Love at first sight

The story continues . . . .

During the week after Timber died, Rusty and I exchange emails.  He shares his pain and I try to comfort him.  Rusty says he is lonely and wants to adopt another dog.

P1060446-003Photo taken at Miller Lake, Oregon, Summer 2015

Immediately I send a reply.

In that email I caution Rusty about bringing home another dog too soon, that grieving takes time, that he might not be able to bond with another dog this quickly after Timber’s death, blah, blah, blah.

The standard, knee-jerk advice.  Which Rusty doesn’t follow.

Instead he follows his heart.

Later, another email . . .

“I’m typing to tell you that I bonded with a 2-year-old, mellow, female, pure breed Husky named Piper.  She is at the vet getting spayed, shots, and chipped.  I purchased her at the humane shelter in Flagstaff, AZ for $100.00.  I told the nice lady my story of the past with Timber and told her of his passing and we both cried.  She kind of knows him from the newspaper back in 2012 and took me back to meet Piper.  I fell in Love.  Piper is white with gray and black and her eyes are pure white.”

Here she is!


Isn’t she gorgeous!

Subsequent emails from Rusty give evidence that he and Lady Piper — Rusty added that special touch to Piper’s name — are getting along splendidly.

“She’s a keeper alright . . . . Today we went for a walk the fourth time and a rabbit jumped out in front of her.  She stopped, her ears went up, she turned to me and I said ‘no,’ and the rabbit didn’t get chased.  I’m keeping this dog.  She’s my girl . . . . “



Rusty will miss Timber for a long time.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t room in his heart and in his home for Lady Piper!

As Rusty says, “Together we start a new journey.”

Happy trails!




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131 Responses to Love at first sight

  1. Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

    What a nice report, Sue.

    Hello, Piper. Welcome to the pack.

    Rusty, what a nice story for us to hear.


  2. Pam and Maya says:

    Rusty, I’m so happy for you, Lady Piper is beautiful!

  3. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    She is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Calvin R says:

    Thanks for the update. I wondered how Rusty was doing. All the best to Rusty and Lady Piper.

  5. Velda says:

    Blessings to you Rusty and Lady Piper! May your friendship be long and happy.

  6. Jolene says:

    I am happy for Rusty and Lady Piper. I know that all of us grieve differently and I guess Rusty was ready. I imagine he was lonely and he is giving Lady Piper a chance she may not have gotten.

    Good on you Rusty! I hope this is a great beginning for both of you! Thanks Sue for sharing this with us. I hope you and the crew are doing well also!! 🙂

  7. Elizabeth in WA says:

    We are all a bit different aren’t we, Sue?…some of us have to wait…and for us, it has been years now…partially due to where we are living, and the other needs of our children etc. But obviously for some, right away is needful. Thanks for sharing the photos and story…wishing Rusty the best!!

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      I agree, Elizabeth. Sometimes with some people, solitude magnifies grief rather than provides peace. So I’m happy to read that Rusty knows what he needs and filled the hole in his heart with ROYALTY, no less! It was so nice of RVSue and Rusty to keep us posted, pix and all!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        We are not totally without doggie time, nonetheless…when we go to see our daughter…they have a hairless rat terrier who thinks we are coming just to see him…plus we live in an area with many dogs so we get to pet other people’s dogs sometimes too…even a neighborhood kitty comes out to walk with us some when we go for a walk…but of course, SOMEDAY, I do hope we can again have a small dog of some kind…when you are a doggie person, you always are one I think… I agree with your thoughts too, Gayle.

  8. Lovely. Wonderful. Words are inadequate.

  9. kgdan says:

    It makes me happy to know that Rusty has found a new friend. Looks like she will help him heal.

  10. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Sweet story, Sue. I’m so happy for Rusty and Lady Piper. She needs him and he needs her. And that is one gorgeous canine. Please pass along my best wishes or, if he is reading this, I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU, RUSTY.

  11. Lee J in Northern California says:

    It sounds like Rusty knows his own heart….good for him…..

    I know I need my furry buddies, Arlo and Zoe . Life without these two would be heart wrenching.

