Letting go

Tuesday, May 30

Boondock near Grey’s Landing, Salmon Creek Falls Reservoir, south-central Idaho

Today Reggie and I break camp! 

This has been a great boondock.  

I take one last look around, memorizing the scene.

Funny how I become attached to camps.  I want to go yet I hate to leave.  I’ll carry with me sweet memories of sitting outside in the fresh, morning air,  feeling the sun’s warmth, sipping coffee while watching a pronghorn graze.  The snow-topped mountains, the magnificent clouds, the lark on the fence post, Reggie wandering free from his tether.

“Okay, let’s go, Reg.”

Ten miles north on Route 93 brings us to Rogerson.  I pull into Rogerson Service.  After pumping gas into the Perfect Tow Vehicle, I park the PTV and the Best Little Trailer at the edge of the parking lot.

“Here, Reggie.  Let me hook you to your tether.  We’re going to walk over to Anita’s and Roger’s house.  Maybe you’ll get to play with Roger!”

Reg likes this idea.  

He’s been looking out the window for sight of his friend, the former Homeless Dog that was taken in by Anita.  Anita is the owner-operator of the gas station-store-cafe-and-RV park establishment.

 Anita said she was taking a day off today.  I hope we catch her at home.

We walk around the RV park and look up the street toward her house.

My heart sinks.

Darn!  She’s not home!  Well, that’s that.  I really hoped to see if she’s happy about her decision to adopt Roger . . . .

“Sorry, Reg.”

The two of us head back to the PTV.  As I’m opening the passenger side door to chuck Reggie inside, I see a red car zip from behind Rogerson Service.

There goes Anita!

Reggie and I hurry over to her house.

We find her in the back yard with Roger.  Anita told me previously of her plans for her day off so immediately I tell her we won’t keep her long.

“I just want to make sure you’re happy with your decision to keep Roger.”

Before she can reply, I state the realities of adopting a dog.

This is a “speech” I’ve given several times in the past, back in the days when I fostered rescued dogs and helped place them in homes.

“Adopting a dog is a huge commitment.  Roger could live another 15, maybe even 18 more years.”

“Yeah, I know.”

“Now that you’ve had him for over a week, you’ve had a chance to see how he impacts your daily life.  You’ve had time to think about your future together.  Things like visiting your daughter and granddaughter in Texas.  Your work schedule, stuff like that.”

“I want to do what’s best for Roger,” Anita states softly, as we watch the two pals play in the grass.  “He misses Reggie terribly.  He got out of the yard the other day.  Where do I find him?  Over in the RV park.  He was sniffing around where you guys were.”

“Yeah, he does love Reggie.  Okay, put aside Roger’s point of view for a minute and think only about yourself and your life. Roger will adjust, no matter what.  You are the one that makes the commitment and you have to be happy with it.  You have to want to make adjustments in your life.”

I pause for her response.

“I worry how he will be around my granddaughter.  She’s only three and he’s so protective of me.”

“Neutering will help with that,” I interject.

“I know.  But my granddaughter is coming here next week and I’ve been really worried about that. And then I work all the time.  I was at the store until 10 o’clock last night.  The poor guy loves being outside and he was cooped up all day.  I run home to let him out during the day, but . . . . ”

“Anita, do you want me to take Roger?”

“Would you?” she asks, relief in her voice.

The four of us exchange goodbyes in the ways of people and canines.

Standing on her porch, Anita picks up Roger for one last hug.

Tearfully she murmurs, “Thank you for opening my heart.”  She sets him down, turns and hurries inside, closing the door behind her.

I hook Roger to the other end of Reggie’s tether.

“Okay, crew, let’s go!  We need to find our next camp.”

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202 Responses to Letting go

  1. Dawn in NC says:

    First?

    • Lucy says:

      OH MY…I just can’t wait to find out how your 2 boys are doing, please post SOON with the news !!!!

  2. Jenny J says:

    First????

  3. eliza says:

    close to first?

  4. Rachel says:

    Oh! So happy!

  5. Dawn in MI says:

    OMDOG! I’m so happy for Roger…but sad for Anita.

  6. Kitt NW WA says:

    Serendipity!

    Kitt

  7. eliza says:

    What an adventure you are having, Sue! I know many blogorinos will be happy with this turn of events…and that the two boys will be as well.

    • beach boomer says:

      Eliza: here’s one now! A BLOGORINA HAPPY with this turn of events. I was almost distraught when Roger didn’t go with RVSue plus the selfishness of me wanting to read about new adventures. I’m almost in tears of joy seeing the two of them looking down the road to their future together! I just stopped by and got this big surprise, only a couple days late. This is going to be fun!

  8. Nancy in California says:

    So awesome!!! I was secretly hoping you would get Roger back!! Yay crew!!!

  9. Dawn in NC says:

    Oh My Goodness!!!! Do you really have a permanent new crew member? Congratulations Sue! I am excited for you and Reggie. Looks like he was waiting for you all along.

  10. Chris B and Diego says:

    YAY!!!!!!

  11. Jenny J says:

    What a sweet post — I am so glad they Reg and Rog are going to be best buds!!! They are so cute together

  12. Yea! I so wanted him to be with the Reggie man …BFF. It was fate

  13. Tracie in Olalla says:

    Yay, I am so happy for you and your crew!

  14. Deena in Phoenix says:

    OMG, Sue, you are fantastic, how did you know…tears of joy are flowing…Oh, Happy Day for your family with the new addition…love and positive thoughts! Take care.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  15. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    Roger is where he needs to be, it takes time to find the right home. I suspect Reggie is extremely happy with the new crew member. Congrats.

