Keeping busy, staying afloat, buoyed by your condolences

Monday, September 19 (continued)

Jumping back in time to the day Bridget passed and was laid to rest . . . .

After the goodbye to Bridget, Reggie and I return to our camp at Luna Lake.

I put Reggie on his tether outside with a bowl of water without letting him inside the Best Little Trailer.  I go inside and remove all the bedding and place it in the back of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  We’re going to the laundromat.

Although Reggie’s canine sniffer can pick up the scent of Bridget from several sources that I can’t detect,  I want to freshen up the comforter, quilt, and shams, make them smell of Tide detergent.

On the way out of the campground, I toss into the dumpster Bridget’s doggie bed and a few other items I can’t bear to see anymore.

One does what one can to get through the first days . . . .


The laundromat in Alpine is attached to the grocery store.

“C’mon, Reggie.  You can come in with me while I do the wash.”

This first day is too soon for Reggie to be left alone in the PTV. 

He’s thrilled to be allowed inside on a 4-foot leash.  Immediately he makes friends with anyone coming in . . . a woman wearing camouflage who came to this area to bow-hunt for elk, and later a man wearing camouflage who is gun-hunting for elk.

While the man plays with a jumping Reggie at his feet, he tells me he’s camped at Hannagan Meadows Campground, a free campground in the White Mountains not far from Alpine.

The man confirms what I suspect.

At this time of year hunters use Hannagan Meadows as their base camp, which is why I chose Luna Lake Campground instead.

By the time Reggie and I return home, I’m exhausted, physically and emotionally.  My feet feel like lead as I bring the bedding inside and make up the bed.

Reggie eats some kibble and together we curl up under the covers for a long nap.

After supper Reggie and I walk the long path out of our campsite down to the lake.

P1140171I want to keep Reggie active and occupied as much as I’m able during these first days without Bridget.  He’s excited to explore the rocks.  It smells like lake water here, rather than the pine scent at camp.  The weather has been wonderful our entire stay at Luna Lake, although lows in the 30s are predicted for later in the week.

P1140184For a little guy, Reggie’s tough.

His baby fat disappeared soon after he became a crew member a year-and-a-half ago.   He’s all muscle!  Well, except for those velvety ears . . . .

P1140186Standing near placid water is a comfort as this day comes to a close.

P1140173I’m sure Reggie senses my sadness and feels loss in his own way.  He sets a good example for me — No moping!

Life goes on!

“We’d better head back, Reg.  It’ll be dark soon.”

My little one-man crew . . . .


Tuesday, September 20

Lots of walking.  Around the campground.  Down a road through the forest.  Over to the group campground which is closed for the season.

Whoever designed Luna Lake Campground did so with intelligence, keen aesthetic sense, and an abundant appreciation for nature.  It’s a spacious, beautiful place to camp.


Reggie is loving all this exploring, of course.  He’s impatient with me when I force him to stop for a photo.


I’m not sure, but I think when he turns his ears outward he’s saying, “Get on with it, woman!  There’s stuff I want to do!”

Wednesday, September 21

P1140123More walking.  I wash a basin of dishes.  Clean out the fridge and make its interior sparkle.

Go to the Alpine library and print out a South Dakota voter registration form to mail in.  I think once I do that I can vote in the general election online.  I have to check that . . . .


Take a leisurely drive toward Luna, across the border into New Mexico.  Come home, fill up jugs with water.  Take a nap.  Start packing stuff for moving camp tomorrow (Thursday, the 22nd).  Walk some more.

Remember when I made the wrong turn?

The crew and I ended up at Red Rock Campground in Gallup and from there we came to Lake Lyman State Park followed by Luna Lake.  To this day I don’t know how that happened because all I had to do was stay on the same road going west into Arizona, yet I managed to turn south.

I’m glad we came here. 

Those last days with Bridget, outdoors, under the pine boughs, were lovely, though bittersweet.  And I feel good that she’s buried by the pines near this lake, as good as one can feel about such a thing, I guess.

P1140176Again I thank you . . . .

Hundreds of condolences over Bridget’s passing . . . incredible!  Bridget touched so many people who, in turn, reached out to Reggie and me in sympathy.  I think I’ve opened up my blog over twenty times each day since she passed in order to read your words, over and over again.  It’s especially nice to see comments from blogorinos absent for a long time and also from new people.  Welcome!

Thank you, everyone, for helping me through this time.  I’m sorry for your tears, those shed for Bridget and those that fell for your own losses over the years.

I hope Reggie and I will bring you smiles and laughter after a while.





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185 Responses to Keeping busy, staying afloat, buoyed by your condolences

  1. Linda-NC says:


  2. Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:


  3. Lee J in northern California says:

    Hello, hope you are doing well!

  4. Boomer sends his love!

  5. Jan NH says:

    I’m so glad you have Reggie to keep you busy and comfort each other while your hearts heal.

    • Jan NH says:

      And yes, I do think the universe was guiding you when you made the wrong turn 😉

    • Marilyn Moore says:

      Yes to what Jan NH said. Won’t deny that I shed tears reading Bridget’s post. Know that you and Regieman are loved and that we already miss HRH.

  6. I am also so sorry about the loss of Bridget. I hope you don’t mind if I share my favorite memory of Bridget. You camped fairly close to where I live (Fisherman’s Bend in Oregon) and I loved it when camp host invited Bridget to ride next to him in the golf cart. The look on her face was priceless and it made me happy that she received such special attention. I know there are many other favorite moments but that was the photo that made me a little verklempt.

    Take care,

  7. Dedra says:

    Love and blessings!

  8. Linda-NC says:

    Just finished reading and am so saddened and yet relieved that you are doing the best that you can with your incredible loss. I miss Bridget in your photos but also know that things change. What a beautiful place that is and I hope to visit it someday. Bridget will always be remembered by all of us here. Reggie’s never ending energy and perky ears make me smile. He is all fun! Take care of yourself and do what you need to right now. Thinking of you. Hugs to you both.

