Sunshine on the mountain and a dog fight!

Thursday, April 9

1-P1040043Ward Mountain southeast of Ely, Nevada

I pull back the window curtain at the sound of a vehicle approaching.  Hmm . . . Looks like a forest service truck.   I focus on the door’s lettering.

“Forest Fire Response.” 

Gee, could this mean there’s a fire on the mountain?  Well, not likely.  This isn’t lightning weather. . .

I hurry out of the Best Little Trailer, shutting the crew inside.

A woman gets out of the truck.  She’s around 40 years old and is wearing the green uniform of the National Forest Service.  I greet her first.

“Hello!  Is there a fire on the mountain?”

She smiles.  “No, I’m stopping by to say hello and see how you’re doing.”

“Oh, we’re fine.  It’s beautiful here.”

We converse for several minutes.

The topic of wildlife comes up.

“No bears here., ” she informs me.  “We have elk, mule deer, bobcats, wildcats, and, of course, coyotes.”

“What’s a wildcat?”

“A mountain lion.”


I ask if it’s okay to camp in the campground even though it’s listed as closed on the website.  As I expected, she tells me it’s okay.  I learn that Ward Mountain Campground is only a few years old and is very popular in the warmer months.

“People even have weddings here.”

Later the crew and I go into Ely.

I have the empty propane tank filled at Suburban Propane and pick up a few groceries at Ridley’s Grocery.

Friday, April 10

A beautiful, sunny, blue-sky day!  It’s hard to believe it snowed two days ago.

Bridget, Reggie and I take an extra-long walk in the morning, following a marked trail from the campground.  I work on my income taxes until I’m stalled by the Social Security website not opening.  Probably swamped . . .

I jump at an excuse to quit the tax preparation.

“Let’s go outside again!  It’s such a nice day . . . .”

I set out my lounger and grab a drink and my Paperwhite.   .

1-P1040072I tie Reggie’s tether to the campsite grill and put down a quilt and doggie bed.  Bridget doesn’t need to be on-leash.  She never strays.

1-P1040077Gosh, a salad would taste good right about now.

Not wanting to prepare it inside, I bring everything out to the picnic table and fix myself a nice green salad in the sunshine.

1-P1040084Eating a meal outside in the mountain air is one of the simple pleasures I enjoy.  People say food tastes better outside.  It does!

1-P1040085The forestry fire response woman stops by again.

It’s the end of her shift.  Reggie barks and kicks up gravel with his hind legs.  “Ooh, you’re so scary, Reggie.”

The forest service woman laughs and kneels down to pet him. Soon Reggie is swooning with half-closed eyes. Bridget prances and wiggles her butt and receives attention, too.

We enjoy a brief chat.  As she’s leaving I say, “We may be gone the next time you come here. . . . It was nice meeting you!”

And it was!

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a 17-foot travel trailer with Bridget and Reggie? 

It’s not as idyllic as you might think.  Reggie Man becomes Reggie Maniac.  Here, I’ll show you what I mean.






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1-P1040062“Hey!  What’s going on here!”

1-P1040066“Reggie, stop bothering Bridget.  She’s had enough.”

1-P1040059 - Copy“Yes, I know you’re cute.”


1-P1040049 - CopyNOTE:  Recently in comments we discussed Wave 3 catalytic heaters, specifically how well they function, and how far the glow extends across the pad.  Here’s a photo of my heater in full operation, set on high.  The photo (right) was taken in the dark in order to show the glow.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.


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1-P1040063“You’re such a patient girl, Bridget.”


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177 Responses to Sunshine on the mountain and a dog fight!

  1. BadgerRickInWis says:


  2. JSprater says:

    Hi RVSue:

    Susan is such a great forest ranger. She moved from New England and really enjoys her job–as anyone can tell by her demeanor. Great pictures of the sunny day we enjoyed in the Hugh Mountain Campground. Cheers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JSprater,

      You know Susan! I didn’t identify her by name as I didn’t know if she’d want me to. Yes, she is a fine representative of the forestry service’s fire response team.

      You mean Ward Mountain Campground, right? I’m guessing you’re the guy with the truck camper who camped in Loop B. 🙂

      • JSprater says:

        Susan and I have had some very good discussions while I have been here, including my mountain lion spotting at about 8,900 elevation on Ward Mountain. I had intended to hike higher, but the cat spooked me, so I made a quick retreat to camp, all the while looking backward to make sure the cat was not stalking me.

        I am a “Friend of the Forest” who picks up trash at and around forest campgrounds. I have the 25′ TT with the BLRT (Big Long Red Truck).

        Yes, I intended to say Ward Mountain, and not Hugh Mountain. LOL, I was investigating Hugh Mountain on the Internet when I saw your wonderful post.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          If no one has said it JSprater, thanks for your work as a Friend Of The Forest.

          • JSprater says:

            Thank you. We find that trash invites more trash. Ward Mountain is strictly a “carryout your trash” campground, for the campground does not have one trash container.

            I will be hiking up Trail K later in the day to pick up smashed tin cans along the trail (elevation about 8100 ft.), left by ATVers. I suppose people think that if they smash their cans on the ground and leave them that it makes them invisible. I counted over 50+ smashed cans (spread over about a 200′ perimeter) the other day while hiking in the area.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I hope you don’t mind me removing Susan’s last name from your comment. Even though it probably can easily be found elsewhere, I didn’t ask her permission and that’s my policy.

          Thank you, thank you, for being a friend of the forest! I wish there were more people who would take the initiative and help clean up our public lands. I’ll be cleaning up Loop A before we leave here. I don’t roam as far out as you do. 🙂

          I wish I knew where to dump all this trash. The landfill is not far out of town. I’ll see if non-residents can dump trash there. If you know another place, let me know please.

          Oh yeah, squash the can and make it invisible. Idiots. Another practice… Throw the cans and bottles in the fire ring…

          Thank you for calling this post “wonderful.” It’s a pleasure to read your comments. I hope you will stay with us.

          • JSprater says:

            RVSue, you may take any trash collected at the campground to the Ely Ranger District Office, located at 825 Avenue E. You probably already spotted it when you visited the Train Museum (another great post).

            Drop by anytime at my home on wheels. You may be interested that I have 5 x 160W solar panels on top of my TT–inspiration that I received from you long ago. If my door handle is folded against the door, you will then know I am not at home–but hiking or riding my bicycle.

            Thank you for cleaning up Loop A. I did not come by earlier because I knew you were there. I was going to do it after you left. However, thank you for volunteering–and I am confident that you leave all of your campsites clean!

            As far as trash in the fire-rings–I will not even go there!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’ve been reading my blog before now? I didn’t know that… I’m sorry if you commented before and I didn’t recall your name.

              I always try to leave a campsite better than I found it. I have to go around with a shovel and collect the poopies left by the crew, too. Since no one has been here, I didn’t bother with poop bags.

