Sweet-Nature

Gumbo came to live with us in the spring of 2017.  He graduated from obedience school with a B+ average because he could not sit still if there was a person to greet, which meant he bounced up every time the instructor walked by. His tail wags furiously in the presence of any human. At …

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Queen Bee

Traveling as we do we’ve met some unforgettable humans and critters. I’ve written previously about our visits to Red Bay Alabama. It is the home and headquarters of the Tiffin motorhome company. Red Bay is the place where anyone who owns a Tiffin branded motorhome takes their rig to have upgrades or repair work done. …

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Happy Yappy Hour

Gumbo and Ryder say "where our people at?" In these strange pandemic times, it's hard to get to know your fellow travelers. As we walked through our RV park, people usually waved hello. Beyond that, things got weird. If you approached someone it was clear when you'd reached a personal boundary because the would take …

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Hide and Bones

I love cemeteries so much that wherever I travel I try to visit as many as I can find. I should qualify that I love cemeteries having what I call character. I like to see headstones, plants and decoration that show how the living feel about their dead. Cemeteries featuring endless rows of flush to …

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Henry.

God's greatest gift to dogkind is that God withheld concern for the future beyond the next immediate experience--like suppertime, for example. It doesn't say so in Genesis, but I think one of the great curses leveled on humankind is that we are aware there a future and we spend an inordinate amount of time worrying …

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Practice Makes Perfect.

Just when you think life is getting kind of dull, the Michigan National Guard shows up to provide entertainment. As I wrote in an earlier post, we spent a few weeks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to socially distance near the water and soothe our pandemic-weary souls. Our first stop was in the town …

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Doggone Travel

Open the door of any RV and you are likely to encounter at least one pet. There are dogs and/or cats and we’ve encountered birds, ferrets, chinchillas, rats, snakes, horses and pigs on the road. I haven’t met people who keep fish. I would imagine the water and the fish would slosh around a lot …

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Gumbo

It happens all the time. Someone will ask “what’s your dog’s name?” I make sure to enunciate clearly. “Gumbo,” I say. I know in seconds if I have been misunderstood. Their eyebrows peak. “Oh, that’s an interesting name,” they say. I sigh. “GUM-BO. Like the stew, not Dumbo the elephant.” Gumbo is our second red dog. …

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Portland Times Two

We got a later than usual start on on our annual escape from winter. If the weather broadcasters were to be believed, after several days of really cold weather we were going to find ourselves trapped in a “Day After Tomorrow” type polar vortex. (I am a huge fan of cheesey disaster/action films. DAT is …

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