  9. Glenda Prince says:

    Hello Sue,
    Just want you to know I’m thinking of you and Reggie. God bless…
    Glenda in East Texas

  10. Ken in Queen Creek, AZ says:

    Reggie is the best medicine to mend your sorrow. Impossible to look at him and feel sad for very long. Go Reggie!

  11. Good to hear from you Sue. Glad to hear that Reggie is doing well and all the walking is good for both of you I think. I also am glad that Bridget is resting among the pines, it seems a fitting place for her. I will always think of her when I see pine cones. Sending healing thoughts your way.

  12. Reine in Plano (when we're not camping) says:

    Reggie’s energy will be good for you over the next few weeks. I know he misses Bridget but she taught him how to be a boondocker and a good crew member so now he’s carrying on just like the Bridge would want him to – and pulling you along with him. Somehow it’s hard not to smile every time I see the Reginator. Glad your wrong turn turned out so right and you will always have good memories of Bridget’s last resting place.

    • sally jacob says:

      I have to say DITTO to everything Reine said… just what I wanted to express myself. Hugs to Reggie and you RVSue. Here is to your crew for unending adventures and wonderful memories of yesterday, today and those days to come!

  13. Judy in East Texas says:

    Sue and Reggie….was happy to see a post from you tonight. You have been on my mind alletting day. I’m glad that you are finding you way through this.
    Hugs and love coming your way…judy

  14. Joy A. Nor. Cal. says:

    Sue and Reggie,

    Our condolences to you. We know that Bridget and Spike are together again.

    Our best to you…..Joy A. and Lily, too

  15. Anna from NC says:

    Thankful you have your energetic little Reggie…….. I’m sure he knows you are sad.
    Your sweet Bridget will be missed by many, many people.

  16. Elizabeth Evelyn aka E2/etwo says:

    Dear Sue….
    How many tears were shed over your loss of sweet Bridget… Too many to count for sure.
    Reading all the loving posts of condolences as I held my Clyde cat close with love for him, while crying copious tears as I read and thought also about the fact that my Clyde
    is living his 12th year and I my 86th year…..

    I wanted to let you know that I am still a faithful reader, especially in your very significant loss of sweet Bridget. I do not comment often…. However, know that I am
    a faithful reader…. Your blog is the only one I am subscribed to! Why? Because it is
    ALWAYS interesting and informative….
    Thank you young lady, you are greatly appreciated! How about considering a sweet
    loving kitty cat for your second companion? Growing up I had doggies…. My Clyde
    cat is such a comforting and loving companion….. You might like a sweet kitty too!
    Love, Light, Hugs, & Harmony dear one…..

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      E2, you are amazing!! Have you any idea how many 86 year olds don’t even know what a computer looks like, much less know how to work one? I hope I am as astute at 86 as you are. Clyde is one lucky cat!!

      • OT says:

        Thank you my dear! My Clyde Cat is my jOY…my delight!
        Being in my 86th year is okay…. loss of memory is the greatest
        loss….. It is not fun to feel stupid…when I have always been very
        intelligent! I do the best I can, moment by moment……

  17. Mary Iowa says:

    So sorry for your loss. Saying a pray for you and Reggie.

  18. Jenny Johnson says:

    Sincere sympathy in the death of your Bridget — I feel your pain –We lost our Sam the cat about a month ago —Reggie will bring you lots of joy — just keep on keeping on

  19. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    I remember just being numb for a few days each time I have had to say good bye to a loved furry family member. I am so glad you and Reggie have each other. Thank-you for sharing this real life part of your journey with us. It is not all fun and games and you again bring that to us! Again, hugs and love!

  20. Marysia says:

    I continue thinking of you. Difficult times for you and Reggie.

    I lost my Ben, love of my life, two years ago to the Rattlesnake bite. We caught to keep him alive but it was lost battle. I still think about him every day. Her half sister was absolutely devastated when he died. Could not believe that dogs can grieve so intensely. She stopped eating and just sat for hours in the place in our backyard when the attack happened. We brought another puppy into our lives pretty soon. No, I was not ready to do it, but, we did it for Bessie. Charlie created nuisance in her life but he also forced her to live again.

    Take care of yourself and Reggie! Hugs!

  21. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Greetings Sue,

    My housemate, a big, black one-eyed cat, would like to send you a lick on your eyebrow. He finds it best to this early in the morning, preferably while you are barely awake and with a very rough tongue. If you choose not to acknowledge this gesture, he will commence to ‘style’ your hair. Then sit on your head. Lucky for you, it’s only a cyber wish.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      So funny Gal. Made me laugh thru the tears.

    • Pat (Ky) says:

      Too funny. I had a cat like that except he did the “styling” at night when I was trying to go to sleep. Now I have a cat who insists on sharing the pillow and purring just inches from my face. The last couple of nights I’ve pawned her off to my big dog Bree who also sleeps in the bed. She doesn’t seem to mind having a cat sleep on her nose.

  22. Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

    Not sure how I missed yesterday’s post as I had been checking in for updates. Even though I don’t have time for posting these days, I haven’t missed a post. It was sad to read of Bridget’s decline. Imagine the number of people who shed a tear or two for her… and for you. But the last years of her life… those with you… couldn’t have been better. Well fed, well loved, and lots of adventures in new places with new smells. She was a funny little character…

    We’ll all miss her

  23. Retiredcajunlady says:

    I am so happy to your post, Sue. I was impressed by the heartfelt, kind words in the comments of your last post. So many of us want to help you through this sad time, even from afar.
    Smiles…you reminded me of when my mom died three years ago. I cleaned out her apartment at the assisted living facility for a couple of days, cleaned my home top to bottom, then planned the funeral while I waited for family to come into town. I was so grateful to have things to do to keep me busy. It was bittersweet, just as know your tasks must have been for you.
    Be well, Sue. I will pray for an uneventful trip for you and Reggie tomorrow as you find your next spot. Belly rubs and hugs for Reggie.

