RVing With Dogs

Living The RVida Loca With Dogs

Traveling in an RV is an exciting and popular way to vacation. So this summer my family and I embarked on a whirlwind tour from Austin bound for Yellowstone National Park. The crazy part wasn’t just that we traveled 4,000 miles in 13 days – it was that we traveled with our 3 dogs!

If you’re considering RVing with dogs I humbly offer the following tips based on my experiences! Enjoy the ride. And the read!

Ridgway State Park Colorado

A Sensational Sunset In Ridgway State Park Colorado

RVing Isn’t For Everyone. If you’re more the room service, chocolate on the pillow, spacious room kinda person, RVing may not be most suitable for your traveler’s DNA. While I had to adjust on a few fronts, I was rewarded in many other ways. Things like ultimate freedom, big skies, and once-in-a-lifetime memorable moments with the family. If you’ve never been RVing you can get a good idea of the experience by watching the movie “RV” before your departure. The movie is hilarious and would only have been more funny with canine costars. Here’s the trailer:

Rent & Reserve Early. RVing is extremely popular! The RV Industry Association reports that the industry has tripled in size since 2009. With 25 million Americans RVing each year, if you plan to stay at state or national parks you’ll want to make your reservation early. 6 months would be a good starting advance timeframe to ensure you have ample time to “presearch” your itinerary and score the RV and campground you most desire. The Reserve America website was super helpful in securing our campsites, like our home away at Colorado’s Mueller State Park.

Mueller State Park Colorado

Me And The Pups In Mueller State Park Colorado

Flex Your Creativity. When we discovered we couldn’t find available state parks within an hour of Santa Fe and Yellowstone we took a left turn (figuratively speaking). We rented through Airbnb which resulted in a welcomed relief from the RV. Our modern cabin rental had a full-size washer and dryer, shower, satellite TV, and a large kitchen which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Bear Lake Utah

Harley, Libby, and Lucca in Bear Lake, Utah

Consider All Costs. RVs can be an affordable way to travel per the RV Industry Association. You’ll want to consider things like the daily rental fee, estimated gas, campground fees, and any extras – our rental levied a mileage fee and an hourly generator cost to run the supplemental AC (luckily we didn’t use the generator once we left Texas).

Right-Size Your Trip. 4,000 miles across 6 states in 13 days isn’t for everyone! In retrospect we should have taken more time to stop and smell the roses. Our friends have been asking “would you take another RV trip again?” I would but I’d opt for a much shorter travel distance like a weekend trip to the Texas Coast, a Round Top rendevoux, an outing into Texas Wine Country, or even colorful Colorado, which is not that far away.

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

You’ll Want To Stop In Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Travel With Tech. We used our grocery store app to make a convenient/portable list of things to take on the trip. You should be able to score forgotten items or restock ice/water, food, or dog supplies along the way. Our iPad, USB chargers, LED camping lights, and iHome portable speaker ensured we had a few comforts of home on the go.

Don’t Forget The Dogs! Remember to take food, medications, special toys, beds/blankets, bowls, collars and leads. We purchased a 7-gallon water container to ensure the pack was never thirsty.

Palo Duro Canyon Texas

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Explore. There’s so much to see and do! Just in Texas alone we were able to enjoy Palo Duro Canyon State Park which is the second largest canyon in the US. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of Texas” this park treated us to impressive, colorful views of the ruggedness of Texas. Did you know Texas has an official bison herd? Neither did I until we decided to stay at Caprock Canyons State Park. In addition to wild bison, you can enjoy the The Bats Of Clarity Tunnel plus over 90 miles of trails! In Telluride we rode their dog-friendly gondola which treated us to free and unforgettable 365° views of the valley from 10,540 feet above the valley below!

My Dogs Lucca And Libby In Telluride Colorado

The Dog-Friendly Gondola In Telluride, Colorado Is Tops (Literally)

There was so much to see on our six state adventure! Perhaps the best part of RVing with dogs is the bountiful bond you’ll create. This form of travel will gift you with unique views and experiences that a plane or train simply cannot. Truly “home was where we parked it” and having the dogs with us only made the family vacation complete.

Have questions about RVing with dogs? Reach out to me – I’d love to collaborate!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

Who Rescued Who?

Harley. A yellow Lab living in Austin, Texas.Meet Harley.

Given the chance, he will play fetch with you long after the setting sun.

He will lick you silly and steal your heart in the blink of a smile.

He loves handing out sucker punches for free and swims just for the heck of it. But don’t let this active boy fool you … he’s pondering his first release, a book on the joys of bedtime snuggling.

For Harley, life is a bountiful one; complete with fabulous food, a well-filled toy box, wrestling matches with his brother “Boomer,” tummy rubs and mastering new ways to continuously impress his 2-legged guardians for tasty treats.

Life for Harley wasn’t always an easy one. He had to fight incredible odds early in life, being under a year old. He lived in a home protected by a 3 foot tall fence which proved no fence at all, for a Lab that enjoys adventure.

Harley had been collected by animal control more times than we know until one day, when his former family decided they couldn’t bail him out of puppy prison anymore. So off he went to the pound. He was there a few days until he was slated to be euthanized.

Harley Sherwin Kiker ReiderAcross town, a family was mourning the loss of their 14 year old doggie “Springs” who died the week of Thanksgiving, leaving his brother “Boomer” – a 6 month old chocolate Lab – the sole dog of the pack.

Boomer’s life was shaken up hard. He showed signs of depression – being uninterested in food or play… and spending much of the day searching the house and yard for his brother. Boomer never found Springs and after 2 solid weeks of sadness his family knew they had to take action to mend the pack’s broken hearts.

Initially, they thought they were searching for a yellow lab puppy, but after kennel cough prevented a litter of puppies from near-term adoption, they stumbled upon this picture (above) of a strapping young lad with a nose of pink who went by the name of “Sherwin.”

On the finest of days, the family of 3 piled into the car and drove to meet the little guy. After being greeted by an immediate sucker punch at the front door and an hour of effortless lab-tag later, the family knew this pup was the one.

Harley’s foster family shed tears when it came time for him to leave.

Harley had only been with them 2 short weeks after being plucked within hours of the end of his days, yet he still touched their hearts with his sweet, sweet soul.

Two Smiling Labs by Home Style AustinSurmounting extreme odds, Harley has brought immeasurable joy and unforgettably funny stories to those who know him. He brightens his family’s days beyond expectation and Boomer and Harley remain the best of brothers. Two peas, they say.

To those who have experienced and propel the joys of animal rescue, a million thanks!

And for those who are considering a rescue pup, please save these souls who are fighting for their lives. Give them a second chance to live and share life.

You may just find, as did we, that the lucky soul saved wasn’t the one at the end of their lifeline … it was the one who created a new lifeline, by picking up where others left off.

Oh, what a great feeling that is!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

PS ~ “Why did you name him Harley,” you ask? His foster Dad rode one. And we could think of no better way to honor this guy.

Flying Dogs To ItalyWant to read more about Harley? Learn about his amazing adventure to Italy with his brother Boomer!