Playing like they mean it

About the Desert Bighorn Sheep at our campsite….

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One of the reasons Reggie and I went to Echo Bay was so I could see the sheep.  A long-time RVer at Poverty Flats had told me that I might spot the elusive creatures by driving the road that goes to the Bay.  I searched the rocks on both sides of the road and I didn’t see any.

A few days later I step out my door and there they are!

(See previous post.)

The funny thing is. .

Now when I open the door to go outside, quite naturally my line of sight is to the edge of the mesa where, for a fleeting moment, the curved horns and distinctive face of the Bighorn appeared.  I marvel at that surprise all over again!

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It’s puppy play-time at the park!

Reggie meets Zeke the Pomeranian . . . .  The photos tell the story of what happens next.

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You have to agree — When dogs play, they play like they mean it!

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100 Responses to Playing like they mean it

  1. I just love watching dogs run and
    Play with each other! Such enjoyment for them to feel free to be dogs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      HI, SUE! SECOND PLACE!

      It is fun watching dogs play. The owner was laughing her head off. She got a special kick out of watching Reggie do the back-kick. “He moves his legs so fast!”

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

    Oh goodness–big smile on the first “zoom” picture of those two.

  3. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Love to watch Reggie play! Zeke looks like he is really into playing Reggie style! I’m jealous Sue, when I was on the road I didn’t get to see any sheep. Thanks for sharing the photos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam and Maya,

      You’re welcome. I never thought I’d see the sheep up close like that. Maybe you’ll receive a similar surprise someday!

  4. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Good morning! Happy to see a post!

  5. Sherri D says:

    Oh my goodness!!! Was I first?
    I have two little Rat Terriers that play like that too. Love seeing your photos. And I can’t imagine seeing those sheep, up close and personal like that. As always, thanks for sharing your life with us readers. 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Sherri. Oh, I have a soft spot in my heart for rat terriers. I hope to find a friend for Reggie who will play like he does, someone who will fit into our family.

  6. Robin (from Oregon) says:

    First?

  7. Lori says:

    they have smiles on their faces!

  8. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the pictures of Reggie and Zeke playing!!! I know they were fast in real time!! And bless his heart, he sure looks tuckered out in the last picture. Really enjoyed this post.

    Sending lots of love and big hugs

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      Yes, they were running full-out in circles around me while I was holding the camera, the tether, and my bottle of water. I kept getting tangled up but didn’t let that stop me from taking photos. There was too much fun going on to miss!

      Love to you, too, always.

      • Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

        Sue,

        Does your camera do video. Those two playing would be fun to view on youtube.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Marilyn,

          Yes, my camera does video. I like to keep it simple and besides, all you would see is a blur! 🙂

  9. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    And there is Reggie at the end, all tuckered out. So sweet. It’s so nice when they really hit it off with a buddy. Clearly that happened here. We got to see some bighorns in the Badlands this September. Hanging out by the road like they were looking for some tourist attention.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      What Badlands do you mean? Sounds like you saw the bighorns up close — Lucky you!

      • Linda (Wisconsin) says:

        The South Dakota ones. Badlands National Park. Finally made it out to the Black Hills too. The Bighorns were quite unexpected… I guess I didn’t think of the Badlands as having animals other than prairie dogs.

  10. What fun those fur kids are having!
    Weird thing. I accidentally tapped my iPad screen next to the photo of Reg curled up and it went to,an Amazon ad for a small vacuum cleaner! Clicked back to here and did it again to see if I was imaging it. Went right to Amazon, yet it’s not one of your list there! Weird huh?!
    Have a good weekend all

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is weird, Velda! I tried it and the same thing happened for me! I wonder why…

      Oh, well… Maybe I’ll sell some Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners. Haha!

      You have a good weekend, too!