    Healing takes time but doesn’t mean it can’t be helped along with another fur ball!

  12. I am so happy for Rusty and Lady Piper! Lady Piper is a beautiful girl

  13. So happy for Rusty and Lady Piper too! A new family. I hope they have many great adventures together.

  14. Dawn says:

    Thank you for the update!!!! It’s good to know someone found a special home in heart and RV in Timber’s passing. I guess that’s what we have to remember about loss. Hugs to Rusty and to you, Sue, I know this touches a place in your heart too.

  15. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Rusty, she is gorgeous! Timber would want you to have a loving companion. I’m so happy for both of you.

  16. Diann in MT says:

    Congratulations, Rusty! Lady Piper is gorgeous. She will be a faithful and so grateful partner.
    She seems absolutely thrilled at being adopted by her Big Man!
    Many happy trails together.

  17. Karen LeMoine says:

    Rusty that is one stunning dog! Thank you for saving a life! You and Lady Piper will have a wonderful life! Timber probably had a paw in this! You two will be some team!

  18. Cathy T. says:

    What a wonderful post. I am so happy for Rusty and Lady Piper. A wonderful ending…and beginning!

  19. weather says:

    Perfect choice of a simply wonderful photo to open this great post with ,Sue,so fitting for the renewal in the cycle of life….Lady Piper was a terrific choice-she’s beautiful in a magnificent way.Having a soft spot for huskies because of my own,I’d have swooped her up in a hurry,too.All creatures have virtues,the ones reminiscent of wolves are just amazingly special .

    • weather says:

      P.S. to Sue-I hope your own life,with and aside from fur friends,is going well for you,inside and out,and that you are where you want to be for a campsite and along your journey.May what you want,enjoy and need be within easy reach.

  20. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Rusty–I’m so happy for you! Lady Piper is beautiful inside and out. You are fortunate to have found each other.

    Happy tails to you!

    Sue- Thank you for passing along this great news…Your butterfly/flower photo is exquisite. In your last few posts your photos have been crisper and more clear (better resolution?) Keep up the great work!

  21. Deb Larson says:

    I’m glad Rusty is not alone and a great dog gets a home. Lady Piper is a looker.

  22. Jan Johnson says:

    I am so happy he went ahead and got another dog. Piper is beautiful and sounds wonderful. She doesn’t take Timber’s place, she is just a new love in his life. For myself, I don’t need to wait, I need another furry warm one to hold and love. It helps the hurting. In fact, we have three dogs, and when my beloved Sheltie was obviously going downhill we went ahead and got a puppy because I was already grieving and so sad, anticipating the loss. We kept the pup away from her of course – she mostly just slept in my room, and it was the best thing we could have done.

  23. Wonderful news. Beautiful dog, sweet story, so happy for Rusty. Welcome to Lady Piper!

  24. Shawna says:

    She’s gorgeous! What a blessing for Rusty. What a stroke of luck for Lady Piper. Two beautiful souls on their new adventure. The heart knows. Hugs to you both.

    Thank you Sue for giving us this update. You are a good friend to Rusty and to us, your readers. Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Bill says:

    I am so glad for Rusty!

    Bill n Sadie plus Mic

  26. Dawn in MI says:

    Crying happy tears this time. She is beautiful. Oh Lady Piper, you are going to have the best adventure with Mr. Rusty! You came along to help his broken heart start to mend. He will tell you stories about your brother Timber, and all the fun they had. And you will lick his face and dry his tears and add your own stories. Hugs to you both.

  27. Awh that’s great!!!!

  28. carlene says:

    Oh Rusty I am so happy for your great find. She is as you say a real keeper. Blessings to you and Lady Piper!
    From 4 days on the road and loving it!

  29. Kay Dattilio says:

    Rusty..Piper is in good hands and so are you! Blessings!

    Kay from KC!

  30. That is wonderful…thanks for sharing with us.

    Lady Piper is indeed a gorgeous girl!!

