The dog park rocks and rules!

Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21

WARNING:  Serious load of canine photos ahead!  Proceed with caution and at your own risk.

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Reggie and Roger are on their way to the dog park!

Quail Ridge RV Resort near Huachuca City, Arizona

“This looks like a nice play yard for you.  Let’s go in and maybe others will show up.”

About ten minutes later . . .

These two (below) are in the same family.  The pug is Clayton and the other one — A reader says is a Shih Tzu — is Cody.

Clayton (or is it Carlton?) is a rotund fellow with a gentle personality.  He and Roger become friends right away.

Here is Simba (below right).  The man accompanying Simba holds a remote to activate Simba’s collar, if necessary.  Simba has the habit of eating feces and the man is trying to cure him of that.

I didn’t ask Simba’s breed.  Do you know?

The big guys arrive.

A friendly meet-and-greet commences and Reggie is the center of attention!

I sit with the dog people underneath the carport set up inside the dog park for shade.  I soon learn these folks are long-term residents at Quail Ridge. They lease lots for their park model homes.

As I gather up these photos from the photo editor, I realize that I have a lot more photos of Roger than of Reggie.  That’s because Reggie shmoozes with the people (and I avoid photographing people).

Roger discovers the ramp table!

When you’re the dog born to be in charge of everything, you need a place from which to survey the world.  This is perfect.

Carlton joins his new friend.  I miss the sight of Carlton walking up the ramp. I suspect it would make a great photo. Funny thing about Carlton.  He has a way of sitting in different places, yet I never catch him coming or going there.  All of a sudden, he appears in another place.

Buddha dog!

One of the big dogs shows off her obedience (below).  She sits for a treat.

Good doggie!

Roger is confused by this.  Roger sits if and when he feels like it.

Everyone at the dog park — humans and canines — get along amiably.  None of us growl or bite.

Most of the dogs are “regulars.”  Reggie and Roger will be seeing a lot of them over the coming week.

Following The Canine Rule of Repeats, the crew and I are required to walk over to the dog park every morning and every late afternoon.

We also follow The Number One Rule of Dog Parks.

“Be a pal to everyone you meet!”



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82 Responses to The dog park rocks and rules!

  1. Ken Canada says:

    Hi Sue….

  2. Renee from Idaho says:

    Hello Sue!

    • Renee from Idaho says:

      Hey Sue, now that I’ve read another wonderful story, I’m replying on the dogs. I think Cody is a Shitz zu and the brownish grayish one is either a Manchester Terrier or a Miniature Pinscher.

      • Anne says:

        Generally, both Manchester Terriers and Miniature Pinschers are black-and-tan dogs, which generally lack white markings. There is a blue variant with Manchester Terriers, but in this breed often leads to alopecia, followed by severe skin problems.

        Miniature Pinschers also come in red, but I’m not aware of blue Miniature Pinchers. But there might be! The dog in the photo looks too large, to me, to be a Min Pin.

        The blue dog with the white markings in the photos looks to me like a Basenji or a Basenji cross. The basic head shape and ears say “Basenji” to me. It is difficult to tell from the photo, but if the tail is tightly curled, this also is a Basenji trait.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the dog breed info. I’m pretty sure you’re right. I’ll fix it.


      • Renee from Idaho says:

        Not so fast, Sue. Ken and I tied for First Place. This is serious business, working on being first on your posts!

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          I think the blue/grey dog looks part weimaraner with that coloring mixed with basenji. at any rate he is beautiful.
          The Pug does look like Budda siding on the table.

          In the meet & greet photo where Reg is the center of attention, it looks like Reggie has something wrong with his back or is his fur just ruffled?

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You’re very observant, Barbara. What you see on Reggie’s back is his fur standing up. He was intimidated by the big dogs at first when all three ran up to him at once.

  3. Cat Lady says:

    Puppies, puppies, puppies…love it. Thank you, Sue.

  4. Mary in CO says:

    Glad to see them all so well behaved and friendly! Sometimes at dog parks that is not the case.

  5. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    Love the pics of Roger and Clayton! They are so cute! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m glad you are making the best of your campground time, although it is not your preferred place. I’m spending Sat getting work done on my car. I wish you all the best on your repairs! Can’t wait to hear how everything turns out!

  6. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    Big dog park! Bonus. Showers and a dog park.

  7. Ken Canada says:

    Hi Sue….
    Hope you saw my message…
    Please ensure you have a large transmission oil cooler in front of
    your vehicles radiator.
    If your vehicle does not have one……have your mechanics install one.
    HEAT really does kill automatic transmissions.
    Hope this will help you

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      I did see your comment and meant to reply after thinking about your suggestion. I don’t doubt you are correct.

