Running free on an Oregon beach! Pure joy!

Thursday, June 11

We’re going back to the beach today!

P1050663The crew and I break camp early.

Blackberry Campground along the Alsea River would provide a quiet, inexpensive “home base” for exploring the central Oregon coast except for one thing.

I have to have internet! 

For this reason the Best Little Trailer accompanies us to the beach.  At Alsea Bay we turn northward.

P1050610 - CopyI drive us a few miles beyond Waldport.

P1050660Hmm . . . Driftwood State Park, a day-use-only park.  This looks good.

“Well, this is it, guys.”

We’re on the beach! 

No one is around, it being before 9 a.m.  There’s very little fog or wind, the air is cool but not too cool, and the crew is excited to be back on the sand.  I am, too!

As soon as I unclip the leash from Reggie’s camo suit, he takes off!

He goes much further than this photo shows, almost completely out of sight.

P1050645 - Copy“Oh my gosh!  Look at that boy run!”

Up the beach he goes until he’s nothing more than a dot.  He turns and races toward Bridget and me.

“Here he comes!”

P1050632-001 - Copy Zoooooom!

P1050632 - Copy“And there he goes!  Oh my gosh, he’s having so much fun!”

P1050631 - CopyRound and round, up and down the beach . . .

P1050630 - CopyOkay . . . .You may be wondering why Bridget is not shown in these photos.

I unclip her leash and she wanders around in the sand.  I bend my knees in order to take a photo of her at her level.

She turns her back on me and walks away.

P1050614 - Copy“Oh, Bridgie, come on, honey.  It’s only a camera.”

No dice.  Darn.  She’s in her stubborn mood.

Meanwhile Reggie hasn’t let up.

P1050639 - CopyI can’t stop laughing at the sight of his joyful abandon!

P1050635 - CopyReggie zooms over waves of sand.

I call them waves because they’re dunes shaped that way — a gradual slope on one side rising to a crest and then dropping off on the other side.

I wish I had photos to show you the action!  Reggie races up a wave of sand.  I don’t think he anticipates what happens next.  He reaches the crest and suddenly he’s airborne!  His little body flies through the air, lands in the soft sand, and without pause, spins out, and away he goes again, a sand plume trailing out behind him!

I’m laughing so hard, non-stop, that tears run down my cheeks. 

P1050634 - CopyI twirl as I try to catch him with my camera before he speeds out of the frame. 

I end up with an extensive photo collection of Reggie’s back paws and the tip of his tail.  Also some photos of empty sand.

Suddenly Reggie stops. 

He searches for Bridget and spies her sitting with her back to us.  He sprints over to her.

P1050657He circles the Bridge in an effort to engage her in play.  It’s no use, Reggie.  When she’s in one of her moods, nothing but time will bring her out of it.

P1050653Nice try, little guy . . . .

P1050648 - CopyBridget refuses to move, so Reggie resumes playing.  (See flight at right.)

Note:  Some of these photos are very grainy and blurry. That’s because Reggie ran so far away in many of the shots that I enlarged them a great deal in editing in order to make the action visible.  Then I cropped the photos to fit here.

P1050646-001The photo at right is an example . . .

Curious what Reggie looks like in the fourth photo above, I enlarged and cropped so we could see a close-up.

Oh my.  Is this a happy pup or what?

More zooming around and in a puff of sand, Reggie stops in his tracks.

He’s discovered buried treasure!

“What have you got there, boy?”











He pulls the empty crab shell out of the sand. 

The crab leg, with claw attached, comes off.  This thrills Reggie.  A new toy!  With crab leg dangling out the side of his mouth like a broken cigar, he runs across the sand with delight, making figure eights and flying off sand waves.

He seems to be proclaiming, “Look what I’ve got!”

“This is hilarious!”  I have to sit down in the sand.  “I’ve never laughed so hard in all my life!”

P1050654Reggie takes a break, too, beside his crab claw toy.

I call to Bridget but she keeps her back turned away from me.  I walk over to her and stroke her face.

“Okay, sweetie, we’ll go.  It looks like Reggie’s had enough anyway.”

I clip the leashes to their suits and the three of us walk up the path to the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  After Bridget and Reggie have a drink, I boost them inside.  Bridget chooses the passenger seat.  I climb in behind the wheel, take a swig from my water bottle, and turn the ignition key.

“Well, that was FUN!”

P1050559 - Copy“And look who’s happy NOW!”  I pat her cheek.  “You dopey girl!”



P1050554 - Copy“Ha-ha-ha!  Look at that little dog run!”


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163 Responses to Running free on an Oregon beach! Pure joy!

  1. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    Reggie unleashed! It looks like an unforgettable time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And this, Calvin R (Ohio) is an unforgettable time for you — YOU’RE FIRST! CONGRATULATIONS!

  2. Great post today. I could feel Reggie’s exuberance and delight from the photos. Bridget is just acting like one of those girly girls who hates to get sand anywhere. When you see the picture of him as a small dot in the sand, I thought “oh I hope he comes back on his own”. It was great to see he did. I hope he will get to experience another beach off leash soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      I wish he could run on a beach like this every day. Thanks re the post!