  16. Gene in Ohio says:

    Wow, I did not see that coming. What fun for the boys though. They will be like brothers now.

  17. Elaine from BC says:

    What a great story and storyteller! So moving. Can’t wait for the next episode of Reggie, Roger and Sue’s story. <3 ♡ <3

  18. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    It has to be right for everyone. It wasn’t right for you to adopt Roger last week. He needed a week with Anita for her to decide that it wasn’t right for her or him. Now Roger can become part of your crew. Reggie will have a playmate. You can adopt Roger with an open heart and a clear conscience and you’re back to having a crew instead of just a sidekick. Happy camping.

    • eliza in illinois says:

      This is what I was also thinking, Reine. A wonderful new beginning….

  19. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Well, I wasn’t expecting that! But so happy for you and your new crew. I look forward to following Roger as well as Reggie now.

  20. Elizabeth in WA says:

    So nice you gave her some time and were generous enough to not take the dog, Sue!! Looks like you will have more fun now!!

  21. Kristi & Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

    I’m happy for you all, but I realize it’s now Sue who has to make the adjustment in her life. Not just two dogs, but learning Roger’s language and also getting him up-to-date on shots and neutering. Best wishes to you, Sue. You’ll have your hands full for a few weeks. <3 On the bright side…you've got someone to wear Reggie out.

  22. David Reed says:

    Wow, Roger hit the jackpot today!
    Dave

  23. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    Beautifully written, melancholic, suspenseful…but in the end everything works out as its meant to.

  24. Sherri D says:

    OMG! What a turn of events! Thank you for being such a great dog person. Whatever the future brings for your Jolly Roger, I am sure you and Reggie will either give him a great home with you or he’ll find a new home with someone else, because of you. At least he is safe and cared for. 🙂

  25. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    I’m feeling very emotional. Congrats Sue on your new crew member. Sweet, unexpected ending.

  26. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh
    other than that, I’m speechless

  27. Suzette (TN) says:

    Well, what a surprise! I was NOT expecting that! But, you know what? I’ve learned that you are a woman of great wisdom and intuition. You knew in your soul what needed to be done. I’m glad Reggie has a buddy again. They do seem so suited for one another. Now we have many new adventures with the crew to look forward to! Happy campers! 🙂

  28. milliehubbard says:

    Yay for Roger AND Sue and Reggie…it is a full crew again!! Timing is everything, so happy for all of you — and us we get to follow along on the Reggie-Roger adventure!

  29. BoxinTheCompass says:

    Wow what a surprise! But it was meant to be methinks! Your Reggie is a hero (you too Sue) …if it wasn’t for him, Roger would still be wandering around that campground. You’ve saved lives and you may not know it! Lot of readers may be influenced to get their own little Roger or Reggie! Heroes to all of us! God bless you Sue!

  30. Donna n Girls says:

    Sue,
    My heart is bursting with joy.
    Happy travels, with your happy crew.

    Donna n’ girls

  31. Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

    Oh my! Other than that, congratulations Sue on your new crew member. I’m imagining Reggie and Roger are experiencing sheer bliss right about now. That, and your “Crew” is complete. What a sweet beginning. ☺️

  32. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    WOW! This is wonderful!
    Now, I’m waiting for the photo I’ve been looking forward to since you met Roger. The one of him and Reggie together looking at you from the window of the van. It will be my new wallpaper!

  33. Laura says:

    Glad to hear Anita knew what she had to do – so glad you checked back in to be where you needed to be too. And especially glad to hear the universe coincided and agreed. Congrats to the Reg man & RV Sue on the new crew member.
    I love a good story.
    Yours are the best…….. especially when they have happy endings.

  34. Susan in Phoenix says:

    Wonderful!

  35. So glad yu took Roger!

  36. Rochelle in IN says:

    I’d like to think this will be a happy beginning for Anita. Now that Roger “opened her heart” again, perhaps down the road another dog will have a happy home. In the meantime, my admiration to Anita for making a tough decision. It goes without saying that I’m happy for Sue and crew!

  37. Lisa in San Diego says:

    oh my gosh !!

  38. Janet says:

    Good for you Sue. Roger will be what you want him to be with the love and careing he deserves.

  39. Oh my. Sitting here weeping. What a story. When Anita took Roger, I was surprised that the story turned out that way. I thought your lifestyle was suited to Roger’s personality as you had described him. I am glad for all of you.

  40. Rosalyn says:

    Yeah! I was hoping for this happy ending.

  41. Linda Hughes says:

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I am so excited that you got Homeless Dog. I am so happy, I know he is one blessed pet now. Reggie is happy too I bet. Can’t wait to see the next blog post. Take care, be safe.

  42. Karen in Pacific NW says:

    One thing for certain….Roger will not be lonely now 🙂

  43. Ilse in Sequim says:

    Boy, you really got us this time! Love it. Wish you many happy years with your crew!

  44. Martha in PA says:

    Oh Sue I’m so happy for you all! What a complete surprise. Congratulations to you all. Let the adventures begin!

  45. Jan Johnson says:

    I’m sad for Anita, but happy for Roger and Reg. Roger needed a playmate and he and Reggie get along so well. He also will be happier with more attention from his pack leader – you! He is so handsome and I know he will join the two of you for lots of good memories to come. Congratulations on expanding your pack!

  46. Toni Stagg says:

    I’m so happy that Roger is going to be part of your crew! It must of been a hard decision for Anita but it sounds like it will be the best thing for Roger. And I’ll bet that Reggie is very, very happy.