      I’ve run the PTV with that transmission for over 7 years and I believe it is the original tranny which means it’s been going for 13 years without a cooler.

      My situation: (1) I don’t plan on keeping the PTV for 7 more years. (2) I didn’t think to mention a cooler so I don’t know if he will have one in stock this week. For these two reasons, I may not have a cooler installed.

      And, to a lesser degree, a third reason: $$$ (I’m facing a lot of expenses these days, some of which will be revealed in future posts.)

      Thanks for the helpful suggestion, Ken.

    • mrdsee in Riverside says:

      If the van has a factory tow package installed it may(hopefully) have one. There is a reason that factory’s include them with the factory tow packages. Sometimes though folks just have a hitch added but neglect to have a trans cooler installed which is not prudent when towing. They are not expensive(~$100-$200 depending on size, go big), so I also would recommend a chat with the experts at the Trans shop to see if it already has one or not.

  8. Joy Loner says:

    Doggie heaven

  9. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    The boys seem to have fun in pretty much every situation. So many dogs and people to sniff and play with!

    I hope your transmission work doesn’t take too much bite out of your wallet. At least you’ll know your transmission will be good for a long while!

    Meanwhile, you can enjoy hook ups, AC, and internet for a bit while you contemplate your next nature adventure.

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    All of the dog photos are wonderful. I love the one of Rog sitting on top of the ramp table – it looks like he is surveying his kingdom and saying, “Sue, oh Sue, bring me my rotisserie chicken!”

    Off to watch grandson’s waterpolo tournament. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

  11. Anne says:

    The blue dog looks like a Basenji or a Basenji cross to me.

  12. Diann in MT says:

    “Roger is confused by this. Roger sits if and when he feels like it.” That is so funny! Way to think, Oh Independent Canine of the Independent Sue! Ha-Ha!
    I loved this comment! I also like the Buddha Dog. So cute.

  13. Hey Sue.

    I had my transmission go on a drive through TN last year. Ended up staying at a hotel for 5 days with the dog. Was pretty expensive. I hope yours goes better!!

  14. Hi Sue,
    So glad the pups have a good doggie park to go to and that all the kids get along. I really like seeing them meet and greet.

  15. Jolene/Iowa says:

    What a cute post! I loved seeing all the canine pals having fun and checking each other out! This will be a fun week for the boys!

  16. LOL on the dog park and Carlton, he reminds me of the talking smart dog, which is really a alien in MIB,(MEN IN BLACK) first movie , With Will Smith as “J”, the dog in the movie has a real smart mouth,,, Great post and photos too!,,,,,, have a great week and give the Boys a huge hug from us,,,, 🤣 🐾👣👣

  17. Joe in TN says:

    Hi Sue,

    I love Pugs, especially “healthy” ones and Carlton doesn’t look like he misses many meals. Good luck with the transmission. I’m hoping you’ll be on the road again soon.

  18. AZ Jim says:

    Looks like you guys (Missy & Boys) are enjoying your stay at the park. Probably a nice change once in awhile. Pulling a trailer does shorten transmission life no question about it. Tranny coolers are a big help in keeping them cool especially on long grades and in desert climates. I learned my lesson in my Jeep Cherokee years ago. All the dogs appear senior and that might be one reason peace prevails in the park. Nice post Missy….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      I think peace prevails because all the owners know dogs and how to handle them in a social situation. Many, many visits to dog parks and the only time I’ve ever seen dogs not get along at a dog park was because of owner error (projecting fear, introducing too fast, keeping on-leash, hovering, etc.). Thanks for the input on the tranny cooler.

  19. Susan in south central WA says:

    I thought the number one rule of the dog park was pick up your dog’s poo! I loved every single one of today’s photos. :-).

  20. Gingerita says:

    Love this post! I really enjoyed seeing all the different pup personalities. It is great that everyone is well mannered and gets along.

  21. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Love, love, love the dog park photos. Everyone getting along well and exhibiting their quirks is lots of fun to see. Thanks for letting us in on the action, Sue!

  22. Kathy says:

    i Have never seen such a nice dog park in a rv park. Great socialization for pups and mom.

  23. Columbus Calvin says:

    I see stopping for the repair hasn’t made your life dull! The dog pictures are fun, especially those that show Roger’s attitude.

  24. How cool that the RV park has a dog park, and that everyone plays nice together. My little 14 lbs Jack Russel hates with a passion only a JRT can muster, my black lab. So fun to see all the big and little dogs having fun, the Pug Carlton is a cutie pie.

