It’s all about timing!

Wednesday, May 17

Snow!

Ooh, wet and cold for little paws.

Reggie does his business and zips back into the warmth of the Best Little Trailer.

Good thing the little, white dog spent the night in Anita’s cozy home!

It’s also a good thing we’re hooked up to electricity.

Our air conditioner has a heat strip and it works very well.  I had to run it most of the night because the air temperature dropped into the twenties.   I like that it does the job without making a lot of noise.

Reggie and I have breakfast, I check the blog, and we go outside.  I want to get photos of the snow before it melts.

I’m dying to go over to the store/cafe to hear about the little dog’s first night in his new home.  

It’s too early to bother Anita.  This is a busy time at the cafe.  She’s probably cooking breakfasts and pouring coffee and all the other tasks she has to do to keep everything running smoothly.

Reg and I circle around through the parking lot.

Whoa!  That there is some big and fancy snow removal truck!

Two guys climb out of the cab.

We say “Good morning.”  I ask them if they get deep snow around here.

“Not really.  What we get are drifts, big drifts.”

“That makes sense, what with the wind that comes through.”

I don’t hold them in conversation.  

They’re probably wanting some of Anita’s coffee and cooking.

~ ~ ~

After the morning rush . . .

I pick up Reggie and we pop into the store.  The bell over the door clangs and Anita turns away from the cash register.

“Oh, it’s RVSue and her canine crew!”  She smiles broadly, eyes sparkling.

“Hello, Reggie . . . .”

“Well, how’d it go?” I ask eagerly.

“Great!  It went great!  Oh, I gotta’ tell you,” she exclaims.  “I’ll be outside in just a minute!”

When Anita exits the store and rushes toward Reggie and me, her face beams and she’s practically skipping across the pavement.  When she speaks, her words are as bright and joyous and exciting as fireworks exploding light and color across a dark sky.

“He’s such a SWEETIE!  I let him out in the yard and he found this big stick and was carrying it around in his mouth.  Oh, I have a picture!”

She reaches into her jeans pocket and pulls out her phone.

“Look at this!  See him?  Isn’t he cute marching around? Look at how big that stick is –”

Ha!  She sounds like a proud parent of a toddler.

“Oh, he does looks happy, Anita!”

“Yes, he’s IS happy.  I’ve decided to call him Roger.  Roger of Rogerson.”

She giggles before continuing.

“And he likes to burrow!”

“You mean like under the covers?  Reggie does that, too!”

“And you know what else?  He’s housebroken.  He didn’t mess in the house at all.  I’m so proud of him!”

“I’m very happy for you, Anita.”

Suddenly Anita’s demeanor changes.

She gazes into the distance, recalling another time.

“I used to have a dog.  A big, beautiful, black lab. What a great dog. Someone dropped him off on the highway down that way.  It took me three days to find him and bring him here. Everybody wanted him but he was always my dog.”

She stops for a moment.

I wait.

“Well, when he died —  after he died — I didn’t think I could ever –”

Her voice breaks and her eyes fill with tears.

“I didn’t think I could ever open my heart again . . . ”

Oh, now I’m choked up, too.

“And then you come along and . . . .”

Reggie looks up at us, concerned.

“It’s okay, Reg,” I reassure him.

Anita looks in my eyes with intensity.

“You know?  It’s all about timing.  Timing is everything in life.  I have a daughter in Texas. Her horse died so I went down there to be with her and to see my granddaughter — she’s three — and I stayed for two-and-a-half weeks.  I come back and everyone’s been trying for a week to catch this stray dog.  I try, too, for about another week.  And then you come along, just at the right time, and everything comes together –”

“It wasn’t me.  It was Reggie.”

“It was you AND Reggie.”

She smiles at Reg, the love ambassador.

“You’re right, Anita, a lot of life is about timing.  I don’t want to make too much of this, but let me tell you, I couldn’t figure out why the heck I was in such a big, darn hurry to get to Rogerson, Idaho.  We’re in Caliente, Nevada, and I’m thinking about Rogerson, of all places.   Nothing against your town — it’s nice here — but I could go anywhere.  I’ve been here and done that.  Know what I mean?”

Anita chuckles, nodding.

