines, and surgeries. However, their diagnostic abilities have been helpful. I care for my companions’ health with supplements and homeopathy and mostly do well. Most of them have lived very long lives with high quality of life.

        I allow my companions to age naturally and pass as they direct the time to be…unless they get into severe pain. I intervene then. I trust gut feeling and what they indicate to me.

        Bridget seems a sweet sweet companion. Made me so happy to see her get to go in the stroller. Reggie seems very sharp and lovable! Here’s wishing many sunrises and sunsets with them. We have today.

        Thanks so much for your blog and sharing.

  35. Cynthia Blaylock says:

    Hi Sue:
    I know August 21st is coming up. I don’t know how you feel about anniversaries – they always make me a bit melancholy. I hope you don’t have to go through the pain again so soon. There just isn’t any easy way – those of us who need to live with animals are destined to ache when their shorter lives leave us missing them. I didn’t comment on Rusty’s new love – we were in the Willamette National Forest west of you and I didn’t have a good signal- but I am in the group who believes that for most of us a new dog (or cat) is a good place for us to fill the empty void and provide a loving heart for an animal who needs a place to call home. You have done that for Reggie. I hope Princess Bridget surprises you with many more days, weeks, and months of companionship. But whatever happens, whenever it happens, love happened. And in the end, that is really all that matters.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A thoughtful, compassionate message, Cynthia. Thank you.

      I don’t expect August 21st to be a sad day. I never was the kind to put much importance on anniversaries. At my age (and maybe yours, too) I’ve collected several anniversaries connected with painful events and losses. I remember and then I get back to my day with the crew. It’s not good to dwell on the past.

      You’re right about what really matters. 🙂

  36. Pamela K. says:

    Rusty and Sue,
    I am just now catching up. It has been a busy weekend here, sorting, pitching, making way for items to go to storage and finding new homes for other items too large to store. All part of the getting-ready-to-roll process 🙂 Sometimes I really like doing those kind of chores, today – not so much. It was really hot! I drank so much water I thought I would float away!

    Rusty, so glad I posted about the TT again. I didn’t see you earlier response, sorry.
    Yes, I understand why you would decline the offer. You make some good points about the time and upkeep, etc. Between the time we leave out if you change your mind let me know. About offering it to a Vets’ group…I ride bike with the Patriot Guard Riders in support of our troops. I thought it might make a nice “Water Cage” / “Support Cage” for some of the missions we undertake for our Blue Star, Gold Star and Police Officer Down rides. That is mostlikely where it will end up being donated but I wanted to offer it to you as a first choice if the fit was right for you, I do understand your thinking though…it does put down some anchores to a fully mobile lifestyle. That alone is sometimes enough to not be a good fit 🙂 We wanderers have to keep moving-on 🙂

    Sue,
    Bridgee…she sure does love her RIDE! I remember when she would ride to the showers and wait outside for you. Too cute, HRH! Yes, Bridgee is getting to be an ol’gal. Tell her to stop that! It makes us all seem alittle more older too, lol. Believe me, today I, too, felt my age after such an active start to the weekend. We’re “tuff” ol’ birds though…Brigdgee and me…we defy our age 🙂

    Hugs to you and Crew, and Rusty and Lady Piper too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      What you are doing is tiring, yet isn’t it a great feeling to get it done, to see tangible progress? Too bad it’s hot. I admire you for getting anything done in the heat. My ambition is directly proportional to the coolness of the air.

      I had forgotten about Bridget in her stroller at the shower house. Remember her tour of the ar-bor-EE-tum? Ha! That was a fun post to write.

      Enjoy your Sunday!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Y-Yes! I do remember “The Bridge” giving us that delightful tour! She especially thought the lady that called her spoiled was a real trip, lol. HRH Bridget spoiled?! Say it isn’t so, she’s just well cared for 🙂

  37. LoupGarou says:

    When you posted about increasing your clan size, I thought it might have something to do with Bridget’s age. Not doing so probably decreased the likely hood of additional stressors in her life. I’m sure you and Reggie are very special to her.