  31. Linda in CO High country at 8500' says:

    I am so happy for you and Lady Piper. Thank you for adopting from the ASPCA. I lost my best friend this past Tuesday. Like you, I knew my life was not complete without another furry friend. I went to the ASPCA on Thursday and came home with Little Man Gus. I still miss my old friend, but Little Man Gus has filled a large void in my life.
    Many Happy Trails to you and Lady Piper. She will make a great companion.
    Linda, Little Man Gus and Echo

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Sending my empathy and sympathy in losing a furry pal, Linda and glad you found another to love so quickly!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss and yet also filled with joy that you knew yourself and your circumstances well enough to let the joy of Little Man Gus come into your life. May you both share a long life of happy adventures.

  32. Congratulations, Rusty! I am sure you and the new Lady in your life will work out famously. I am also glad you went to the ASPCA to get a new one. She sounds and looks like a perfect companion for you and your way of life.

  33. Carla says:

    What terrific news. Rust has a new companion and Lady Piper gets a most caring human! You’ve created a lot of joy among your readers with this post (as you do so often). Yay!!

  34. Wonderful! This news makes me happy, happy, happy!
    Rusty, Lady Piper is gorgeous! What a beautiful friend you have found! I am so very happy for both of you ! I bet Timber is looking down, grinning from ear to ear and feeling the love you gave him being shared with another dog who needed you as much as you needed her! I am sure he approves!
    Thank you Rusty, for being such a kind soul and having so much love to share!
    Geri, Chuck, and our boys DoogieBowser and Radar!

  35. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Thanks for the update on Rusty.
    And congratulations Rusty on finding a beautiful addition to your family. Lady Piper is a stunning looking dog as was Timber. Bless you for rescuing her. May you both have a happy life together.

  36. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I am so happy for Rusty and Lady Piper. We all knew that Rusty would be so lost and lonely without Timber. Thanking the Lord for sending him another beautiful dog. She will not replace Timber but I am sure she will help fill the void.
    God Bless You Rusty and Lady Piper

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

    WOW… look at the size of those paws. She is one big beautiful girl and I am so happy to hear that Rusty has company on the road.

  38. Don in Okla. says:

    OH MY!! What a fine looking pal!! Congratulations Rusty on your new friend. And a shelter pup too, how great is that!!

  39. Mick'nTN says:

    I pray your happiness, Rusty & Lady Piper.

  40. Sidewinder Pen says:


    Lady Piper looks just fantastic, and you are lucky to have found each other. Here is to many wonderful times together – both the adventures and the “every day” coziness that a canine companion provides.

  41. Lynn Brooks says:

    We’ve all been there. Our dogs are not merely “dogs” they are our FAMILY!!!!
    Yes, grieving takes time – I’m so glad Rusty has someone to help him over the rough spots!!!
    Thanks, Sue, for letting us know how Rusty is doing. I’m sure Lady Piper is just right for him!

  42. Pat says:

    Lady Piper is beautiful and I’m glad Rusty found her. They are perfect for each other and I know they will be happy.

  43. DesertGinger says:

    Yay Rusty! Piper looks wonderful. I hope you enjoy many years together.

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

    Wow!! This post makes me so very happy, for Rusty and for Lady Piper!! Some of us have to fill the hole in our heart when we lose a beloved pet right away or very soon and some need to grieve a while. In some ways I think it honors Timber by giving his place to someone who needs it. Timber would be happy that Rusty isn’t alone. I know I sure am. Congratulations to Rusty and Lady Piper. She’s a beauty.

  45. BadgerRickInWis says:

    So happy for you both, she’s beautiful and now she gets to spend her life with a man with a beautiful soul.

    Sue, As others have commented absolutely perfect photograph to open the post. Well done.

  46. AZ Jim says:

    I am so happy for Rusty and Lady Piper. They make a handsome pair. I know Timber would approve too. Missy, thank you for bringing us such a wonderful story. Rusty won’t be lonely now. Cheers….

  47. monica- CA says:

    Rusty, Lady Piper is beautiful! May she bring you joy and comfort. Safe travels!

  48. Bodhi says:

    She sure is pretty!

