Several people yesterday asked how we were received in campgrounds when people see all of the Siberians hanging out. We love the way Kasha the Dainty Great Dane worded it, “What kind of reaction do you get from people at the campground when they see the herd all hanging out by your RV? Just wondering if it’s a look of fear or what? I’m only 1 doggie and lots of time people will see me and cross the road to get to the other side to get away from me…it’s kind of funny. I love all hoomans but lots of them just see BIG DOG.” It is a terrific question.
The reality is that when we first start unloading The Herd from the RV, we usually receive a look of pure horror from the people in the next campsite. They expect that they will hear barking and bad behavior all day and night. Without fail, within a few hours, our neighbors have come over, introduced themselves and commented about how well behaved The Herd is (I know, I know, that totally ruins the reputation, but the hu-dad says we can be hoodlums at home, but insists on well behaved in public). It happened this weekend and we ended up having a great conversation with our neighbors.
Most RV surveys will tell you that 60% plus of all RV owners travel with their pets – mostly dogs. In fact, many people – our hu-dad included – got into RVing specifically so that they can travel with their dogs.
The rules of good neighbors in RVing are simple with dogs. Dogs should not be allowed to bark all the time (which explains our hu-dad’s no singing rule). Dogs should ALWAYS be on-leash or under complete control. Waste should be immediately picked up and properly disposed of. And dogs should never be left unattended. So, we like camping because it means we get lots and lots and lots of the hu-dad’s attention.
We will end with an email we received from our neighbors during our last beach RV trip. Our hu-dad is very proud of us for this one. ”We are camping next to y’all and must say that you have the most beautiful, well behaved dogs that we’ve ever seen. You are setting a great example for others.”
Hope to see you in a campground some day. We promise to be good.