This is the story of our two year preparation to become fulltime RV'ers, and our big, new adventure that began on May 31, 2015. It's just the two of us, and the "fluffy dog", off to see this beautiful country with only the seasons as our guide. A winter base in Tombstone, Arizona, adds another layer to our grand adventure in 2019.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time for a Doggie Intervention?
suspected for a while that our dear fluffy dog Tessa is a member of the “Nopoopinpublic”
tribe.On road trips she will rarely go
potty while on the leash, and then she has to be far away from other people. Last
weekend we re-seeded the backyard which means no doggy paws on the lawn for
several weeks.We have a front lawn with
trees and Tessa can be out there without a leash, but she will rarely do her
business.She still lets us know when
she needs to go outside, but once out there she is more likely to just lie
down. Especially when it is light outside!Or if there are people or other dogs around……Are you kidding me??
Nice, but not nearly private enough!
It seems that the majority of fulltimers are animal-lovers like us.Dogs are most common, from tiny pocket pups
to big labs and shepherds. These dogs have wonderful lives, spending lots of
time with their humans and having the same marvelous adventures.Many of their names are as recognizable as
their owners’, and their antics make for great story-telling in multiple
blogs.Some of the most touching posts I’ve
read have been about the loss of beloved doggie family members. We are very much looking forward to Tessa being a part of our new life.
Unless it is a well-kept secret, I think all of those traveling doggies go
potty outside of a fenced yard, in the daylight, even when there are others
around.I’ve tried explaining this to
Tessa.She seems skeptical.Or maybe it’s stubborn.Maybe there was a tribal oath at birth.
You're making that up!!
Regardless of her motivation there will have to be a change in this area
over the next year.I suppose it’s a good
thing we learned this now and not after we were in our first camp site.Not taking her with us is NOT an option so we
will have to figure it out.
Maybe an intervention before we hit the road.I think Polly or Bridget or Sasha could
probably set her straight – maybe we can set up a conference call on Skype and
they can all explain it to her!