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Sadness on the Rig

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Sadness on the Rig

After we moved into our RV, we adopted a rescue dog. She was a husky mix, super sweet, and so gentle. She loved meeting other dogs on her walks and was even great about having visiting dogs and going to visit other dogs in their homes. She traveled with us to Nebraska and did really well there with my mother-in-law’s dog. We stayed the night at a friend’s house that has two dogs and she was great the whole time. Why am I telling you this? Because I decided to bring home our beagle from my parent’s house when I visited them a couple of months ago.

Because of how friendly she was, we assumed that she would do well with another dog living with her. Sometimes she seemed lonely and we wanted her to have a friend. We also have been wanting to bring our beagle back to us. We bought him shortly after we got married. He didn’t do well when we moved here 3 years ago. He had horrible anxiety and damaged a lot of things in our apartment. We decided it would be best for him to go live with my parents. It has been 3 years and we can finally have dogs again since the military housing we lived in didn’t allow them.

Ana, the rescue husky, did really well meeting Dublin, the beagle. She seemed a little possessive over her bed adn she showed aggression when she was eating. We took the correct precautions and kept them separated during feeding time and when we were having meals, yet somehow she was still showing our beagle aggression. They were both tied up outside and I guess Dublin found a bone and she nipped him. The last time that it happened, it was in the kitchen. I had cleaned up our table but there was still food on the stove top. She just flipped out and nipped bad at Dublin.

That was the last straw. Even with our precautions that we took, we still couldn’t protect our beagle and keep her calm. With a heavy heart, we decided that she needed to go to a new home. It just wasn’t going to work out. We were so fearful that she would get into a fight and one of the kids would be right there. This was not an easy decision to come to but we knew that it was what was best for our family.

I was looking into shelter to surrender her to and even tried e-mailing a husky rescue. It was fate that I was “working” and saw a post of someone looking for a husky breeder. I chatted with her via messenger and asked questions about her family to see if they would be a good fit. I stressed that she is an amazing dog BUT just not good with other dogs in her home.

Just a little background on Ana, she was probably a street dog in Mexico. She most likely had to scavenge for food and scare away other dogs that would try to eat what she found. She probably ate out of the trash a lot. When we adopted her, she was still very skinny. She used to be malnourished. Considering all of that, it is understandable that she would have food aggression towards other dogs. She did not have food aggression towards humans.

After talking and sharing pictures with the girl I contacted, she and her husband were very excited to meet Ana and were already sold on making her a part of their family. We took her over to their house where she met them and they fell in love with her right away. She seemed very excited to be in their home and was already making herself comfortable. They decided that they liked her personality and they seemed like very caring people to me. I feel very confident in our decision.

Although I know that this is the right thing to do, it still wasn’t easy. If I had things my way, she would magically lose her food aggression and she would have been a perfect fit for our family. I have so much guilt for rehoming her, but I just keep reminding myself that this was the right thing to do. I have to consider the safety of our other dog and our children. It hurts my heart that we had to let her go, but I know that it is for the best. It is never easy losing a pet that you love and made a part of your family.

On the bright side, she is making a sweet couple very happy and she will adjust to the new home and be very happy. I hear they are already spoiling her and letting them snuggle in bed with them. She had to sleep on her dog bed on the ground here.

What is sad is that I mentioned the situation on my Instagram page and someone assumed that I wasn’t letting the dogs get their energy out because we live in an RV. Our dogs went on walks everyday. They both spent time outdoors as long as they needed because of tie-outs. They got more fresh air living in the RV than if we were living in an apartment. It is sad the judgements that full-time families get because we choose to live in an RV. Having an alternative living situation does not mean that our children or pets are missing out.

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6 Things I Miss About Sticks and Bricks

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I really love living in an RV, but there are a few things that I took for granted in our sticks and bricks (which is what people in the RV community call a normal house built on the ground), or s&b, home that I absolutely miss now. This list is different than what my husband would probably write, so maybe I will have him to a guest post. Also, some of these things that we are lacking may just be because of our travel trailer, not for all RVs. You will see as you read the list.