  49. Susan says:

    Oh goodness. I am so happy for Rusty and the lady. Somehow in my heart when I read the sad story about Timber I had a feeling that Rusty would need another companion soon. For some it is best to wait and for some it is best to find companionship sooner rather then later. I am sure that Timber is happy for you and in fact it looks as if he directed you to just the right companion.

  50. Cheryl says:

    So glad for both of them!

  51. What a wonderful addition to your family. Lady Piper is one beautiful girl!

  52. Pamela K. says:

    The First Time ever I saw your face
    I thought the sun rose in your eyes
    And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
    To the dark and the end of the skies
    ….Roberta Flack

    Rusty, I am so happy for you and for your Lady Piper!
    I’m glad you followed your heart, the heart knows when it is right 🙂
    She is a very beautiful Husky. Looks so sweet and friendly.
    May you both have many wonderful years together.

  53. green says:

    Bright blessings to Rusty and Lady Piper!

    Wishing you sweet adventures!

  54. Jenny Waters says:

    Good for you Rusty, Lady Piper looks like a sweet girl. Thanks for sharing with us, Sue.

  55. Susan in south central WA says:

    I got as far as “she’s my girl” before I burst into tears. Welcome Lady Piper!

  56. Reine says:

    Rusty, I’m so happy for you. Huskies are such loving dogs so I know Lady Piper will be a great comfort and companion to you as you provide a forever home for her.

  57. C.W. says:


  58. JazzLoverW.Ma says:

    What a wonderful thing Rusty, finding your Lady Piper. May your future hold many warm memories with her in the years to come. Know that Timber will always be watching over you both.
    Bless you.

  59. Chris B - Southern California says:

    Thanks for the post, Sue. I’ve been thinking about Rusty ever since that horrible event.

    Rusty – The timing seemed to be perfect for following your heart. I’m so happy for you! What a great looking dog with a beautiful smile. Can’t wait to hear more about the new lady in your life!

    Chris B

  60. Glenda from Glendale says:

    I’ve wondered how Rusty was doing, this news really warms my heart. I’m so happy that he has Lady Piper and she has a new home with a person who will love her. Hugs and blessings to both!

    • jon hogan says:

      Sorry for being off topic, but I remember a Glenda from Glendale who I met at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1972. Could that be you?

      Jon Hogan

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Jon…. It’s unlikely Glenda will see your question here. I suggest you ask under a current post or wait for her to appear under a current post. She appears occasionally.

  61. MB says:

    You know, I had a friend who lost her dog because he got away from her and ran out into the road. She was devastated! But, very soon thereafter she was looking through the shelters and adds for another dog. People kept telling her it was too soon. But, knowing her…..I didn’t think so. Then one day she found an add on Craig’s list for a dog whose owner had to move. She asked if I would go with her. On the way to meet the dog/people she explained….”You know I will always miss him, but I still have all this love to give. And in a way, it is the only thing left that I can do for him…..rescue another.” Well, we met the little dog and she came home with my friend. The perfect match! You are so right….just because the heart is grieving doesn’t mean that it cannot love another. I am so happy for Rusty!

  62. chas anderson says:

    Beautiful dog.Huskies are really distinctive.My sweetheart Juice is mostly Husky and she is a doll.Congrats to Rusty;.

  63. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Sue, thanks so much for sharing Rusty’s good news! Rusty, Piper is beautiful. I hope you have a long and happy life together!

  64. Wendy in Thailand says:

    What a beautiful girl! Best wishes Rusty and Lady Piper.

  65. Terri From Texas says:

    Wonderful news indeed! Its nice to read uplifting news for a change. May you and Piper live long and prosper!

  66. Sheila says:

    What a wonderful post, so wonderful that it brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy that Rusty and Lady Piper found each other and am quite sure they will have a good life together. Timber will always be in Rusty’s heart but like you said Sue, there’s room for more than one. Thank you for this beautiful news and all the best to Rusty and Lady Piper!

  67. wildflower in prescott says:

    A perfect match and beauty to behold. Lucky Lady!