“Plus I knew we’d hit cold weather and my propane heater isn’t even working!  Yet I had it in my head that we had to keep going and get ourselves to Rogerson.”

We laugh at how our lives joined together — all four of us — Anita, me, Reggie and Roger.

A cloud moves, letting the sun shine on us in the parking lot.  The last trace of snow is melting.

“And you know what else, Anita?  Because of all this, Roger has found his calling.  He has.  That little dog has found his purpose in life —

He’s ROGER, THE MASCOT OF ROGERSON!”

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67 Responses to It’s all about timing!

  1. Norman in San Diego says:

    First today?

  2. Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

    Awww, I love this story! Your series about Roger of Rogerson is better than any novel I’ve recently read. You really should be writing a book.

    • Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

      Heh. I could have been first had I not stopped to read the whole post and then reply. 😉

  3. Jerry says:

    So glad everyone is so happy now. Thanks Sue and Reggie for sharing.

    Jerry

  4. Kathy (NC) says:

    Right time, right place, definitely the right people – and some people don’t believe in angels!!!!!

  5. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Wonderful story!

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

    Great Story And very good narration, as always.
    Dave
    AA0AE

  7. CHERYL D KLINE says:

    Love this blog and wonderful story, thanks for sharing rvsue!

  8. Love love love it. Great story. Happy tears!

  9. Linda Yeremian says:

    Awwww….lovely story. I have really enjoyed following the happy homing of the little white dog! You have affected me in other ways too, over the time I’ve been following your blog. My husband and I are in the process of retiring, and are on our way to Chilliwack BC to pick up our first-ever trailer, a fiberglass beauty that I hope will have many years of awesome stories to tell. Your experiences have helped us a lot. Thanks!

    • Casper says:

      I understand completely….enjoy your new Escape(Must be if you’re going to Chilliwack)! Tammy and Reace are the best folks around. This has been a fabulous tail (literally). Hope that you both are able to take in the Escape rally in Osooyoos this weekend – great group of folks 🙂

    • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ says:

      Yeah, you’re getting your Escape! I just signed my final build sheet not five minutes ago! I can’t wait to be an Escapee!!! Have fun, post lots of pictures please. I can’t go get mine because I am taking care of my Mom. Mine will be delivered. If you use Facebook, find a group called Tommie’s Travels. If you request to join the group, I will add you, and then you can post pictures of your trip. PLEEEEEASE

    • Cinandjules (🌵) says:

      Congrats….on your Escape!

  10. Dawn in MI says:

    Awwww….timing is everything! Happy for Roger and Anita.

  11. Kim says:

    Wonderful heartwarming story. Very happy for Roger and his new home. Thanks for sharing, Sue!

  12. Alice says:

    What a great story !. So happy it all worked out. Yes, timing is everything. Love the pictures. Always like to see snow…..in pictures.

  13. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    I also loved the story of “the Dr. of love and his helper!” You were so generous letting Anita be the one to take care of Roger of Rogerson. Keep on writing and I will keep on reading.

  14. Gene in Ohio says:

    Lovely, just a lovely ending. Brings tears to my eyes.

  15. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    I am so relieved that things are going well for Anita and Roger. Sounds like it’s going to be a good match. It sounds like you feel good about it, too. Wonderful story, beautifully written.

    Reggie, the love ambassador. A healing dog. Love it.

    I hope things are warmer for you two now. It’s been getting toasty here in western WA.

  16. Cinandjules (🌵) says:

    Such a wonderful story! I am so glad Anita and Roger have each other!
    Great job…

  17. Anna from NC says:

    Loved hearing the whole story!

  18. KelleyinSoCal says:

    What a story Sue! Visiting my mom in Victorville and just read it to her. Now we’re both crying. Happy tears though! Happy ending for all. Especially Anita and Roger!

  19. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    Beautiful story with the perfect ending. Great job Sue and Reggie. I have the warm fuzzies!

  20. ApplegirlNY says:

    Bravo and well done! This post really made my day.

  21. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Gosh dern it Sue! You got my eyes leakin’ again!

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

    PS That photo of Reggie christening the snow plow is COOL!