  38. Heda says:

    Old dogs are so special and such a blessing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, they are, Heda. They seem to have tender thoughts that the young dogs don’t.

  39. MB says:

    Bridget looks so sweet in her stroller. And I know what you mean about wondering if it is your last year with her. My oldest…..a Catahoula/Cattle dog named Hazel……has some sort of growth in her neck. It was causing her to get choked quite a bit. Long story…..but the vets are not sure if it’s a tumor or something else….even after a biopsy. Either way, surgery is not an option. The biopsy was awful for her. I thought I would be letting her go very soon. But, she came home on post surgery anti-inflammatories. They actually helped with the choking a great deal. And as a plus, they helped her knee and hip. 🙂 Soooo…..she takes one everyday now. She is gaining some weight back and is enjoying her life with the family. Like Bridget, she chooses to lay in the shade about half way up the road and wait for the younger dogs and me to return from our walks….then she finishes up with us. As long as she is happy and comfortable, I will enjoy each day with her. I’m sure she would want me to ask you to tell Bridget hello from her…..but she snoring at my feet right now. 🙂 But, please give Bridget a kiss on top of the head from me. Love to you and your crew from me and mine. MB from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MB,

      Good for Hazel — she’s back to enjoying life! Meanwhile those who love her have been “through the mill” trying to figure out what is best for her. I’m very glad you found something that helps her.

      Hazel has a lot in common with the Bridge. I bet she’s happy, too, when she sees you returning….

      Thank you for your comment…. I gave Bridget the kiss you sent!

  40. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Reading about Bridget slowing down brought tears to my eyes. Seeing our loved ones age is never easy. You are a great Mom, Sue, adjusting routines so Bridget can participate or rest as needed. It makes me happy that Miss Bridge is still eating well and shows excitement and enthusiasm about hitching up to discover a new camp! I am glad that the stroller gives her the ability to enjoy walks without tiring her out. No doubt about it – Bridget loves you, Reggie, and life on the road!

    Sending Bridget and Reggie a kiss on the head, and extra hugs for you, Sue. We love you! — Denise and Gracie pup

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      Oh, I’m sorry I made you sad. Those tears were for us and also for you and Gracie. Darn, it’s tough to think about letting them go, as someday we must.

      You are such an open, loving person. Thank you.

  41. Eileen Dykeman says:

    I can appreciate your comments, Sue, about Bridget’s aging. I don’t know the age of my rescued beagle, but all her gray hair tells me she’s up there in age. Don’t know if I’ll have my “Missy” next year at this time, so we enjoy the bond between us just one day at a time now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Eileen,

      Good to see you here again! Oh yeah, the first gray hairs… Your beagle may have several years yet. I remember Spike was gray in the face for a long time.

      Yes, enjoy every day with your Missy.

  42. Applegirl NY says:

    We love you, Bridge. Keep posting and posing as long as you can, you adorable pup, and take all the rides you can.

  43. weather says:

    Because each photo has at least some dappled shadows in it I’m guessing walking there felt cool enough to really enjoy.The bark on the larger trunks makes it look like ponderosa pines are part of the evergreen mix,a fresh scent altogether is probably refreshing there,especially after having been camped with smoke in the air.If that’s true all three of you are the healthier for it,I’m glad you found and chose that place.

    The homemade camper is clever and seems well constructed,nice for average conditions.I wonder if the owner brings a waterproof tent along for rainy days that need to be spent under cover.The lack of natural light inside would ,to me,grow old fairly quickly and I really enjoy tents.Amazing what some people can do with talent and thrift,to have “just enough”. A concept the camp host doesn’t seem married to,four pugs in a pen,sixteen paws to track dirt in and I’ll bet she thinks they’re worth whatever having them takes.Did you happen to find out how or why she had so many?

