So one morning in late July, I began to think about what it would be like to own a dog again. I have such fond memories of growing up with family dogs. When I was a young child we had a Doberman that I loved to snuggle with by the fireplace in the winter. Then right before going off to college, and against my mothers wishes, my dad and I happily took in a beautiful Weimeraner puppy, who I adored.
I even took that dog to college with me. I must say that there is something special about having a doggie companion. This is something that I wanted for my boys to experience.
So what is the big deal? Let’s get a puppy!
Pump the brakes, girl! Keith was quick to bring me back to reality. I had to consider these things:
- RV travel
- Kid interaction
- Energy/Temperament of Breeds
Of course, I thought about those things…or should I say, I romanticized. I mean it is a no brainer that we take the puppy on all of our adventures. I pictured the puppy enjoying long hikes, corralling the kids for us if they happened to wander off. The kids would automatically love the dog and fight for the opportunity to care for her.
Most importantly, she would be an angel on trips laying down at our feet and always responding with the upmost obedience. Are you laughing yet?
Long story short, we found the cutest puppy we could find at our local animal shelter. Rescuing a puppy from the shelter was an important thing to both Keith and I. She immediately took her place in the family and we named her, Ebony. We struggled through the first few weeks of midnight and early morning walks, screaming children complaining that the puppy had chewed on their toys and her insatiable need to run.
What have I done?!
Our first RV trip settled any further worries. Thankfully, Ebony did awesome on our first short RV trip to a local campground.
Turns out she loves being outside chilling in nature. As we are driving the motorhome Ebony sleeps soundly on her pillow between us. There is still that little issue of obedience, as she is still an energetic and playful puppy.
Determined to not give up on my fantasy, I met a trainer at our local RV show. We are prayerful that this is the key to enjoying our new pet fully. We will let you know the results as soon as she completes her 15-day course.
It looks like Ebony is here for the long haul. Ms. Ebony has taken her place as the furry little princess of the RV.
Pray for us!
Tia – CEO of Soulful RV Family