  22. Renee from Idaho says:

    Awww. Fate as it’s called. We all have a purpose in life and sometimes when things happen, especially the bad things, we never understand why, until later, much later, when something good comes out of it. Faith. To me it’s called Faith. God bless you Reggie, Sue, and Anita, for coming together to help Roger realize his purpose in life.

  23. Sherri D says:

    This whole story has been so very enjoyable. Thank you Sue and Reggie for sharing it with us. The tease about Roger being added to your crew and then Anita getting him…it was well written and I even shed a tear of joy.

    Well done! Yeah to all the dog rescuers out there!

  24. Shirley says:

    Oh so sweet!

  25. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Sigh. Just wonderful! No words. Just a big old grin my face.

  26. Jan NH says:

    This story just keeps getting better….warms my heart to see Anita so happy about Roger!

    Guess I won’t be complaining about the rain after seeing your snow :)!

  27. Rener says:

    Love happy dog stories!! Thankyou!!

  28. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I agree, happy story with a happy ending! Anita and Roger are furever family now! Thank you Sue for this wonderful adventure in a small, shy, homeless white dogs life! Well told!

  29. Jan Johnson says:

    I love a happy ending! Roger and Anita needed each other. Warms my heart to think of it. Some things are not coincidence.

  30. Kristi & Daisie (currently in Nampa, ID) says:

    Great little series of adventure. Would make a wonderful children’s book.

  31. Linda Rose, Muffin, Molly & Midgy Carmichael, Ca says:

    Sweet, sweet story. God bless you, Reggie, Anita and Roger. I’m so happy for all of you!

  32. Sheila Melcher says:

    What a heartwarming story, one that didn’t go as I expected it would but I’m so happy Roger has a home with Anita. Like most others who follow you, I fully expected him to join your crew. It worked out the way it was supposed to. Hurray for Roger and Anita!

  33. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    What a great story! Everything worked out just as it was meant to.

  34. Jenny J says:

    What a nice story —- Roger needs a little jacket like Reggie

  35. Crystal the T@B owner says:

    Love this! It just doesn’t get much better. So very happy for the both of them, and pray they enjoy many years together.

  36. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I love it, I love it, I love it!!!! Such a wonderful story with such a happy ending. Roger is going to be such a joy in Anita’s life and he is going to be so well loved!!! Timing is everything!!!
    Will be leaving tomorrow for Jackson Mississippi with Elly and her AAU travel basketball team. Love watching the girls play!!
    Have a great weekend Dear Sister…love to you and Reggie

  37. OMGosh!!! My heart soared when I read about Roger carrying a big stick around….I knew then he was happy and found a toy. My Chowder use to try to bring in sticks from the back yard and he spent hours trying to get it through the doggie dog. He’d give up and then start again all the while with a little growling sound like they do when they play tug of war. He finally figured out how to carry the stick through the doggie dog days later LOL He was so proud he figured it out and I let him know how proud I was he figured it out!! So glad Roger had a happy ending 🙂

  38. Susie M. says:

    Perfect story! Thank you for sharing all of your adventures with us Sue. It has been so much fun to follow along. I’m so happy that Roger and Anita have each other and that you and Reggie were able to get those two together. Sounds like they will be good for each other!

  39. Delightful story, lovingly written. I’m sure everyone there is so happy about Roger finding a home with Anita – the whole little town will soon know and love the story. We don’t often get the chance to make such a difference to a whole town, but you got there just in time. Always best not to ignore those messages of urgency – when we’re told to go, we have to go!

    Love the pretty snow in the trees. A fresh sprinkling of confetti to celebrate the new family.

  40. AZ "loving a happy ending" Jim says:

    Great story and such a happy result for all concerned including Roger. If Anita has a computer I sure would like to have her as a Blogorino. That way we could get future information about both Anita and Roger. Missy, I am so proud of you and so glad you are my friend. I bet Roger will be getting better toys than just that stick. I am going to get in bed knowing that little Roger will be snug in his new cozy home. Thanks Missy for making it possible. Nite and Hug…

  41. Jo Wishnie says:

    As good as any story we have here at the animal shelter in Tucson. You did good! Reggie did good. Happy for Anita to find her heart open to love another dog again. Thank you Sue.

