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Time for a Quickie? – How Plans Change and Decisions are Made on the Fly

Time for a Quickie?  How plans change and decisions are made on the fly (just about literally).  

Tie Dye Party

Philly Pug & Short Nose RescueThis weekend (April 21st to 23rd) we were not planning on going up to the Poconos and stay in the RV.  On Saturday our rescue, Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue, held it’s annual Spring Tie-Dye event at type B Tie Dye Studios in New Hope, PA.  It is always a fun event and we get to see some of our alumni pugs, supporters,  and volunteers.  Sugaree was the only one of our pugs in attendance this year.

Change of course

As we are driving home from the PPSNR Tie-Dye party Rachel asks, “What about going up to the RV for an overnight quickie?”  So the planning started!  Figured that by the time we got home, feed the pugs, packed their food, a few things for us we would be on the road by 6:30 and settled in by 8:30.  So we put that plan into action.

A little after 8:00 Saturday evening we pulled into our campsite.  Ordered a pizza.  The pugs went for a walk, they got their evening snack and settled down for the night.  The pizza came, and we got a chance to eat and spend the rest of the evening relaxing.

Early to rise – NOT!

Sunday morning we actually were able to sleep in until about 9:30.  In our household that is a BIG DEAL.  The pugs like to get up and get breakfast at what they consider a normal time.  Sometimes, we catch a break and they let us sleep until 9 or even 10.  We soak up those opportunities when they are given.  After the kids were fed and walked, we decided to hit one of our favorite local diners for breakfast.  Then we came back and brought the pugs out for a little time in the sun and fresh air.  Before too long, the sun got to be too much for them so back inside they went.

In case you didn’t know, pugs are smushed faced dogs (brachycephalic) and therefore can easily overheat.  Therefore, we keep a close eye on them when they are outside in the sun.

Adventure home

Upon reaching that point in the afternoon when we should head for home we packed up and headed for home.  So we thought.  About half way home we realized that one of the bedroom windows was left open.  So we turned around and when back to the RV.  Took the dogs for a quick walk – if you know Ming,  a quick walk is an oxymoron!  Locked up everything, double checked everything for good measure and left for home.

Life is goodOn our way home we were talking about the advantages of having the RV and a seasonal site.  The biggest advantage we see, so far, is the ability to just pick up and go, even if it is only overnight.  We both feel that if we had to go pick up the rig, pack, drive up, set up the rig, etc. it would not be worth it.  However, with the rig already there it was just a matter of getting together few things, pack the grumble into the car and we are off.    Life is good!!!

Lesson of the day

The lesson from this ‘quickie’ was to prepare a checklist and use it every time!  It does not matter if you are arriving at a new destination, leaving your weekend get-away, or breaking camp – HAVE A CHECKLIST AND USE IT!!!

checklist image

Dog Etiquette and Commonsense

Some people don’t know or care about proper dog etiquette nor use commonsense.  Rachel and I have owned pugs for over eight years.  We consider ourselves to be above average owners.  No, we are not bragging.  As part of being guardians, we strongly believe that you should educate yourself on the breed(s) you own.

Rosie, Ming and Olivander “Ollie” are our pugs.  In addition to owning three pugs, we also forever foster one pug, Casey Jones, for the rescue we started (Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue).  Rosie was adopted from a shelter in Arkansas, and Ming and Ollie were adopted from Philly Pug.  

Before making the leap into the RV life, Rachel and I discussed the pros and cons for taking the pugs with us.  This included the individual personalities of each of the pugs.  Rosie and Ming are very typical pugs in that they are generally very laid back and go with the flow.  Cassey Jones is also generally laid back but can exhibit food aggression at meal and treat time.  With the help of a professional trainer and a lot of work with Casey, she is much improved.  However, we still feed her in her crate “room” away from the other pugs.

This leaves Ollie.  Ollie is the youngest at about 3 years old.  We did not find out until about six months after we adopted him, he was taught to fight with his father.  (Don’t get me started on dog fighting.)  This explained why he would get stressed and agitated around other dogs.  With the help of our trainer, we have been working with him to lower his response in these situations.

In the short time, we have been camping in our RV we found a nice KOA campground about 2 hours from home.  In general, our fellow campers are very nice and respectful.  But, there is always that one.  Late one Saturday afternoon we were sitting around our campsite with the pugs in their x-pen.  Along came another camper walking his dog past our site.  He stopped to look at our dogs.  This was not a problem until Ollie caught site the other dog.  Ollie got upset and started to bark.

I very politely asked the gentlemen to move along.  He refused!  Not only did he refuse, but proceed to yell at the two of us that ‘we had no right to tell him what to do!’  Common sense would tell the average person that if a dog you are looking at is upset and barking you should move along.

The lesson learned here is that not everyone will treat you and your dogs with the kindness and common sense you try to live by are not shared by others, no matter the location.

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