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Reggie is a hoot!
        I got a dirt devil when I tapped, too, haha. I’m loving these posts from the “magnificent mesa”.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Chey,

          Thanks for the enthusiastic feedback on the mesa posts. We definitely are NOT impoverished on Poverty Flats!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      I couldn’t resist I had to test it too. Yep, weird. Nice vacuum weird link

      • The photo of Reggie is a link .. you can right click on the photo and you’ll see the internet page options .. or you can hover your mouse pointer on the photo and the Amazon link URL will probably (should) appear down at the bottom of your screen.
        ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM .. he was going so fast he became an Amazon link!!! 🙂

  11. milliehubbard says:

    Great shots of the puppy roundup!! It looks like Reggie may have found his match! I wish my little Chihuahua would play like that so he would assume the position of Reggie in he last photo!! hehehe

    Sounds like everyone is having a grand time on the mesa! Thanks Sue, for sharing your adventures with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, millie,

      Oh, we’ve been having a great time on the mesa…. in the wind! It finally stopped this morning. Kind of cold though.

      Reggie is begging me for a walk. He’s wearing his green jacket and making squeaky noises by the door.

      Yeah, it’s great when our little power-pups play hard and then sleep well…

      Gotta’ go… Bye for now!

  12. az jim says:

    Energizer meets energizer. Those guys had a ball. That was good for both of them. Other than the cliff being so near, it looks like that is a perfect spot. It wouldn’t do for a sleep walker though. Fun post Missy, thanks…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jim. No sleep-walking going on at our house. 🙂 We’re parked a safe distance from the edge.

  13. The Zoo says:

    Reggie is sooo cute being exhausted after playing. I have a Pomeranian/border collie mix. Hes a tiny bit bigger then Zeke, with that body and a big, ole border collie head. We joke he wears ankle weights on his back feet.

  14. AlanOutandAbout - Silver City NM. says:

    I think a Pomeranian would be the perfect mate for Reggie. Nothing but energy they’d be perfect buddies

    I have been reading your blog and enjoying your travels. Lots of fun

    I will be moving down to a park just outside of El Paso in Dec. Got some stuff needs done and it is the only place I can get it all done

    Have fun and enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      I was thinking about you just the other day… Gee, I haven’t heard from Alan in a while. I wonder if he’s still at Silver City…

      Must be getting cold there by now. I’m sure you have a good heater with hook-ups to keep you warm.

      BTW, if you (or anyone) have experience or knowledge of pomeranians, I’m interested in learning more about the breed.

      • MB from VA says:

        I got my uncle one several years ago. He is such a love bug! He loves to play but is also happy sleeping in any lap available. Uncle keeps him clipped because he gets hot….he’s cute both ways. He is the color of a collie.

  15. Good to see you and Reggie are having a of fun seeing Big Horn Sheep and the Reggometer racing round the park,, we are now waiting in line to get a home, but a possibility of getting a place up in Paulden and we are camped a 1/2 a mile south of Mayer, Az, a hour from Prescott and we had a hard freeze this morning, but didn’t feel it,,,, have a great weekend and stay safe and give Reggieman a huge hug from us,,,, Rusty n Piper 😎🐾

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      A hard freeze, eh? I’m glad you didn’t feel it inside your camper. It was supposed to be in the low 30s here this morning. I don’t think it was that cold. Didn’t seem like it and I ought to know since I can’t turn on the heater! Reg and I kept warm enough. He wore his green jacket to bed. 🙂

      Paulden would be a good location, right? You and Piper have a good weekend, too!

    • Geri says:

      We have good friends in Paulden! Beautiful area! Good Luck!

  16. So glad to see Reggie find a friend that is as rambunctious as he is. I’m sure the energy was astounding. Looks like the Poverty Flats area has been great and exciting for both of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W,

      Yes, Poverty Flats is a good find. To think I drove past it one year because it didn’t appeal to me. Goes to show one shouldn’t make a judgement without looking!

      The only down side to this camp on the mesa is the rocky surface of the ground. Reggie doesn’t seem to mind. I think the rocks may be a reason our neighbors are usually people without dogs. On the plus side, the rocks embedded in the ground keeps the dust down on windy days.

      I’m not in a hurry to leave and we’ve already been here two weeks.

      Ft. Huachuca, eh? 🙂

  17. LoupGarou says:

    The lad has met his match.

  18. Linda-NC says:

    Ha! I think Reggie is a big flirt-Play hard to get and then turn the tables! So much fun and I bet he still dreaming about that little white Pom. So cute.5

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Reggie still dreaming of Zeke? No, he lives in the moment. Right now he’s asleep in his bed and dreaming of ???

