These are just a few of the dogs in attendance. The RTR was bigger than ever this year and the number of dogs increased accordingly. Amazingly, I never heard of any serious kerfluffles between dogs. It seems to me that dogs, living on the road, are highly social and very comfortable in constantly fluid situations.
My goal for next years RTR is a group picture with all the dogs.
Stumpy has left the Northeast coast in search of warmer weather. She's now riding in a 1997 Ford E150 conversion van; soon to be a customized camper van.
I'm not sure she approves
In Buffalo, NY we stayed with friends who had a young, rescued terrier that was having some trouble adjusting to life in the city. Stumpy spent a couple of days helping him with his manners and confidence.
At last report he was doing well and enjoying his new life.
We're really proud of Joe. But, we're especially proud of Ellen and Bill, the people that love Joe. They have gone the extra mile to make sure that Joe can lead a fearless, happy and fulfilling life. Stumpy and I are looking forward to another visit with them.
In Indiana, we met up with Ivy, a young, high energy malinois girl.
Ivy and Stumpy enjoyed each others company from Indiana to New Mexico
You can read more about Ivy's adventures on The Chasing Flowers Tour 2015. She full-times in a vintage trailer with Cricket, a poodle, and their chauffeur, Diane.
We took about 3 and a half weeks to travel cross country. Now, we're here in Nevada with Kuzzin Fenway
And there's a new trouble maker in town.
Teddy Ballgame came to live with Fenway about a month ago. Best guess: he's year old Catahoula mix. He was found, skinny and starving, on the streets in Arizona. Stumpy's favorite boy brought him home and now Stumpy and I are Kuzzin-sitting.
As cute and sweet as Teddy is, Stumpy doesn't seem very happy with the new addition to the family. Teddy doesn't seem to understand that he is supposed to defer to the Queen of Everything's wants and desires.
Here's the motley crew. Teddy's pretending he's a good boy
They have a few more days to get to know each other. then Stumpy and I are movin' on down the road.
Baxter moved south, last year. We totally enjoyed our time with Baxter and his family while we waited for it to warm up, in New England.
It was great fun for the dogs, and for us, to watch them go at it, all day, every day.
The fun never stops.
There were lots of walks
There were endless games of tug
There were lizards to hunt,
squirrels to chase
OOPS! Sorry dogs! False alarm!
and laps to test
We met Baxter's kuzzinz, Cocoa and Chaos
(I don't know which one is which}
had an occasional obedience class
Can you see the anticipation of a reward?
for a job well done?
There was peanut butter
and of course, waiting.
In between all the activity, They rest,
for about 10 seconds
We're headed north, now. Looking forward to seeing my family in just a few days !
Many, Many thanks to Baxter and his family for putting up with us for soooooooooo long! It's not just any friend that will allow you to mooch-dock in their back yard for a couple of months! I hope you are looking forward to the next time we visit as much as Stumpy and I!