              Thanks for the invitation. BTW, I appreciate you respecting my space by camping in the other loop.

              I’ll see about dumping the trash at the ranger office. I suppose I’d have to let them know the trash comes from the forest….

            • JSprater says:

              Susan should be in the office on Monday morning at the aforementioned address. I am sure she will be glad to see you and the crew again. If she is not there, simply let someone know that the trash you are putting into their container is from Ward Mountain Campground. They will not mind a bit. However, I do not know about personal trash–but if there is a little mixed in, well . ..

              I did not initially see you parked in Loop A when I arrived on April 3rd. I always go to my spot in Loop B. It is well hidden, and yet the surrounding trees do not block the sunlight for my solar panels. I never park in the RV loop, because the noise that generators make. And that couple who had their generator continuously running . . ..

              As far as following your blog, I have been doing so off and on since the “early years.” I just never have commented beforehand, thus you would not have known. I think you influence more people than you realize–especially stealthy people like me.

              Good & Safe travels!

            • Monica-CA says:

              This entire conversation is way cool! And thanks for your service as “Friend of the Forest”.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Enjoyed visiting with you at your camp, Jack…. Happy horizons!

            • JSprater says:

              It was my pleasure.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Yes, very nice series of comments here. When my husband and I go walking on the beach or in the woods, we always bring a bag for garbage. It’s stunning and sad to see what people leave behind or what gets washed up. It’s also amazing that after only a few days of walking on the beach, we get it tidied up nicely – usually just in time for us to move on down the road.

      Thanks to everyone who leaves things better than they found them.

      • JSprater says:

        Thank you Applegirl & husband!

        Yesterday, I got to meet one of my favorite people.

        RVSue and the crew graciously paid me a visit. I was at my computer when I heard a voice outside, “Hello, hello.” I opened up my door and stepped outside and saw the three of them, standing (hesitantly) toward the front of my TT, not desiring to overly intrude. I walked over and we made our initial greetings.

        “Hello, my name is Jack.”

        While shaking hands, RVSue replied, “While walking over–is it Jim . . . John . . . Jack . . ..”

        The first thing I noticed was RVSue’s pulled-back hair, shining in the sunshine, and then her two beloved companions at her feet, with the youngest one making a small commotion.

        I bent over and Bridget immediately accepted my hand as an offering of acceptance. Reggie on the other hand–well, he was a little more timid, standing slightly behind RVSue and Bridget. But, I knew if I gave him enough time, he would warm up toward me.

        RVSue and I stood for a little bit while talking about “this and that,” and then gave way to our years and sat at the picnic table. Whereas I will keep our conversation private–for it is more mysterious that way–I am happy to report that RVSue and the Crew are what I expected from reading her blog over the years.

        She is a soft spoken woman, with eyes that survey the horizon. But when your eyes meet, you know that in those expressive eyes lays compassion and warmth.

        As we continued to talk, Reggie made his move toward me, first jumping, and then his special way of gaining attention. Bridget moved in and I rubbed her, first on her head and then on the back. Reggie–I think was a little jealous–and wanted some of that attention! He sniffed my hand and then brushed against my right leg. After he looked up at me, I extended my hand in friendship and he accepted. After rubbing his small head, he rolled over and wanted his tummy rubbed, which I obliged.

        RVSue and I talked about our near future plans. It does not seem she and I will see each other for many months–if ever–because our travels will take us in different directions. But, my hope is that we will meet again, and remember that warm spring day in Ward Mountain Campground when we first met, the first day that I met one of my favorite people.

  3. Page says:


    • Page says:

      Okay, now I read the post. Bridget is ever patient with Reggie. She is a good big sister.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Bridget puts up with a lot! Reggie is in her face all the time.

        • Chuck says:

          Reggie will keep Bridget young for years. What a pair you got there, kiddo!!! Loved the train blog, boring as it was to you! Thanks for some great pix.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Well, the trains didn’t bore me. The pics of them, however, didn’t inspire me to write. I’m glad you enjoyed that post.

  4. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Morning Sue and Blogerinos!

  5. DeAnne in TN says:

    Finally read a post without 1,000 comments so I’m saying hi! I think this site is #2 favorite of yours. Don’t ask what #1 was–I do have it written down in my notebook though! Hugs to the kids

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! Give the post time…. 🙂

      All my camps are Number One camps! Hi, DeAnne… Hope all is well with you. Hugs to your crew!

  6. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    Hi again Sue. Love your blog, as always!

    I’m not meaning to stir up any controversy, but I had a Wave 6 permanently installed in my motorhome. I switched it out to a plaque style heater like the Mr. Heater series, which I much prefer. From my experience of more than 5 years, a better option. JMO.



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      There’s nothing controversial about that. Different preference, that’s all. I don’t know what a “plaque style” heater is. Care to explain? Anyone?

      • Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

        Have a look at Mr. Heater, or the ProCom Recon Dual Fuel Vent-Free Infrared Heater Model# MD3TPF on Amazon. Using the magnified view you will see on the ProCom that it has three plaques rather than the “loose fuzz” type heater surface of the Wave series. 🙂

  7. DeAnne in TN says:

    Wait–I meant this site you are at now is my #2 favorite campsite that you have stayed at. Whew–that was hard work for a teacher on a Saturday!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, now I get you… I wonder why it’s your #2 favorite campsite. You prefer mountain camps?

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        I’ve always been drawn to the mountains. I know the desert is beautiful, but something about the conifers and sweet mountain air appeals to me.

  8. Karen LeMoine says:

    Dog fight? I was a little alarmed because I thought a stray dog attacked the Crew! Great pics of the little ones in action!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen . . . .That was a tease . . . I want to make sure you visit my blog! Thanks re: the photos.

      • Chris B says:

        You actually think that you need a tease?? LOL! I’m not going to speak for others but I’d read your blog even if you said, “This is really boring. Don’t read it.” 🙂

        I love the photo of Reggie with his fingers separated! I just started giggling when I saw that “dog fight.”

        Safe travels, Sue!
        Chris B

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You mean I can drop the National Enquirer tactic of false headlines? 🙂

          • Chris B says:

            Not necessarily. These days, lots of the stuff in the Enquirer is real and they are the first to report it. Now, the Star magazine is a different story. I think that’s the one where a bird has a human head?

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            All time favorite tabloid headline. “Scientists Invent Plant People.” Underneath was picture of a sunflower with a woman’s face in the center. I had it on my refrigerator for awhile. 🙂

  9. Dawn in MI says:

    Glad Bridgette is patient with him. He’s still figuring out the rules of the road. And secretly I think she likes him. Or at least likes him enough to tolerate him. He’s a youngster yet…he’ll settle down in time. Glad you’re having such a peaceful time up on the mountain. Whatcha reading?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I’m reading “Watchers” by Dean Koontz. It was recommended to me by Mick and, I think DesertGinger… Anyway, it’s really good.