  68. Suzette says:

    Rusty is a very wise man. Not all of us know ourselves so well. Or, maybe I should say not all of us accept ourselves so well. He knew he had to fill that empty spot. It looks like he did quite well. I’m so happy for him. Can’t wait to follow their adventures through you. Thanks for the update!

  69. Sondra-SC says:

    She is a beauty!

  70. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    We wish Rusty and his new Lady well. May you have many journeys together.
    If you are a large dog lover like me and Rusty, it can be hard to find that special one nowadays it seems. So I am so very excited for you Rusty, Happy Trails!

  71. Applegirl NY says:

    Oh, Rusty, she is beautiful. So happy for you!

    Sue, I agree with everyone, beautiful butterfly picture, and thank you so much for keeping us up to date with Rusty and sharing his good news.

  72. Marcia in PA says:

    Welcome to the pack Lady Piper. You are loved!

  73. CharSolera says:

    I’m so glad for Rusty and Lady Piper! I’ve never made it more than a week before getting another pet after one passes on. The heart has lots of room for love! You’ll continue to process your thoughts about the loss of Timber. Enjoy your new dog, Lady Piper. Happy trails, Rusty. Thanks for the update, Sue.

  74. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Oh my gosh I love it. Turned my frown upside down. Thanks!

    I am HOME after 8 weeks of little or no internet, little cell coverage and heat. UGH. One would think I had been out boondocking like my heros! NO. I was in a space at a RV park between Orting & Sumner…
    Moosee (my 68 silver streak) is getting some work done on her from a friend… and I am doing laundry… I will miss my grandkids terribly, but right now it is time to be home on the harbor, where the heat isn’t quite so bad.

    I have not heard from Krystina… my emails are so backed up and I am not sure how things are… concerned. Going to shoot her another note… I never knew when or if she got my last couple of notes.

    Hugs from HOQUIAM!

    • Michele in Sunset Beach, NC says:

      Hi Barb,

      Kristina is doing well. I know she will post when she has the time and better service, too. I didn’t want you to worry. Thank you for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.

  75. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Rusty, Lady P is a beautiful dog and I am sure will become a forever trusted friend for you. I am so happy you found her and she found you!

  76. Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

    Congratulations, Rusty & Piper!

  77. az jim says:

    A bunch of happy folks Rusty and it’s all due to you and Lady Piper!

  78. Susan in Dallas says:

    Great news! Best wishes, Rusty, to you and Lady Piper. Her new added name definitely fits her. There is plenty of love to go around and I’m so happy you know what you need to take care of yourself and a new companion. Sounds like a win/win situation.

  79. shirlene says:

    I am so happy for Rusty and Piper…funny we have been spending the last two nights in Flagstaff..I wish I haf known he was around..I would have liked to have given him and Piper big hugs! Thank you Sue for this timely post! It made my day.

    • Lady Piper and rusty says:

      Well we were going to go to Colorado, But I decided not to go because of the Weather, So Lady Piper and I are sitting near A-1 Mountain,, just west of Flagstaff,,,,, we got the weather and how, at least I’m not drivin’ in it,,,,, and Lady Piper Says Hi to all and I thank you all,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  80. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Congratulations, Rusty! Lady Piper is a beauty! She sounds very smart & is already cued into you. Lady Piper must be very intelligent. Thank you, Sue, for passing on this wonderful news!

  81. Libby Nester says:

    So excited that you and Lady Piper found each other. She looks like she will be a good companion. Also, she is obeys commands which is good. Timber is smiling down upon you all. And, he will always be in your heart. RIP Timber Baby.

  82. susan says:

    For some, and I’m one of them, grieving a lost dog and getting another one, can and do, happen at the same time. I have waited a few days, and then my heart and home feel so empty. For others, they have to wait and go through the grieving without adding another dog to the mix. Different strokes for different folx I guess.
    I am so happy for Rusty! Timber is watching from above and I know he would want Rusty to feel the love again.
    May Rusty and Lady Piper have a long and happy life together. Welcome Lady Piper!
    Happy Trails,

  83. Gail/Texas says:

    Hello Rusty and Piper! I am so happy for you both. She will warm your heart (and dry your tears) and you will give her the home she wants and needs. Such wonderful news. You two stay safe on the trails, always. Gail

  84. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful, happy news! Made my day..brought tears of joy. The butterfly photo has to be one of your best – beautiful! 🙂

    Hi, Rusty,

    Lady Piper is a beauty and a blessing! I am so glad that you found each other! I know Timber would approve….feeling better that you have a faithful companion on earth to watch over you and keep you company, as he watches over you from above!