  24. Lyn in San Diego says:

    I read your original post about Bridget’s passing and I couldn’t find the words to offer condolences that day. You are such a brave soul, telling us about your traveling life and the joys and heartbreaks that you experience. I don’t think I could be that open to the world. I appreciate all your posts and pictures and look forward to each new entry that you post. I rarely comment. I think I commented with tears when Spike passed, and then again with happy tears when you found Reggie. Now here I am again with sad tears for Miss Bridget. Please accept my deepest condolences. You are a special person in this world; know that I will be thinking of you often in these sad days to come. I will be here, reading and hoping that happiness finds you soon.

  25. Michelle from Salt Lake,UT says:

    I have always believed that things happen for a reason. That wrong turn sent you to a beautiful place. Hugs.

  26. Vicki from TN says:


  27. Tom Moore says:

    If it were not for Blackie and Brownie I would be a basket case.
    The love of a dog is something I could not be without.
    Reggie like my two are the the sugar that helps the medicine of life go down.
    Give him a hug from me and my barkers.

  28. Linda says:

    RV Sue,
    Please take comfort in knowing that Bridget had a truly wonderful life, filled with love and adventure. May the many sweet memories bring you comfort.
    Linda, in CO

  29. Lori S says:

    Your sadness and loss is palpable but you are also in the company of a young man who will help you through the stages. I will miss Bridget’s evil eye at the camera but I think once you took that wrong turn, Bridget knew that’s where she wanted to be. And you’re so in tune with your crew, you knew it, too. Are there really any mistakes in life?

  30. Colleen from Tehachapi - now on the road says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Bridget’s passing. It is such a tough time when we lose our long time companions. Our hearts go out to both of you.

  31. A Gal and a cat in Fl says:

    Dear Sue

    SO glad you have little Reggie. I know the pain and sadness over loss that makes you numb like a zombie and he prevents that some for you. Your beautiful Bridget had such a wonderful life with you, a dog could only wish for that. I am glad to hear from you as others are. We are all thinking of you during this difficult time. It was probably as difficult to share as it was for us to read. Please know you are so cared for here. As you said, one day at a time. Wishing you the best in the days to come.

  32. Bodhi says:

    I am so sorry for your loss… we all lost… There are no words that do justice for the sympathy and empathy I feel for you at this time. Peace, love and positivity to you and Reggie-man… Namaste

  33. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Sue, I don’t know what to say. I could not have even gathered the strength to post what you posted. I moped around all day yesterday and today thinking about Bridge. You are amazing and I think you have done the right thing for Reggie – you let him see her go and then you kept him busy. Isn’t that what we all need to do? As long as God has kept us here, it must be for a reason. Life is a gift and what we do with out lives is what we give back to God. Just my two cents – if not appropriate, you can delete, although I have to say I am about done to my limit with political and religious correctness. Anyway, you are an inspiration. You have handled this with grace and love. A very good example for all.

  34. gayle beach boomer says:

    I hope you don’t mind me saying that I love to see your banner photo with Bridget and Reggie and hope you don’t change it anytime soon.

  35. EmilyO in NM says:

    Bless you and Reggie – and all your followers who have also felt the loss of Bridget. We are one big happy family and Sue you have made us that way.

  36. Cheryl says:

    Sue, my heart hurts for you but I know you are a strong woman so you will make it through this tough time. I hope your memories are a source of peace.

  37. When I commented on your wrong turn I said that many times it becomes the right turn. That appears to be case here. Bridget has a fine final resting place that she would approve of amongst the pines. I’m really glad you have Reggie with you.

  38. Dawn in MI says:

    I’ve thought of Miss Bridget a lot today and yesterday. And of course about you and Reggie too. Such a loss. She was a wonderful girl. I’ll miss her. Safe travels tomorrow as you begin your new normal on the road.

  39. Pat (Ky) says:

    It is good to see a new post from you already. It doesn’t seem possible that only yesterday you posted of Bridget’s passing. Time….what is it anyway; it seems to be more relative than concrete these days.

    I understand all the walking. I find it meditative and calming; but I see it is time to pack up. What a beautiful campground Luna Lake is.

    Are you going to go back to the original route or have the plans changed? I guess I’ll just get in the backseat and see where you take us. 🙂 Take care, Pat

    • Pat (Ky) says:

      Look at that, the smiley face thing worked. My first. I thought when you told me to type those symbols Sue, that it would show up like I typed it; but look, it changed to the real deal! Magic for sure.

  40. John says:

    We’ll miss that girl, and I’ll say it again, dogs move through our lives too fast.

  41. Kathie says:

    Arr-bore-EE-tum. I have so many remembrances of Bridget. And they all bring a smile…

  42. Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

    Ears turned outward……combined with a semi stink eye look…hmmmm…who did he learn that from?
    Pets sense when other pets in the household have health issues..especially toward the end. Reg man understands….I’m sure he is sad and he knows you are sad! BUT he also knows how to make YOU smile…with his crazy antics! It’s his way of saying thank you for a wonderful lifestyle! Bridgee’s in another happy place…she showed me the ropes..come on let’s do something fun, we can have our “quiet time” later!

  43. Beverly says:

    Since I follow your blog, I feel like I have lost a distant family member. Bridget was surely entertaining in her own special way–like hiding from your camera lens. You have handled your losses well. That lake would have been my puddle of tears. Oh wait..that Lake may have reflected your feelings well. Cyber hug…

    • Cindy in OR says:

      I know, I loved the way Bridget would hide from the camera. My dog Luna does that same thing. I also loved the way Bridget would sit in her car and look back at RVSue and smile (at least that’s how it appeared to me when I looked at the photos). When I think of her with tears in my eyes, that is how I picture her, in her car, smiling and eyes full of love.