      Bridget puts up with Reggie and she even tries to play for a minute or two, which is hard for her. She’s never been the playful type and neither was Spike. She plays a little and then Reggie pushes things too far, gets too smart-alecky and rough, and Bridget has to let him know she’s had enough.

      • Hi Sue,
        I read “Watchers” in the late ’80’s, and soon thereafter found myself with my First Golden Retriever. Thirteen years later Bonnie went to the Rainbow Bridge and then there was Joy and Shiloh, both Goldens and both with me now, here in my little Wandering Spirit. (Casita, Freedom Deluxe).
        So glad for the influence that book had on me. I can’t imagine how much love I would have missed without these wonderful fur children.
        Dean Koontz has a great love for Goldens, and had his own Golden girl, Trixie.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting, Micky… Goldens are exceptionally fine dogs.

          I have a wealth of books to read. I didn’t read much for fun during my years as a teacher. Now that I’m retired, I can enjoy catching up!

          I’m glad you were influenced by that book to find your precious Bonnie, Joy, and Shiloh.

          • DeAnne in TN says:

            You are so right about teachers finding time to read for pleasure during the school year. I still manage to squeeze in a book every week or two. I read during my lunch, 30-40 minutes in bed every night, and every time I go to the bathroom! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

            • Dawn from Camano Island says:

              DeAnne, I’m so glad to find there’s another person who reads in the bathroom! It’s nice & quiet. There are hazards, however. I lost track of time once while reading en toilette. When I stood up to leave, I fell over & hit my foot on the metal shower door track. Broke a bone in my foot & had to wear a boot for awhile. I referred to it as my ‘book-related’ injury. Wish I could say I learned my lesson but now I’m on my phone in the bathroom…

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    OK Sue, we’re never going to let you be the editor of a newspaper and write headlines. You had me thinking that either an off-leash dog attacked the crew or that Bridge and Reggie got into a fight. Glad to see it was just a friendly tussle!!

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

    Sue, nice job on the picture of Reggie with the claws all out. Too bad you can’t add the sound cuz if it’s like here when my crew get started the growling and snarling sounds absolutely fierce like they’re ready to tear each other up.. they’re just full of themselves and having a grand old time. My Roadtrek is in the shop and I’m hoping it’s ready so I can hit the road on Wednesday. I’ve been meaning to tell you that I had the pleasure of camping in Yosemite when it snowed. Wow, what pictures I got to take. Just like you it cleared and was warm enough that the roads were safe when I left a couple of days later.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose… Yosemite in the snow. I bet that was beautiful. I hope you are in your Roadtrek soon, cruising down the highway to lovely camps!

  12. G says:

    You are so right, it doesn’t matter if it’s camping or bbq’ing outside your house. There’s something about being outdoors that enhances the flavor of food! G

  13. mockturtle says:

    Don’t know about you but I just love my Wave heater! Recently the Piezo lighter quit working so now I just use a match. Can’t imagine RV-ing without it. And it doesn’t make any noise!!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s the closest to having a fireplace in the camper… Yes, I suppose a match would do fine…

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Speaking of the Wave, I did some measuring last night with an infrared thermometer (sure glad those became affordable).

        Where my heater was glowing (bottom 40%, like they show in the manual) it was around 780º. Above that, in the non glowing area, it was around 760º. A buddy whose Wave 3 glows slightly more measured his, and got similar readings.

        So it seems that glow or no glow, the whole pad is still putting out (relatively similar) heat. Granted, the more glow the nicer looking! Better yet, a fireplace 😀 😀

  14. BadgerRickInWis says:

    From the looks of things as dog fights go that wasn’t much of one. Just kind of seems like Bridget had to put up with what’s become your normal morning wake up ritual. 🙂

    Just kidding Bridge, it’s nice to know that you are being so patient. Little brothers tend to be a pain by definition. But it must be frustrating to realize that even when he’s misbehaving he going to get away with it cuz he’s SO DAMN CUTE!!!. Not fair, but it’s life. That last pic she seems be begging, “Somebody save me from this crazy kid.” Hang in there girl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      Those fights are huge…. at least in Reggie’s mind. You should hear him growl and see him pounce! Quite ferocious!

      I get these looks from Bridget and I want to explain that Reggie’s just a baby and it will be all right in time… I try to give her lots of attention. Of course, Reggie butts in …

      • DesertGinger says:

        Actually, turning into a maniac…rolling on your back, growling, spinning, running around room, pouncing…typical JRT behavior. My Daisybelle was still doing it. Right up to her death.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Spike was a rat terrier and he was the same way until the arthritis held him back.

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Dexter the Rat/Chi is the same. We call it “Taking the Bullet Train to Crazy Town.”

  15. Ray says:

    Reggie is so cute! His paw looks scary when he spreads them out. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ray,

      The day is going to come when those nails will have to be clipped. That ought to be interesting. 😉

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Start now and you won’t have problems later! Looks like they are the easy ones…where you can see the quick!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Reggie doesn’t like me to help him when he has a sticker in his paw, until I force him to let me do it. Clipping will be fun… 🙁

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Do it when he’s sleeping! Oh wait HE DOESNT SLEEP!!!!! Hahhhhhhh hahhhhhh!

            Start playing with his paws when you play with him! He’ll get used to you handling his feet!

            Let me see your feet! What are these? Talk with him…as you pretend to inspect them…

  16. Cheryl says:

    Love that campsite! Safe Travel to the next bend in the road! Love hearing about Reggie’s cute little exploits. Bridget is sweet to him.

  17. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    You seem to be excellent at finding camp sites. Including the ones you didn’t like, I’d be pretty much happy with any of the ones you’ve found back to Flaming Gorge. The picture of Ward Mountain gives me a reason to be there, and the picture of the site tells me how nice the camping is there.

    Wikipedia gives me a small Old World cat as “wildcat,” and the disambiguation gives me bobcat, some lynx species or “any wild felid”. The distinction seems important given that one of your commenters has spotted a mountain lion on the mountain.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R.,

      I can’t think of any of our camps that I didn’t like. Maybe I’ve forgotten them. When you have the time, browse through the camps prior to Flaming Gorge. We enjoyed some gorgeous camps in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, California…. oh, here I go again, dreaming about camps!

      Yes, the term “wildcat” is confusing. I think it may be used for different animals depending upon the region or as a broad, inclusive term. That’s why I asked and here they are mountain lions.

  18. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    Love those pictures of the pups. Reminds me of how Lily plays with patient Rosie her older sister although when she’s had enough she puts a end to it fast. lol\
    Well, things are moving along…. got a offer on my home and waiting for the deposit. The couple wanting to buy it live in MA. Anyway I’ve been going through my dresser and getting rid of a lot of my clothes. Time is nearing for me and there is no way I can take all of this stuff with me. Should be on the road in June if all keeps going like it is. Fear and excitement and being overwhelmed is just putting it lightly. I’ve been so dang emotional. It’s been 11 months since my loss and before I know it I’ll be full timing it. I started a youtube video channel. I’m RVDebs Journey on there. Only have one video on and it shows my smaller camper inside.
    Hope your weekend is mild and sunny.