  47. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    What a Wonderful surprise! I am so happy for Roger and Reggie! You are a Wonderful person to take Roger! I was so worried about him! He and Reggie will be perfect together. This really made my day!

  48. Susan in Dallas says:

    So much good can come from doing the right thing and thinking of others. This is such a win for dogs and people. Can’t wait to read about the adventures that will come.

  49. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    WOW! Another huge plot twist! RVSue and Crew is better than a bestselling novel.

    I hope all works out well. As one blogorino said, you now have the adjustment to make, and Reggie, too. I am sure you will continue to do what’s best for all involved wherever it leads.

    Have you thought of having Roger tested for worms, too, since he was a stray?

    It’s a good time of year to get a dog. You can all adjust during mostly good weather when you can be outside a lot.

    Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying this time as exciting as it is. Getting a new crew member is always a special time you will always treasure.

  50. AZ "still wheeling"Jim says:

    I knew it Missy! Roger was always meant to belong to you and to Reggie. I am so happy this worked out. It was all choreographed by powers we will never understand. Some call it fate, I won’t quibble with that definition. All I know are three lives were enhanced by this event and a old guy and his wife in Arizona are sharing in the happiness. Hug..:)

  51. DawnfromCamanoIsland says:

    Reg & Rog–has a nice ring to it. You are truly a woman of wisdom & heart, Sue.

  52. Marilyn Dennison says:

    Sue,

    The way Reggie likes to play he needs a partner and Roger will be perfect. Plus you will have many stories to write about the crew. We are all looking forward to the stories of these two characters. They are so cute. This is a match made in heaven. I just wish my rescue could play with them. She has a hard time finding energetic playmates at the dog park.

    Have a great summer with the pooches.

    Marilyn in Dania Beach

  53. Renee from Idaho says:

    I knew it! I just didn’t want to say in the last post! Roger would end up with you. He and Reggie get along so well and you understand the way of a dog. What a truly happy ending. I’m glad you went back and checked on Anita and Roger again, just to be sure. Happy ending (and adjustment) to all.

  54. Brenda in Texas says:

    LOLOL Ya didn’t have me fooled at all. I just knew that Reggie would end up with Roger. It was meant to be. Congrats on your new crew member… What a great ending.
    XOXOXOXOXOX To y’all ;-0

  55. Diane J says:

    Yeah! Sue’s got a new crew!……they are totally adorable together <3

  56. DesertGinger says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Back to a crew instead of crew of one. I think it was a good decision.

  57. Tammie Villanueva says:

    Awesome!!☺
    Im sad for Anita but very happy for Reggie.

  58. Pat from Mich. says:

    Now I’m crying! From happiness. Roger and Reggie together!

  59. Jan Calbert says:

    God bless you! I’m so happy–you made my day. It’s so nice to see some good news for a change. Looking forward to seeing more adventures of the 3 of you!

  60. Claudia Meyers says:

    So Happy for Reggie and Roger and you too Sue. You have a real Crew! Sad for Anita she is a Special Mom. Heartwarming story here as only You can tell it.
    Blessings on all who participated….
    Take Care!

  61. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    HAPPY DANCING here! I am so darned happy that it turned out this way! Reggie needed a playmate and Roger needed a home! Now its a full crew again, lol, how fast can you adapt Sue? Your life just got a whole lot more interesting with Roger in the house! GRIN! Happy for all of you! Heck, I’m just as happy for all of us blogerinos! Yay!

  62. Exhilarated that Roger is now with you and Reggie 🙂 Of course there will be an adjustment period for all…hope all works out for the best. We too took another stray dog found in the park next to us….another abandon puppy. She’s been with us a week. We think she has an owner because she is potty trained, well behaved and so sweet. She’s about 4-5 months old and a small white with brown spots dog. She matches our other two dogs which makes me wonder if someone is our neighborhood is running a puppy mill. We put flyers out at local pet stores, at the part, elementary school, and put some in mail boxes but no one has come forward to claim the puppy. Monday if no owner is found, I’ll take her to get shots and ask the vet to see if she has a chip. We so want to locate the owners but don’t know what else to do. She has a temporary name Isabella…Izzy for short.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Try posting flyers in grocery stores. Everybody needs groceries! Good luck.

  63. JoanneG from San Rafael says:

    A wonderful story, Sue. Brought tears to my eyes. You are truly a gifted storyteller, too! I wish years of happiness with your new crew member.

  64. Marieta says:

    OMG That is a fantastic happy ending for all concerned. You should write books Sue – when you retire and buy the condo, lol. Reggie will be so busy teaching Rog all the ropes of being a crew member. What fun – wish I was with you.

  65. Carlene and Corky from south central Colorado says:

    Oh my… there should have been a Kleenex disclaimer…
    How wonderful for all concerned and yes you will all adjust and the future looks so bright for Sue and her crew…

    Hugs and you’ll have the best of times ahead of you…

  66. Carolyn in AZ says:

    Great storytelling as usual. Reggie has a playmate and you have a crew of 2 again!

  67. And just like that! A full crew🎊👍

  68. Gumo says:

    This blog is better than TV any day!

  69. Cat Lady back in Baton Rouge, LA. says:

    Maybe that’s why you had PtV problems….to go back and get Roger. So glad things worked out for both you and the pups. We have a new member of the PAC.! Welcome aboard, Roger. So good to have you aboard. Congratulations, Sue, on your newest fur baby. BTW, did you get everything repaired? Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cat Lady,

      We went 10 miles south of Rogerson to the boondock to avoid the crush of campers for the holiday. After the holiday we continued our journey northward which took us to Rogerson again.