  19. Best post yet of Reggie and a new friend. Looks like they both had a bad case of the zoomies. Thanks for capturing this delightful play day and sharing it with us!

  20. Pat (Ky) says:

    What a great time you are having on the mesa. I love to watch dogs play. It does seem to be all or nothing with them.

    The only time I have seen big horn sheep was in Rocky Mt National Park many years ago, but they were white. Maybe a different variety than what is in the desert, or maybe the time of year. Very powerful looking animals with those big horns.

    Don’t know if you’ve figured out your refrigerator lights or not. I had to buy the A-Z owners guide that Eileen Glick puts out since I don’t have a clue how the Casita operates. Anyway, when my refrigerator is using gas, the “auto” light is always on.
    She says to turn the refrigerator on and the press the auto button. It then will select AC if plugged in or switch to GAS. If that is not available the check light comes on; then the DC mode must be manually selected. That’s where I run into problems. I have a hard time getting it to switch to DC when I’m driving. What I finally started doing, was turning the refrigerator off as the first thing I did when getting hooked up for the road. By the time I had everything ready, I turned it back on and most times I could get it to DC. One day though I just never could get it switch over. I just left it off until we stopped for the day. Hopefully in time I’ll get it figured out.

    I think I have it winterized. It took a couple of tries and several “youtube” videos. I found one valve to turn on the back of the water heater, but everyone talks about 3. I guess I’ll find out in the spring if I did it right.

    A couple of days ago when I was off, I scrubbed the Casita to remove the oxidation. Today I’ve started putting the poliglow on. I have the top half done. The bottom should go much faster. It’s not the best day to do it with the breeze and all the leaves blowing out of the trees and getting stuck in the poliglow. It’s in the upper 70’s. The weekend is only going to be in the mid 40’s, so I figure this is my last chance this year.

    I am really happy with how it’s looking..not exactly new, but it has a nice shine to it.

    I have a couple of questions, but since this post has gotten out of hand once again, I’ll wait till another time. Take care, Pat

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      I appreciate the detailed description of how the electronic panel of the fridge works. My Dometic’s panel has always operated slightly differently. When the fridge runs on gas, the gas light is the only light on (auto is off), other than the light for level of temperature. I never switch the fridge off of gas, even when I have hook-ups. I leave it alone.

      I have two owner’s manuals for the BLT… the one the Casita factory provided and also one that I copied off of casitaforum.com, during the year before I picked up the BLT in Texas.

      Aren’t you a good Casita owner, removing oxidation and putting on the poliglow! I’ve neglected the BLT too long. I hope to give her exterior some attention before the winter is over. Good luck with your project!

      Feel free to ask questions…

  21. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    Oh what fun!! Love it. 😄

  22. Dawn in MI says:

    Wow. Lookat them go! He’s so happy to be running like that. Glad he got to play so hard. Bless his sweet little heart.

  23. Pat from Mich. says:

    And when they sleep, they sleep like they mean it! Boy, can Reggie move!

  24. Cinandjules (da zone) says:

    Photo number 4 made me laugh so loud! What a silly boy!

  25. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Boy, Reggie sure was having a good time. We finally have a dog park close to us. We are going to take our two and check it out on Saturday sometime. It has a lake and a warf inside the fence where they can play in the water if they want to. I am excited.

    Rusty, I hope you get your home soon and I hope you are able to keep Piper. Will they not train Piper to be a service dog like they did Timber? It seems that was a very good program.
    Happy Thanksgiving. I sure was glad to see your new post. I was having RVSue withdrawals.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean…. It’s Sunday now… Did you take your pups to the dog park? How did they like it? I hope you had fun.

      Thanksgiving is this week! Seems like yesterday we were driving up mountains in Colorado…

  26. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Ha ha. Sue, you story reminds me a trek my husband and I took years ago here locally to see the elusive pronghorn. We were told that a herd of them existed outside our city limits, up by the foothills. We drove up, and up, and up, further away from the city, and didn’t spot one. Not one! On our way back home, there by the interstate was the herd!

    Love the shots and Reggie and Zeke! Zeke has Reggie’s interest at heart for sure.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s funny, Renee. Sometimes we try so hard in search of something and then it is given to us when we least expect it. Another reminder that we are not in control!

