Reggie and Homeless Dog: Friends at first sight!

Friday, May 12 (continued)

In the previous installment, RVSue and Reggie make their home in the RV park in Rogerson, south of Twin Falls, Idaho.  While RVSue and Reggie walk around the park, they are being watched. 

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A little, white dog peeks at us through the picnic tables.

His curiosity draws him closer and closer.

Reggie, involved in a marathon sniffing session, eventually lifts his head and notices the dog.

Reggie, being Reggie, immediately rushes over with a friendly hello.

He invites the little, white dog to run and play.

“C’mon!  It’ll be fun!”

Invitation accepted!

The little, white dog is a stray.

Anita, who owns and operates the store, cafe, gas station and RV park, comes over to watch the canine pals run around on the lawn.

She tells me the dog has been hanging around the RV park for almost two weeks.

She and the long-term residents of the park have tried again and again to catch him with no success.  They leave food out for him, which he eats.  A dripping spigot provides fresh water.

Folks encourage him to come inside for a warm place to sleep, but he refuses.  He’d rather spend the night by himself in the grass, even though the overnight lows dip into the high 30s.

No one is able to touch him.

Anita has placed phone calls trying to locate the owner.

So far no one has come to Rogerson looking for a little, white dog.

“Anita, I wouldn’t be too concerned about finding the owner of this dog.  It’s obvious he hasn’t been treated very well.  He doesn’t trust people at all.  And he hasn’t been neutered.”

“You’re probably right.  The people might have stopped here and he escaped or they dumped him.  Poor thing.  He might not know what it’s like to be loved.”

“Well, whatever the situation,” I remark, “he certainly doesn’t look like a dog pining for his owner.”

Homeless Dog assumes the role of host.

He leads Reggie on a tour of his adopted “home,” such as it is.  He seems to say, “Look, Reggie.  Get up on this bench with me.  I do this for fun.”

The two buddies march back and forth.

They take a moment to share a few secrets before the next part of the tour.

“See these tables, Reggie?  We can climb on them!”

“Hey, pretty neat!”

I let the new friends run and play until Reggie is worn out.  Homeless Dog doesn’t follow us to our site.  He watches as we go.

I don’t attempt any contact with Homeless Dog.  

He needs time.  Time for Reggie to teach him it’s okay to trust. 

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69 Responses to Reggie and Homeless Dog: Friends at first sight!

  1. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    First!! I’m squatting on top of my computer!

    • Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

      Congratulations on being first Cynthia. And I love what you posted later-totally agree about rescue pups.

  2. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    Second?

  3. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    How adorable!

  4. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Alright, now that I’ve gone back to read… love the photo of Reggie mid-air jumping up onto the bench. They are adorable together! I do hope Homeless Dog learns from Reggie that humans can be kind and wonderful and that the inside of a Casita is a superb place to lay ones’ canine head at night. I so often look at my two rescues and wonder where they have slept, whether anyone else has ever loved or cared for them, whether anyone has hurt them … it always strikes me as strange to be so close to my dogs and yet, there is part of their history I will never know. Maybe it’s better that way. Hope this little guy has a happy future.

  5. Cat Lady says:

    You’re good people, Sue. I always admire the way you treat animals.

  6. I’m pulling for Homeless Dog. I love how he and Reggie got along so well instantly. I admire Reggie’s social skills. I’ve never had a dog who was so open and accepting of other dogs. It’s a wonderful quality.

  7. Pat from Mich. says:

    Whoa! Top ten! That is amazing. Homeless dog looks nearly Rggie’s twin except for Reggies brown spots! Doesn’t anyone have a live trap? You could spend the whole summer there gaining his trust. He sure is a cutie!

  8. Dawn in MI says:

    Awww sweet boys. He’s probably happy to have a friend in Reggie.

  9. Aawww cute homeless dog. Our Ralphie was abandon as a baby puppy next to our house…no one claimed him as we put out flyers, postings at local pet stores and other retail stores. So we adopted Ralphie….looks just like Reggie…white with brown spots and loves, loves, to play. I take all the dogs to dog park and they love to play and run with other dogs. When I took Ralphie for shots and being neutered, the vet came out and thanked me for taking care of Ralph (I guess he read Ralph’s history). Ralph is our baby and the younger of my two dogs.

  10. Jan NH says:

    Those two do make a handsome pair….I’m thinking fate brought you here (as I believe you hinted in the previous posts) :). I love how everyone is looking out for him by leaving him food. You are right, he clearly does not trust humans but he sure seems happy to have found a new canine friend.

  11. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Oh gosh… what a seat edger… will he? Will they?
    No matter what, Reggie sure has the charm! I know you will do what you know is best, because that is who Sue is.