    • Barbara (from Nashville) says:

      Deb, can’t wait to hear about your RV adventures. Glad, you are moving on. I would be too under your circumstance.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You got an offer! Fantastic! I hope that everyone moves along smoothly through the sale and beyond.

      Preparing for full-timing does require a lot of decisions, large and small… like what clothes to give away and what to keep. For someone who has been “emotional” and “overwhelmed,” you do get things done!

      • DebsJourney says:

        Sue I am one of those who gets something in my mind and make it happen. I’ve always done that. lol
        Today I went through my bra and panties drawer… took me a long time… never realized how many I had… I would buy more and stuff it in the drawers and forgot about all the stuff underneath.
        I go through tears, naps, cleaning, organizing, tears, phone calls that last hours with friends, clean something, feed the dogs,
        etc… researching everything about RVing and life on the road… I get tired… lol

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Saying goodbye to friends is bittersweet. Cleaning out the bra and panties drawer was easy for me. Keep the panties and throw the bras in the trash!

          You are a remarkable woman, Deb. You keep pushing forward, even with the emotional drain . . .

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Ha ha, Sue, good move! 😀

            Deb: I’d say keep lots of underwear. They stow compactly and can help to achieve the nirvana of laundromat only once per month 😀 😀

            (I know it’s illogical in a way to put off going to the laundromat, because realistically, an hour-and-a-half and I’m out of there [plus I can hang out “at home” while I wait], but…. I still hate going! Thirty pairs of underwear and socks to the rescue!)

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      You are an inspiration Deb, you and Sue both. I gain strength from you both.

    • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

      Deb…Took me a while, but I found your video…Your dogs are cute..

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Deb, Congratulations on the offer on your house. We’re all watching you and many of us are praying for you. You have a bright future ahead.

    • Hi Deb, will be watching you You Tube Channel, I know that you get some financial support if you have a large viewership, and I intend to contribute to that large viewership….Way to go Deb.

  19. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    Love the Photos, as usual. Reggie reminds me of my younger brother when we were kids. He was always trying to start something. Pick, pick, pick, then a smack from me to leave me alone. HA! HA! Seems like kids will be kids, no matter the species.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s exactly what he acts like, a pesky younger brother who likes to taunt and tease and be a pest. 🙂

  20. weather says:

    Your composition of the top photo amazes me,capturing the edge of tree on the right lends the perfect depth to give one an accurate feel for how large the mountain is without it’s dominating the place or your camp, as a whole..Were you on a small knoll when you took it? The people working and volunteering there must find it nice to have you there.If more were quiet,helpful and considerate folks like yourself their jobs would be much easier.

    Bridget probably likes small doses of playing with Reggie.It gives her a chance to express affection toward and enjoy him,while calling the shots concerning her comfort level with it.That is one la-arge campsite,and one tiny salad!I don’t know if your serving size is by preference or restraint,either way it cracks me up 🙂 If salad is my meal I use a large bowl or medium platter to pile it in.I like things I enjoy in large doses,hence my checking in and finding a new post from you,yippee,when I’d already been here earlier in my day.Thanks for filling my plate-dessert and no dishes to wash-woo-hoo!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for your analysis of the top photo. I believe I took that photo from our campsite. It seems like I’m standing on a knoll because I zoomed that shot. The mountain is further away and much taller than the photo suggests.

      The campsites here are large and this is one of the largest. The two picnic tables with fire ring and grill are a separate area and then there is a flat area for a tent, all defined by wood borders set in the ground.

      That’s a big salad. . . . dinner plate size! Speaking of dishes to wash, I have a basin full to do. We’re moving tomorrow and I like a tidy home when breaking camp.

      • weather says:

        You do a nice job of keeping a tidy home.Earlier I’d begun to think it was time for a story about families getting along.No need now ,thanks for always having a sweet page to come to,and a sweet heart.See ya when the “break’s over”,love you ,miss you,praying all’s well.

  21. Shawna says:

    Reggie needs The Chiweenie Brothers to play with. They would get along great I think and Bridget could get some peace and quiet. LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Shawna. Reggie could use a playmate or two, some pups who love to rough-house and roll around pretending to attack each other . . . Bridget isn’t interested in any of that.

  22. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy! You and Weather asked so don’t blame me for having another of my flashbacks.

    An old guy remembers Mission Beach Amusement Center.
    I first set eyes on the park in 1946. It was an Amusement Center that provided many years of fun for families and military personnel. It covered sever blocks and was on the Pacific Ocean. My Dad had a background from years ago of his life as a concessionaire in the Carnivals so he was once again romanced into the idea by an ad about a concession for sale in the Amusement Center. He took me with him when he went to see it. It turned out to be a game called “knock Mabel out of bed” in which a young lady was perched on a bed behind a chain link cage and if the player threw a baseball and hit a target, she tumbled out of bed.

    Dad was still working at Convair (later General Dynamics/Convair) days but he bought the concession called a “joint” in Carny talk. He worked at Convair till 3:30, came home, ate and headed out to Mission Beach where he ran his joint until 10 or 11. I can hear him now, “hey mate step right up and knock Mabel out of bed, three balls for a dime, and nine for a quarter”.

    To a kid the park was magic, smells, sights, sounds all unheard previously by this 10 year old boy. Time went by, Dad bought another joint, then another and soon he became one of three partners in the ownership of “The Mission Beach Company”. That lasted a few years and Dad bought out his two partners and became sole owner operator of the Park.

    I ran a couple of concessions that Dad let me run for myself over the years and bought my first car (41 Chevy) by working all summer of my 17th year on the maintenance crew..
    We had a huge Ballroom, the biggest in San Diego, an Olympic pool, a long midway with concessions and a large Skating Rink. There was an underpass from the midway to the bay that went under both sides of Mission Blvd. and down there were huge doors that led into big concrete rooms in which all kinds of goodies were stored, most from the Twenties. Old canoes, hand crank girly picture shows, all kinds of props and things. I was allowed to go there when I wanted and explore. It was wonderful for a curious boy.

    The Roller Coaster, most probably don’t know there was a tunnel build into the structure and around 1953 the guy who leased it from Dad was trying to destroy some paperwork so the IRS couldn’t get it and he tried to burn them in that tunnel, the fire got out of control and he was trapped, burned to death.
    There was a huge Penny Arcade which Dad kept as his own concession and ran. Between 1951-2 we lived in a two level apartment in the back of the Arcade. It was so much fun.