      RVSue and the Reggie Man, I’ve been thinking of you since I read of Bridget’s passing. Sending you my condolences, thoughts and hugs. You are a good doggy mama <3

  44. Shelley in California says:

    I am crying again but don’t be sorry I am crying because the emotions you are describing are almost identical to how I felt when I lost Casey in March. Time heals us, it took me a long time not to glance at her favorite spot to sleep in my room, it took months! I felt the same way about her bed! I gave it to my daughter for her doggie. I still have Bubba as you have Reggie, although Bubba is up in years.

    I suspect eventually you will get the Reg man a playmate. It will do both your hearts good. Cyber hugs, you have a beautiful soul and Bridget was lucky to know you as Mom.

  45. Carol says:

    RV Sue and Reggie. Our deepest sympathy at your loss of your much loved Bridget. We just heard of your loss, we are traveling and have not had computer access. So sad. You gave her such adventures she was a lucky dog. Our best to you in the coming days and weeks. Safe travels. Terry and Carol

  46. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Reggie, thank you for your love of exploring, sense of adventure and love for Sue.

    Everything happens for a reason and wrong turns are what you make of them…Sue, thank you for sharing your strength and wisdom of life.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  47. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Sending you continued love and thoughts.

    So thankful for those daily ‘things’ that keep us going…
    Blessings to you my dear,

    Hugs from Hoquiam

  48. I am so sorry Her Royal Bridget has passed. There is a British poem about how buying a dog guarantees a broken heart. There are so many blogs with broken hearts from their dogs’ passing. It’s just sad how short their lives are. “So why in – Heaven (before we are there) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear? ”
    I wish you safe travels and better days.

  49. Patricia says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and very glad you have Reggie Man to cuddle with.

  50. Christina says:

    Over my 63 years, I’ve had to grieve for many a furry friend. When I was in college, during the Vietnam protests, we found a beautiful dog that had been abandoned. We took her home. Muffin, we called her. A few months later she was hit by a car and died instantly. I was so traumatized. Later we rescued some abandoned kittens in an alley in Tuscon. They were they beginning of true love for me. Both later were also hit by cars and died. Eventually we adopted our true first child, Jason. He was a golden retriever mix. He lived to a wonderful age of 15! Also, at the same time we got him from the Tucson pound, someone offered us a white kitten. She was the love of my life( besides my husband and children)! Her name was Papillion. ( the movie had just come out)!
    She lived to be 22 years old and we finally put her to sleep when we had to move upon the sale of our house. So many animal friends.
    I grieve with you about Bridget. She will always be in your heart as, Jason, and Papillion,princess, Toby, coyote girl, Garth, Blackie , mama dog, beouwolf, and a few others will always be in mine.

  51. Chris B and Diego says:

    There seems to be reasons for things that we don’t understand at the time. I think that we now understand why you inadvertently turned. What a beautiful place for Bridget to spend her last days and for you and Reggie to have some quiet time together during your adjustment. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  52. Renee (Datil/NorthRanch) says:

    As with so many others, you remain in my thoughts. So glad you have a beautiful, peaceful place to begin healing — and Reggie to help in that regard, too.

  53. Haven’t commented in awhile. So sorry to hear of Bridget’s passing. She was a good ol girl and wonderful companion for you. Reggie cannot replace her, but he’s a good companion as well. A bit nuts, but good nevertheless. In time, you may go looking for the new addition to the crew. Life goes on.

  54. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    Dear Sue. I’m so very glad you have Reggie to keep you company while you grieve. There’s a reason I have 4. Mostly because they all needed a forever home but also because I couldn’t bear the loss of a fur baby without one by my side. Hugs to you and Reggie.

  55. AZ Jim says:

    I grieved with you but now it’s onward and upward. I’ll be here to watch you and the Reggie man in your adventures. I was happy to see today’s post and knowing you and Reg were doin ok. Weather is getting more like you like here. *chin up*

  56. Collene S. says:

    Be well.

  57. Elizabeth in WA says:

    I have felt in the many losses of dogs we have had, that the easier times were when we had another dog to take care of still…however, I think with the last one, it might not have helped enough. I am so glad you have energetic Reggie…he will keep you hopping about…and do take time to rest…grief is hard work!! Hope your next spot will end up being extra special as well Sue!!

  58. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    I think the Reg is helping you a lot in these hard early days. What a special little guy.

    Somehow, when we have a terrible loss, putting one foot in front of the other and focusing on the little practical tasks of daily life helps to get through the day.

    I am sending you hugs, love, healing thoughts and prayers. Hang in there, Sue.

  59. Rand says:

    I feel lucky to have met you and crew a few years back at the Pond near Yuma. My rascal rat terrier Buddy usually is nonchalant around his look a-likes but with the crew the first sniffs got a heads up circle around. A terrier compliment needs to be appreciated!

  60. Jo in OR says:

    You are now the mighty duo. Bridget taught Regie well and to take care of Mama Sue 🙂 Safe travels, keep enjoying life. Wish I could hug you both.

  61. Katy in NH says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie

    Sending love and hugs to you

    Katy in NH with hubby Tex and Wags the dog

  62. Tawanda says:

    Dear Sue,
    Adding my sincere condolences, Ms. Bridget was quite a lady and will sorely be missed, what a time she and Spike must be having. Thank goodness for all the great memories you have, such a wonderful life she enjoyed with you!!

    Still following and enjoying all your posts..
    Best to you and Reggie!!

  63. Pat in Bulverde, Tx says:

    Bless you, Sue, and ltitle Reggie too. Pat K in Bulverde

  64. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue,

    I hope you have a peaceful, healing day. Sending you and Sir Reginald a hug from me and Gracie pup! Safe travels! Love to you both! xxxooo 🙂

  65. Pamela K says:

    There are those who come and touch our lives for a time…
    Who steal our hearts with their love and dig special places deep within our souls.

    Bridget was one of ~Those~ for you, for her beloved Spike, for her pal Reggie and for all of us. Yes, HRH the Princess Bridget – Princess Royal of Blogorinoland – was one of ~Those~.