    What struck me this morning about the crew being at such different stages of life is how that keeps your heart stretched in all directions,therefore open,active and full…like your mind,person and lifestyle is.”…enjoying life more” ,with all of it’s aspects and seasons.I hope today offers you the finest of all that 🙂

    • weather says:

      If you have time before you leave there ,look at the log cross bar in the trees near the PTV (shown in the photo above “Recently I pull the stroller…”) .Wouldn’t that be a great place to hang a swing?!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Yes, it would! Instead of its present purpose…. 🙁

        I wonder what a hunter would think, dragging the carcass of a beautiful animal he killed up to that crossbar in order to hang it, and finding a swing swaying in the breeze.

        • weather says:

          Well,if they were a decent person-“Once I’ve fed my kids some of this venison for dinner(Thank you,Lord and deer for providing that for them) ,I’ll bring them here and push them in the swing! 🙂 ) And if it’s a sport for them-“duh,oh good, rope,I’ll use it and save my own,serves whoever put that here in my way right if I steal it,grunt,mouth-breathe…”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      The descriptions in your first paragraph are all true. It is cool here among the ponderosas.

      I wish I had a longer conversation with the man with the homemade camper as I have many questions. As for light and air flow, I see something on the top of the camper that looks like a vent. Like you, I wondered why he didn’t make more openings for air flow and light, maybe didn’t want to compromise strength. I bet the back opens up completely, maybe like barn doors. As small as it is, that would provide lots of light and ventilation. He may have a tent, like you mentioned. I don’t know if he’s a full-timer. It may be for brief trips and he stays home when rain is on its way.

      I didn’t realize my post’s photos make it seem like the camp host has four dogs. She only has two. Pugs look so much alike that I can see how you thought that. I don’t know if she brings them inside. They have an elaborate set-up in their pen for shelter and shade. I’m like you. I want my dogs inside with me.

      You have a fine day, too, dear one…

  44. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Sweet Bridget….such heart warming pictures of her….Ok…I cried….couldn’t help it.
    Sending a special hug!!

    And a big hug to you and Reggie too.
    Love you

  45. Terri From Texas says:

    A very thoughtful post and comments today. It really makes one reflect! Here’s to many more happy days
    with Bridget and may your camps remain wonderful!

  46. Marcia in PA says:

    We do love you Bridget!

  47. David Greybeard says:

    I notice that dear Bridget seems less camera-shy when she is upon her throne, er, uh…stroller.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, David,

      There’s something about riding in your own limo that makes one more willing to be photographed. Ya’ think? 🙂

      • David Greybeard says:

        Well, yes, of course! Thanks again to you and Bridget and Reggie for always sharing your adventures with us.

      • cate walsh says:

        Now can Sue teach HRH to do the royal wave as she rolls along in her throne er carriage?! She is the model of dignity and decorum. Ain’t she the sweetest girl.
        CateW

  48. Jodee Gravel on the road in Sequim, WA says:

    They shut the water off in several CA state parks in the Spring due to the drought. Glad it’s only temporary at this nice little park. Reggie is such a rascal with those Pugs 🙂 We dog lovers of a certain age group have been through many losses over the years, but it just never gets easier. Most pups have to wait to cross the bridge to have such wonderful adventures as your crew have on this side, they are so lucky to have this time with you! It’s those darn eyes though – when they start giving you that “You’re my best friend” look it really kicks your butt. Of course the three of you will enjoy all the grand times you still have ahead, as will we all. Thanks for the gentle reminder that they won’t last forever.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You write very well, Jodee. You captured the look that mature dogs give…

      Yes, she kicked my butt royally!

      Enjoy Sequim!

  49. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hi Sue,
    Bridget is such a special girl. As the mom of a 15 year old golden retriever I know the sadness when you see the signs that your days together are getting shorter. Sending love to Bridget, you, Reggie and this whole amazing Blogorino family.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      Thanks for the love. Oh dear, a golden retriever and 15 years old!… Goldens have such sensitive faces. They seem like another person, only better. Blessings to you both.

      “this whole amazing Blogorino family”… So true!