  85. Pamela K. says:

    Just wanted to add a quick tip for the person who bought the GoPro camera from Sue’s Amazon link…

    I own the GoPro and REI has FREE CLASSES they offer on the basics and the finer points of using the GoPro. If you are an REI Member then you can register to attend the classes anywhere in the U.S. And you can attend even if you did not buy the GoPro through REI. Sweet! Anyway, just wanted you to know and anyone else who owns one. I found those little multi-function buttons to have a slight learning curve and the classes really helped with that. Enjoy it! It’a a fun camera!

  86. Renee (Datil/North Ranch) says:

    SO happy for both Rusty AND Lady Piper. It sounds like their finding each other was meant to happen. Having another companion should ease the pain in Rusty’s heart; it always worked for me to have another “baby” to love & spend time with. It seems to smooth some of the sharp pain of loss. And what a beautiful girl she is!

  87. Jeff from Virginia says:

    Rust that is one fine looking lady… did good.

  88. Glenda in OZ! says:

    I have not been able to stop thinking about Rusty since you shared the sad news of the passing of his beloved Timber. I am so glad to read this post and to see he has another dog and what a beauty she is……… happy for you Rusty. When I have had a dog pass, the only thing that helped me get through it was to look and find another dog to love. Everyone is different I know, but for me that is the way.

  89. Lady Piper and rusty says:

    here is one for you all,,,,,,,,, Cindy and Jules sent 3 framed Photos of Timber to us as a house warming gift, Of which the one of Timber, just Timber looking into the camera is in the middle of the cab-over, above my bed in the Camper, and I now have a photo of Lady Piper sleeping soundly under that photo of my Buddy,, She likes it up in my bed, but when it’s time for me to rest for the night, she jumps down and sleeps in her bed under the table,,, in the mornings , she sleeps in till I start fixin’ my coffee, then she waits for me to put her harness on to go for our first walk of the day, She’s a Lady and She knows it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      That is fantastic Rusty. What a beautiful and smart girl she is! I’m sure she will return all the love you bestow on her and more. Bless you both.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      She sounds perfect Rusty, again just knowing that you two have each other fills my heart with joy.

      Oh, and Cinandjules you two are amazing, but than we all knew that already. God I love this place.

    • Gail says:

      She sounds Divine. Love at First Sight indeed. Made for each other. Timber works fast! Best to you and LP, Gail

    • Glenda in OZ! says:

      Rusty ……so happy for you, truly happy. May you and your beautiful lady have many happy years together.

  90. Claudia Sutherland says:

    Rusty and Lady Piper. He needed her and she needed him..match made in heaven.

  91. wa_desert_rat says:

    I’m glad that Rusty and Lady Piper teamed up. I love huskies (our daughter has had three of them… still has one) for their intelligence and humor. And if she minds him when she could go chase a critter she is definitely special. I wish them both all the best.


  92. Pat in Rochester says:

    Ahhh, happy dances for Rusty and Lady Piper. Flagstaff holds happy memories for me (moved there a week after wedding). Now it holds one more. All the best. And hello Sue. It’s been a good year for dog adoptions – Reggie, my Charlie, and now Lady P.

  93. So happy for you Rusty, and for Piper too! What a beautiful girl, so glad you found her.

    Sue, the butterfly photo is outstanding!

