Living With Pets in the RV

May 1, 2015

Written by Anna White

Right before we hit the road in March we decided to add a pet to our life.  At the time it sounded like a really good idea, but now I’m not so sure and need some help and advice.  When we brought him home he was only 8 weeks old. He weighed just over 4 lbs, had blue eyes and was totally adorable.

Enjoying his ride home on the day we picked him up.

On the first night he ended up in our bed. Yes you read that right….in our bed.  I know from past experience that is NOT a good idea, but the alternative was to hear him cry all night and my sweet husband was not having that, so Oscar got to sleep with us that night and just about every night since.  He sleeps at the foot of the bed and for the first several weeks he got up at least once in the night, sometimes twice for a potty break.  Lucky for me that has changed over the past couple weeks and he usually sleeps till at least 6:00 am.

As for sleeping, he does that a lot….               And he looks so cute doing it.  I mean really who can resist this adorable face? The pic below was taken one day while we were loading up to pull out of a campsite and he was looking at me with such a sad look.

We thought we had bought a mini, but after his most recent visit to the vet, I don’t think he’s a mini.  He has more than doubled his weight from when we brought him home weighing in at 10.8 lbs today.  The following pic is the most recent I have.  He looks so long spread out in my lap, which is his favorite thing to do, other than laying in daddy’s lap.

Other than a couple of times that we dropped him off at doggy daycare, he pretty much goes wherever we go.  I’m beginning to think we will never begin to fully enjoy the RV lifestyle and actually be able to venture out to see the sites in the areas we visit, which brings me to my question for all of you readers. What do you do with your pets when you want to get out and explore?  Is it better to have two pets, so they have a playmate?  Are you RVing with puppies or adult dogs?  If you started out with one as a puppy, when did it get easier?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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  1. Jim and Barb

    We try to take Daisy with us as much as possible but on those occasions that we cannot take her she stays home. We left her in her crate when she was younger but she eventually graduated to having free run of the rig (except the bedroom). She is not a barker so as long we the weather is not too warm we have no problem leaving her for a few hours.
    I can also tell you that there are a ton of people who leave their barking dogs in their rigs all day when they are out exploring. A huge annoyance for anyone trying to relax at their rig.

    • Anna

      Thanks for the reply. I know eventually Oscar will be able to be left alone and in the meantime we’ll have to figure it out. As for barking dogs, I understand and don’t want him to be the one who bothers everyone, but here lately his barking is getting more and more so we only go where we can take him and pray he outgrows this stage.

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