    Our old kids (the dogs) are getting slower by the day… it is scary. But along with that is Miss Amelia the Wonder Cat (former barn cat who lived/slept with the llamas turned ‘townie’ ). Amelia has NEVER wanted to be indoors. EVER. I have the scars from trying to convince her! When I bought my Pixie (1960’s trailer) and parked in the driveway, she began coming inside… we hang out, I read my kindle, pretend I am camping, etc. WELL. She sees this as a nightly event now! To the point (sorry if I have told you this before, cuz I fergit! 😛 ) now she will climb up at the bedroom window and MEOW until I come out to sit with her… so funny. WELL! NOW!!!! She, after living in the city for nearly 6 yrs has decided we are worthy of her coming indoors! She has claimed the dining room for her ‘spot’… she is NOT impressed with the ‘box with those people in it’ (the TV) so the dining room is quite nice to her. She actually was up on the BED last night, both old pups and Amelia! She does not sleep in the house (well, cat naps) and is gone during the day, guarding the neighborhood… but for the last week… she has been so social! She even let the hubs hold her!
    Never in a million years!

    Can’t wait to hear the way the story comes out with HP (homeless pup).

    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

  12. Kevin in CO says:

    Homeless and restless, I sense an adoption urge coming on, wonder if it is contagious? Safe travels Sue and Reg.

    • beach boomer says:

      I thought the same, too, but didn’t have the guts to say it out loud. Reggie has already said okay! I wonder if food can be left outside for HP at night or that would attract coyotes or whatever? Amazing how RVSue gets just the perfect photos for the storyline. Not so easy, that. What happened to doing the math before posting?

  13. What a sweet and touching post Sue, I bet Reggie will win him over to trust humans again, well,, I was told that we might be getting a start on fixing the Ol’ Gals Rear and might be rolling by the end of the week, hopefully,,,,,,,,,,,, a lady I met down at Bradfield BLM camp is coming to see us tomorrow morning and I haven’t been looking, but when we first met , she asked me if she could give me her phone # and her email address, sooo, I gave her a call yesterday and no one was home and just a little bit ago she, the lady called me,,,,, well that’s the news from the parking lot of Rusty’s Lonesome Dove Bar, and yes it, the bar has my name and has been closed for 2 years, but the sign is still up next to the Garage door of Thompson Trucking,,, I understand that they played the movie of Lonesome Dove accationly,,,,,,, Rusty n Piper

    • suzicruzi from Van, WA. says:

      Hey Rusty,
      Your story about Rusty’s lonesome dove bar, and the mystery lady is kinda cute too. Just like the little stray pup that Reggie befriended, I believe we all desire company and someone to enjoy life with. You must keep us posted – don’t leave us hanging!
      Suzi

      • We only talked for 5 minutes and I truly think that she is in love with Piper, I’m don’t know nothing anymore, it’s been along time since I courted a lady, I think we might be distance friends since Piper and I winter in the Zone on the Colorado River and if the truck gets fixed we will be rolling down the road to a new camp, I quit looking a year ago after 20 years, I’m just a rollin stone waiting for my time with my lord and savour,,,,

        • But one can never know what life brings, I’ll keep ya all up to date , no pun intended,,, have a safe and pleasant week,,,,, Rusty n Piper

          • Jo in OR says:

            Rusty, it’s good to have friends. We’re happy you are doing well. You’ll always have sweet Piper 🙂

          • JazzLover says:

            Hello Rusty and Miss Piper. Sounds like things are good with you two. It might be nice to have a little female companionship in your life Rusty. Time will tell as always. You and Piper take care, happy travels.
            JazzLover

            • Yes that would be nice, I’m like my lord and Piper, unconditional love. The lady and her friend came and brought food and hugs and gave assurance that we are in a safe place and that we won’t be taking up residency in Dove Creek and Mr. Thompson is working on getting a complete, from brake drum to brake drum differential so we can continue on our journey for a long time,,, I will keep updating as progress moves on,,, time sometimes is the hardest part,,,, have a great week and stay safe to all and thanks for your support,,,, Rusty n Piper

            • Stephanie Albany OR says:

              Don’t know you Rusty except thru this blog but it makes my heart so happy for you that you landed in a safe, loving place. You take a good deep breath and the winds of fate will handle the rest.

            • Thanks,, it just came to my mind, that RVSue came thru here in June and in a way we are forced to take a break and continue the following of her last Summers journey,,, God knows what he’s doing and I’ve been counting my blessings, but there are some out there in this big world who have no blessings to count, I am blessed to be who I am,,,,,, 👣👣🐾

  14. Nora now in Nevada says:

    So glad Reggie has found his own friend. Sometimes the best things are just serendipitous. Hope he can convince him to stay – that is if you want him to.

  15. Rosie in IN says:

    Oh the intrigue is killing me. Will Reggie get a playmate?? Will Sue win homeless dog over?? I can’t stand not knowing.