  3. Big H says:


    GREAT shots!


  4. Suzi in MD says:

    Run , Reggie, Run!

  5. Big H says:

    Hello again.

    I had just posted this, when I noticed that you had put up a new blog entry, so (not knowing exactly how this works) I am putting it here so that it is not missed.
    June 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good morning, Sue.

    Coming out of lurkdom for a moment with a few comments.

    1. Benchmark atlas. I have been looking for the “Benchmark Atlas” that you have often referred to on your blog, but have found that there are several different types (and publishers) of these atlases. Would you please tell me which one that you recommend? I am interested in those for California, Oregon and the Yellowstone area. Thanking you in advance!

    2. Book recommendation. I just finished watching the wonderful Ken Burns multi-part documentary, “The West”. Majorly majorly fascinating, and not a little bit depressing. I was in tears by the end.

    Lots of information there that I was never taught in school. The series is available on Amazon Prime and on YouTube, for those that might be interested. Towards the end of the series there was quite a bit of information on the Nez Perce, whose original ancestral homeland (Wallowa Valley, Oregon) is not too far from where you are travelling now.

    My enjoyment of this series led me to the book (nonfiction) “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”. This was a best seller twenty or thirty years ago, and greatly changed the national perception of the conflict between the european immigrants and the native peoples. I have just begun the book, and am devouring it on my Kindle (well, to be precise, on my smart phone that has the Kindle ap).

    At the moment the cost of the Kindle version of the book is $1.99. Well worth the price.

    Happy travels!


    • Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

      I remember reading “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” my last year of college. That was 1970. Hard to believe that was 45 years ago now. Every American should read it…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Here they are, Anne…

      California Road and Recreation Atlas (Benchmark Atlas)

      Oregon Road and Recreation Atlas (Benchmark Atlas)

      This isn’t specifically for Yellowstone, although the roads and attractions and campgrounds are shown. You can pick up maps of the park in the visitor center while there.

      Benchmark Map: Wyoming Road & Recreation Atlas

      • TXBX says:

        I went to see the different states’ Atlas, and noticed that some of them had older publication dates.

        From your experience, does that mean there just weren’t enough ‘changes’ to warrant a newer edition, or that Amazon just doesn’t carry the latest version? Has one of them misled you yet?

        Perhaps Amazon’s stock is low due to the start of summer?

        I love it when one of your readers asks the very question I was thinking about!

        I was worried aboutt Reggie getting too excited if he ran off-leash, and anxiouxly waited on today’s post, but obviously he knows ‘who’s his momma’, and ‘who butters his bread’! He knows he is loved and in his forever home!

        Brigette seems almost human when she gets her stubborn attitude in action! I’d love to read her mind! I suspect she thought Reggie had ‘lost it’ when he began immitating the roadrunner!

        Thanks for any more info about your different state’s atlas! Did you purchase them all at once, or as you decide where you are headed? Thanks ever so much!! Becky in TX

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Becky,

          About the atlases…. I consider 2013 and 2014 editions as new editions. An atlas is such a comprehensive, detailed publication that they aren’t updated like a magazine. Benchmark atlases are field tested and when you look at the hundreds of thousands of things to be kept up-to-date, well, two or three years is no time at all.

          No, I don’t recall ever being misled by a Benchmark atlas. Of course, I don’t expect the atlas to keep up with roads that were good last month and this month they’re eroded because of OHV ruts followed by rain. Even that situation hasn’t happened often.

          My first Benchmark (Oregon) was given to me by Rusty. I liked it so much that I wanted them all. I think I bought almost all the rest at one time, maybe New Mexico and Nevada at a later date. I’m not sure. I knew I’d use them all and that they provide what I need for handy reference, finding campgrounds, roads to boondocks, and a myriad of other bits of information. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t consult one of my Benchmarks, some days it’s several times!

          • TXBX says:

            Well, thanks to Rusty’s giving you the ‘atlas’, and your answers, I suspect you’ll soon report that ‘sales through your blog’ show an increase, and I personally think Benchmark should appreciate your ‘shout-out’ on their behalf, too! I’d like to buy them in the ‘order or travel’, which means probably NM, AZ, CO, ……and on from there.

            Which leads to one more question: When you order from Amazon, do you have Amazon ship to you at “General Delivery” at your next intended destination, (or how do you work it with Amazon (or whoever), and if so, do you call ahead and notify the ‘intended’ Post Office, or do you just ”track” your packages with the tracking number? I don’t mind ordering the first 2-3 atlas, but I’m not so sure I want to spend too much ‘for the future’ in case a new one comes out, or there’s an interruption in plans.
            I tried to find a previous post where you had explained about ordering things and receiving them while traveling, but I’ve still not found that info! Thanks so much! I hope you see a huge spike in sales! <> Becky in TX

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’ve seen steady sales of Benchmarks ever since I started as an Amazon affiliate. I make about $1.50 on each one sold. It adds up nicely. 🙂

              I don’t use General Delivery when ordering from Amazon because it doesn’t always work with UPS and I don’t know what method the packages will be shipped.

              I use a UPS Customer Center address (not a UPS store… big difference. The CC is free.) The customer centers or “hubs” are only found in certain cities. You can find them online. Then I use the Customer Center address, of course. A phone call alerting them is good.