  50. Bridget really seems to love her limo! I’m glad she can go along on the walks now. I’m kind of in the same situation now with my back, I can walk a short distance, but…. I know a wheelchair is in my future! We all age, and its not always fun and games! But its a day God has given us to enjoy!
    Our two, DoogieBowser is about 9 now and Radar is about 8! Hard to believe how fast our time together has flown by! I am thankful both are still very healthy!
    Bridget is such a funny gal! I loved the photos of her in her in her limo! I don’t think she’s spoiled, she deserves the ride! She does adore you, you can see it in her eyes! She still has many more blogs to write and I can’t wait to read about her adventure’s on the road with you and Reggie!
    Please give her a hug and a piece of chicken from us!

  51. Karen LeMoine says:

    This post brought me to tears. Sue love all 3 of you! Prayers and hugs to all! Bridget live long and be happy!

  52. BadgerRickInWis says:

    That shot of Bridget looking up at you from the “rolling throne” is absolutely wonderful. I remember when you bought that stroller at the thrift store. Might be the best five bucks you ever spent!

    So I’m just catching up on the blog after spending a few peaceful days “Up North” I find myself yet again starting out a comment with a lump in my throat. And that’s a good thing. Part of what makes this blog special is that we all share the reality of life together. Not some chamber of commerce fantasy of life in vacation land.

    I think most of us have been able to “read between the lines” of your posts the past few weeks and had a sense that Bridget was slowing down. But I can only guess how hard it must have been for you to say it outright to your followers. As if writing it down somehow makes it more real.

    But I want you to know this Sue. No matter how the cycle of this life unfolds. When it is time for Bridget to step into her next paradise it will seem like familiar territory for her because of the life you have been able to provide her with here. With every thing you do and every word you write your love not just for your crew but for all of life comes through. Thank you, it is a privilege to be able to share this journey with you.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Rick, you have such a nice way of saying things. Thanks for putting thoughts into words.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      BadgerRickInWis: And … rolling thrones gather no moss!!! Eh, Bridge?

    • DesertGinger says:

      As always Rick, you are so kind and thoughtful. So happy to be sharing this journey with you and all the bloggerinos.

  53. Laurie says:

    I haven’t a clue how I meandered around the Internet and landed on your blog, but I have had a good time reading about your adventures.

    Happy travels!

  54. kgdan says:

    OK, my heart is NOT ready to accept our world without Bridget in it. Bridget, please accept those limo rides and keep smiling!

  55. I LOVE the stroller 🙂 It’s sad when our beloved dogs get older isn’t it. I have a 12 year old Chow/Husky cross and a 10 year old Cocker/border collie cross and they are starting to show their age 🙁 Glad you are in the good weather 🙂 Just spent 4 days camping in the rain !

  56. wa_desert_rat says:

    We’ve spent some time camping ourselves at Scootney Reservoir, a no-hookup Bureau of Reclamation RV park about 35 miles north of Pasco, WA on WA-17. We go here often as the sites are large, pretty private and the no-hookups tends to keep the party folks away. At least none of them showed up during the 4 days (3 nights) we had a waterfront site with enough room to play football if we’d had teams.

    I like your method of dealing with aging dogs because it seems to be the way we do it. I have never been a big fan of “euthanizing” dogs when their “quality of life” diminishes. My own quality of life diminished and I’m damn glad no one euthanized me before I figured out what other things brought my quality of life back up to par. At least it was *my* par (perhaps not everyone’s) and I am pretty sure it beat that alternative.

    So we watch our little family members and even though they age, limp, groan now and then, and have problems jumping onto the sofa, we don’t euthanize them. Too often I suspect that it’s done for the owners benefit not the pets’.