    In the Ballroom where I met and watched from our private box on the balcony every big name band of the era had some secrets too. Built into the Balcony were three apartments that were for VIP parties during dances, thought we never used them they were used in the twenties and thirties. But in each room were boxes of publicity pics, newspaper mats used to advertise our dances, etc. We had one dance a week in summer, less frequent during winter. All the big names played there in our Ballroom.
    I was by this time in High school so I could go anywhere, do anything I wanted by just going and doing, all free of course. I would take dates through the park, the rides, and even an occasional dance.

    In 1956 the city would not renew the lease on the property and instead demolished the ballroom, most of the midway, most of the Oceanside concessions, and the mini golf course, and rides. What little was left was called Belmont Park. Not even a ghost of what had been there before.
    A note of interest, Dad, as I said worked at Convair a couple of years at the tail end of the war as an hourly in the wood mockup shop. He died the year before I went to work there and worked my way up from an hourly raw stock handler to a supervisor of all material procured for all programs with 25 analysts working directly for me spend millions of dollars. I’ve often thought he would have been proud of his son, who spent 30 years working at his old work place. I retired in 1991.
    There’s a million memories and as many stories but another time perhaps.

    • weather says:

      Jim,I’m sitting here with one hand on my chest and my mouth half open from utter amazement.Good God man,can you tell a story!Wonderful-because you lived it,charmingly told,packed full of excitement and allure that first made me want to be there,then left me content-because I’d,in fact,just been taken to the sweet bygone days I missed..You had me mesmerized!Thank you, kind sir.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      I simply adored reading about your childhood adventures!!!!
      I have often thought the children of parents with so-called non-traditional jobs have wonderful stories to tell. Carny kids, Rodeo kids, Horse Track kids…the list is endless with rich history and family times remembered. One of my friends was the child of a Pub owner in Chicago in the 1950s thru 1970s. It was a wonderful time of family running the Pub and all the stories that went with running it. It has always seemed that the children of such adventuresome parents really treasure their family times and they are almost always very well-rounded adults.
      Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories! You leave us wanting MORE! 🙂

    • PookieBoy north of houston says:

      that was a great story….and I love to read stories like this bacause Im a guy that grew up in a small town and never went anywhere or did anthing cause we didnt have any money. But when I hit 60 I realized that life growing up in the 40’s/50’s wasnt that bad after all……I just call it a slow paced life…..
      thanks for posting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, Jim! You had a fantastic childhood… Any kid would love to grow up the way you did!

      I love your stories. This is my favorite so far. Your father would be proud of you, not only for your achievements, but also for the kind of man you became.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Gosh, what fun you had!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Thank you all for your kind and generous comments. I enjoy remembering and taking you on the ride with me.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Jim, Wonderful stories. Thanks for sharing them. You had quite a time growing up, and your dad sounds like an amazing entrepreneur and visionary.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Jim, thank you so much for sharing your story. What a fantastic childhood. Your love for your father comes through with every word. And yes, there is no doubt that he would have been very proud of you. He raised one heck of a son, and I’m glad that this blog has allowed me to get to know him.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Well, Jim you had quite a life…and probably enough things you saw to fill a book!! Thanks for sharing it!!

    • Amazing story, Jim…thank you for sharing!

  23. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Lovely photo of the mountain!

    Gulp! You had me with the title. So is it safe to say Reggie the maniac loves his forever home?

    Susan sounds like she loves her job! It sure makes a difference when you enjoy going to work!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I hope Reggie loves it here. He seems to have adjusted well. Although I can’t imagine him being moody or depressed. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy! I wish I had his temperament and energy . . .

  24. AZ Jim says:

    I swear Bridget has the patience of a saint and it obvious from your pictures that little Reggie loves to tease her. You have a couple of real cuties Missy, but then I needn’t tell you that. What fun….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Well, Bridget is a mature lady and we have developed much patience over the years. 😉

      Yeah, I think they’re cuties, too…

  25. edlfrey says:

    This Comment has nothing to do with what you wrote in the posting. I noticed that someone bought a Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor at Amazon through your site. The wrist units are better than nothing if you are trying to monitor your BP at home but most doctors will not accept the readings from them whereas they will if you use an arm cuff type monitor. Then again YOUR doctor may accept the readings.

    “Blood pressure monitors that work via the wrist may also be more prone to errors as a result of the anatomy of the wrist, the Mayo Clinic says. The arteries in the wrist are deeper than those in the upper arm, which means they are harder for the monitor to detect. They also are thinner, resulting in a weaker signal. Consequently, even with proper arm positioning, wrist blood pressure measurements are often less accurate than those taken from the upper arm.”

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Ed, that study is 4 years old and it’s first sentence reads “Wrist blood pressure monitors can be accurate if used exactly as directed”. As a nurse I am well aware either type, wrist or arm cuff can be inaccurate or accurate, depending on user and patient. For instance, I almost every time have to tell techs at doctors ( they are usually NOT nurses) that they are using the wrong size cuff on me. When I insist on the right size cuff my own Omron 7 wrist cuff matches their reading very closely. Another factor to consider is white coat syndrome, and many of us have higher BP in office than at home and it is not the cuff but the environment. Likewise when looking for hypertension, Doctors today look at trends ( or they should) rather than a single reading. The only way to get that is for patient to take readings using the same cuff, at same time of day, sitting in the roughly same position, and using the same careful method of applying the cuff.

      There are many factors to consider and I would hope anyone taking BP on their own would go by consultation with their doctor with cross calibration with their doctors equipment rather than counting on Internet advice. If I’m stepping on your toes I’m sorry but I have 20 years experience with my own hypertension monitoring and nearly 50 years as a nurse and I want people to get it right. Make sure whatever cuff you use it is used exactly by directions and in coordination with your doctor.

      Studies have shown the wrist cuff that individual purchased is considered (the Model 7 series) the most acccuate of all wrist cuffs and a close second is one by RiteAid. Take care of your health, it’s the most important asset you have. One last tip. Take your BP cuff, whichever you are using with you to the doctor every time and check your own BP a few min before or after they do. Then you know whether you are getting it right. There is a great free app called ( big surprise, ha ha) BP monitor, where you can daily record your BP, pulse, weight. Meds, etc. you can print from it to a printer. My primary care wrote down the name because he wanted to tell others so he can get them to email to him, as the app does that too.

      • edlfrey says:

        I stand corrected!

        Please, everyone listen to what Velda in Roseville Ca has to say.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You have performed a good service, Velda, with your explanation and advice. Thank you for writing it here.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          I agree! Velda, please feel free to post any other “primers” you’d care to. I find that (when traveling especially) it’s important to know as much as possible about managing my own health (and, like taking the car in for service, even when going to pro’s it’s still nice to have background knowledge).

          Ed: Nice hand-off after Velda posted. I always enjoy your comments and info.

    • GB in nor cal says:

      I believe it was me that purchased the blood pressure monitor. It’s actually very accurate, and I tested it against my doctors’ blood pressure pump & again at an apt I had at Stanford University neurology clinic. It was within one point of theirs. You do have to get one that fits your wrist. The cuff may not fit on some people. There is a more expensive model OMRON for around $80 which is recommended for accuracy but I think the $40 to $50 model is fine. Just make sure to follow the instructions and check it twice a day. Technology keeps improving.