              Yes, I can see why you might want to hold off on buying your atlases. I knew I would be ranging over several states in 2012…. also I wanted to study them all in order to plan for the future. Whatever suits your style!

      • Susan says:

        Sue , how many states do you have benchmark atles for? I ,so far only have Ca. and I LOVE it. When I get an RV I suppose i will pick up a few more.
        Reggie looks so cute !!! Just wondering, how old is Bridget? and Reggie. He acts very young!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Susan,

          I have them all…. AZ, CA, OR, WA, NV, MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, and ID… I consider them essential! I wish there were editions for more states.

          I don’t know how old Bridget is. Twelve, thirteen maybe? Reggie, as a stray, was estimated by the vet to be three years old. If that’s right, he’s a young three years!

  6. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    What fun! I can feel his happiness in freedom to run.

  7. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    What a wonderful post! Love watching Reggie and I know my chi Lily would love to play with him. Adorable watching him in all his freedom and glory. Bridget is one sensitive girl and she didn’t care much for all that sand and freedom LOL
    An update on me: After all my lifting of stuff I now have a lousy ventral and umbilical hernia. I might need surgery sooner than later. So I’m not able to do anything much until I go see the surgeon and get further tests. Of course this sucks! Not sure what to do. I am asking friends to help me to put all my belongings into my trailer (Christine) which will be finished and ready to load in the next week or so. I can stay in my home and store Christine until after I am healed or move first and then park it in a campground close by which is expensive by the way and recoop there before I hit the road. Anxiety and the unknown is where I am at the moment.
    I love the camping where you have been and someday I want my dogs to romp on that beach too. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Deb, what a letdown! I am so sorry that happened!

      It’s up to you, of course, to figure out the best course of action. If you don’t mind me saying…. I’d hold off on moving into the RV if your home is furnished enough for you to recuperate there. To take on a new lifestyle while trying to recover from surgery might be too much. And, as you say, expensive.

      Once you have a plan, whatever you decide to do, your anxiety will lessen…. I hate that you have this hurdle so close to your launch date. You’ll get through it. Your dogs will just have to wait a bit longer before romping on the beach!

      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi Sue and everyone,
        I’m going to see the surgeon this Friday and then I will know more and hoping I don’t need surgery. I have found a few great people that offered to help move into Christine and found a good place to put her and live for July. Get to know my new home and go from there I get my RV back on Tuesday. wow.
        so I’ll let you know what the doc says after Friday.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      Oh Deb, so sorry you are having a bump in the road.
      Hang in there….

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Deb, Sorry to hear about your set-back, hang in there.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Deb…go with your heart. Your house np might’ve more comfortable butinsomewaysa little cozy trailer is more comfy. Go withwhatfeels right to you. And best of luck.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I agree with you, Ginger. I didn’t mean to make it sound like Deb shouldn’t move into her trailer before surgery. Only Deb can figure out what’s best for her.

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers Deb that this too shall be behind you soon so you can be on your way.

    • Jolene says:

      Praying for you Deb.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      So sorry your plans, dreams have been temporarily sidetracked. As always your health is more important and a stable recoup place in key, IMHO. When RVing full-time there are always twists and turns, too many to take on as a Newbie and while recuperating. It was hard for me and we have full-timed for many years now. RV Sue’s wisdom is sound and please consider her thoughts about this. The beach can wait, your health cannot. Also consider that you are in a much better medical position if you are in a ~real structure~ for any unforeseen medical challenges…there is ~power~ in having a ~real address~ for any number of legal reasons and billing issues. That said, do what is best for you and it will all work out in due time 🙂 Good luck with your next doctor’s appointments. I sure hope you do not need the surgery after all. I love that you named your trailer Christine, so cute!

    • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

      Geeeeze Deb….it never ends. Best laid plans! I am so sorry you have to go through an operation 🙁 I agree with RVSue…I would stay at the house until you can’t anymore. Did the Doc say what the recovery time would be? Whaaaaa Hang in there Deb, this too shall pass. I will keep you in my prayers.


  8. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    Making memories; to always be remembered with smiles again. The meaning of pure bliss. Thanks for sharing in such a way that I felt as if I were there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Judy J,

      Bliss…. great word! I wish I’d thought of that… 🙂

  9. weather says:

    Bridget can be so-o female! When you’re not in the mood,you’re not in the mood-end of story.Reminds me of your doing laundry near the ocean and just going home after,and of a lot of choices I make 🙂 Gotta love someone that knows what they want and gets it.Reggie wanted to romp,and, Boy!, didn’t he do just that to the hilt! How great is your having the laugh of your life beside the ocean?!!Makes it easy to understand why “Awesome!” caught on as a beach crowd expression.Amazingly great day,and post,-delightful,Sue,thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Awesome indeed! Hello, weather . . .

      Yes, Bridget has a right to her moods. I was disappointed she didn’t feel like joining in the fun, but that’s me and I don’t get to decide how she should feel. I had to shake my head at her dopey grin when we were leaving. Ha!