      No repair shop in Rogerson. The town consists of Anita’s establishment, a church, and the homes of residents. Population of Rogerson: 121 (2016)

      I’ll update on repairs in a future post.

  70. weather says:

    Gosh, there are such poignant moments and touching parts in this post’s story, for now I’ll just mention a couple of my initial reactions. I’d hoped and expected Roger to be yours, and yet still found the news to be almost overwhelmingly wonderful!

    “Okay, crew, let’s go! We need to find our next camp.”,… seeing them sharing a tether…oh, Sue, how precious!

    • weather says:

      This morning I found myself thinking about what the week in which Anita had Roger, and what that felt like for you. I imagined thoughts you had then. Your being glad you were able to help bring Anita and Roger together, reluctantly deciding that perhaps was why you’d been led to Rogerson, for now it may be best if you didn’t deal with the complications involved with a new dog ,etc…

      By now I know that grown up, mature woman that you are, wanting what’s best for all, happy to be there for others and use events as teachable moments. This note isn’t to that part of you, it’s to the Sue you’ve been since childhood,that still loves to wander, have a picnic or just do whatever she really wants to. Yippee for you, kid!!! Have fun playing with YOUR little white doggie 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you and good morning, weather! Wow, have we been having fun! 🙂

        • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

          I figured you 3 would be having FUN just getting to know each other! I hope you found a nice, quiet place to spend a few days of playing around!

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

    Oh my gosh!!! Happy, happy, happy!!

  72. Paula in Indiana says:

    Two cute hineys 😉 Great story, Sue. I’m so happy for you and Reg and Rog. All best wishes to Anita too! She seems like a sweet and thoughtful lady.

  73. Betty-Shea says:

    Oh!!💜💜
    So happy for you all!!!
    That is what love is about💜💜

  74. GeorgiaPeach says:

    I’m so happy for you, Reggie and Roger. I love the way you write, and I sensed that you really wanted Roger last week, but were gracious enough to give him and Anita a chance with each other. I’m not surprised you went back to check on them. Happy days are ahead.

  75. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    RVSue and her crew….drives off into the sunset!

    Something tells me you had a gut feeling…that you needed to check and see how Anita and Roger were doing. A couple of posts back…”let’s see who he follows” game was the inkling that Roger could be added to the crew!

    Glad that Anita was honest about her granddaughter/Roger BEFORE you left the area. Sorry it didn’t work out for Anita.

    Well now! You’re probably googling vets down the road to get Roger snipped and shots. Hmmmm…wonder if he’s a bed hog! Back when you first got Reg you wondered if a playmate other than RHR was doable.

    Meanwhile at the rainbow bridge, Bridgee is watching Spike soak in a mud puddle, Spike mumbles..you know Bridget ..word is RVSue has a new crew member. Bridgee replies that’s great news…it will keep her young and most importantly happy! Spike let me tell you..that boy Reg man …he flies around like a wild banshee! IN Cir-CLES! Made me tired just watching him! Glad two other pups get to live the lifestyle we had…Spike are you done soaking? Spike? Huh..yep that was the best life..and no I’m not done soaking.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      🙁 crying

    • Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

      Sweet Thoughts…

    • Sherri in California says:

      It’s your fault Cin: I was holding back the tears, but your post made them flow…

      Sue, so very happy for you, Reggie and Roger!

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Sorry…I meant it in a happy way. Both Spike and Bridget are near and dear to our hearts. They had a wonderful time living their lives. It’s a blessing that Reg man and Roger get to enjoy that same experience.

        • Sherri from California says:

          It was a beautiful post. My mom’s longtime companion cat Beethoven just traveled over the rainbow bridge, and the imagery got to me.
          I am so happy for Sue and Reggie!!

        • Dawn in MI says:

          I felt it was a happy thing, to think about Spike and Bridget being pleased for Reggie and Roger.

    • Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

      Awww sweet memories 😢🐶🐶

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I, too, believe that Bridget and Spike are watching over Sue and Reggie, and will assist in training Roger to be a good boondocker! Sweet memories of the original crew! 🙂

    • eliza in illinois says:

      Beautiful…

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      You nailed it perfectly, especially the last paragraph. Can just picture Spike & Bridget, Spike in his favorite of all places to be, and Bridget smiling because she knows the love and adventures that the three of them will share in the future. Cool Beans!

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Oops, sorry, that reply was meant for Cinanjules.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Beautiful. Well done girl.

  76. Mary / Western Washington says:

    Joyful tears spring from my eyes. Congratulations on your new family member. Safe travels.

  77. Kathy (NC) says:

    What a wonderful real-life story – everyone wins. So happy for you all and hoping that Anita finds her own special fur baby very soon. Looking forward to the next part of your adventure.

  78. Annie says:

    Perfect fit for your little family. Win, win all the way around. Congratulations!

  79. Dave says:

    Whoo-hoo! My first post ever, been meaning to. But I’m so happy to see Reggie and Roger together. Those two seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly! My heart warms when I look at the photos of the two of them, obviously so happy.

    I hope things work out. RRR (Reg, Rog, RV Sue! ) Triple R Casita?

    Been reading your site for a few years, you’re an inspiration for those of us looking to go full-time. Next summer is the plan.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Dave! It’s always a thrill for me to see someone “new” appear here. Well, you’ve been riding with us for a while. Thank you for sticking with us.

      I hope you will keep in touch. I look forward to hearing your plans for full-time RVing. If/when you do, please put something like a location with your name so I don’t confuse you with another Dave who comments here.

      Thanks for the kind wish for “R cubed!” 🙂

  80. Kelly says:

    I love happy news like this….. So glad you felt led to double check the situation…

  81. Barbara from Camano says:

    I echo everything everyone has said above. A truly heartwarming story. You’re the best!