    R.I.P. dear Bridget.

  66. Pat in Rochester says:

    I wish I could put in writing how this entry made me feel. Peace and pain together? Much love to you and Reggie.

  67. Dawn in Asheville says:

    I know I gave my condolences yesterday but my words felt so weak. So wanted to try again, as they didn’t express my tears. Or my sense of loss for you (as well as myself).

    Bridget was our heroine in the narrative. I know when we get to certain age, we know how grief goes. We’ve buried too many of our friends not to–but somehow it doesn’t make it any easier, and I just ache for your loss. It takes me back to my own, but it’s fresh, too, because this is Bridget who’s going to leave the hole in our hearts. And that’s a unique singular place that can’t be refilled. Thank you for sharing her so we could know her, too. Lots of tears being shed and shared, and more hugs your way.

    I’m glad to see Reggie keeping you from having to go through this on your own, as well as the outpouring of love from your readers.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas in Hutchinson, KS says:

      Dawn, this was so well said. I’m so blessed by you putting into words how many of us saw Bridget. Love also to RV Sue

  68. Montsweag says:

    Dear Sue~
    We who love our dogs know the pain of losing beloved furry friends. Bridget and Spike live on in your blog. I hope you can find comfort knowing what a wonderful life you made possible for Bridget and remembering the many happy miles you traveled together.
    Your blog is your story ~ and I find your photos and commentary to be such a delight to read ~ but sadness is a human condition and you have written faithfully Bridget’s story as well. Thank you.

  69. It’s good to see you this morning. We all know that it will be quite some time before anything feels “normal,” but first steps are good steps. The shot of Reggie’s little behind scooting up the trail is perfect. Places to go and things to do! We’ll all be right here, cheering you on.

  70. Steve says:

    I live in Alpine and spend much time at Luna. Am very glad you found our piece of heaven for this important time for you and the crew. I too have a pup buried under the stars and pines of Alpine. B could do no better.

  71. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    So glad to see your post. My heart has been so heavy and the tears come frequently as I think of you being heartbroken and sad. Bridget had a wonderful life with you and I think often of the time she and Spike spent here at my house. Perfect behaving “kids”. We will all miss Bridget. Thankful that you have Reggie to keep you occupied. Praying the Lord will send His comfort to you and Reggie.
    Sending lots of love and big hugs.

  72. milliehubbard says:

    So happy to see a post from you Sue…and happy to see that you are moving through these difficult days. The hum-drum daily tasks can be a real comfort in the sense that they can be done without much thought and your mind and heart can work through the healing process. HRH Miss Bridget will be missed by many but never as much as by you and the Reggie Man.

    If it is any help, when we lost our Reilly, after some time our little Chihuahua Gabe seemed to blossom as he became “Top Dog”. It will be interesting to see how Reggie “matures” as now the “Dog of the Household”…he has a job to do now as the “man” of the family!! hehehe. Much love and hugs to you and Reggie…your blog family is here for you 🙂

  73. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Your last words were “smiles and laughter after awhile”. Yes I look forward to those, but do not discount the power of sharing sorrow too. We blogarinos have become a family in this time of sorrow. As I told my 13 year old granddaughter last night when she said she had had a very bad day. Everyday cannot be a diamond. We have to have our chunks of coal and our bed of rocks to be able to appreciate our diamond days. Other wise they would just be another day taken for granted. Take your time Sue.

    Changing the subject, the other day we were behind a minivan with a carrier on the trailer hitch that had a very large Elk head that had been mounted by taxidermist. We wondered about it. I guess that explains it. Safe travels and as always thanks for sharing.

  74. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Sue, so good to see you back. I appreciate your sharing your heartfelt thoughts as I know it’s hard having lost many a beloved companion over the years. Having Reggie will help you through the mourning, as it helped us, my husband and I, to focus on the ones that are here with us now. Carry on as Reggie seems to say and we will too by your side as blogorinos!

  75. Piper (Virginia) says:

    I am so glad you have Reggie to be with you and keep you busy during your time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers continue.

  76. DesertGinger says:

    Your last pic of Reggie, walking alone on the path, is just heartbreaking.

    We have gotten into cooler weather finally and I am actually wearing a sweater in the mornings. Hallelujah!

    I have a bunch of things to box up and return that I ordered on line. I hate that but I guess it still beats actual shopping. Hate that more.

    I am busy all day today. Have a doctor appointment at 920 and when I get home a couple stories to do. But that’s ok, I’m earning money, which I always like. I’m hoping I can buy a new vehicle, maybe a van, by the spring. Then I can travel to NY in style!

    I’m glad you are keeping busy and hanging in there Sue, and that you have our darling Reggie for a companion. But Bridget will always be missed.

  77. weather says:

    You and your little one man crew have given us plenty of smiles and laughter , enough to last for now and for a while. Today and for as long as you need to I hope you focus on the moment, each other, your needs and where pleasure can be found. Finding and while at a new camp, in putting one foot(or paw 🙂 ) in front of the next as you explore, rest,and heal my wish is for you and Reggie to let each new hour and bend in the road give you it’s own gift.

  78. rvsueandcrew says:


    Reggie and I are on the road today. We need to find a camp at a lower elevation. As you may have noticed in the sidebar’s weather forecaster, Alpine could have a low Friday morning in the 20s (F). Brrrr!

    I think we will have internet at our next camp. In case you don’t hear from me, however, remember we might be out of signal range.

    Thanks again for coming here to read and share thoughts. I appreciate your support. Feel free to discuss other topics . . . . I like for you to enjoy the company of fellow blogorinos.

    Love y’all!

    • weather says:

      When you do have access to the internet, besides the new comments on the your previous post ,you may enjoy your friends Al and Kelly’s post on their blog from last evening. They, some folks in their shout box and in the comments section mentioned feeling for you as you go through this time.