      • weather says:

        Have ta ask,did you have a few anxious moments before Reggie turned to run back to you ,thinking he might not?I’ve had more than my share of those.I think that they have headed back is part of my exhilaration and joy while we’re having freedom.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I did hold my breath for a moment. When he stopped, gave a quick glance back, and then continued going, I relaxed because that showed he didn’t want to lose contact with us. It’s hard to let our loved ones go.

          Yeah, the look of joy on his face as he returned was priceless.

          • weather says:

            Aw-w-w! 🙂

          • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

            Kind of like the first time your teen leaves the house in the car alone, without you! Mine was 18 but it was a weird aprehensive feeling for sure.

          • weather says:

            Hope what you’re holding now is a cup of good coffee,Good Morning,Sue.Our morning visit outside left the pups a bit damp-had a touch of rain overnight.Now it’s warm,sunny and nice out,just right for whatever we end up doing.Is what you’ll do something that involves a move or other enjoyment?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Good morning, weather . . . Coffee is always good, even when it isn’t. 🙂

              We will move today, although I don’t know where we’re going. I hope we have internet wherever we land. Enjoy your sunny day, sunny lady!

  10. Fabulous pictures of the crew! I especially like the one of Reggie mid-flight. Happy to hear the beaches aren’t too crowded and the weather is holding out! Another lovely day here on Quadra, forecast to get to 24 C (so 75 F for you Americans 🙂 ) Have a great day!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jill,

      One benefit of Oregon’s strong sea breezes… Not as many folks on the beach. And if you go early you can find the beach empty. Love that! Reggie could run without any distractions…

      That’s perfect temperature in my book, whether in Celsius or Fahrenheit. 🙂 Enjoy!

  11. Jolene says:

    OMGosh, this was great!! I can just imagine Reggie zooming around. I have loved the beach and all of these Oregon parks. I am so glad you posted this today because I would have been wondering all week about it. I am going to be unplugged for the next week out camping and going to work from the campground. No wifi and no data on my phone. Have a great week and I will catch up when we get back!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a great week, too, Jolene!

      Thanks for this one last comment before you go…

  12. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Those photos left me breathless, now you can see how dogs can pull a sled for miles and miles, untold energy!

    I am enjoying your Oregon visit almost as much as you are! Thank you thank you…!

  13. Pam says:

    Reggie sure had a big smile on his face. He should of slept well that night…..

  14. Howdy Sue! Great fun with Reggie on the sand. Bogie, our Silkie, is the same way. Give him a beach or golf course, and he’s off like shot. Free at last.

    On another subject, I believe we both have the same brand of camera. Yours is a new model, but I’m of the opinion that they both have a video function. I know ours does. If so, you might read up about it if you are unaware. Moments with Reggie cavorting on the beach could be posted as a video.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      Yes, my camera has video. I decided long ago not to post videos. Two reasons are… My blog is simple (in more ways than one) and videos set a different tone. Also many of my readers have to be careful with their data usage. Once I start doing videos, I’ll go crazy with it and drive those readers off. You see how crazy I am with photos! Sorry to disappoint… It’s kind of fun to try to “make a video” with still shots and words. Call me old-fashioned… 🙂

  15. Terri From Texas says:

    Did Reggie ever go near the water? And what is a quahog??
    Wonderful, sweet pictures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Terri. The previous day he went near the water. The sand is wet for several yards before one reaches the actual surf. I think the cold, wet sand turned him away. The soft, warmer, dry sand is more fun!

      Here’s an interesting link: “Digging for Bay Clams on the Oregon Coast.” Scroll down to butter clams which are also called quahogs.

  16. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    So much joy and cuteness! Another nickname for little man…Speed Racer! Miss Bridge just wanted to soak up some sun and meditate on the beach….not do any of that silly, running around stuff!! Her day was made when you packed up and headed home! Hope you have another opportunity to let the pups run free (or not) on the beach. Sending hugs from me and Gracie pup…who is immensely jealous of the Crew. She cannot go off leash…..the little huntress finds a scent and is gone. Two scares shortened my life….she “makes do” with a 30′ training lead…room to roam but no chance of getting lost or worse. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      Reggie does the same thing as Gracie …. He explores on the end of his 30 foot lead as we go for walks (outside a campground where 6-foot is the rule). I also take him to big open areas and he runs in circles like a horse in a training ring. I run with him which makes him very excited.

      I know what you mean about your huntress… picks up a scent and away she goes!

  17. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, what a treat to share with you the unbridled joy of little Reggie’s first untethered shot at some real exercise. Sea Breeze and all that running that little fella will sleep tonight. I know how you must be apprehensive about letting him off his leash but he sure loves it. Maybe more of those little adventures with you calling him back might make him know he can come when called and yet be able to run. How ’bout a whistle to teach him it means come here? I know though it is hard to take a chance, but today was wonderful anyhow. I know he loved it….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      I’m glad you enjoyed our time at the beach. I admit I didn’t think about training him until he was running back to me. . . and of course I didn’t have a whistle or treats or anything.

      I do think he learned something from that experience. He saw that he could run away, come back, and run away again, numerous times, without being put back on a leash. In other words, he couldn’t interpret receiving a “punishment” for returning. It was so cute how he would run up to me and hop around like a kid, “Look, Ma! I’m having so much fun!” and then off he’d go again. . . .