  82. Kary E says:

    Oh, geez! Now I’m all teary-eyed.

    I’m glad your crew is fully staffed again. 🙂

  83. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    YES!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! What a wonderful surprise!!!! I thought the 3 of you were an ideal crew but I also thought you knew what was best. So glad you went back to see Anita and saw her heart. This is great news!!!!
    Love to you, Reggie and Roger!

  84. Dawn in MI says:

    I’ve been thinking about Anita. I hope she will check in on the blog to see what adventures Roger is having. It takes a strong woman to give up a dog she loves so that he can have a life with his buddy. Hugs to her.

    • AZ Jim says:

      I agree. Anita has to be a totally unselfish person to want what was best for Roger as she did. I hope she’ll check in on him frequently.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I think she will, Jim. Yes, Anita is a good person. I hope folks will stop at her store, cafe, and RV park. She has a warm hello for everyone.

        • weather says:

          Hm,m, in your post from April,25th,2015-Scenes from the Southern Idaho Countryside , you told the lady working in Rogerson that you were sorry she wasn’t feeling well(she had bronchitis) and that you hoped she’d be better soon. She let you fill your water bottles at the RV park(no charge). I wonder if that was Anita, offering more than just a warm hello that day. It would be interesting if your and her story of being nice to each other began much earlier than just this recent May.

  85. Mike says:

    Some things are just meant to be.
    Roger finds Sue and Reginator, my lucky stars, what a wonderful event.
    Tethered to Reggieman, home at last.
    Roger has great conformation​. I

  86. Pamela Avery says:

    Love it!!!!!!!

  87. LeeJ in Northern California says:

    Ha! You got the new harness back..filled with a bonus! Congratulation on the new family member…you made me tear up!

  88. Pat in Rochester says:

    Happy!!!!

  89. CHERYL D KLINE says:

    Awe so happy for you, Reggie and Roger is one blessed dog. A rvsue crew for sure.

  90. Dyana in Cherokee, NC says:

    After following your adventures for a long time this is my first Hurrah! Halleluiah! I’m so glad! I had felt disappointed when you left little Roger behind because he seemed so right for you. Now I wish you all long and happy travels together.

  91. Peggy says:

    That little dog was destined to be yours! Reggie and Roger are lucky little dogs and you’re lucky to have them. Safe travels!

  92. vickie carter says:

    I just knew you would give him his forever home. I’m happy now sigh. thanks

  93. OMG First time posting. Sue you are a wonderful story teller. Thank you for sharing your journey. I am so thankful to be living this trip with you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I’m thankful you read my blog, Sue. Welcome to Blogoinoland! I hope you will appear here often.

      Thanks for the compliment on my writing.

  94. I should have said vicariously taking this trip with you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, I like to think that the blogorinos sit on the bench seat in the Perfect Tow Vehicle and ride along with me and my crew. 🙂

  95. Rebecca Kite says:

    I believe Anita made the right decision for her & Roger. So you’re back to a full crew again, happiness to you all. Becki

  96. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    You brought me to tears with this one. Congratulations on the new crew member.

  97. jim Rockford IL says:

    Best post ever!

  98. June in CO says:

    Love it that you have a crew of two with you Sue. Happy endings are wonderful. It brought tears here. 🙂
    Happy Trails and puppy dog tails. 🙂

  99. Ann M in Va says:

    I was so disappointed when you left Roger with Anita. Just didn’t seem right. NOW the story has the right ending! And very well written, too. Thank you, Sue, for the story of Roger, and may you and Reggie and Roger have many fun adventures ahead!

    Ann M in Va

  100. Andrea in Glendale says:

    Oh so wonderful!!! RRReally happy for the 3 of you!!!

  101. Pamelab says:

    Wow, try to get a word in….lots of excited comments. So pleased for you all. Congratulations!

  102. Carol in MT says:

    Holy Toledo! I didn’t see this one coming. But, of course, now it seems obviously perfect. Looking forward to following the continuing adventures of you and the crew! Happy trails.

  103. Renee (Datil/North Ranch) says:

    Wonderful news! It’s amazing how you pull all your faithful readers into the details of your life & changes as they go along. I’m sure it was so hard for Anita to let Roger go, but it sounds as if you were meant to be back to a crew of 2 (which I kinda suspected from the beginning).

    I didn’t mention that we had to have our Sheltie Casey put to sleep a little over a month ago (seizures that started around Thanksgiving & kept getting worse). It was so hard to let him go, made doubly hard by our having to make the same decision with my Bailey-girl last June (16-1/2 years old & she apparently just decided she was tired…stopped eating).

    We made it a week & a half after Casey before we had two more rescue Shelties. It was just too hard to be dog-less. I do like the fact that they have each other, as you probably do with Reggie & Roger.

    Very happy for the three of you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Renee. My condolences on the passing of your loved ones. I’m happy that you found a crew to comfort you in your loss of Casey and Bailey-girl and to accompany you on your travels.

  104. Mert&asiasinKY says:

    So Happy for you and Reggie. I knew his home was with you. Two. Safe travels. Welcome Roger

  105. Susan says:

    Amazing how some pets just show up in our lives ! It was meant to be. Roger and Reggie just look great together.

  106. Well I was just thrilled that Anita and Roger found each other, but it’s a good thing you made one last stop to check things out before leaving the area. I hope Anita finds another buddy who she can share her life with – maybe a kitty 🙂

    Those two boys are going to have so much fun!!

