Meet my little pal Archie


By Chuck Woodbury
This is Archie, my favorite little furry buddy. He’s 20 pounds of terrier, mostly Border Terrier. He hardly ever barks. His favorite people food is blueberries. He loves to chase squirrels and Bun-Bun, the small bunny that lives under our tool shed. Bun-Bun always outruns Archie, which I am sure drives him crazy.

Gail and I adopted Archie seven months ago from a shelter in central California. He’s less than two years old with a lot of puppy still left in him. Gail saw him at a pet store, where he was on display for the day. When Gail reached out to pet the little fellow, whose name was Grover at the time because he was found in an orange grove, he put his head on her hand and looked at her with his big brown eyes. That was it!

All the girl dogs in our neighborhood love Archie. But he’s no use to them for anything but ball chasing and ganging up on Bun-Bun. Archie, alas, lost his manhood a few weeks before we met him. But he doesn’t know, which is good otherwise he might complain.

Archie’s favorite pastime besides chasing squirrels and Bun-Bun is getting his tummy rubbed.


  1. What a sweet guy that Archie, and aren’t you and Gail sweethearts for taking him and giving him a forever home. I hope more people will follow your example and adopt shelter fur babies instead of supporting what are so often horribly abusive dog breeding farms.

    • Archie’s AWESOME! Yes, please, please adopt! We LOVE terrier’s; no shedding!

      We just had to put one of our miniature schnauzer’s (Ziggy) down, and while on the road, July 1st. It sucked.

      We were right in the middle of our 44 day coast-to-coast trek, when he (15) started going down hill, and fast… We kinda feared this when we left Oregon, but took him to the vet day before leaving & vet told us his heart was strong, etc, so go ahead & take him, cuz he’d be with those he loved, so we did…

      He did GREAT, along with our two 2.5 yr olds, then suddenly started o decline (peeing & pooing in the motor home, then didn’t want to go for a walk, then wouldn’t hardly raise his head) – I KNEW it was time; not sure my DW did (Zig was HIS dog)…

      As hard as it was, when Dan was getting us lunch, I called ahead to next RV park & asked the very nice lady (crying!) if she could recommend a vet, to put Zig down. She did, so that was it; Zig’s final resting place was Pahrump, Nevada, by a vet we’d never met. Our hearts STILL ache, but we know we did the right thing & I laid on the hard floor of the MH, face-to-face with him, all night long, his last night; so very glad I did! I Just kept petting him & telling him it was okay to go, but he wouldn’t; not till he was with “Dad,” last hr before we went into vet’s.

      RIP, “Cutter’s Honor Ziggy Mayer!”

      • That’s so sad, Errin. I’m so sorry. (It’s making me cry.) But you did the right thing for Zig. 🙁 —Diane at

  2. We unfortunately lost our Mr. Figgs last Oct, he traveled with us for 13 years and loved Rving. He would explore everywhere we stopped but would not stray far from the motorhome, sure do miss him………………..

  3. Archie’s is a handsome fella. My dog “RV” is a fella, but because of his gorgeous white locks, most people think he’s a girl dog…I just answer “he is pretty enough to be”.

  4. We just aquired a 1 1/2 week old kitten 2 weeks ago. Besides taking our aging Bichons, Sugar and Princess, and their younger brother, Buckwheat, the cocker spaniel, Midnight the kitten will also be our travel companion. So far we are doing feedings every 3 to 4 hours. Just like having a baby in the house. I guess we do!!!

    • Sally thank you for giving your new kitty a forever home. Contrary to the common joke, kitty fur babies are as loving and affectionate as their doggie brothers. Here’s to many years of snuggles and purrs.

  5. Archie is one handsome guy. I am so glad he found Gail and of course you. I am sure he will be excellent company for you. Thank you for telling people to be nice in thier comments. Their is too much rudness in the world. The Thumper rule is youdo not have something nice to say do not say nothinhg at all.

    • What an adorable fave. You all are lucky to have found each other!