  18. Tina says:

    Oh that Reggie!!! How fun for that little guy, he is flying. 🙂

    Thanks for the good laugh,

    Northern CA

  19. Timber n' me /near Sistters, Oregon says:

    Wow Sue, you’ve got a Reggie Rocket Man that Flies over the sandy beach and Zoooommms like a rocket, Dad n’ I are Laughing,,,,,,,,,,, Dad took me for a walk down to the Creek and I went right in and down it to a small pond to bite the small waves coming over the rocks and slipped ,, down I went and got all wet,,, whew, that water is cold,,, so Dad took me on a walk in the warming sun till I got warm and dry,,, Hi Reggie and Bridget ,,,, Have a great time and say hi to Sue for Dad,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Timber

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Timber,

      That sounds like fun, Timber, even if it is cold! I can tell you both are enjoying this camp. I’m happy for you.

      Great description, Rusty. I can see Timber biting the waves! 🙂

  20. Laura says:

    What a great day…you’ll remember that moment forever. When my dog Sammy was running after the seagulls on an Oregon beach and becoming a smaller dot in the horizon, I was plodding after her on the loose sand like a walrus, calling and whistling to no avail due to the wind…sure not a pretty sight. It all came rushing back to me when you said Reggie was a dot down the beach. So very glad he turned back.
    Just enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laura,

      I will remember this day forever. Some days are like great, classic movies. While you’re in the day it’s like a soundtrack is accompanying the events and everything is in Hi Def! 🙂

      I’m glad your Sammy came back to you.

  21. Shawna says:

    Pretty darn good job catching the action shots that you posted; I am impressed! What fun to see little Reggie having the time of his life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Shawna. Maybe if I could have stopped laughing, I would’ve caught more! 🙂

  22. Chey says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been following your blog for 3 months or so and look forward to every post. You’re up where I live now (WA coast) and can’t wait to hear about your travels on the Olympic Peninsula. Your photos and observations and thoughts are refreshing and inspiring, and give wheels to my becoming full time in October. I learn alot from you and love what you love. Love to the pooches.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog, Chey! And now you are a blogorino! Great!

      Full-time in October… Oh, I know you must be looking forward to that…. Thank you for the nice compliments on my blog.

      “Love what you love”…. That tells me a lot! 🙂

  23. MJ says:

    That was hilarious to see in photos and read as well. I’ve had dogs do that at the beach and it is just a high of pure freedom joy! Reggie…oh, you happy boy! And we’ve all been Bridget too, knowing we have freedom and we don’t have to play if we don’t wanna. Yeah we have.

    Thanks for sharing this, I’ve been looking forward to it.

  24. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Love seeing Reggie in flight. Pure bliss! Thanks for the grins and giggles.

  25. Sharon in MO says:

    What fun, what fun! Glad at least two of you had fun on the beach. Bridget, get over it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sharon,

      I think Bridget enjoys snubbing me as much as Reggie enjoys racing on the beach. 🙂 She’s a mysterious girl, hates my camera!

  26. Sondra-SC says:

    Ha he had a blast!! NOW you know he will return to you! My Annie always does that too turns to see over her shoulder if Im still there…sometimes-ITS hot as firecracker here right now so those lovely temps you’re describing makes me drool!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      I’d only trust Reggie loose on a beach. Still sweltering in the Southeast? It is cool here… highs in the 60s. I hope you get relief soon.

  27. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Awww, our last dog was a sprinter like Reggie…it does bring lots of laughter!! Amazing how much they bring into our lives just by being themselves!! Looks like you should have many years of entertainment ahead of you with him!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope so, Elizabeth. Chihuahuas and Jack Russells have a pretty long lifespan… of course, a beloved dog never lives long enough.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Sigh…tis so very true…such a short life. Never have figured out how an old parrot might outlive us…but a dog is such a short time!!

  28. There he is! Reggie free at last and making all of us, from all over USA and beyond, grin from ear to ear! I can just imagine his joy and his exuberance and running over the sand dunes and flying by surprise! He is a real treasure Sue and its good to know how bonded he is to you! I hope you get to visit that beach another time or two for some more fun. Maybe Bridget will be in a mood to join in the fun! I am enjoying this visit to Oregon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      It was so funny the way he flew off those dunes! I was calling him “Dune Buggy.”

      I planned to go back to the beach today. By the time I finished this blog post it was too late in the day — it’s best to go early and beat the wind. Plus it’s a bit colder. I’m going to try to get us to the beach tomorrow.

      One thing that’s making travel on the coast difficult is my aversion to camping next to people. Campsites in the state parks and RV parks are so close together…. and the northern coast is state land, no more national forest or BLM… darn. It’s a tough life being a hermit. Ha!

      I’m tickled you enjoyed this post so much!

  29. sandi says:

    What a fantastic day. I laughed my butt off. Thanks for sharing this day. God speed to you and yours. Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, sandi!

      It’s always a good sign when readers lose their butts over one of my posts. Too bad it doesn’t happen to mine! 😉

  30. Chris B - Southern California says:

    Look at that smile on Reggie’s face while he runs! I wish that Diego was there. He would have given Reggie a run for his money! They would have had a blast! I was sitting here laughing along with you while looking at Rocketman’s photos. Dogs are so good for the soul!

