As promised, I’ll introduce my “security system” to you all. There are three dogs that are my life, rock and sanity. They are also part of the cause of my daily frustrations. They all make me smile, happy and angry. They are in sorts, like 2-4 year old children who never grow up. Those of you that have dogs will understand. They are family through and through. Dogs have never been something I’ve seen as a lawn ornament. They in my opinion are not here to sit out side all day long, chained up and given attention only when fed. Here it is believed that a happy dog is one sleeping with you. Sitting with you on the couch loafing around. That saying “Happy wife, happy life” sorta applies here. Happy dogs, loyal dogs. You bet, I have three of the most loyal.
|Ki sitting in the window of an old apartment.|
|Always the camera ham.|
While he adores women, men he doesn’t like so much. Kids are hit and miss but if they are loud ( as kids are ) then issues arise. I tend to keep him away from people when they swing by just to avoid problems. Most people see a dog his size and immediately want to pick him up. You can guess how that ends up working out.
He is the “Mental” alpha dog in the pack. The fun police if you will. No one is allowed to have fun unless he’s part of it. If you’re considering a Min Pin take this into account. They are very hard to house train. Stubborn, yet extremely loyal to their owners. High energy and need to be walked daily. But worth all the work at the end of each day.
|Hugo, around 1 year old sleeping with Ki.|
All he is looking for is a hug. He is great with other dogs that don’t have dominant tendencies. Has been so so with cats. He loves water, sticks and fetch. You can keep him entertained for hours ( hours is a legitimate understatement ) with a laser.His adjustment has been a little harder with his age, energy level and excitement of other people and animals. He does bark a little when another dog walks by which has been a small hassle. But I’m learning that most of the other campers here have dogs and understand not all are adapted to being around so many different sites and smells. He is loyal, extremely friendly and a clown. He is Hugo.
|Wiped out after a hard day of playing with kids.|
Missy is my female Pit-bull. Her age isn’t exactly known as I took her in as a foster. The best guess is around 4-6 years old. There wasn’t any intention on keeping her but her demeanor is exemplary. It would have been cruel not to keep her. Her personality is fitted for a service dog. Gentle to a point that half a dozen screaming kids ranging in ages from 2-10 have had a ball playing with her. She is my only one out of the 3 that is 99.99% off leash safe. She has been to many places and met lots of people over the few years she has lived with me.
|Thinking about bones|
Pit-bulls generally get looked down upon. After meeting Missy, most people change their minds completely. She enjoys toys just like any dog but also seems to enjoy being a couch potato all the same. Her energy level is whatever yours is which makes it very easy to keep her happy. Her adjustment to the camper has been just like Ki’s. She is happy with whatever is going on so long as she is with you. She is great with other dogs that aren’t dominant. Awesome with cats and very good with kids. She is Missy.
All three for the most part haven’t had much issue transitioning to the camper. With Hugo’s energy and need to meet everyone being the only exception. Moving around the camper can be tough at times when they are all standing around waiting for a cookie or to be fed, being a dog lover it doesn’t really bother me so much. If given the option of starting over I’d still take all three with me. If for nothing more then the experience. I’ll likely never have three dogs at once again. It isn’t something I’d highly recommend to just anyone who is considering a move into full time RV’ing. It has been and will be a lot of work, but work that this dog lover is happy to do. Having three dogs, two that are large it means approx 40-50 lbs of food is bought every three to four weeks. Having a large bag of food presents storage issues. Watering all three of them can be a chore in a space this small. Having them outside and tracking in dirt has been an issue. Keeping up on all the dog hair, dog smells etc.
It has been a chore to say the least, but it is as I mentioned a labor of love. The only other thing I hadn’t considered was how to tie them out. My first thought was to get three leads and attach them to the rear bumper of the camper. That didn’t work out so well with three dogs getting them selves tangled up in leveling jacks, wrapped around the sewer hose and electrical lines etc. It only made sense to get the cork screw looking tie mounts and screw it into the ground. Keeping them spread out across the site and the leads shortened to prevent tangles, has helped a lot.
The summer heat also means my AC gets a lot of use. Like a car, your camper can get extremely hot during the summer days and even with the windows open it can be to much. This will mean during the winter months I’ll be toasty warm with 3 four legged furnaces walking around. To wrap this up, I’ll say it’s about as much work as I had thought. There were somethings I hadn’t thought of, ie: dogs tracking dirt in from outside and a smaller space means when one of them has gas, it’s bad! Their adjustment has been for the most part fine as most dogs are simply happy to be with their masters. One dog would be best but if you have 3 now, I’d say go for it. If nothing else it will give you a story to tell in the future.
For the next post I’ll do the photo tour of the camper. Happy Camping!