  26. Susan Kelly says:

    Hi there RV Sue,

    I’m new to your blog. I wanted to ask you about your trailer. Are you using propane only, and what do you do about gray water and black when the parks closed.

    Sue K.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      My refrigerator and hot water heater run on propane or electric. I use propane, of course. The refrigerator’s electronic panel at the front draws a slight amount of power from the house battery which is charged by the batteries in the PTV which receive charge from the sun/solar panel. Same with the lights (LED), laptop, and television. I heat with propane.

      I don’t rely on parks to dump tanks. I usually dump tanks approximately every two weeks. I can go longer, but I dump tanks when it’s convenient and that’s about the time when the BLT is hitched and we’re on the road anyway.

      Dump stations are found at rv parks, campgrounds, gas stations and “travel centers” like Love’s and Pilot, and in some rest stops. It’s never been a problem finding a dump station. (Well, once I tried on a Sunday to buy propane and dump in a small town… I learned not to rely on that.)

      With 14 days or more between dumping, one can avoid arriving at a dump station on a day it is closed.

      If I haven’t answered your question, let me know. I love questions!

  27. DesertGinger says:

    Love the dog fight pics!

    Well, 4 more days on the job. Then I’m free! Got to work on my own paperwork and get things in order. Then get my car all serviced and start thinking about leaving, I hope to leave here by second week of May. Want to go by Oklahoma and spend several days with my friend Chris. Then stop in Joplin for a day or two to see some other friends, then head in up to NY. I plan to sleep in my car at least a few times. I have to be in NY not later than May 24th. Then I have class for 6 weeks. On the way back I think I’ll visit friends in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and maybe stop in Oklahoma again. Need to be back by end of July to take Block classes.

    I’m getting excited! I do love travel and long distance driving. I want to leave early enough that there is no hurry to get to ?NYS on time.

    Well, I need to make some dinner. Later!

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Ginger, be careful with weather in Oklahoma and Midwest In general. My sister in law north of OKC has been reporting the nasty storms to me and has had some real bad winds. A few days ago she was up late, unable to sleep because of the bad wind and said the dog had not come out of the closet since the 4.5 quake they had earlier in the day. Seems like if they don’t get blown away they get all shook up. 😉

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Absolutely April and May is a crazy time in that area.

        The weather channel has a TOR CON index that is really accurate. When we drove across the U.S. (Early May) we were in several tornado watches/warnings…floods and what ever else Mother Nature threw at us.

        We had a laptop at the time. We usually only drove 4 hours a day…but one day we drove 12 to outrun a storm.

        You can download the icon on your iPad…for easy access.

        The next four days will be crazy at work! People wait for the last minute.

        Safe travels………and where in NY are you headed to?

        • DesertGinger says:

          I grew up in Oklahoma; spent my first 17 years there so I’m well acquainted with the weather. But thanks for the warnings!

        • DesertGinger says:

          Oh, and I’m headed to Clifton Park, just north of Albany.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I love hearing from you, but then I have to go take a nap.

      I’m kidding! I can tell you’re having a great time making plans. I hope you will tell us about your trip . . . .

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      LOL, if this isn’t a sign of progress I don’t know what is. Seems like just yesterday you were fretting about getting your job at H&R, now you are counting the days until you can get out of there and start your next adventure.

      You rock girl!!!

  28. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, Sue, I certainly agree that food eaten…well, at least in the mountains tastes much better!! And for some reason, the mountains seem to make me hungrier (which is not a good thing.) I love living in trees and being in the mountains is the best!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      You aren’t the only one! I’ve had an appetite that won’t quit, ever since moving to this piney mountain camp. It’s the same with exercising. The common belief is that exercise will decrease your appetite. … ppffftt!

      Always nice to hear from you.. . Hope this is a good day for you and your husband.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Yea, exercise won’t take much pounds off me…but I am loosing inches…so at least that eh?? We are stronger, that’s it Sue.

        Yep good day…headed out now to Cracker Barrel for some of their Southern Fried Chicken dinner (we are splitting a dinner…and me adding a couple sides!!) Heh…if you share calories tis better eh? And I have no dog to share with anymore…

  29. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Such cute pics of the crew. Bridget looks so patient with Reggie & I laughed at the one with his claws out…He looks very happy in his new home.
    At our shelter, we ask for, and get many pics of the adoptees after they get settled in their new home. We post these on our Facebook page. Our followers really enjoy seeing the happy endings. Of course not every adoption works out. At the moment we have the most handsome dog named Bruce, he has just come back again…lasted one hour in the home due to a cat. He is a great dog and I’m sure things will work out better next time for him. If I ever get another dog I wouldn’t mind one like Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      I don’t understand how people can adopt a dog and then return it after one hour. Animals need time to adjust, just like people do! Growling and hissing and the showing of teeth and claws, peeing on the rug, etc. …. and, bingo, get rid of the dog!

      If they gave it a little more time, the animals would come to an agreement, pecking order would be established, and even a life-long friendship might develop.

      Oh well, I don’t know the details of this particular situation so I shouldn’t fuss. It’s just that I’ve seen the dog-as-furniture attitude too often. You know, if the chair doesn’t seem to fit in the decor, take it back!

      I wish a loving, responsible home for Bruce. It is a good thing what you do for the animals at the shelter.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I hear you on this one. Especially so soon after getting home. I mean, I understand that there are real situations in which it is necessary to give up a pet, but too often you read things like “well, we moved and the new place doesn’t take pets, so Rover is up for grabs.” Wait… what?! I rented for the first ten years of having my pup and, although it wasn’t always easy, I just *found* places that would take pets. It was non-negotiable. I mean, what if they had kids and the new place didn’t take children?!

        • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

          Yes I hated those. “We are Moving” relinquishes. I would not move if my pet couldn’t go. I’m no longer on the front lines as I was the first 15 yrs. I don’t have to make the decisions on the adoptions.. After years of getting my kids on the school bus & racing in to open the shelter for the volunteers, cleaning cats cages daily, my current tasks are easy. Mail, banking, animal photos, weekly pet pictures for the paper. I get the fun stuff now. With my mother next door this works well. Would not trade the experience of the early days for anything though.

          • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

            Hey there Sue and Crew + Blogorinos!

            I have a friend who has just begun a hospice and sanctuary for animals. Mainly dogs. She has taken on some from all over the country, but also helps those who are not able to keep them due to being displaced… rent goes up, can’t afford, new place doesn’t take a critter weighing over 20lbs, and you are stuck… It makes it sooooooo hard. This is rough work for them, they disabled and things can be tight, and they are new to the area–my friend I mean. Another rescue place feels threatened by them–they do totally opposite things, but still I guess new is hard to grasp, rumors fly all over… ugh. They keep going… so brave. They have dogs with 1 or 2 legs missing, blind, deaf, etc. It is rough but it feeds their souls. They are sooo good with them! Anyway… it is very tough.