    Chris B

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, that would’ve been fun… Diego and Reggie on the beach together! Not to brag or anything (who am I kidding?)… Reggie can really move! I was amazed. Of course, he’s not a greyhound but he has a greyhound’s soul (Now I’m pushing it.). 🙂

      And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time, til touchdown brings me round again to find. . . I’m not the dog they think I am at home . . . . Ah, no, no, no . . . I’m a Rocketman!

  31. Teri in SoCal says:

    I laughed out loud while reading this, little Reggie man had the zoomies! (that’s what I always call them)

    What a happy day. Thanks for sharing this!

  32. Wasn’t Reggie having a blast, and providing entertainment for us as well! That brightened up my day 🙂

  33. Susan in Dallas says:

    Rocketman Reggie, what a treat to see pure enjoyment. He sure proves that the best things in life are free. Bridget was so funny to get that big smile on her face when she got back in the PTV! Both of them enjoyed the beach in their own special way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think you’re right, Susan. Bridget seemed happy and satisfied as we motored on to our next camp. She loves it when she gets the best of me!

  34. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Oh that was just the cutest thing to see Reggie with all four off the sand, tucked in like a sprinter. But he returned to his Mama after that initial “flame on” maneuver. He’s not going to ever want to be separated from his two best friends for any length of time.

    And Bridget reminds me of my girl, my Chow/Beagle mix. She’s a very senior girl, whose age we can only estimate as she’s a rescue. When she doesn’t feel like “acting the fool”, she can turn away, with her snout in the air, and give the most scathing, disdainful looks. The expression on Bridget’s beautiful little face when comfortably back in the truck is not one that she ordinarily chooses to share with us. It says “I surely do love my life, and you, too, Mom!”

    So happy for you all, Sue. This is what life is all about, and this is what you were dreaming of, all those days on the job, before you actually took off for your new life. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Nancy,

      That’s exactly what Bridget conveys ”You may want to act the fool but I’ll be darned if I’m going to!”

      You touched me that you remembered my days of work and dreaming of these days. Oh how I ached for this! And with good reason… As you wrote “This is what life is all about.” It took me a lifetime to find it.

  35. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Oh such pure unfiltered joy!!!!

    To think that all of the angst that went into the search for Reggie and all of your travels this spring led to this moment. Laugh your head off and cry tears of joy till you fill the ocean girl. You’ve earned it and no one deserves it more.

    Hope you can find a perfect place to camp for a spell. It’s hard the closer you get to the coast and civilization but I’m sure wherever you lite will be perfect for you and the crew.
    Takc care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Rick. It does seem like this day was a culmination, the previous months leading up to Reggie Man joyfully flying off the crest of a dune. . . . Ain’t life grand!

  36. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a wild child! I never would have guessed he could run that fast. Teri sure had it right, a case of the Zoomies. Reggie be nimble, Reggie be quick Reggie run & jump over the dune. If he would have jumped into your arms when he came flying back, he would have knocked you over. I laughed until I cried at him.
    Thanks for the fun photos.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      PS. I checked on Edith yesterday and she was still available, unless they are behind on updates.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barbara. Your comment is fun for me. I can tell you enjoyed this post!

      Oh, Edith. I’d scoop her up in a minute if she weren’t on the northeast side of Portland which might as well be the northeast side of Jupiter, as far as I’m concerned.

      I do wonder why she hasn’t been adopted yet, as cute as she is. I question why neither photo shows her legs or her tail. That’s me… looking for the deal-breaker. Can’t deny the sweetness of her expression though. 🙂

      The Pixie Project, Portland, Oregon

  37. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Oh my, Sue! Those pics of Reggie running and playing off leash are PRICELESS!
    Cuteness-Factor is clear off the charts! I can just hear Reggie and Bridge talking about all of this. She must have been exhausted just waiting for Reggie to chat her ear off about his new-adventure!

    Reggie: Miss B, you know I used to run with all my street dog pals, before I came to live with you and Sue. We thought we had it made back in those days. We had ~nothing!~ compared to THIS wonderful life! Oh if my old pals could see me now! They would not believe the glorious life I lead! Miss B, I STILL pinch myself with joy! You, RV Sue and chicken, lots of chicken…a dream come true 🙂

    Well, if Reggie isn’t telling Miss B that then he sure is thinking it. That little guy sure knows what Made In the Shade is all about! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Boy, Pamela, you have this talking-crew thing down pat! Now I see why several of my readers love Canine Corner. It’s fun imagining Bridget and Reggie having these thoughts and conversations, expressing their emotions. . .

      What a silly blog this is! Haha!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Oh yes! Canine Corner fans love it when Bridge and Reggie chat about things. We get to be flies on the wall as they have their exchanges. Of course you bring their thoughts together for us so wonderfully 🙂 But be forewarned ~giggles~, Bridge and Reggie are going to write their own tell-all book, lol! Lordy, can you just imagine them doing that?! Publishers and Agents wait in the wings…

  38. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue. Now THAT was FUNNY! Reggie, The Amazing Flying Puppy! I don’t see many pictures with his paws on the ground. I bet that was a great time all around.
    Miss Bridget is a Special Lady and a Lady knows how to conduct herself at All times. Gotta love her. Thanks Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, GypsyPurl. That’s Reggie and Bridget — Mr. Daffy and Miss Decorum. What’s amazing is that two personalities so different can co-exist happily in this tiny house!