      Recently Our 16 1/2 yr puppy had to go forever to sleep.

      Maybe just maybe a puppy of whatever age will come into our family ….

  6. Chuck didn’t mention this in his story about Archie, but he and Gail had round-trip airplane tickets to visit his aunt in California. When Archie adopted them, there wasn’t room on their return flight to bring Archie back on the plane, so they canceled their return tickets and rented a car so he could return home with them. Archie is a real sweetie! He’ll just love you to death! (And probably would do that to a burglar, too, but don’t tell anyone!) 😀 —Diane at

  7. Archie is ADORABLE! When we get our next dog, I told my husband that it will adopt us! It seems that Archie adopted GAIL!

    And THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for making sure people know what is acceptable and what is not. Too many people in our world have decided “rudeness” is OK and it has become the norm in so many places. Being rude is NEVER OK! Thank you again!

  8. Awww! I love the scruffy little terriers. I have a 22-lb mutt with an underbite who kinda looks like a miniature boxer. His photos get the most likes on Instagram (@40foothouse)! LOL

  9. Aww, Archie is a cutie. Glad he found you two to love and take care of him. BTW, thank you for reminding folks about the importance of being civil and kind with each other on the forum. I am a member of the Northwood RV forum, (NROA- for folks with Northwood products) and the guy who started it also has the rule of being kind, and no politics. I love the forum for that very reason. Folks are helpful and provide help on issues when asked. I’ve been on other forums and hate when I see folks being disrespectful to others.

    And while I’m at it, thanks for all your team does for each and everyone of your readers. If it were not for you, I would never have discovered Mike Sokol, his book, and his incredible electricity knowledge. I have learned so much and pay it forward whenever I can.

  10. Neutering Archie most likely extended his life span. You will want to have as many years as possible with him because they are such a wonderful breed. I have had five borders years ago when my wife and I showed them. I have lost my wife due to cancer and all but one of our dogs. My last dog, T (My T Boy) was a champion and turns 16 in two months. He and I are best buddies. His mother lived to just shy of 18. I enjoy ever day with him.

  11. I was a Driver Trainer for one of the largest OTR trucking companies in the us for 6+ years and was taught exactly what you say. Don’t hit the brakes, more gas then slowly slow down after you have gotten control! Good advice to share!

  12. Congratulations on saving Grover. You and many of us have and continue to adopt these lovely fur-babies. Thank you for bringing our attention to the needs of these dogs and the need for responsible pet ownership. If we all practiced responsible pet ownership, we would have a lot fewer strays.

  13. Glad to have you and Archie in my mailbox every Saturday traveling along with me on our journey through life. Thank you. Remain well and stay safe.

  14. Archie is adorable! Being able to travel with our furbabies was one of the biggest reasons I wanted a motorhome. It was wonderful! Broke my heart when we had to quit…. Archie is a lucky pup! …and you and Gail are blessed! Thanks for keeping the comments clean, Chuck!!

  15. Arcjie is a cutie we, like many other RVers travel with a pet. One reason thr RV life style works for us. We can always take Sadie with us and we don’t worry about finding a place that accepts pets Our Rving days are coming to an end we are aging out. This will be a sad day for us when we hang the “for sale” sign on our 5th wheel. Rving has kept us young and active.

  16. What a really cute picture of Archie … thanks for posting … eager to look at the video of how to properly react to low tire pressure. Missed taking the poll last week.
    I did have a blowout while pulling our 5th wheel — as I recall — I didn’t hit the brakes but simply allowed the truck (and 5th wheel) to slow down … hazard lights went on immediately. We were (much to the dismay of a lot of other drivers) in the far left fast lane, road construction going on the right — but it didn’t take long for help to arrive and stop traffic so we could pull over. Only got the third finger salute once.
    Love your ethic about respectful language in all postings.

  17. We had a Border Terrier (Jake) for 16 years.
    He was the dog with the most personality and attitude.
    Fantastic friend and so loyal.
    Enjoy Archie.


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