  107. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Oh my gosh, Sue! I did not see that coming. I am so sorry that things did not work out for Anita to keep Roger, but am so glad that he has found his forever home with you and Reggie! I am looking forward to watching Reggie teach Roger how “boondock like he means it.” I have no doubt that Reggie will be a wonderful teacher….after all, he had dear, sweet, patient, Bridget show him the ropes! Oh, I do miss our girl! 🙂

    Will you be staying in town for a while to get Roger neutered? Which boy fights to be snuggled closest to you? Your crew is now complete….not exactly how you anticipated…but it seems that it was meant to be! 🙂

    I love the last picture of the boys, side by side, strides in synch…. leading you (and us) to the adventures that await! 🙂

    Sending you love, hugs, and snuggles for the boys from me and Gracie pup! Roger….you are one lucky pup! You have a wonderful Mom, a great brother and playmate, and thousands of blogorinos who love you already. Welcome to the family! What is a blogorino, you ask? Sue and Reggie will tell you the wonderful story… ❤️ 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sweet comment, Denise. Thank you.

      To answer questions: Rogerson and Twin Falls are low altitude, in a basin, and hot weather urges us to keep moving. As soon as we’re settled in a place where there are services like repair shops and vets, plus a choice of camps at different altitudes, I’ll get these necessary things done.

      Running out of charge on my laptop and air card… Gotta’ go for now… Love to you and Gracie pup!

      Oh, also… Sleeping arrangements are flexible at the moment. More about that in a future post. 🙂

  108. Lisa W (at Lavon Lake near Dallas, TX) says:

    Ahhh, Roger is such a lucky fellow. Those two are going to give you some mischievous moments for sure.

  109. Reina and Arrow (from Tucson) says:

    Hi Sue…. Although I haven’t written in a long time, I read every post… This story brought tears… so very happy for you!! Your “puppies” are so adorable!! How wonderful!!

  110. Jan NH says:

    Yippee! An even happier ending than the first happy ending. I’m so glad that Anita was able to look into her heart and make that difficult decision to let Roger go. He has some amazing adventures ahead of him with you and Reggie. I’m so happy for all of you!

  111. Susan Vlastelica says:

    Perfect ending! Anita learned having a dog right now wasn’t right for her. She didn’t have to wonder “what if…..” . And you will never have to feel a tinge of guilt that you did the right thing. Happy happy HAPPY for all four of you! The best ending.

  112. Jo Wishnie says:

    Geez what a roller coaster. First I thought you made a mistake not taking him in the first place. Then I turned around when he made Anita so happy and realized you were right. And now, well, I’m so happy for Reggie to have his playmate back and for Roger who blossomed with Reggie, but sad for Anita. Guess it all worked out the way it should.

  113. Linda a says:

    Oh, my, this does my heart good !
    It must have had to come down like this, you were right……
    Anita needed her opportunity to see if a dog may be in her future.
    Blessings to your ‘family’.

  114. Linda & Gerry in Buckeye AZ says:

    Loved, loved, loved reading tonight’s post! We waited with anticipation to read each new installment of the story and were so disappointed that Roger wasn’t joining your crew – he seemed like such a perfect match and crewmate for Reggie. And for him to come around so fast after meeting Reggie, just seemed like it was meant to be. And as it’s turned out, it was meant to be. Wishing you 3 many years of happy adventures and travels together.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, guys! Gee, one of the many blessings that come with Roger completing my crew is reading messages from so many blogorinos, new ones and also long-timers like you two. Thanks for the good wishes, Linda and Gerry!

  115. Laurie in NC says:

    Awesome turn of events! Reggie and Roger are the perfect crew!
    They both seem to have the same energy level, so looking forward to many action shots!

  116. Anna from NC says:

    Love this!!!! Congratulations to all of you!

  117. Eileen Dykeman says:

    Am sooooo happy for you, Reggie, and Roger. I think it’s neat that, while you’ve previously looked for another crew member, this new little recruit found you with no searching at all! Warmest wishes to you, Sue, and your two-canines crew!

  118. Collene S. says:

    Yay! So happy for Roger.

  119. Mary Batt says:

    OK Sue………MORE choked-up tearing! Pet lovers know about how the right decisions are the hardest decisions. The love is the bridge to the right decisions…..they are still hard. A dog can have two families that he/she will always love. This from experience. And…your Incident Disclosure has thwarted MANY coupler mishaps for those that tow. Kudos to your conscience! Also, while I am at it, thank you, thank you for your blog!!
    Hugs to you and Anita (please convey)

  120. Wow what a story to wake up to! I am so happy for everyone. Anita is one of those people I admire that can step up and take action. She opened her heart and home for Roger yet was willing to look at the longer picture. I admire you for being brave, planning your retirement and then making it happen. I always look forward to reading about your adventures and think about them when I drive to/from work and am stuck doing 10 mph in a 70 mph zone. Now you are embarking on a new chapter of adventures. Wishing all you more fun along the way.

  121. Terri from Texas says:

    Wonderful news! Sure the 3 of you will be very happy!

  122. ApplegirlNY says:

    Yeah!!!! Another happy ending. That Roger is one lucky pup to have so much love waiting for him.

    From your writings, it seems like Anita will miss him, but I’m sure she’s feeling a bit of relief as well. Just not the right time for her. It’s wonderful that she was willing to give it a try.

  123. Gal and a cat in Fl says:

    This was one of the very best you have ever posted. I have cried thru the sad ones right along with you and now rejoice at this one. He was just meant to be. Those little boys will be great company and inseparable. The same size, the same rousty playmates. Wonderful how it turned out. Congrats on your new adventures. Have been here following you a long time now.