  79. Robert says:

    Sorry to hear about Bridget. She was a great founding member of the crew.
    Do what you need to at this time.
    You gave her a life many people would envy.
    You’re in my thoughts.
    Fortuna Robert

  80. Michael Bordeaux says:

    Hi Sue,
    I have been following your adventures for a couple of years now and always enjoy your blogs. Just wanted to pass on my condolences for the loss of your beautiful girl. I am a fellow van dweller along with my travel crew member Sam. He is turning 14 next month and I know that I will be facing a loss also in the future. Life goes on and love never dies. The world is full of loving dogs looking for a home and I know that someday another will come into your life.
    Blessings to you and Reggie.
    Michael and Sam “Two old dogs travelin'”

  81. Linda from Indiana says:

    Yesterday a 2 year memory popped up on my Facebook page to “remind” me of what I had posted 2 years ago on that date.
    It was a photo of my beloved Rio , beautiful, gentle quiet Doberman who had passed that day……Tears.
    Several hours later I read your post and the tears began again. …for me, for you ,for Bridgit , for Rio and for all my pet memories through the years. I have 14 year and 11 year old dogs
    So I know the tears will come again any day sooner or later .
    You are not alone. I feel your sorrow.
    Enjoy Reggie. He will make you remember all the good times your adventures have brought to all 3 of you.

  82. Kent says:

    Thinking of you and remembering when I met Bridget over in Alabama Hills a few years ago. Sich a sweet temperament. Blessings!

  83. Glinda says:

    What a special little lady. She will truely be missed.
    Thoughts and prayers go with you and Reggie.
    So sorry!

  84. Geri says:

    Sending you hugs Sue. Chuck and I were fortunate that we got to meet Spike and Bridget up close and personal. Believe me, both had bigger than life personalities! I know they are together reliving all the wonderful times they shared with you Sue!
    YOU gave them a life very few doggies, or humans for that matter, get to live. Never doubt that. You gave both Spike and Bridget beautiful resting places. You did good girl, again,never doubt that! Reggie will bring the smiles back, how can you look at that perky, pesky pup and not GRIN! Life is good, even with the sad moments, life is good!

  85. ApplegirlNY says:

    Hi Sue, As you settle into your new camp, I want to thank you for posting so soon after the last post. We all worry for you. This post was an encouragement to us all. We know there will be many bumps in the road for you, but your perseverance and strength are wonderful to see. Once again….. blessings.

  86. When I saw the title of this post, my heart went out to you immediately – I am so sorry. I remember Spike and Bridget so fondly. I hope that the sadness transitions quickly to the sweet memories of your life together.

  87. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Hi Sue, I started crying again when I read today’s post. Reggie is being such a good little man! Hugs and love to you both!

  88. Pamela K says:

    An Expression of love and thanks for the many memories Bridget gave us all.

    ~A Royal Princess’s Story~
    by Pamela K

    TODAY is a day like no other –
    There is a sweetness in the air,
    a smell of SOMETHING SPECIAL about to happen!

    Those gathered are full of gladness –
    excited to be a part of the wonderous event unfolding,
    to see and hear the newest Angel appear to them!

    One gathered there whispers –
    “I hear she’s a Royal. A Princess…”
    Another asks, “Will she bring her Royal Coach with her?
    I heard she has one.”

    Another joins in –
    Well, I heard she is coming to us to join her Prince!”
    Another asks,
    “A Prince, you say? Who among us is a Prince!”

    Oh my! The crowd gathered exclaims with glee! –
    “Look at her, she is beautiful indeed! I heard she was!”
    “And pure of heart”, another says.
    “Yes, a life well lived and loved by many”, yet another tells.

    But who among us is her Prince?
    The crowd begins to whisper guesses
    as HRH smiles at her new Court.
    She is beaming with delight – this day belongs to ~Her~.

    Suddenly her eyes fix on her beloved Prince…
    The gathered crowd melts with pure delight!
    He steps foward from the crowd –
    He gently rubs her ears like he used to do.
    A hush falls on the crowd…

    “Let me announce the arrival of HRH, The Princess Bridget!”
    To me, she is “My Babe”.

    The crowd is left in shock! Then someone says,
    “You, Spike, are a Prince! You never said!
    ‘You, who loves to wade in the creeks and streams with
    mud up to your boots and belly?”

    “Yes, I must admit that it is so.
    Yet, until This Day, I did not feel whole enough to claim my title.
    I was HER Prince”.

    And so it was, and shall FOREVER BE –
    HRH, The Princess Bridget and her beloved Prince, Spike, reunite.
    Heaven, and Earth, and the Seas rejoice –
    Yes, it was a Most Special Day!

    ~The End~

  89. Jerry & Karen says:

    Just now able to catch up since last reading of Bridgett not doing well. From our experience, fur-childs bring much comfort and many memories we always cherish. ..our thoughts and prayers go out to you as you and Reggie make new adventures.

  90. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    Pamela, that’s beautiful!

  91. Linda Hughes NC says:

    Hi Miss Sue, my thoughts have been with you since I read about Bridgett. Such a sadness I have felt not since we lost our baby awhile back. She had a great life exploring all her new places and seemed to love doing it. Continued prayers to you , give Reggie a hug for me. Take care, be safe.

  92. Sandy Riley says:

    Peaceful loving thoughts to you and Reggie

  93. Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Hugs to you, Sue & Reggieman. Happy Fall all y’all.

  94. Lisa,Tommie, and Buddy in NJ says:

    Pamela, what a nice picture, Spike and Bridgett reign together forever.
    Sue, you never cease to amaze. You just keep on keeping on, follow that
    perky tail down the trail. You both have many more adventures ahead. I only hope that when the time for me to say goodbye to my Buddy comes, that I do as well as you have, puppy kisses help I am sure.