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    What a nice dog park facility! The few that I have come across are little more than a fenced-in area. Having the agility ramp/table gives the permanent residents a change of pace from running around or playing fetch the ball with their owners. Having a shady spot for the owners to sit and relax is nice, too. Buddha dog must have some fierce stealth moves! He may be well fed, but he gets around just fine! 🙂

    Hmmmm…..Reggie socializing with the owners, getting lots of extra attention, and Roger staking claim as king of the hill. No surprise! The boys personalities shine through! Looking at the pictures, I had to wonder how Spike and Bridget would have reacted to the same scenario. DearSpike would check everyone out and then chill. Sweet Bridget would be under a chair or table in the shade….hiding from the camera, of course! 🙂

    Have a good evening, Sue! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Before we hit the road, back when we lived in Georgia, Spike loved going to the dog park. Whenever he heard the word “park” he perked up and was on his feet, ready to go. He made friends with every dog and then, later, he was happy whenever we walked around a campground because he loved to meet people and dogs. Bridget did, too. She just had a more reserved personality.

  26. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Rog playing king of the mountain!
    It’s a dogs life! What a wonderful time for all involved! Nice to see a place dedicated for dogs instead of a just a gravel enclosure poop place!

  27. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Love all the sweet dogs. I wonder how Angel would do. She is getting less barking when she sees other dogs. I may try taking her to an actual dog park now that the weather is getting nicer.
    Hope everyone has a great weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Barbara, I notice Roger’s behavior is improved since we’ve been going to the dog park. I think it helps him to be around other dogs and people. He’s not as defensive. Angel may do very well in a dog park.

  28. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I agree with everyone that is a nice doggy 🐕 park! We have one in Apalachicola that is basically a patch of dirt surround with a chain link fence and a bench to sit on. The best dog park I have ever had the pleasure of taking my dogs to was down near Gulfport FL, Fort DeSoto State Park! Even had a place up on a concrete pad to wash your dog without breaking your back! There was a special beach just for the dogs to go swimming in the Gulf!💗 It was well kept and our dogs loved it! We liked the campground too!
    Glad Roger and Reggie enjoyed meeting new friends! I guess by the time you get the PTV back the boys will be best buddies with the regulars ! 💗
    Glad this campground is working out for you! Hug the zoomers from us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Fort DeSoto was my favorite state park when I lived in Florida. It was beautiful. I used to fish off the pier. Hugs to you, Chuck, and your boys!

  29. mk reed says:

    The dog breed you were asking about looks like a Rat Terrier ~ they do come in that color

  30. Becky in NJ says:

    What a nice visit to the dog park! I don’t get to enjoy them, as for many years we have owned Belgian Malinois dogs. They are many wonderful things, but good in dog parks is NOT one of them! They see the whole thing as a suspicious set-up for strange dogs to invade THEIR personal space! Needless to say, we don’t go there. But they still have a happy life, with their own seven acres to run and play.
    I will just have to enjoy seeing the pictures of your boys at the park!

  31. Lauri C says:

    What a wonderful experience!! My dogs don’t do dog parks very well!

    The 3.5 lb one is too small; the next, 8 lb chi-x is insecure & fearful sticking by me waiting to be picked up; the new one (Westie-poo) I’m not sure; the Pitbulls, they don’t know what to do with themselves!

    I’ve been disappointed with our local park – there are other dogs that are just a little too aggressive & the owners turn a blind eye! That irritates me to no end when that occurs! So….we don’t go! Problem solved 😉

    Thanks for GREAT photos!!

  32. Ken Canada says:

    Hi Sue…..
    The transmission mechanic might throw in a LARGE transmission cooler
    at no cost to you as he is rebuilding your transmission.

    I believe the cost to him would be very low……he just might install one at no cost
    to you.
    Please ask him… is worth it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ken…. I have an appt. on Friday that I absolutely cannot miss which makes me reluctant to add on any more work for the mechanic. I must have the PTV back on Thurs. afternoon. I’ll mention the cooler to him.

      I was talking to a guy at the dog park today and he said a cooler is something that would be easy to add later. That may be the best route for me to take, given my present circumstances.

  33. Pam says:

    Hi Sue. I did so enjoy your doggie pics! There was a fabulous dog park at a park we just camped at. It even had a lake. It was such fun sitting across the lake watching the pups frolic and swim. Cody reminded me of our dog Pepper who was a Lhaso Apso. Boy do I miss having a pooch!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam,

      Maybe Cody is Lhaso Apso? I don’t know.

