The pets of RVtravel.com readers
Do you travel with a pet? We’d love to introduce your pet(s) to fellow readers. Here’s what we need: a photo or two of Fido or Boots (or you with your pet) and a 150-200 word description of your furry friend(s) — name, breed, age, how long you have traveled together, what makes them special? Go ahead and brag about them if you wish! Do you have any tips for other RVing pet lovers about traveling with pets that you’ve learned along the way? Don’t forget to give us your name(s) and hometown. Send to Diane(at)RVtravel.com .
Issue 27; Posted July 2, 2016
From Joe and Terri Lombardo, Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Our newest rescue, BrewDog Boont from Dogma Pet Rescue, has passed the camping test and permanently joined our family. Dogma let us keep him for a couple of weeks on a foster-to-adopt setup until he tried life at the campground.
Boont is a 2-year-old Australian cattle dog that came out of an illegal hoarding situation (over 100 animals) just a couple of months ago. He travels pretty well, gets along very calmly with all dogs and cats he meets, and did great with every kid he met this past weekend. Boont is coming out of his shell … he played with a toy with us for the first time this past week (just sad that he did not know what they were). We’re waiting to see his personality develop over the next couple of months …
Roxie is a 13-year-old Hurricane Charlie stray that took up camping at 10 years of age (love the fact that we had crate-trained her prior to camping, making it easy for her to adapt to the lifestyle). She just loves sitting at the campsite and observing, due to her arthritis, but is always quick to get up, wag her tail and greet anyone that comes to visit.
We frequent Celtic music festivals, where we pass Roxie off as a rare Irish Sheltie (everyone else has designer dogs … thought we would make up our own). Always lots of fun because everyone believes us!
Cleo, our 19-year-old cat, is completely in charge at all times. When Boont had his first visit, she stood on the table over him the entire time; and when she feels like it, she will box him in behind furniture. Cleo rules the roost, always.
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From Mary and Garth Reid, La Palma, California
Please allow me to brag about our Dearhearts [a type of Persian], who travel everywhere. This is Very D’Heart Gentle Davy St. Elias. We just call him Davy. Yes, these are the same type as the Fancy Feast commercial cats and are closely related to the cats used in the commercials. In fact, Davy’s mother is the niece of one of the cats in the commercials.
And here is our other fellow — Simply Silver Sasha St. Elias. We call him Pip. Here he is helping me with some sewing in our fifth wheel. My husband is horridly allergic to cats so we were very happy to discover that Persians are one of the few breeds which are hypoallergenic.
There are only about 350 of these cats in the U.S. We own five Dearhearts and we foster two of them, Tierney and Dougal, with our best friend. We travel with two Dearhearts. They are good travelers and go with us in our 35-foot fifth wheel. They’ve been all over the western U.S. and Canada with us. Since they are not outside cats we don’t have problems with them when we travel. They go straight from the truck to the fifth wheel each night when we are on the road. And yes, they have all their shots, they are chipped, and we carry their medical records with us. We have never had a problem at the border, either entering Canada or coming back into the US.
These are Simply Silver Simone St. Elias (Missy) with Davy, her son. The resemblance is uncanny. Missy, on the left, weighs just barely over 6 lbs. Davy is a whopping 6.5 lbs. They look much larger but it’s just all fur! We have traveled with Missy but she is happier at home. Her stepbrother, Pip, is a good traveler so we take him along with Davy on our trips.
Thank you for allowing us to share the love of our lives!