  27. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    🐾tons of fun🐾!! And fun for me to see. I’m glad you n Reggie happened to meet Zeke.

    4 of the 6 days we spent at Valley of Fire we saw Big Horn Sheep somewhere near the visitors center. They must put out food or a salt lick block or something. We never saw them anywhere else in the park. One day when we were actually at the visitors center 4 sheep were right by the parking lot. My dogs ignored them, probably just thought they were livestock. The sheep however seemed interested in my dogs. As we walked along the lower parking lot they followed on the rocks above. I don’t think they were just leaving the area because when we reached the end of the lot and turned around the sheep turned around too! I have dachshunds. The sheep probably never have seen long critters with the stubby feet. 😃

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ooh, I don’t know how to feel about the sheep becoming used to people like that. I’m glad you got to see them. I understand that the Lake Mead area is where bighorns do well and some are relocated to other areas.

  28. CHERYL KLINE says:

    Adorable! What a incredible thing to see the bighorn sheep.
    Cheryl

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was incredible… The sheep was as startled by seeing me so close as I was to seeing him/her.

  29. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Hi Sue, Loved seeing Reggie play with the pom Zeke. We have always had pomeranians. They have so much personality. One story, One day I had let my Chloe out to do her business and before she came back inside I wanted to wipe her feet. Well I must have pulled her hair just a little trying to keep her still. Then a few hours later I was wondering where she was. I went looking and she was in the guest bedroom with her nose in the corner. I picked her up and she would not look at me until I apologized for pulling her hair and told her I was sorry and that I loved her. Then she gave me a kiss and everything was right in her world. They all think they are 50 pounds of bad
    ass too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How cute your Chloe is! Sulking in the corner! All she needed was an apology with loving. What a sweetie…

  30. Geri says:

    OKay! I am all worn out from watching the zoomers zoom around. Radar and Tater play too, but not nearly as crazy as Zeke and Reggie! I swear, that first photo of Zeke, he has a full on smile… a big grin… one happy dog! So happy Reggie has found a play friend there! Poverty Flats is rich in so many ways!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri….. Hope everyone continues to be happy with the addition of Tootin’ Tater to the household!

  31. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Loved seeing the doggies at play!! So funny they are!! LOOKS like maybe Reggie has grown some…in that last photo!! Glad you are both having fun, Sue!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth… I don’t think Reggie has grown. That photo is a tight crop which makes him seem larger. He’s still an itty-bitty fellow. 🙂

  32. Nancy S. Indiana 5 says:

    My hubby just ask what I was laughing at, I said I’m watching Reggie zoom. Lol. No other way to describe the little man go. 😄

  33. Jan Johnson says:

    Awesome action shots of the new buddies playing!

  34. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue! Don’t you just love those surprise sightings that literally just take your breath away? I’ve been fortunate to have a few of those moments too. You stand still as a statue and almost hold your breath and smile as you watch. Two of my favorites involved birds….one very big and some very small. I was riding mountain trails in WY with my friends when a golden eagle left her perch in a tree that was hanging over the trail just in front of me…..I could almost touch her. And on another trip out there I was hiking alone up a canyon and heard this loud buzzing sound coming from just around the bend. I thought it was bees. But when I made the turn….to my left was a hillside filled with flowers…..and hummingbirds! Hundreds of them it seemed! I see things around here too. But I suppose I more often put myself in a position to see “wild” things when I’m out there. I….cannot…..wait! 🙂 Took Uncle trailer lookin’ yesterday…..just so he could get a feel for what is out there. He is so excited. I can do this! Love from VA! MB, Bella and Wyn

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Beautiful moments, MB! The golden eagle… and a flowery hillside of hummingbirds… Wow! Surprises like that are treasures….

      I really got a kick out of reading that you went “trailer lookin'” and that your uncle is excited about the future. I had this picture in my mind of the walls falling out, flat on the ground, and you and your uncle moving out into a new world…. (Thinking in cartoons again!). Bless you both. I’m happy for you!