            Me, I was ready to take our old Rocky boy back to the Atlanta pound after 1 day… he found all my shoes-ate only one of each pair. He stayed… (sucker, that is me!) for nearly 16 years. Adored that old boy. Ya can replace shoes… can’t replace good old Rocky! I learned a lesson.

            Hugs from Hoquiam,

            • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

              That is a big undertaking. Hope she gets donations of food and supplies to help her out.

  30. Pat in Rochester says:

    I loved “Watchers”. A friend loaned me her copy. (Major dog person – she does obedience and behavior training.) Anyway, she warned me to read it with Kleenex, and boy did I need it. Great book! But I’ve heard, don’t bother with the movie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      It is a book with an interesting premise! I’m about half-way through it at this point.

      • kgdan says:

        I was wondering if you have read anything from Chevy Stevens. She is a PNW (Canadian) author. I would recommend ‘Still Missing’to start. I also really like Nelson DeMille’s books. He has a new one coming out this summer.

      • Karen LeMoine says:

        Longest Night in December is also an awesome read. Its about an abused dog. Sounds bad but its great! Loved it. Dog gets rescued but that’s all I’ll say!

  31. Deborah says:

    Hi, Sue! I loved that shot of Reggie with his toes all spread out! I didn’t even know dogs could spread their toes like that! Maybe my little guy can also but I’d never know since his paws are heavily covered with hair and nearly always in need of a trim!

    I’ve been full-time in the RV for 6 weeks now and I’m happy to report that this is the first week I’ve not had to do any modifications, repairs or call the RV tech guy to do anything! It’s been positively boring here and I’ve loved it! I’m almost settled! My back and the sofa bed aren’t getting along very well. I put a new mattress in when I got the RV. That didn’t help after the first couple of days. Then I got this interesting thingy that goes under the mattress that has clearly helped keep it from sinking too much. However, my back believes in the whole Princess and the Pea thing and still hasn’t been happy. So now I’m thinking of alternatives. I’m seriously considering getting a twin mattress and frame and setting it up like a day bed since I’ll need a place to sit as well as sleep. I’m not running to do it yet since I don’t want to make any mistakes and waste more money. The mattress and under mattress thingy cost $400 as it was! However, I’ll probably cut up the mattress and use it in the new configuration!

    Can’t wait to see where you land next! I wish I was in your neck of the woods – it’s starting to get really hot here in Florida already. Lots of 90 degree days in the forecast already!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deborah,

      Gee, six weeks of modifications and repairs? I’m sorry you’ve had expenses this soon after setting out on your full-time life.

      Congratulations on your first six weeks! I hope you are able to resolve the back/bed issue soon.

      Although I’ve never camped, let alone full-timed, in the east, I suspect it’s a lot more difficult… less public land, and less opportunity to use elevation for optimum temperature. Florida is beautiful. Hope you can catch some cooling sea or gulf breezes!

    • GB in nor cal says:

      What about an airbed? I have one at home that I sleep on now and I used to have a van that I camped in and I built a bed frame in there and had an air bed on it that I slept on. You can make them firm (by adding more air) if you have a bad back (like I do) and they are less than $25 (depending on size)

      • GB…those airbeds are awesome!

        I use them when I pet sit Overnight , or in a Live-In situation at others’ homes. I put a super thick mattress cover on it. It’s more comfy than my bed at home!

        I have some kind of super thick mattress in my RV…it’s soft, yet it has a lot of support. It’s a real mattress…and it basically sold me on the RV. I can’t stand those awful foam pads they call “beds” in RVs.

        Deborah, I hope you can find a solution…sofa beds aren’t usually able to be modified. Likely you’d have to replace the whole thing. On my cab-over bed where my daughter sleeps when she comes along on trips I bought a really thick mattress topper that goes on top of the mattress cover, but under the sheet. She said it fixed the uncomfortable feeling she had on that bed. It’s really thick and supportive. That “mattress” is not real, and it can’t be removed like a regular mattress. So I’m really glad the topper worked out.

        I’m sorry I can’t remember the name of it. But I made sure it wasn’t foam (that makes us sweat), and that it was baffled so the stuff wouldn’t shift around.

  32. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Love the winter scene of Ward Mt. I noticed little Reggie is growing hair around his nose and not pink anymore and he still has his baby fur. Later he’ll have course fur…he’s so much like my Ralphie even in personality. He too annoyed our other dogs and me too because he’d wake up so darn early and pounce on me. He loved to sleep under the covers curled up next to me. So, glad Bridget is patient…our dog Mimi would snap at Ralphie after she’d had enough. Mimi was mother to Ralphie….she never hurt Ralphie but disciplined him in such a way he learned to behave.

    I researched the mural images of Hotel Nevada but the peek a boo pantaloons doesn’t come close to our anatomically correct statue of a naked man at our very busy downtown Phoenix Washington/Central. He’s only dressed in sports clothing i.e. diamondback or suns games.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      You calmed my concerns about Reggie’s shedding. At first I attributed it to the stress of adoption day and all the changes he’s experienced… living with me and Bridge, our home moving, new places, new scents… He is on the same diet he had with his foster parent, so that can’t be it.

      Or maybe its a cyclical thing — springtime shedding. However, the puppy fur being changed to adult fur makes a lot of sense.

      It does sound like Reggie is a lot like Ralphie.

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Which also fits with what many have been saying, that he’s younger than the adoption agency said. He is such a cute guy. No wonder he’s acting like a toddler, maybe he is! And he gets to grow up with the best family for him.

      • JJ says:

        Because Reggie is not a pure Jack Russel, I don’t know if this “shedding” info would apply to him … but here’s what I read:

        “Constant shedding. Jack Russell Terriers shed only once a year – for 365 days. The shorthaired coat sheds MORE than the broken/rough (wiry-type) coat. You’ll find little white hairs all over your clothing, furniture, and carpeting. Make sure you’re really prepared for this. Many Jack Russell Terriers are put up for adoption once their owner discovers just how much these dogs shed.”

        From this site, which has other interesting info as well:

        So I say: Go chihuahua genes go. Rah rah rah!!!

        • Lois Joy (AZ) says:

          I agree totally with JJ (from past experience) love the breed but yes, they do shed. Don’t think the Chi will make any difference. Was around a tiny chi at a friend’s home & left with lots of teeny tiny hairs!! Lots of owners of JR terriers will trim them way down!

        • Ahhh…ALL dogs shed! It just matters to what degree.

          My daughter’s male Chihuahua has a double thick coat. He sheds more than the Super-Shedder Lab we had, the Super-shedding Russian Blue cat we had, AND the Chow-Chow we had!