  16. Val R. Lakefield Onario says:

    aw the poor little fellow. I hate to think of him being a stray. Glad Reggie is so friendly, maybe he will help the little guy become more trusting. I am sure with time and some irresistible Benny Bully dog treats, he will come closer.
    Our shelter had its big Victoria Day Weekend yard sale & raised over $7000 to benefit the animals. We would gladly take that little fellow if we were closer. 🐾

  17. Tammie Villanueva says:

    I hope Reg can get homeless dog Roger
    to trust enough to me you Sue!☺🐶

  18. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    So is anyone else thinking that this little fella may end up “adopting” Sue and Reggie? Can’t wait for the next chapter to see how the relationship progresses.

  19. Oh I’m on the edge of my seat….I can’t wait for the rest of the story!😊

  20. Carol in MT says:

    Just a note to say it was nice meeting you this morning. We have moved on the Clark Canyon Reservoir today and the weather is great up here near Dillion Montana (at least today) Stopped by Pagari Bridge and it was beautiful there too. No one around. Your results may vary. It’s on to Butte tomorrow to get the oil changed and buy a few supplies at Walmart before heading to the cabin on Rock Creek. You might want to consider Stony Creek campground in MT for your explorations some summer. I think you would like it there. Thanks for all the camps you’ve shared during your adventures!

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

      Clark Canyon Res.–I’ve fished there many a times. 🙂

  21. Marilyn in GV AZ says:

    The cute, little homeless dog saga is keeping us all in suspense. Love your play action photos…of course.

  22. Shelley in California says:

    Oh my gosh, tears in my eyes. I am so happy whatever happened to put you in the right place at the right time for that little guy. My late Casey was very apprehensive when I first adopted her, I had to carry her outside to go potty. After we had her for a while we adopted Bubba and he completely brought her out of her shell, best thing we could have done for her. The people that dumped her at the shelter wrote that she didn’t get along with their small dog so I took a chance, I could just tell she had crappy people before. God help all the animals with awful people that they are helpless against, breaks my heart. Bless you Sue, whatever has happened I just know you tried, I am praying you were successful!

  23. Shawna says:

    Little White Dog … He could be the one!

  24. Chris B and Diego says:

    Hmmmmm…..going on past history of your dogs, Spike and Bridget were rat terriers and Reggie and Homeless Dog are chuhuahuas. I hope that this pattern unfolds. Time will tell.

  25. AZ Jim says:

    Fingers crossed. Hoping. I believe in fate. Hug Missy, J

  26. Marysia says:

    What a great story! Love it!

  27. David Reed says:

    Homeless dog……I wonder what the dog wisperer would do??
    Dave

  28. Jo in OR says:

    If it doesn’t work out for Reggie and the homeless pup, I’ll drive over and adopt him. I’m looking for a sweet dog. Reg & Rog look like best friends, so cute. Great post, Mama Sue.

  29. ApplegirlNY says:

    Hi Everyone. I’m finally catching up. I had to go back and read about 6 posts, and I wanted to read all the comments too.

    AZ Jim – Sounds like you’re on the mend, and fighting to get better each day. Hang in there. We love your posts.

    CinandJules and Sue – Thanks for the thoughts about my old dog. He’s still hanging in there. He’ll have a good day and then some really bad ones. We’re not sure what to do. I’m custom cooking all of their food now, and I do think that it has helped – even just for easier digestion. I’ve always had them on expensive grain free food, but now I’m making them chicken and rice each day, and they are also getting home made broth. So spoiled – but that’s why we have them. I think the broth is helping with any inflammation. Regardless. We do spend plenty of time laying on the floor next to our old buddies.

    Sue, I really have enjoyed the recent posts. Those beehive ovens were spectacular to see. I also guessed wisteria for the tree, but obviously it’s a type of locust. Our locust trees are very fragrant when they are in bloom. I think they’re part of the vanilla family. The blossoms do fall quickly – as many spring blooms do.

    Like everyone else, I wait to see what happens with homeless dog. It would be wonderful if he could become part of the crew, but I wonder if he may be prone to wander off. Whatever, you’ll have it all figured out.

    Rusty – Hang in there. That was quite a scary story about your axle. Thinking of you and trusting that the Lord will continue to watch over you and Piper.

    I’ve gone on long enough. Blessings to all.

  30. chas anderson says:

    Our Eddie was dumped in the forest when he was a pup.Somehow the bobcats and foxes did not get him and he wandered into our garage covered with fleas crying.He turned out to be a happy little guy like Reggie.Juice adopted him just like she was his real Mom.Eddie loves RVing because he gets to meet so many dogs just like Reggie.

    Hard to believe people are still buying purebreds at puppy mills.Lonely little mutts make the best dogs.