1. Bath Tub: I didn’t realize how much I would miss having a bath rub until now. It isn’t like I used one often, but it was nice to have it as an option if I needed a relaxing soak. The kids really miss having a bath rub. I supposed I could buy a little storage tub and use that, but I don’t think it would be big enough for the both of them, and they love doing things together. It would make my life so much easier if we had a tub. These kids hate having water over their heads and it is pretty difficult to avoid that in the shower. Of course, when it came time to wash their hair, water would go over their head, but it was more controlled in the tub. If we had a tub, we would clearly have a a larger shower, which I also miss.

Some RVs do have bath tubs, but none of the 5th wheel models that we liked had them, so it seems we won’t have one until we move back into a s&b.

2. Washer/dryer: I absolutely hate going to the laundromat. I try to avoid it at all costs, which means that instead of me doing the laundry, I let it stack up until my husband volunteers (basically forced) to do it. I almost feel badly for it, but I don’t. I just hate going there so badly. There at least is a laundromat at the RV resort, but that still means I have to lug a large bag (or 2) full of laundry, 2 kids, and the detergent to the laundromat, That either means I have to load it up in the car or juggle the kids and the laundry in the stroller. Either way, it takes way too much work and I hate it. There also isn’t a lot of options when it comes to selecting a cycle for the load, so that is a downer.

Helping with laundry at the laundromat within the RV resort

When we move into a 5th wheel, the model we are looking at has a washer and dryer hook up in the master bedroom. It will, of course, have to be a small washer and dryer, but at least we can have one in the rig.

3. Good Water Pressure: It is barely a trickle of water when we take a shower. I would be better off trying to take a shower in the pathetic “rain” that California gets. Okay…maybe it isn’t that bad, but it still has really low water pressure. I am not saying that I want a shower that feels like it washes off the first few layers of skin it is so high, just a nice modest amount. It also seems to have gotten worse. We probably need to get some kind of filter. I am sure there probably is some mineral deposits in the shower head or something.

4. Large, Comfortable Couch: We actually have a lot of sitting space in our RV, but the couch that we have is so uncomfortable. It is stiff and ugly. It barely fits me length wise (I am a shorty) and it isn’t very wide, so it isn’t easy, or comfortable, for me to nurse my daughter to sleep on it. The pillows that came with it were hideous and stiff and now they are in the trash. The couch we had before was so big, wide, and so comfortable that you never wanted to leave it. We also have two recliners and they are incredibly comfortable, but I am much more of a large, comfy couch person.

Unless we completely revamp the inside of our future 5th wheel, we won’t have a large, comfy couch until we move back into a s&b. Someday…

5. Large Refrigerator: From my last post you can see exactly how tiny our fridge is. It is barely bigger than those tiny little fridges that you would find in a cheap hotel room. It is so difficult to shove all of our produce and other perishables into our fridge. We somehow manage to fit more than a weeks worth of groceries in there, but when we do, you can barely find anything. It is like a game of tetris trying to find ways to fit everything in there and still close the damn thing. Our freezer is incredibly tiny, too. On the bright side, it no longer smells rotten.

Some of the 5th wheels we looked at have either a double tiny fridge or an actual full sized fridge. There is hope for our future.

6. Gas Stove/range: I wasn’t an amazing cook before we moved in to the RV, but I feel like I am even worse now. It isn’t particularly easy to cook on a propane range and is so difficult to get the temperature right. We don’t use the oven because it would eat up the propane too quickly and it really costs to fill up the propane tanks. Because of that, we use a convection use since we do not have to pay for electricity. The convection oven isn’t so bad to use, but we cannot have the convection oven and the AC running at the same time, so I have to turn off the AC. It is way too hot to turn off the AC this time of year. We have done it a few times and instantly regret that decision to bake anything for dinner. The times I forget to turn off the AC I instantly regret it because then the breaker pops and I have to go outside and flip it back on because it overloads the 30amp. The other thing that I hate about cooking on the rig is that it isn’t always perfectly level, so food doesn’t always cook evenly. There is just so much wrong with cooking. I still do cook because I want our family to eat healthy foods, but it just leaves a lot for me to grumble about.

Since I tend to put off laundry, it stacks up to the point where we are washing 3 loads at once

You may be surprised to not see “more space” or “dishwasher” on the list. I honestly do not mind the fact that we have less space for things. I enjoy living in a smaller space and having less things. I have found that I do not need a dishwasher. It really isn’t that difficult to keep up with the dishes if I was them more often, and it isn’t a pain to wash them more frequently, either.