  94. Joy Sutton says:

    Beautiful dog. Would someone post a link t the news article referred to in 2012

    • weather says:

      Below is a “to search blog” box,type in Sunshine in the park and RVers in the desert ,then click search.The third paragraph of that post ,in purple lettering,has the link to click on-“a special copy of Arizona Republic”

  95. Oh I’m so glad! She is so gorgeous! YAY!

    • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

      Good morning to all,,,, Lady Piper and I thank Sue for posting a Beautiful Beginning of the Butterfly and we thank you all for your blessings,,,,, intern on this day of our Lord, I ask Him to Bless you all,,,,,,,,,,,,, Rusty,,,,,, We’re glad to be a part of the,,,,, Pack,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

      • cate walsh says:

        Congrats on your beautiful new girl, Rusty. See later posting today with big hugs for both of you. Still doing well?

  96. Jill Blythman says:

    None of us know for sure about the afterlife. I choose to believe that Timber, knowing Rusty would be very lonely, sent Lady Piper to him. God bless them both.

  97. Karla in Kentucky says:

    Thank you Sue for giving us this good news. I have felt such sadness ever since reading the post about Timber. I am so happy that Rusty has found a beautiful new companion who needed a home. May they have many happy trails and tales in our beautiful country!

  98. Kellee says:

    So happy to hear the news about Rusty and Lady Piper. Brightened my day!

  99. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Rusty and Lady Piper, happy tears and lots of laughter for this great post from RVSue to her bloggerino family. Thank you for giving LP a forever home.

    Sue, thank you for being so thoughtful to all of us.

    Take Care Everyone

    Deena, family and Miss Mollie

  100. Yay Rusty!!!! Yay Lady Piper!!!!!

    Such wonderful news!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!

  101. cate walsh says:

    Hey Sue,

    Thanks for the update on Rusty’s new girl. You didn’t say anything wrong to him that first week. It was loving and wise.It was good advice, just not what worked best for Rusty. Haven’t you noticed that men, in general, can’t sit with grief very long? They need that hole in the heart filled asap…whether the lost love is human or animal.

    Rusty…if you see this, and its late in the game, Lady Piper is a true beauty! I’m very happy that you found each other and Happy Trails to you both. 🙂

    (((Rusty))); (((Lady Piper)))
    Cate W

  102. WTXCal says:

    You have found a great gal in Lady Piper. I just went from feeling so sad to so much happiness for you and your new friend. She now has a very caring “Dad” and has been rescued. Many years of happiness to you both.
    God bless, WTXCal
    P.S. She’s beautiful!

  103. tesaje says:

    Awwww. When you meet the right dog, you just know. Piper is a beauty and sounds like a great dog already. Makes me smile.

    The new dog is a different relationship than Timber. Each is an individual. I went to the pound a couple weeks after my beloved mixed terrier died. And there was her spitten image right there in a 6 month puppy so of course I got her along with a companion dog. She wasn’t as great a dog as her predecessor but she and her sister were well loved for the rest of their lives. Maybe if I had waited, I might have gotten a different kind of dog but I never regretted it and it was just so empty without a dog around.

  104. Lisa says:

    What a beautiful pair, Rusty and the Lady Piper. I am so happy you found her Rusty, congrats on your rescue. I know Tommie, my American Bulldog, rescues me everyday. Many happy walks, sloppy kisses and tail wags to you.

    Sue, another beautiful campsite, you sure know how to pick ’em! It’s all the more beautiful being surrounded by those of a like mind who value quiet regeneration near the water. Evidently fishermen (and women), ok those who like to fish, make good neighbors. Have you ever caught your supper with a rod and reel Sue. I imagine Reggie would love it, maybe not so much the fish though, chuckle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      Oh, Reggie and Bridget would like a fish supper. I know this because people leave dead fish on the bank and guess what happens. Yep. Gotta’ watch these two every second!

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        Do they try to act like they are not interested and then dart to the fish before you can stop them? My daughter’s dog used to do that and then we would have a standoff trying to get whatever she obtained from her. Oh, how I miss her but the memories make me smile.

        Thanks, again, Sue for all your efforts to put together this journal. I am certain there are many more other than the bolgerinos who appreciate your site.

        Be safe and I hope you found another “choice” campsite.

        Marilyn in Dania Beach, FL

  105. Piper says:

    So happy for Rusty!!! Love the name!

  106. This really warms my heart! Welcome Lady Piper, you will be loved!

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