          I used to get a long-toothed rake for all the Super-Shedders we’ve had. It worked real well!

          Now, my daughter uses one of those rubber hand-held things with rubber “teeth.” She sort of massages the hair out of her boy at bath time. That hair really comes out! He’s only like 9 lbs…I don’t know where it all comes from!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Jack Russell Terriers act young all their lives; mine did. His behavior do s not indicate his age. And JRTs she’d like crazy. All year. It is highly unlikely he is/was a puppy when Sue got him. The vets can tell by their teeth.

        • Rita from Phoenix says:

          I have two terrier mix dogs one short haired and the other long haired. Ralphie the short hair had soft down like fur as a puppy but he is now three years old with his adult fur that is longer in length than is puppy fur and coarser and/or wiry…he doesn’t shed as much as Chowder who is long hair. Chowder is poodle mix terrier. Chowder sheds a lot. I have to constant brush him. I take him into our back yard and I brush him at least twice a day which helps a lot. If I don’t brush him, I find dog hair more than usual. I have a swiffler duster but instead of using the cloths I use microfiller cloth to dust the floors and shake the duster outside. The microfiller cloth picks up all the dog hair.

          Ralphie has calmed down ALOT from puppy hood to now (three years old). He doesn’t ponce on me anymore and doesn’t initiate play with me anymore. He does play with Chowder when they are outside or on a walk. They don’t play with their toys anymore but if I pick one up they want to play tug of war but they tire of that game easy. They do love love love playing ball tho.

          • DesertGinger says:

            Jack Russell’s are unique from other terrier breeds. You need to read up on JRTs. When I took my Daisy to training classes all the instructors told me JRTs are completely unique. They are one of the most challenging to train. Daisy was pure blood, so Reggie may be not as crazy and willful as a pure JRT, but based on Sue’s reporting, he’s close. JRTs act like puppies all their lives.

          • DesertGinger says:

            P.s. When we are still talking about Reggie’s puppy playfulness next year and the year after, I’m gonna say ‘I told you so’

  33. Pamela K. in GA says:


    The Royal Daily Observer-Post
    by Puppy Press Reporter, Pamela K.

    Earlier today royal watchers reported a mild attack on HRH, The Princess Bridget.
    It was reported that the attack occurred while the princess was resting.
    Her alleged attacker is a young lad, said to be of Jack Russell descent.
    The palace has had no official comment, however, one royal insider confirmed the attack saying, “We are so proud of the way HRH handled her assailant. In keeping with her manner of Keep Calm and Carry On she mannaged to show great courage and patience during her ordeal.”
    The princess is reported to be resting comfortably and hoped to take her usual mid-evening walk-a-bout.

    Royal Investigators will be checking into the motives surrounding the attack
    Youthful playfulness and rowdy energy are currently believed to be the prime reasoning.
    The young lad has been placed in restraint leads.
    No further actions are currently being taken at this time.

    The Royal Daily Observer-Post will post updates as they become available.
    🙂 they are sooo cute together!

  34. weather says:

    With the wind as light and slow as it is here now,it’ll take hours to warm into the low sixties.Good morning,Sue,I hope the ones you drive through today,or feel now, are as gentle.Unless you changed your mind about taking to the road,I guess you moved yesterday or will today.May where ever you are, or go to, give you three it’s finest.The single gull that had fought yesterday’s wind to explore my cove must have liked what it found,several of them are soaring here today.That first one I think had by far the best experience .Trail blazers should!Enjoy yours 🙂

    • weather says:

      As long as you’re still out being our trail blazer ,if you stop somewhere that you can catch a signal,an update saying how you’re doing would be nice…the only one I have is that this morning’s flock of seagulls now has most of the lake to fish in because it’s over seventy where the sun hits to melt ice -woo hoo!Picnic in the woods time,hope yours is good!

      • PookieBoy north of houston says:

        weather, what state are you in? seagulls suggest to me your close to saltwater…

        • weather says:

          Hi Chuck,this is a lake in NY state.The first gulls I referred to are great black backed gulls,so technically are true sea gulls,most here are herring gulls or ring billed(both are far smaller than the black backed,not correctly called sea gulls).Anyhoo-that’s what makes makes seeing that particular one and those that followed later so special,hope that answers your question,I’m not by an ocean or salt water.

  35. Our rangers and volunteers are such a blessing. Great that you got to visit with both at that lovely spot. I love eating at a picnic table with nature all around. Except for scrambled eggs….they get too cold too fast 😀 I eat rice in my salad as well – it’s a favorite! Little boys are such a pain, it’s a good thing they learn the art of cute so quickly.

  36. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Yep! I think spring has finally sprung here!

    Lots to do outside…like shovel down the snowbanks! Snowbanks melt and make it too muddy!

    AO is out of her mind!

    Hope everyone has a great day!

  37. Kay Dattilio says:

    Holy Moly, your headline scared me! I’m glad you have a good sense of humor! You’ve got quite a pair there, and I know they bring you such joy. It’s pouring down rain here north of Kansas City. The raccoon’s have been tearing up my bird feeders, one that is going to have to be thrown away. I guess I could bring them in at night and put them out in the morning, that might help. Someone said I should put corn out at night and they would leave the feeders alone but I have this nightmare of waking up to a hundred raccoons sitting in my front porch waiting to be fed! Any idea’s anyone?

    Thank you!
    Kay from KC!

    • PookieBoy north of houston says:

      Kay, we have the same problem but I put a trap out and catch em then drive 10-15 miles away and turn them loose…..lot of times a family will live close to you and if there is anything to eat on your porch they will all eventually visit you…..havent had any visitors in several years now….

      • Kay Dattilio says:


        Thank you! I will try that, I really love feeding the birds but not cleaning up the mess every morning!

        Kay from KC!

  38. rvsueandcrew says:

    Bridget, Reggie, and I are on the road today. Well, we will be on the road today . . . I apologize for not replying to all comments. I need to get us moving.

    Remember there is always the possibility that our new camp will not have internet.

    Bye for now,

  39. irene austin says:

    Hi All,
    a quick hint about trimming Reggie’s nails. Peanutbutter on one foot may distract him long enough to do 3 feet, then PB on another one to do the final one. It worked for my Gordon Setter years ago. she eventually was fine with the pedicure. Does Reggie like PB?
    Van Isl

  40. kgdan from WA says:

    I’ve made my guess & G is my witness. We’ll see if I’m right about Sue’s next camp.

  41. Lol!

    My Chihuahua plays like Reggie…1 Shih-Tzu hates it, the other Shih-Tzu loves it…go figure…

    Hey, you use the same kinda plates I do! I got a coupla the big soup bowls, too.

    You’re a Radish eater 🙂 I like red onions on my salads 🙂

  42. Super post as always Sue!

    Hot dawg, I hope the little ‘un calms down soon! I’m sure he will. 🙂

    Thank you for brightening this insomniac’s day again.

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