  39. Applegirl NY says:

    Awesome post! What a hoot he is. The picture of him running up to the back of Bridget is really funny. It sums up the situation, and their personalities perfectly. She is so mature and she tolerates his craziness – but only so much. LOL!

    So glad you are all happy and healthy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Applegirl. I hope you are, too.

      That little scenario was funny to watch. Reggie ran up to Bridget, sized up her mood in about a half-second, saw that it was hopeless, and immediately put some distance between him and her!

  40. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I knew it!

    Run like the wind….tornado man! I can just imagine him making grunting noises, crashing and burning, digging to China. But flying?? Oh my word! I bet your stomach hurt from laughing so much!

    That’s a dungenous crab he dug up! Look what I found! treasures!!

    Bridge was letting Reg man have his first off leash experience. It was Reg mans spotlight..and rather you try to capture his gazelle like moves. She’s such a lady!

    He probably slept as soon as he got int the PTV. It is so hard to run in sand so don’t be surprise if he is sore.

    I am so glad he had the chance to run and that he came back.

    Enjoy the evening

  41. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I’m glad for you also…..searching for the right pup was a task in itself.

    Your post surely reflects the joy that he brings you. A joy that has been missing for awhile.

    Your happiness makes me smile!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Yes, this past year hasn’t been as carefree as the previous ones. Not as easy any more to travel and camp where I please and keep my privacy. There still are people who think it’s fun to peek through the bushes at us.

      Bridget and Reggie — as well as faithful blogorinos like yourself — help me put that out of my mind so I can enjoy life. Maybe that’s why dogs (and blogorinos.. hahaha) were created?

      That empty beach was such a delight for all of us. A truly joyous day! I wish everyone could let go and play and have fun in the way that makes them the happiest!

  42. Linda says:

    My sister once had a little chihuahua that did the run-like-crazy show, and it was the cutest thing ever. My sister would start clapping, and the dog would run round and round the outside of the house like a streak. We’d stand in front and watch her come around the corner, zoom past us, and round the other corner. We all loved it. Reggie is adorable.

  43. DesertGinger says:

    What a blast of fresh air! Go Reggie go! Bridget is the girl who wears a black suit to the nude beach. Got a mind of her own, and knows what she is up for. I admire that.

    Sunday is my one day off. Did a big grocery shop, caught up some homework, and went to the pool for the first time! Now I’m super tired. Still need to do laundry. I hope my energy keeps improving.

    Back to my chores! Love to all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I was hoping we get a report from you soon. I do hope you rest whenever you can and don’t stay up too late! Rest will help you be strong and well. Pace yourself.

      I get the impression that the class is good and that you are enjoying the people. Wishing you much energy . . . . Have a good night!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Energy returning is a good sign, Ginger…hope it continues for you!!

  44. Marcia GB in MA says:

    The look on Reggie’s face as he races toward you is priceless. And I feel his joy in the pictures and the words you write to describe his reactions (also Bridget’s).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia,

      I agree. His face expresses so much in those photos. Reggie really is an agreeable little guy. He rarely complains…. only when I’m being lazy and he wants to go for a walk. Can’t blame him for that!

  45. PookieBoy SE Texas says:

    Im with Bridget…us older folks dont like all that nonsense….
    HA…..I figured Reg would have a fun day when let go….
    great post, Sue….my heart was beating rapidly while reading
    about Reg’s running…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      Thank you. Read RVSue and her canine crew and give your heart a work-out! 🙂

  46. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue and fellow blogorinos,

    60 Minutes just had segment on dogs…discussing how intelligent they are, and if there is a true bond between them and their owners or if they are just happy to see us because we feed them. A researcher at Duke University has performed MRIs on dogs to identify the parts of the brain that light up when they are presented with scent of their owner. The reward section of the brain glows…proving that they really do love us and look forward to us coming home. Also, they said that when a dog makes eye contact, that gives them great joy…the equivalent of them giving us a hug. There are tests that you can do at home that will determine just how smart they are and shed light on their personality. See for more info. It was a very interesting piece….just proved what most of us knew all along! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting, Denise! Of course, dogs are more complicated than “beings who want food.” But we need tests to prove what we already knew. 🙂 Thanks for the information and website.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        As interesting as the testing you can do at home might be, which you have to pay for…..I already know Gracie is as smart as a whip, with a mind of her own, a big mischievous streak and is bursting with love and kisses to give. I think the home tests in part will supplement Duke’s research. Human volunteers for drug trials get paid to participate, not the other way around. That being said, it may appeal to some. 🙂

        Just took Gracie out for a potty break and we enjoyed a beautiful evening sky. Bright blue skies with a layer of gray rain clouds mixed with puffy white clouds. The white clouds are being lit from below, turning them a golden pinkish color. God’s parfait…bright blue, gray, white, pinky gold, then a bottom layer of bright blue. Gorgeous!! 🙂

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      We just watched that!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Wasn’t that border collie amazing?!