    We continue in NJ, enjoying my parents company as my father recovers from surgery. He has his follow up with the surgeon today. I am not sure who is looking forward more to him being free from the restrictions of no lifting and no driving, my Dad or my Mom, LOL. Really he has been pretty well behaved despite his frustration at the limits. He lifted something he shouldn’t have and Mom reminded him of that for hours, and he behaved after that! They’ve been married for more than 50 years, God bless them both! We are having a return to summer here in the end of September, 83+ today, whew! Well soon we will head south for the winter, so I should enjoy the few cool nights I get here. I have a couple more renovations I want to complete before we move camp, fashioning an awning/screen room and disposing of some unneeded things to lighten my load. Happy trails to all.

  95. Beverly says:

    I don’t comment very often as you get enough regulars vying for “first”. All I can say is if Bridget could have talked, she would have thanked you for taking such good care of her and loving her, Spike and now Reggie much much more than many humans appear to be able to love each other. Sad for you and Reggie.

  96. Linda & Gerry in Buckeye AZ says:

    Sue: Our hearts are heavy after reading about the recent loss of Bridget. She definitely had a life well lived with you and Spike, and more recently Reggie. What could be better than being with the ones you love, traveling around this beautiful country and enjoying Mother Nature. Al at the Bayfield Bunch had a couple of nice pictures of Bridget and Spike in last night’s post. Thank goodness you have Reggie as you continue your travels and work through your grief. Bless you both, Linda & Gerry

  97. Karen LeMoine says:

    Glad you are keeping busy. Makes me happy to see Reggie out for long walks and laundry duties. We are in the Joseph City Az area.
    The wind is blowing like crazy! Safe traveling you two. Can’t wait to see were “we” will end up :)1

  98. rvsueandcrew says:


    Reggie and I did not make it to the destination I had planned for today. All morning we drove in crosswinds. By noon they became so strong that I thought it best to pull off the road.

    Thank heavens for Wally World! We will stay here tonight, rockin’ in the wind, and make an early start in the morning before the winds pick up again.

    Thank you for your sweet messages. I appreciate the alert about Al at The Bayfield Bunch writing about and posting a photo of the original crew (I didn’t know he’d done that). Thanks to Pamela K. for the lovely and creative reunion story. Beautifully done, Pamela!

    Reggie was a fantastic traveler today! I was so pleased with the little guy that I bought him a big, puffy, dog bed and a toy. He’s in his new bed right now, here at the foot of our bed, napping with Chimpy (the new guy), Blue Monkey, and Your Baby.

    Even Wal-Mart parking lots have personality. There’s a church nearby. Every half-hour the ringing of the bells floats over here on the wind.

    Bye for now,
    Be happy,

    • weather says:

      Wind with the sounds of church bells is so much better than the ones driven through. Thanks for letting us know about that and the other delightful details in your note.

    • Geri says:

      Stay safe and think rotisserie chicken!

    • cc and canine ( now in Clackamas, Oregon) says:

      We’re glad that you found a safe and convenient place to stop….strong crosswinds make driving a challenge. You and Reggie sleep tight tonight.
      Take care of yourself….we’ll be here wainting…

    • Jan NH says:

      Hope this morning brings you calm winds!

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      So good to hear back from you Sue and that you and Reggie are doing well. It always does one good to buy something new and special for our little special doggie buddies. I know it makes me feel good, especially to see their reaction! Stay safe and safe travels.

  99. Carol R. says:

    Our dogs are our children with fur, we are so blessed to have them for whatever time we have, and when they pass, a piece of our hearts go with them. Hugs to you and Spike.

  100. Janet says:

    Sorry for your loss Sue.

  101. hc says:

    I am so sorry to read of Bridgett’s passing. I am involved in dog rescue in Los Angeles and see such awful things. When i read your blog and see your pups photos it makes me so happy to see such loved and well cared for dogs. You gave her such a wonderful life full of adventure and companionship. All they ever want from us really. She gave you so much in return.

  102. BeckyIO says:

    I’m a little behind events, but I just wanted to give you a virtual hug and offer my condolences for the passing of Bridget. She was a beautiful and kind little lady and will be sorely missed by all.

  103. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Not to take condolences or anything away from Sue grieving, but I wanted to let you all know that my brother is greatly improved. He came out of the coma over last weekend, but just wasn’t connecting with commands, etc. Finally He woke up completely and He is off the ventilator, feeding tubes and IV’s. Hi is in a room in the rehab unit of the hospital. He can now eat mostly on his own, shower with help for the nurses, he rehabs his muscles 3 hours per day and has speech therapy for an hour. My sister & sister-in-law actually got to take him outside last night, in a wheel chair, of course. We are so thankful for the prayers and well wishes of everyone and the Hand of the Lord over him. He is well on his way to a full recovery.

  104. 11blade says:

    Okay, now that Bridget (who did not like her picture being taken) has passed on, can U level with us?…..was she in the Witness Protection program? I’m SURE you can share her secrets now.

    ps I recently rented ‘The Family’, with Robert DeNiro. I’d recommend the Redbox rental just for the Michelle Pfeiffer ‘shopping in French grocery store’ scene… need the laughs.

  105. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ says:

    I meant to share with you Sue that the way you live, enjoying life more, living to the fullest with less, savoring the light show that frames each day, has taught me to live mindfully. On the day Bridgette passed, I took a longer than usual walk with my dog Tommie, and hugged my Buddy a little bit more. Thank you.

  106. Susan in Dallas says:

    I loved that last picture of Reggie walking down the path with his body pointed forward. Says it all.

  107. Lauri C. says:

    I’m actually being hositalized myself and am just catching up… Speechless… Absolutely speechless.… Sue, Reggie so so sorry. I’m so glad you have so much support.
    And I’m part of it.

  108. Rhodium in RI says:

    I hope you teach Reggie to type so he can blog from time to time. He probably picked up a lot of wisdom from Bridget.

  109. I feel badly for your loss, sends condolences… and prayed. Blessings, Lynn

  110. Patricia says:

    Very glad to see ur post today. Tears welled up in my eyes at the news of Bridget’s passing. U r in my thoughts. Take care…

  111. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    Sue; I admire your courage, your love for your dogs, and your tender kind handling of the most difficult parts of having pets; plus your courage in writing all of this for your blogerino friends. Thank you for sharing this difficult time with everyone here.