  35. Jan NH says:

    I just love that Reggie found a playmate that seems to share his enthusiasm and energy. Looks like they are having so much fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan… Zeke is the perfect playmate for Reggie. I asked the owner if I could keep him. 🙂

  36. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    It makes my heart happy that Reggie found a playmate – and an equal, at that! Zeke is a cutie! It looks like he loves to zoom just as much as Reggie! I hope their paths cross again, if you visit the park again.

    Poverty Flats has been a very good camp for you; I can see why you have not had the itch to move. 🙂

    About 5 years ago, I was driving from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. I took the route that went through Zion National Park. After several switchbacks, there was a pullover area, which I decided to take advantage of…as I got out of the car, 4 Bighorn Sheep popped up from the valley below, just on the other side of the guard rail. They were so close, I could hear them breathing and I could have touched them. I held my breath as I was overwhelmed with delight! I watched in awe as they clambered up, straight up, on the vertical wall of rock in front of me! I did not have my camera in my hand, but that memory and the thrill of it remains with me! 🙂

    I hope you and the little Reginator have a wonderful day! Sending you both love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      That same trip 5 years ago, I went on a Colorado River whitewater tour. We went downstream from the Hoover Dam for hours. The guide said he had seen Bighorn Sheep dotted along the valley walls day before. We did not see any on our trip.

      On a previous trip to Las Vegas the year before, I went on a boat cruise on Lake Mead. We were told to keep our a lookout for the Bighorn Sheep – did not see one.

      This the just reinforces my belief that we will be shown things (and shown the way) when the time is right. We do not have any control as to when our gifts will be given. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Denise,

      Here I am, a day late again. I hope you and Gracie are enjoying the weekend.

      Love your comment! What a thrill that must’ve been, and at Zion! You could hear them breathing! No, you won’t forget that moment… Some experiences stay with us forever… Thanks for writing about this one.

  37. Diann in MT says:

    Wonderful accounting of your doings! He is a bundle of high intensity! I don’t think I would have the energy to keep up like you do. I am about your age, Sue. So, I’m thinking, you are in great shape!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Keep on thinking that, Diann. Haha! I’m fortunate to have good health, but it’s a stretch saying I’m “in great shape.” Reggie is doing his best to make sure we get plenty of exercise every day.

  38. Kathy (NC) says:

    We’re recently back from our last trip of the season so I’ve been catching up – and what great photos! Love seeing Reggie and you having so much fun.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Kathy, for that sweet last line….

      From traveling to staying home for the holidays… Nice!

  39. Hi Sue
    So happy to see Reggie happy. He really does smile when he’s doing what he loves. Also glad you’re still enjoying Overton. We were there exactly a year ago. Next time we will stay longer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue…. This mesa is a good place to take a break from travel, to relax and recharge in the cooler months. I guess it goes up to 110 degrees in the summer, maybe more. Right now it’s pleasant during the day if the wind isn’t blowing too hard. Mornings are chilly and days are bright.

      I hope you are smiling doing what you love!

  40. ApplegirlNY says:

    Wow. I’ve been very busy and then I checked out the blog I realized I’ve missed 3 posts! Where do the days go? Those two pups sure are having a blast. They both look airborne!

    Loved the big horn sheep, too in the last post. What a treat.

    I’d say most of the oak leaves have fallen, so perhaps only one more big raking ahead. They just keep coming and coming. Now, when I look out my windows into the forest, I have a clear view of the hills beyond, due to the bare trees. The landscape is ever changing.

    Hope you southerners see some rain soon. We finally got some long overdue showers here, and it really helped.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Applegirl . . . I imagine your place is quite lovely. Aah…landscape changing with the seasons… We full-timers have that, too, even though we may have to move in order to find it.

      I’m glad you’re keeping up with us! 🙂

  41. weather says:

    Starting the title of a post with the word playing is like promising it will be a happy one. You certainly kept that promise, thank you, Sue 🙂 ! To marvel at what happened just outside your door… how delightful! I felt the same way upon awakening just before sunrise this morning. Looking through most of my windows there was just a light rainfall to see. Yet outside my door that faces the lake this year’s first snowfall here was beginning. I hope you are having a wonderful day, so far, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sunrise….light rainfall… first snowfall… You take me out of the desert, weather. Good morning! I hope there is play in your life today…

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