      My If-I-Win-The-Lottery Fantasy (I never play the lottery) is to buy acres of beautiful, rolling ground that I would turn into a dog park. It would have meandering trails through woods, fields and lawns for running and playing, places to sit and watch the dogs, an agility section, small lakes for the water dogs, a manmade “stream” with waves and a waterfall and a bridge, a wading/soaking pool, mechanical ball-tossing section, wash stations, a puppy place, a small dog section, a store selling supplies and good dog food, obedience classes, day spa for dogs, overnight boarding, grooming appointments, adoption events, volunteer opportunities, all sorts of things about dogs! I’d sell memberships at a reasonable fee for maintenance and expenses.

      • Stephanie Turner OR says:

        I’m in! Great idea for day or long term stays.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          City people could form a co-op organization to create such a place out in a rural area (but not too far). A rich person needs to donate the land. 🙂

      • Pam says:

        That’s a glorious picture you just painted of your dog haven!

      • weather says:

        Great fantasy, Sue. One wouldn’t necessarily need to win the lottery or have a rich person donate the land to start such an endeavor.

        The state with the least expensive land is New Mexico. I found an ad on the web offering 1o acres of land with rolling hills, woods and fields for $22,000. It’s 20 miles from Albuquerque and has no lake, but as long as someone was building a manmade stream they could make small manmade lakes.

        Just dreamin’ here, so bear with me. Someone could register as a non profit charitable corporation. Then get a few people willing to solicit tax deductible donations in their community. If 220 people donated $100 dollars the land would be covered. Then the process would need to go on in order to fund the rest of what you pictured.

        About it’s being a charitable corporation, most dog rescues and havens for all types of animals are quite rightly designated that way. I’m not suggesting you take on that huge responsibility. Lord knows you have enough to do already. I’m only saying that it could done by someone that had more time and love for animals than money.

  34. weather says:

    It was thoughtful of that RV park’s owners to provide the dogs with such a nice park. Their including that fire hydrant made me chuckle, is it a real one? The carport for humans to be able to sit in the shade is another considerate touch. Until you posted this I thought your crew would have to be on leash all the time while you are staying there. I’m very glad to see how much nicer it really is for you and the boys.

    Seeing Roger on the ramp reminded me of your Reggie and Homeless Dog-Friends at First Sight post. My how life has changed for you three since May 12th of last year. I’ve loved watching that whole story- your feeling compelled to visit the town of Rogerson, Reggie befriending the homeless dog, Roger trusting you when he still didn’t trust other humans yet…I’m still loving seeing how wonderfully it’s all turning out.

    While reading comments recently I noticed your mentioning that as of April 18th you’ve been blogging for seven years. That’s taken a tremendous amount of your time, effort and dedication. Thank you ever so much for all of that, Sue.

    • Ruthie in Fontana says:

      RV Sue, You are such a wonderful gift to me each and every day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      weather, I thought the same thing, that the crew would be on-leash all the time and I would be on a sort of leash, too… confined to the BLT. It has turned out to be quite different from what I anticipated. I actually dreaded coming here and now I find I’m enjoying it along with Reggie and Roger. 🙂

      Life changes a lot, doesn’t it. Little did I know that Roger would become a big part of my and Reggie’s life.

      Thank you for noting the anniversary of this blog and what it takes to keep it going. You are very welcome, weather!

  35. JazzLover says:

    What a super dog park and a lot of space for them to run around in or just sit and watch the goings on from above it all. The picture of Roger on the ramp table reminds me of when you and Reggie first encountered him. He was stand offish and cautious, not trusting humans or other dogs. Just look at him now! The picture of him laying down on the ramp table with the sun shining on him and those of him interacting with the other dogs speaks volumes. All because of the love he’s received from you and Reg.

    Have a blogorino question, has anyone used the dog car seats that go on regular car seats where you can put your dog in a harness and they can see where you are going safely? If so, good bad, pros, cons? Appreciate any input.

    How long before you can go back to the solitude of boon docking? I think this would be a good time for me to buy the things I’ve been putting off to help lessen the pain of the tranny job a tad. Sorry this is so long, the sun is out, not one cloud in the sky and taking the Jazz girl out to enjoy it. T-shirt weather, Yahoo!
    Thank You for all the time you invest to give us this beautiful blog. Be Well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, JazzLover.

      When will we return to boondocking? We have to stay at the RV park until Friday when the transmission situation should be resolved. I paid for two days, then added a week, taking us to a leave-date of next Saturday. I have a boondock in mind. 🙂

      You and the Jazz girl enjoy this beautiful day!