  112. Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

    Glad to see your post today. It’s great how you are trying to keep Reggie busy, and Reggie is trying to keep you busy too. So sad about your loss. We have loved seeing your Crew’s antics and know Reggie will keep doing his best to keep all of us entertained.
    Take care!
    Kat and Cookie Dog

  113. Linda in MN says:

    I am so glad you have Reggie to keep you motivated and to snuggle with at this hard time. I cannot believe it has already been a year and a half since you adopted him. Seems like just a couple months ago!

  114. Carla says:

    So sorry to hear the news. Hugs and prayers to you and Reggie. My 15 year old kitty Millie died a few months ago. Kitty Sam and I are still grieving in our own ways. She was the quiet one, or so I thought. It really seems quiet now. That Reggie makes me laugh with his antics.

  115. Bill & Ann C, OR says:

    RIP Bridget.

  116. I just got caught up. Sue and Reggie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing from your heart. My Nonni just turned 11 this month and Bentley is 14. I dread the day. We send you much, much love, db&n

  117. Wendy in Thailand is in Australia says:

    Take care, safe travels!

  118. rvsueandcrew says:


    Another day on the road . . . Sue

  119. Jenny Waters says:

    I am sorry to hear of Bridget’s passing, but I know she lived a happy and adventurous life. I wish you and Reggie the best going forward.

  120. Cat Lady says:

    Anyone heard anything more on how Rusty and Piper are doing? Looks like Sue and Reggie are getting an early start on the road.

    I’m still stuck here in Central City, La. We got >32″ of rain in less than 36 hrs back in August. We were very blessed in that we only got baseboard high water in the house, between 3-5″. A lot of folks had 6′, 8′, or over the top of their homes. Ours was just enough to ruin the floors. We also had to cut out 2′ of Sheetrock and remove the insulation. I burned paperwork for 6 days…no lie. Hubby thinks you should save stuff indefinitely. He dogged off purging, sorting, donating about a week ago and I can’t kick him into high gear enough to get anything more done. Alrighty. The first cool snap I’m outta here. We’ve been staying in my Motorhome since the flood. Told him he better get his stuff off the bed and put away ’cause I’m gonna be waving bye bye before long.

    Cat Lady, Central City, La.

  121. Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

    Question for any blogorino….
    A Webber baby q…..can the propane cylinder stay attached in this AZ heat?

    Note to BadgerRick…..the new and improved Webber Q1000 is sweeeeeet! Y’all might have to add it to your collection! Oh…..and guess what??? There is a REI close by! Whoooooeeeeeeee!

  122. Terri From Texas says:

    We just bought 2 REI self inflating air mattresses-will be trying them out in a couple of weeks. They feel EXTREMELY comfortable!! Here’s hoping they stay that way!

  123. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    We are disappointed that our departure date for winter RV-ing has been pushed back due to medical issues that we ran into. My doc wants me to have a colonoscopy before we leave. It seems like everybody is having them as I could not get scheduled until Oct.20. In the process of preparation, which has included a variety of tests, we have discovered that I am extremely anemic with a deficit in my protein levels as well. Since several readers have mentioned having had gastric bypass surgery, I will confess that I became somewhat nonchalant about my health over the past 15 years since my surgery. I have been so happy with my results and subsequent good feelings that I neglected to keep up with daily iron supplements and attention to prioritizing daily protein intake. That is something that has to be rectified immediately, so, here we are, working to get me in a better place healthwise. With fingers crossed and dedicated work we will be able to leave by third week in Oct. Soooo looking forward to getting on down the road!

  124. Gary and Cindy says:

    Sue and Reggie,
    Sending gentle hugs for you two and some extra ear scratches for Reggie. Don’t really think you want ear scratches Sue so please accept an extra hug.

  125. Grammahugababy says:

    Huge HUGS to you and Reggie from Tony and I. Hope we cross paths again. Cheri and Tony the Tiger.

  126. DebInIndy says:

    What a fantastic adventure Bridget’s life has been, thanks to you, Sue. It’s so sad to have to say goodbye to such a dear lady. I’m glad I knew her, following your blog since the beginning. Condolences to you and Reggie.

  127. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Dear Sue and Reggie, I’d gotten behind reading your posts, and did not realize Bridget’s time was so close. Didn’t see this coming at all. Always wished at times like this that mere words could somehow wrap them selves around ones heart to ease some of the pain they are feeling and let them know the love that is being sent with them. Yes Sue, she and Spike are running around like the buddies they are with a peck on Bridget’s cheek every once in a while. No telling what Spike’s leading Bridget into now, Hmmm, something to ponder.

    Reggie, you know that you’re going to have to get out and about a little more now and take more walks, explore more rocks, bushes, bones and trails as well as all the different smells as you leave the pine forests on your way to Arizona. Remember to stop and let Mom take some pictures for those of us who can’t be where you are but love to see it. Stick close Reggie, be silly if the occasion presents itself, never pass up a chance to make Mom smile or better yet laugh.

  128. Wendy says:

    So sorry for your loss Sue. We lost our big furbaby in March. I miss her…

  129. Julia in Chatsworth says:

    Dear Sure,
    I am very sorry for your devastating loss of your fur-baby. Bridget was such a princess and you gave her a very nice life. All a dog asks for is to be with their master, and that, you gave her in spades.
    I was a little out of it, because we bought a Spartan Manor 1954 24′ trailer and had to worry about getting it to California from Louisiana… but it is now here:) Then when I tried to open your blog, it was closed….
    I feel for you. I can’t ever forget the pain I felt when my Dolly dog passed. It scares me because now I have Bella, and she is so wonderful, but I know I will have to live through the pain again. ” ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all”
    She is waiting, happy and healthy to greet you at Rainbow Bridge.

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