  31. weather says:

    Sometimes I like letting only the photos tell a story, without reading the text. Doing that with this post was especially nice. It allowed me to focus on the dogs’ preferences alone, without taking into account what any humans may wish to see happen. They both could easily have chosen to do whatever each wanted to independently, yet chose to be near each other.

    That alone is precious for their sakes. There’s always a special joy involved when any creatures gain happiness and comfort from their companionship with one another. All too often life’s constraints allow only limited time for that, more so for those animals controlled by the whim of humans. I imagine it would be profoundly satisfying to prolong the gift the little guys had that day were it possible.

  32. JazzLover says:

    Looks like the stray pup may have the makings of a zoomer from his moves while playing with Reggie. If anyone can show him that humans can be kind, as someone said here, it will be Reggie, followed by RVSue who will give him the space he needs to choose.
    Sue, when you finally get your internet troubles sorted out, I’d like to make sure you got credit for the things I bought last month. Love the change in where you were boon docking to where you are now. There was a reason for you ending up in Rogerson, a reason for you feeling you had to keep moving until you arrived there. Was it the non- trusting stray boy who watched you and Reg from afar? Time will tell. Do what you need to do, we will be here. Be Well.

  33. Renee from Idaho says:

    Poor little white dog. To be so fearful or not trust humans is sad. I sure hope he eventually finds a home and someone to love him and take care of him. The winters are brutal in that part of Idaho and it’s near a major highway, both devastating to any animal.

  34. Pam Ridgely says:

    Wouldn’t is be nice if Reggie won him over and you and Reggie adopted him…..Looks like he is just Reggie’s size………

  35. Paula in Indiana says:

    Such a touching post, Sue! Reggie and his new friend look so sweet together. It’s nice how one seems to take the lead and then the other. Cute captions you added to the photos too!

  36. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Oh, Homeless Dog has won my heart and from the sounds of it, many of your readers also. It is so sad to see such a cute pup with no one to love him. Breaks my heart to think of him on his own. I am anxious for updates on how this relationship…Homeless Dog…Reggie…and RVSue works out!!!!

    Sending lots of love and big hugs

  37. Karen LeMoine says:

    I don’t want him to be left behind. How is he to survive in the winter?! Chis don’t do good in the heat and cold 🙁 There are predators vehicles that could hurt/ kill him. I’m really concerned.

    • Archae says:

      If the little white dog doesn’t join Sue and Reggie, l imagine the residents would eventually get him to come in. They would certainly continue to feed him, and provide shelter. Although it is worrisome to think about.

      • AZ Jim says:

        IF Sue doesn’t take “whitey” Jo in Oregon posted this above:

        Jo in OR says:
        May 22, 2017 at 12:41 am

        If it doesn’t work out for Reggie and the homeless pup, I’ll drive over and adopt him. I’m looking for a sweet dog. Reg & Rog look like best friends, so cute. Great post, Mama Sue.

  38. Archae says:

    Hi Sue Reggie and fellow bloggerinos,
    I am sorry I have not commented recently, but I have been following each post, waiting with baited breath to find out if the little white dog joins the crew. I have been moving out of my apartment and into my RV. It has taken longer than I expected and been more difficult than I thought. I ended up tossing boxes and bags into the RV, in order to get out of the apartment on time. The first right hand turn out of the complex toppled everything on to the floor. Came to Desert Sands RV Resort in Henderson so I could be hooked into power. The first evening was spent clearing a path to the bed, then clearing off a section of the bed so I could lay down and sleep. I’ve been going through boxes and bags ever since.

    Desert Sands has been a godsend. It is comparatively cheap at $25/night, has a restaurant on site (two eggs, bacon or sausage, toast and hashbrowns are $3.99!). Coffee is $1 with free refills. The lounge is airconditioned, and the swimming pool is open. Showers are clean. Lots of full time residents live here.

    I’m hoping to be able to leave Henderson on Wednesday, still heading north and out of these high temperatures, and start relaxing. Take care all and lets hope the little white dog does what is best for him. 😉

  39. Archae says:

    Excuse me for mis-spelling blogorinos. Will not do so again!

  40. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hmmm, sounds like maybe you may be hanging around there awhile yet…to see how it goes with the dog? Awfully cute dog and so sweet that Reggie likes him too! Wishing you the best in this, Sue!

  41. Joyce Sutton says:

    Finally caught up reading blog. Finally on the road made it as far as SD. Snow just 3 days ago and the mtns have been challenging in this old rv. Love the little white dog. I would have problems with two leashes I can barely manage one. Ozarkjoy is no longer in the ozarks

  42. Deadeye, in The Texas Hill Country says:

    Two posts ago Sue makes the comment, “for reasons unknown, I am compelled to keep going”

    I think that is a major hint that the adoption has occurred by now.

    Don

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