      • JazzLover says:

        Well Sue, it seems you are in a nice rv park with a great dog park for the boys to make new friends and play in. It looks like quite a long one which is good for the dogs to safely run around. When we lived in Benson I always took route 90 to go to Sierra Vista. There used to be an rv sales place on the right
        somewhere close to Whetstone or Huachuca City if memory serves me. Would have to stop and look if they had a truck camper in the lot. Of course that was 21 years ago and I’m sure the area has grown since then. Was a pretty ride. Hope this week goes by quickly. We did enjoy the beautiful day and today is the same, Thanks.

    • Lisa on the White River says:

      Hi Jazzlover. I tried one of those things you are asking about. My dog hated being strapped in. But she loves sitting up high where she can see. She actually gets carsick if she doesn’t. My solution was found by accident. I had my granddaughters car seat in my car and Stevie would jump into it when Baeh wasn’t with us. So I bought Stevie her own car seat and she loves it. She can see everywhere and doesn’t get sick.

      • JazzLover says:

        Hi Lisa on the White River. I had not thought about a kiddie car seat but it might just work. I know it would have people scratching their heads for sure! Thanks for the idea.

        • FL/WI Beverly says:

          My older granddaughter now sits in a booster, rather than the larger car seat for younger children. That might be enough and would give the dog a lift.

  36. Loved seeing all the doggies. I think the unidentifiable dog is a mini pin mix. Our dogs love dog parks too but they get bored after 15 minutes…maybe because they are older and no longer play a lot. Our three white dogs are all small – terrier mix Ralphie; Poodle mix Chowder; and Corgi mix Izzy short for Isabelle.

  37. Ed says:

    I quit eating Romaine lettuce hearts just in time. On 21 April 2018 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area.

    While I was in Yuma there was almost always a box of free Romaine sitting outside the RV Park office.

  38. Judie Ashford says:

    We lived in this park (under a different name and different management) from 2003 to 2007, so I was glad to see that it is still there, and has some improvements. We had a primo spot up against the fence (I think it was site #11 or maybe #111) in the back right of the RV section, and the view across the open area was so spectacular at sunset!

    We were going to lease a site in the back area as a home base, but just as we were about to sign the lease, DH was stricken with cancer, and we had to get off the road.

    Virtual hugs,


  39. AlanOutandAbout - in Tucson says:

    Hi Sue, I see all is well with you and yours. I am sitting here in Tucson on my way to “Truth Or Consequences, NM”. Had to get my car maintained. Hitting on 100,000 miles and needed work on the suspension as well as an oil change and new spark plugs.

    From what I can see the unknown pup may be or be part Italian Greyhound, the face and ears have the look.

    Now I would like to recommend a book to all. It is a bit old and dated but is still one of the best of it’s kind and is probably the precursor to the science of oceanography. It is entitled “The Sea Around Us” by Rachel Carson who also wrote “The Silent Spring” which warned us of the threat of DDT. “The Sea Around Us” was #1 on the best seller list for 32 weeks and I feel should be required reading for every person on this planet.

    Well that is about it for me, except Scamper has Diabetes. He is doing fine but gets 2 shots a day of insulin. Only been a couple of weeks since he was diagnosed so I will need to find a veterinarian in T or C to get his blood sugar checked.

    Hey Cindy, I didn’t forget you.

    Best to all and Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      I emailed Chuck and Geri who used to live in T or C. They comment on this blog. They replied that there’s only one vet in town:

      Sierra Vet Services
      1607 N. Date, T or C.
      Phone # 575-895-6322

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Alan Email sent…hopefully it’s the same one. If not …you have mine…blood glucose test is a simple DIY task on Scamper.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Alan, it’s been a few years,since we left T or C, but if the same vets are there, a lady and a gentleman, they were both competent and nice. I did not check the online yellow pages for Elephant Butte, there might be another vet there. Good luck with Scamper!

  40. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Speaking of books, Sue have you read or, as a teacher, have your students read “Follow the River, by James Alexander Thom? My DH’s best friend was talking about how good it was, so I decide to get. Haven’t had chance to start yet, but he says it is really good.

  41. FL/WI Beverly says:

    Being a gal with two labs, I just love your posts with dog overload. Your comments always tells the story. Thank you!

  42. Jo from OR says:

    Love this post. I enjoy going to dog parks with Peanut she is a social butterfly. Dog parents are usually friendly and fun to chat with, share training ideas, good vets and just shoot the breeze.
    Mostly laughing at the dogs.

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