    There certainly can come a time when they really are not enjoying life. But as long as they smile, their tail wags, they like an occasional treat, and sleep well, we keep ’em around. Even if it’s hard to push them up the steps into the motor home. 🙂

    Stay safe and keep on keeping on. 🙂

    WDR

  57. Ron says:

    Add another follower that would like to see Bridget stay by your and Reggie’s side for many more sunsets. It was so hard on me when I saw my Annie pass and it took me a year and a half to get another side kick. Sometimes when Bella is quite and laying in my lap just looking up and gazing into my eyes…I think at that moment that I wish she could talk. Being a few days short of 76 myself, I hope she outlives me. It just hurts too much to lose such a close friend. Many of you know the crazy antics that Bichon’s go through on a daily basis, I thing she will keep me young for a long time to come. Bless you Sue for taking such good care of Bridget and Reggie, you and the crew are much loved.
    B

  58. Kelley in SoCal says:

    Hey Bridgie! What a beautiful smile! We love reading about you, Sue, and Reggie, but there is something in your eyes that makes you extra special!

  59. Doug H says:

    Great area outside of Burns. I will have to check it out someday. Did Chickahominy take out their water spigots? I thought they used to have some scattered around. I will check it out next time we go out there. Sure enjoy your blog. glad you are enjoying Oregon. We live near Terrebonne, just south of Haystack reservoir.

  60. Lisa says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been a bit behind you, about three Yeats now, chuckle. I went back to the beginning and have been reading your “early” adventures. I love them all, you write such great stories!
    Early on you asked us what we wanted in the blog, and excuse me if this has been done already. Have you thought of adding a page for treacherous roads to avoid? It might save some newbies (like little blond me) a breakdown. I’ll bet you already have a favorite campground page, how about one for insider info for tips from the locals? Such as camping spots not in your atlas. I am reading eagerly and looking forward to August 2016 when I hit the road in my TT and PE, that’s terrific truck and perfect egg. Looking forward to what you see around the next curve.

  61. DesertGinger says:

    I don’t know why but your comments about Bridget reminded me of my grandmother playing musical chairs with me when I was a little girl. I remember thinking she moved so slow. I had no idea what it meant to age. I do now!
    Bridget has and is living a wonderful life for a dog. How great can it be spending every day with your mommie and a friend, exploring the country and eating rotisserie chicken? I’d say that’s pretty perfect.
    I’m still sick and I broke my glasses. Now I can’t see and I’m sick. Haha poor me.

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      Hi Ginger, try finding Foster Grants new triple focus glasses. They are like progressive lens but only $35. I got a pair for my computer work and they are better that my regular pair of progressive glasses.

  62. Lisa says:

    Hi again. I didn’t mean to ignore the graceful ageing of beautiful Bridget. I know she will be greatly missed. I was actually avoiding the topic, you see I have an old man of my own. Buddy, my DSH ginger tomcat is 17 and I have delayed going on the road until I have my PE equipped especially for his comforts. After a recent car , oops I mean truck trip when both my dog and I suffered heat exhaustion, I want to ensure Buddy is cool and warm when needed. Of course Tommie and I will benefit too. I simply want Buddy to be comfortable if he does hit the road with us. I wish I could send you a picture, my old man is still quite the looker. Happy travels.

  63. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning, everyone!

    I’m writing this as I sit in the PTV with the crew. We’re parked alongside the road in the town of John Day. Our overnight camp did not have internet which explains why I haven’t replied to all the comments. I hope to be able to do that at our next camp, wherever that may be.

    In the meantime, thank you for sharing your personal stories and for your kind messages to Bridget. She had a very good day yesterday and didn’t need her stroller. Today she looks good, too! As for Reggie, he’s being Reggie. 🙂

    Well, another look at the map and we’ll get back on the road. If you don’t hear from me by the end of the day, you’ll know we’re without signal again.

    Bye for now,

    Sue

    • weather says:

      Thanks,Sue,for ,once again,typing roadside to check in and for letting us know the crew has been doing well .Knowing you three have good days always makes mine better.This one’s nearly over-I hope you’re nicely settled into someplace that’s really easy to enjoy.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      John Day is an interesting little village…eons ago hubby and I were in a small singing group (a dozen or so of us) and were there to sing one weekend!! I think it is where they raise some of the very purest and best chicken and turkey too!! We used to get it via a friend who went there to pick it up every 3 months or so…turkey that tastes like it did when we were kids!!