  42. pookie and chuck in Todd Mission, tx says:

    what a wonderful story….
    thanks for involving all of us……..
    chuck and pookie

  43. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Such a wonderful story, Sue. I could feel the warmth from your little trailer just from the way you described it. And loved the description of the “sleepover” at Anita’s, just her and Roger. “Stick carrying”….my cocker spaniel was a fool for picking up sticks and carrying them proudly in his beautiful muzzle.

    Lovely story!

  44. Mertinkentucky says:

    Awesome!

  45. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for sharing more information about Anita. Now you (and all of us) know why you were led to Rogerson. A wonderful outcome for all! I am so happy for Anita! She now has Roger to love – Roger will love and protect her to the moon and back! Perfect! 🙂

    The light dusting of snow made for a pretty morning! So, dear, where is our adventure taking us next? I look forward to see your next camp. With the cold weather, however, you may be staying put for the time being.

    Thank you, Sue, for sharing your journey with us and taking the time and effort to put your blog together. 🙂 Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    BTW…..with Reggie being the “Love Ambassador,” you could loan him out for a fee. I wonder if he is able to find love connections for humans, too! I can see it now…”RVSue’s Dating Service.” LOL!! 🙂

  46. weather says:

    Masterfully penned, Sue, what a heart-warming story! So much had to transpire and be perfectly orchestrated for things to turn out as well as they did. I’m smiling thinking about the far-reaching ripple effects of the joy and love involved in it all.

  47. Randall of Weeki Wachee says:

    Great story, Miss Sue. Love your ramblings about all you adventures. God Bless You 🙂

  48. Gail on the Olympic Peninsula says:

    What a wonderful ending to your current saga, but more importantly, what a wonderful beginning of the story of Anita and Roger . So much love, and caring, and need fulfilled in the way things turned out. God cares even about little white dogs and people who need them. That “still small voice” will guide our way to goodness if we just listen. May God bless you and sweet little Reggie with many happy trails and tales.

  49. Toni CT-NH says:

    So happy for the little guy.

    The best way to catch a dog it not to chase. It takes patience and time but most of the time, they will come to you. In this case, Reggie was the ice-breaker.

    Good job to everyone!!

  50. SecondLife says:

    Wow, what a story! I’ve been enjoying your travel blog so much. Yours is truly an inspiration of human spirit.

  51. Toni Stagg says:

    What a great story!

  52. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Crying, sobbing, dripping wet salty tears all over my keyboard. Happiest ending ever! I do hope Anita stays in touch on the blog. God bless all four of you!!

  53. Caddie says:

    Such a wonderful post. I bawled my eyes out! Although I was disappointed for Reggie losing his new-found friend. A wonderful story and a beautiful conclusion. A new love for Anita.

  54. Karen LeMoine says:

    Sue you tell the best heartwarming soul lifting tales! Thank you for sharing and weaving us in your life and wonderous adventures. I’m honored to be here!

  55. Marcia GB in MA says:

    So heartwarming! Very glad it has worked out all around, for the humans and the pups.

  56. Terri says:

    Great story and I’m happy for all. Except… when is Reggie going to get a more permanent playmate! Ha.

  57. MelindaK (TX) says:

    You are an exceptional story teller! Reggie and you make a perfect pair. Love reading your blog.

  58. Audrey says:

    Love this post! So happy for everyone and they’re pups!

  59. Willow (AZ) says:

    And they all lived happily ever after 💙 I love happy endings, I’m so happy Roger has found his forever home… also Reggie is such a sweet little guy I love hearing about his adventures on the road.

  60. I like the story of Roger of Rogerson!

    My Sue and I lost one dog (Mindy) a few weeks back. And a couple of weeks later there was an ad in craigslist for a GoldenDoodle that needed a new home.

    Flynn is BIG but lovable and gentle. He will stand on his back legs and hug an adult but only gently lean against a kid; even if the kid is eager to get him to stand up and give them a hug. Only if the kid is right in front of me does Flynn hug them (because he knows that with me there the kid is safe).

    Our grandchild – 18 months – is a toddler and not all that steady. Flynn is careful of him and has only knocked him over with a switch of his fluffy tail in a crowded room.

    So Flynn found a new home and Roger found a forever home.

    Nice. 🙂

    Craig

  61. Awwwwe, great story. Glad you stayed warm.

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