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Border collies always want to please…look how well they do at those agility competitions.

          They always have that inquisitive look on their face…like yeah? yeah? ….waiting for commands.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            One of my sisters has a border collie. She likes to try to herd her humans…she can almost knock me over by nudging me. She is a smart cookie, too, and very sweet.

  47. Utah Bonnie says:

    woohoo! Someone opened the gate. Reggies adventures made me smile and I’ll bet he slept well that night. I’m so glad you and Bridget brought him on as crew#2.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bonnie,

      He slept like he was cemented into his bed. Same with Bridget. All that fresh, brisk, sea air . . . .

  48. Lenore says:

    The Oregon coast is so beautiful. Your crew is sooooooooo cute!

  49. Lynn Brooks says:

    So sweet!!!
    The PURE JOY in Reggie & YOU is PRICELESS!!!
    What a beautiful memory you made today!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn,

      And having this blog post with photos will help me remember. . . 🙂

  50. Sandy (GA) says:

    Wonderful post! <3

  51. Jean in OREGON says:

    It’s a good thing there was no video. As it was I laughed til the tears ran down my leg,!

  52. Julie Green says:

    Sue, I don’t often comment any more – you have sooo many admirers that I would just be repeating the accolades for the umpteenth time. Anyway, just want to say that the photos of Reggie today are priceless. What a pop of energy that little zoomer is in your and Bridget’s life! (Much to Bridgie’s chagrin I imagine). Thank you for sharing the wonderful memories with your blogorinos.
    Jool in N. Texas

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jool,

      And thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the photos and that you still read my blog. I forget a lot, but I don’t forget any blogorinos!

  53. Heda says:

    Absolutely brilliant.

  54. Kelly...bayfieldbunch says:

    This sure brought a big smile to my face this morning ! so much fun…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kelly,

      And it’s fun sharing Reggie’s photos with you. I always enjoy photos of Pheeb’s romps, too.

  55. MB says:

    WOW! From “Reggie Man” to “Rocket Man”! Loved the big smile on his face. I could “hear” your laughter too…..which made me laugh along with you. I have read many travel blogs over the past couple of years. Some I even “follow”. But most, when they pop up on my screen, I just skim or skip….though they are well written and have good pictures. You have a gift of making it “personal”. I read every post….beginning to end….and most comments. I have learned a lot and enjoy following you and the crew very much. MB from VA

  56. Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

    What a way to start my morning RVSue!!! I smiled and I cried watching Reggie run and run…and he had the whole beach to himself! Don’t you wonder what was going through his little brain? The pictures are fabulous!!! Love, Love, Love the last one of Miss Bridget. Your last campground was just beautiful! So calming. It sure looks like you hit the jackpot! Off for my Eurograph this morning. Happy Monday everyone 🙂


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystina,

      I thought of you several times over the weekend, knowing you are in Oregon, too, and that your visit is overshadowed by a health concern and medical stuff. I hate that for you! I want you living Reggie-style — no worries, just playing, in the moment, having fun!

      Best wishes and hugs to you . . .

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Will be waiting to hear what you learn, Krystina and hoping you will be well!!

  57. Kay Dattilio says:

    Sue and Crew……Beautiful, joyful pictures! Such fun to look at and even better…The Divine Miss B’s reaction. She is a true lady and I hope she continues to stay that way. Ying and Yang and they fit perfectly! Thanks for sharing and making me giggle!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kay. Oh, there’s no chance of anything changing Bridget. She’s set in her ways. 🙂

  58. SUPER-REGGIE!!!!! I could almost see his cape in that airborne shot of him! I started cracking up here at work, and I don’t care who heard! 😉

    That was some task getting all those pics, I could imagine the tears and the side ache from laughing so hard!

    Bridget didn’t want to run, she was busy working on her suntan in her black bikini!


  59. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Oh my goodness, I was right! Bridget is soooo predictable. I wish you had video capability on your camera and could embed a video in your blog – although I imagine keeping up with Reggie’s movements would be pretty difficult. The two of them remind me a lot of mine on the beach. My big ole’ pit bull just plods along at slow speed while my little terrier mix races up and down the beach and comes back to circle around him and take off again. Big, wide, open beaches are the absolute best places to take dogs – I’m so glad you found the perfect beach on the perfect morning!

  60. Jodee Gravel on the road in Morgan Hill, CA says:

    Tears of joy seeing the little guy experience such freedom and happiness. Bridget cracks me up – HRH indeed. She knew it was Reggie’s time I think. So glad you are enjoying the Oregon coast. We are excited to get there too.

  61. Dawn in MI says:

    Pure joy. Can’t get any better than this.

  62. I too have been brought to (happy) tears many times watching the antics of our pups…isn’t that the best feeling? It amazes me how much joy they bring us sometimes. Loved seeing Reggie run – he sure is a little wild man! One of our dogs loves to run…alas he doesn’t come back so we can’t let him do it unless he’s in a fenced in area. Glad to see Reggie knows better!

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