  64. Dawn in MI says:

    Love you Bridget-girl. Hugs to you and Reggie and your Mom too.

  65. cate walsh says:

    Dear Blogorinos,

    I was feeling so grateful for all of you today that I needed to reach out and tell you that! It is always a pleasure to be here at Sue’s blog, and if I need a lift or inspiration…there all of you are with wonderful stories, loving thoughts, heartfelt prayers, support for eachother, and more. The icing on the cake…Sue’s photos and the crew’s adventures in the wild.

    Thank you for being one of my blessings today and every day. You make me smile with my heart.
    CateW

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Cate,

      Yes, Sue’s little blogorino family is very special! Glad that you are part of the clan and are one of it’s blessings! Hope you had a great day! 🙂

      • cate walsh says:

        Thank you so much, Denise. I’m happy to be a blessing to ya’ll. My day was fine and even better after your msg.
        CateW

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Hoping your day was swell, Cate!! Nice folks here are always so welcome!!

  66. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Your dear Bridget…………love her and how much does she love you Sue!! You do the very best for her, no disputing that!

  67. Linda says:

    Many kisses to you, darling Bridget. You are beautiful and a good writer… what a dear.

  68. wildflower in prescott says:

    Hi everyone, I just got a call from Rusty and he wants me to tell you that he and Lady Piper are fine and doing well. He had to move his camp today from Drake because the bridge over Hells canyon is being worked on and they are blasting so they made him move. He is now camped in the national forest west of Heber AZ in Rim country where it is nice and cool and he does not have good internet reception.

    • Marilu from Northern California says:

      Thanks for the update, Wildflower. We Blogorinos like to keep track of each other. I’m so relieved that Rusty is healing well.

    • Kay Dattilio says:

      Wildflower! Thanks for letting us know about Rusty and Lady Piper. Keep us informed! Again, Thanks!

      Kay from KC!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Wildflower,

      Thank you for sharing the update on Rusty and Lady Piper. Glad that they are doing well..hopefully he is taking it easy, allowing his wrist to heal. Thanks again! Have a good evening! 🙂

  69. Cowboy Bob The Whistleblower says:

    Sue, thank you so so so very much for sharing your life adventures with us. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your stories and photos! I’ve been a follower for over about 2 years.

  70. cate walsh says:

    Hey Wildflower,

    Glad you spoke with Rusty. Lady Piper must be just the medicine he needed to continue healing. Pleased for him.
    CateW

  71. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    OK Missy Sue…where are you?!
    My clock says 1:05 AM on the 12th of Aug already.
    And me? I’m up late and needing *my fix* of Sue and Crew.
    I know you have travel days, play time days, private time days, do nothing days, and without internet days…I don’t care. HA! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    See how *spoiled* you have made us? It’s all your fault, you know? 🙂
    More, More, More, that’s our outcry of the day! Gotta Love Us, we are such loyal subjects of our *Boondock Queen* but a few more days to wait and you’ll have to deploy the riot squad, LOL.
    OK, I’ll relax now and wait…and keep teasing you with some humor all the while.
    Hugs to you and crew.

  72. weather says:

    Small pink clouds danced across sunset to the evening song of vesper larks,sunrise brought the promise of a cool day ahead.I check the sky ,I check your blog-both bring thoughts of beauty.Hi,Sue,I imagine your sweet home parked where you can savor your time,crew and surroundings,and hope having no internet has been a gift to you.I’d ,of course,love to find out how and why that’s true,yet until then am enjoying the picture of you freer than usual…sending hugs and prayers that all’s well with you three

  73. Terri From Texas says:

    “sunrise brought the promise of a cool day ahead.”
    Must be nice. Sunrise brought the promise of 104 degrees today near Houston! I am looking forward to WINTER!! Ha! Hope all the blogorinos are doing fine, as well as RV Sue and Crew, of course.

    • weather says:

      It has been nice here today,Terri,I’m hope you can find ways to be comfortable in that heat where you are-and that well before winter you start having days that you can look forward to.

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