  124. Susan Vlastelica says:

    I rarely post – pretty much a lurker – and never post twice on the same blog story, but this is so special! I am thrilled for all, especially Roger! I know Reggie will show him the ropes quickly, and it will seem like he has always been a crew member! The Reginator and Roger Dodger = the best pals!

  125. Melanie (Mel) says:

    This lurker, says what a win win situation, Anita had a nice experiance to her life but she knew in her heart Reggie and Roger belong together!

  126. Melanie Kramme says:

    This semi lurker, says what a win win situation, Anita had a nice experience to her life but she knew in her heart Reggie and Roger belong together!

  127. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Yep, I was fooled! LOL! I thought Roger was going to live happily ever after with Anita. You could write great mysteries with that unexpected twist! I felt sad for Anita as well, but as others have said, that just may open her heart up to a different dog. OVERJOYED he’s now a member of the crew!

  128. Susie M. says:

    Happy to read about the good outcome for everyone. Anita has her hands full with her business, and did the right thing for Roger. He will have a great time as a member of your crew and Reggie gets a playmate. I sincerely hope for a smooth transition for you and the crew.
    Happy Trails!

  129. KelleyinSoCal says:

    You have such a good heart Sue. Looking forward to the adventures of the new crew!

  130. CindyinOR says:

    HURRAY! That’s what I was hoping for all along. This has been better than any suspense novel 🙂

  131. Karen LeMoine says:

    I had a feeling she would change her mind! He’s better off with you two! I’m a happy camper! Enjoy your new life and family Ro oger!

  132. eliza in illinois says:

    I was reading an old post from January, 2015 and saw the photo of Butters, the pup who someone else got to first. Doesn’t Roger look a lot like Butters?
    I’m so happy for the three of you!

  133. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Wow! I am in tears here. I was kinda sad when Roger went with Anita but yet I understood. Now I am so happy all of you will be together!! I was not expecting this outcome at all. You have a heart of gold Sue!!

  134. Diann in MT says:

    God bless you, Sue.

    You are an angel.

  135. Jan From MI now back in MI says:

    Congratulations Sue & Crew,
    Wonderful story and can’t wait for more.
    Been on the road for a year and still can’t start a blog. I have a wordpress site but that’s about it.

  136. Cheryl Tucker in The Lower Thumb of MI says:

    We are presently in Cheyenne, WY; on kind of second Honeymoon. This is our 39th Anniversary today (June 3), having a great time. Looking forward to seeing MOUNTAINS for the first time. ‘Course nothing like you’ve seen, Sue.

    Uh, me thinks you might need to expand you’re bed! Ha! Hope you’ve got the stamina to keep up with the two of them! Love ya, Sue, Reggie, and of course, Roger, the homeless no more, we pray.

  137. Wendy / Bribie Island Aus. says:

    Have not been able to check in for awhile, wow, what a nice time to catch up.
    I hope all goes well for the three of you. Take care,
    💜

  138. JazzLoverWMa says:

    The second picture of Reg and Roger says it all. Happiness on Reggies face to have his playmate back, and bliss on Rogers to be with his new brother. It must have taken a lot of soul searching for Anita to realize that as much as she may have wanted Roger, her work schedule and concern for her granddaughter had to come first. I’m sure she will follow you and the crews adventures for many years to come. Happy that you have a full crew once again which will mean more adventures with you and “the boys” for us to follow. God Bless.

  139. BadgerRickInWis says:

    WOOHOOO, Welcome to the crew Roger. Let me tell ya boy you just hit the puppy jackpot!!!

    I’m so happy for all three of you. Somehow Sue you just always seem happiest with a two dog crew. So many adventures await you all. I don’t think I’ll stop smilin’ till Friday. To be honest I was a bit surprised and disappointed when Roger stayed with Anita but I trusted that you knew what was best. But now it’s obvious that this was meant to be. Right down to the little red car zooming by at the last moment just when you were about to leave.

    I’m so glad you are all doing well. Again sorry I haven’t been commenting as much of late. Lot’s of change in the world. And some of it at least is very, very good. May all the blessing of the universe follow you and watch over you and your new family.

    • weather says:

      If you ever get the chance to use applewood for a fire I think you’d like it, Rick. It’s blend of extra warmth, scent and rich glow is unique, and enhances the atmosphere of whatever setting one adds it to. I always felt and enjoyed how much nicer a place was with that in it. I haven’t found it available lately, and miss it, in much the same way that I miss your being here. I hope those near you these days appreciate what you add to their world.

  140. NovaScotiaSue says:

    What a pleasure reading your joyful story this morning. Like all the other blogorinos, I too had a joyful tear for you all. The final picture in this blog says it all. Happiness and joy for the two boys (and RVSue)

  141. I’m hapy and crying at the same time for you, Anita, Reggie And Roger,,,😭😁 but I think Roger made the decision a long time ago that he wanted to be a part of Reggiemans Family and now he is,,, and now the crew is back to 2 and you,,, this post Sue, Tops them all,,,,,,,, we have been camping with no signal up above Pagosa Springs off FR 640 till this morn and now we are camped in your spot on FR 006 , Kinney Flats, south of P.S. and with no Wilson Antana, we have 2-3 bars at 4G,,, we left the last camp because of to many Cows and the road you were camped on last year abouve “Bridget ” campground is washed out bad enough at one point to me, so we backed down the the road to the main and camped above Williams Reservoir at the Y in the road, but Kinney Flatts is Beautiful and so peaceful,,,,,,,, glad and so happy for you 3 and have a great week and stay safe and give Reggieman and Roger a huge hug from us, okay,,,,,,, Rusty n Piper

  142. RamblingRose says:

    Wow good for you Sue. Your family is complete again with Reggie and Roger. I am sure your friend was so relieved to find a good home for Roger and you were the lucky one being there to adopt him. Those 2 are adorable together and look so happy! Best wishes to you Reggie and Roger.

