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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 inĀ 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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Sweetwater People

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Owen is always excited to explore outdoors

The people of Sweetwater are more of a camping crowd rather than a majority of them being a full-time RVing crowd. The full-timers that end up there are usually doing it to get out of Pio Pi for the one week that you need to be out of the campground before checking back in or they might just be quickly passing through. There are TONS of open spaces, so the crowd is more spread out. Everyone generally keeps to themselves. People will say ‘Hi’ and chat a little bit, but it isn’t anything like the people that are in Pio Pico.

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Enjoying the campfire

Sweetwater is more inside the city of San Diego instead of being ‘back country’, as they would call Pio Pico. Because of that, there is a lot more city sounds than Pio Pico. It seems people keep to themselves a bit more or perhaps it is that they are out in the city more often. Our dog, Ana, gets greeted less frenquently and we see less people out for a walk. Ana is such an attention craving dog. She needs to see others out on her walks or she starts to get antsy…or so it seems. I haven’t really asked her much about the matter. Either way, while there, she gets less attention from neighbors.

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Nice defined front area with fire pit

Other than the social aspect, there are still a couple more downsides, like the fact that they do not have a laundromat. So to do laundry I either have to take the kids to a laundromat or go to a friend’s house. Lucky for me, I have a couple great friends that let me do laundry at their house. They do generally charge visitors a parking fee when they come to visit us, and once we were even charged a fee for our extra car. It also costs us to stay there where it costs us nothing extra, aside from our membership dues, to stay at any of the Thousand Trails resort.

The main perk of staying in Sweetwater, other than being closer to the city and friends, is that we can actually have a wood fire there. In Pio Pico, you can only do composite wood or coal. It’s nice to have an actual wood fire and roast marshmallows over it. Here in San Diego county, we take fire safety seriously. It is so easy to spark a wild fire, so campgrounds like to have more controlled fires. Also, here in Pio Pico, they don’t have fire pits at every site like they do in Sweetwater.

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Getting ready to leave

Another good thing is we do have cell signal in Sweetwater, but no wifi as we do in Pio Pico. However, that doesn’t help us any when we put on a (educational usually…hah) show for Owen. Streaming eats up our mobile hot spot data. We can still easily make phone calls, which we are not able to easily, or reliably, do in Pio Pico (it involves hiking up a hill for guaranteed signal or hoping wifi calling works).

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They played around with snails while we prepped the rig to move

After spending a couple of weeks in another Thousand Trails resort, we decided we probably will only go to Sweetwater when we are wanting to have friends over for a campfire. Basically, just for a fun weekend. There are some really pretty views, hiking trails, and a concrete slab to park our rig on, but it isn’t enough to keep us there regularly.

Have you stayed at many different campgrounds? Do you have a favorite that you always return to? Next blog post will be about why we move every 1-3 weeks!

Getting to know Rocky

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Last weekend was the orientation for our trailer. I’m so glad that the dealership that we bought the trailer from does this because I have no idea how to use an RV trailer. I’ve stayed in one once and that was it. Basicslly, the orientation is us learning how to use the RV.

For the most part, it is pretty simple. Press a button here or push a switch there. Loosen the arms on the awning before retracting it. Flip the switch for the hot water heater 15 minutes before using hot water. Light the pilot light in the oven to use the oven. Always lock all doors and cupboards before moving. If you run out of power, here are the spots to use the crank to lower the stabilizers and to pop out the slide outs. Simple. Self explainitory. Then on to “black” and “gray”. Uhh…what??

For those that are unaware, “black” is the tank that holds urine and feces while “gray” is the tank that holds water from the sinks and shower.

Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as just hooking your RV up to the sewers and it just going down. I wish! There isn’t water just sitting within your toilet bowl on the RV like there is within your home. I think it is comparable to an airplane toilet. So, you go, then you put your foot on the peddle to fill it with water, flush, and then hold it for 4 seconds so there is more water than waste. I can do that. That isn’t the hard part. The hard part is…oh no…I already forgot. I just remember the warning, if you do this incorrectly, there will be a poop fountain when you try to empty your tank. Um, ok. Got it.

Except I have no clue. We will have to go over that again when we get the trailer. I’ll probably have to watch my husband do it several times before I feel confident enough to do it on my own. I’m one of those people that really needs to see it being done before I can learn myself. There is flushing of water and pulling a know to empty one but being sure to close it before pulling to empty the other. It is just a tad overwhelming.

Other than the toilet going horribly wrong and creating a war zone in the bathroom, things seem easy. Normal, for the most part. Maybe once Rocky is actually in our posession it will seem easier to understand it all. I’m sure that we will eventually be best buds. If I treat him right, he will treat us right.