  143. Libby Nester WV/PA says:

    God sent Roger to you and Reggie. He’s the perfect little crew member. You all needed another pup to balance out the crew. He’s a perfect fit!

  144. Idaho Gurl says:

    I knew he was part of the crew when you first laid eyes on him. I am so happy for you all… Yipee!!! Roger is one lucky “dawg.” May you all have many happy, happy adventures together! He hit the jackpot. I’m so glad he adopted you and Reg…♥

  145. Sarvi in OR says:

    That’s so awesome! I’m glad he fits in so well and this makes me so happy. Sometimes it’s meant to be…

    I recently adopted a third dog. I had no plans to, I have my hands full with the crew I have, but this one just absolutely called out to me. I’ve had the new guy for just over a month now, and although we’ve had some fits and starts, he’s great and fits in very well with my other dogs. He definitely wears out my lab, they play every moment they are awake!

  146. Utah Bonnie (was in Montana, now in Washington) says:

    I’m so happy that you have found your new crew member. I had a niggling hunch that would be the outcome. I’m sure Roger has had his brain surgery by now and is becoming a model citizen.

  147. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Hurrah! Yea! Great! Now you are an official CREW! I am as happy as Homeless no more Dog. Take Care Sue and CREW!

  148. We all pray that you and Reggie and Roger are doing great at your new camp,,,, Rusty

  149. rvsueandcrew says:

    HOWDY, BLOGORINOS!

    It’s unanimous! Everyone is happy to have Roger complete the canine crew. On his behalf, I thank you for the joyous welcome! Both Reggie and Roger are doing great together, lots of playing and rough-housing, as you can imagine with two boys in a tiny house.

    Roger is still “all man,” if you get my drift. After we left Rogerson we camped in an area away from people and services. At that time stuff happened — wonderful stuff as well as complicating stuff. I’ll explain all that at a later time.

    I was catapulted out of cyberspace for a few days. I apologize for following up the news about Roger with silence. That wasn’t by design. I wanted to keep the momentum going, but life happens and one goes where the river takes one, or something like that.

    Anyway . . . .

    Today was a long day on the road. Reggie handled it like the seasoned traveler he is. As for Roger, let’s just say he’s still learning. That’s a story for a future post once I get this blog caught up again. The important thing is we arrived safe and sound at our new camp.

    I’m too tired this afternoon to edit photos and write. I’ll be sure to continue our story tomorrow, picking up from when Roger and Reggie trotted from Anita’s house to the Perfect Tow Vehicle and onward.

    To address a few comments:

    weather, You’re right! Anita is the same person who waited on me at the store during a previous visit to Rogerson. I was impressed then with her warm, friendly manner.

    Rusty, your news about visiting our previous boondocks interests me very much. Sorry to hear the road to the boondock above Bridget’s Campground is washed out. I hoped you would try Kinney Flat! I’m glad you like it there. Are you in the same campsite we had?

    It’s wonderful to see new people here, as well as those who comment regularly and those who join us during special times. Do you see how your participation, collected with others, makes this an interesting place to visit? Thank you for adding yourself to my blog!

    I have much to tell you and many photos to display. This is an exciting time in the lives of RVSue and her canine crew. I appreciate your patience with me when I don’t post regularly. See you sometime tomorrow (Tues.).

    Best wishes to each of you,
    Sue

    • We were in the same camp as yours and we moved closer towards the entrance of the flats, the growth is down around the pond and lots of animal and human traffic, seems Kinney Flatts is a popular area,, we will be here till probably the mid of june or earlier, I’ve been checking a vibration that I feel when going up hills lately,,,,, glad you have a great camp and waiting patently for your next post on the boys and your camp,,,,,,, 🐾👣

    • weather says:

      “two boys in a tiny house”, aw-w, I just love reading that phrase! Thanks for letting us know you’re all safe and sound at your new camp 🙂

  150. Dawn in NC says:

    RVSue, You are KILLING me making me wait for the next installment! 😉

  151. Rita says:

    Hola RVSue and Reggie from Rita, the human companion of the sweet canine mutt named Bella. We met you two at Ponderosa Pines campground last October and had a very companionable walk through the coral sand dunes.

    I was ordering something from Amazon and remembered that you could benefit, so I looked up your blog. Tried to access your blog a couple of times after we left Utah but your site must have been down a long time…then I just plain forgot whenever I had internet access.

    I LOVE the photos you posted of Reggie and Bella. Happy to hear you have added to your canine crew….Reggie must be thrilled with a full time playmate.

    Had a great trip along the tropical Mexican coast last winter, got my ocean fix, played a lot of tennis and regained some much needed fitness.

    Heading back to Mexico, where I have rented a (real) Casita for a few months in the mountains of Mexico that are usually too cold for camping in the winter. It is in a favorite town with 16th century colonial architecture that makes my heart sing and the town is surrounded by colorful indigenous villages producing amazing artisan products.

    Do drop me a line at the email address I used for this blog submission and I will share with you more about last winter’s adventure and my first summer in Mexico.

    Haste luego, Rita and Bella

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great to hear from you, Rita, and to know that you are living life to the fullest, going where you want to be, and with your sweet Bella. Thank you for the kind words about my blog and photos. Have a wonderful time in Mexico. Feel free to share here for all to enjoy!

  152. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    OMG I missed this! I was out camping and I missed it!!!

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