Hi all, Bandido here – Since this blog is all about the terrific week we spent at my favorite rv park in the U.S. -- Four Paws Kingdom in Rutherfordton, North Carolina – I stole mom’s computer and decided to write this entry myself.
|Deluxe Site #18|
This was mom and dad’s third visit to Four Paws Kingdom; the first visit was 10 years ago, before Tequila and I were born. They were here with their whippets that I’ve heard so much about. They were on vacation in a travel trailer before dad retired. Five years ago they came back in the motor home, again with the whippets, since we weren’t born yet. Charlie the cat told me all this, because he was here with the whippets. (He’s older than dirt). Mom spent a lot of time on the blog entry for that visit, showing all the amenities of the park. Rather than repeat it all here (my paws might get tired), click on the link to the blog from 2010 if you’d like to check it out:
Nancy sure is smart – she knows all about dogs and genealogy, my mom’s favorite things, so they had lots to talk about.
Jim recently retired from the military, and in March they purchased an RV to be able to travel with their two huskies, Cota and Sura. I like the huskies, but I really like Jim. He threw the ball for me to fetch and even faked me out a few times. My eyes never left the ball. It was a fun game!
Mom, Dad, Jim and Nancy enjoyed several happy hours on the awesome fenced-in patio at our site. The huskies are older than we are and they were too tired from playing, so they stayed home and napped in the evenings.
Me, Tequila, and Izzy got to do our own thing in the adjoining fenced yard area without having to be tied up. Tequila always gets us tangled up when we’re tied up together, and with Izzy still visiting, forget it! Not only did we three get tangled up at the rally when we were tied up together, we actually formed a braid with the leashes. Our fenced yard area here at site #18 at Four Paws is great, because with all the trees, there’s usually some squirrels running around for entertainment. There are also little geckos that Tequila loves to stalk.
During the day we’d all trudge down to the pond and we dogs swam and played, while the humans sat and talked under the shady gazebo on the porch swing.
Boy, did we ever have fun at the swimming pond! I hadn’t gotten to swim and fetch for a couple of years, but I remembered just how to do it. I even swam all the way across the pond one time just for fun.
|The Three Amigos|
|Catch me if you can!|
Izzy Jones (see prior blog entry) was still with us during this half of the week, so she also got to play with Jim and Nancy’s huskies. Cota (the dark husky) took a special liking to Izzy. It kinda made me jealous, ‘cause Izzy’s my girl.
|Me and my gal|
I hate to brag, but I’m a really good swimmer. (I might have been showing off for Izzy a little.)
|Jim and Nancy|
|Cota and Sura|
On Wednesday morning Jim and Nancy headed home toward Virginia Beach. Now that they have an RV, we plan to meet up again on the road and they might make the long drive to South Texas and visit us at our home there. When they do, I’ll take Cota and Sura to our doggie park and fill the tub with water. They’ll really like that, because I watched them get into a tub at the big dog play area.
Soon after Nancy and Jim left, our Retama Village friends Barb and Greg arrived. They didn’t have their rv with them so they rented one of the cabins. After having my pal Izzy with me for over a month, I was REALLY upset when Greg took Izzy home to their cabin. I barked and cried when he put her in the car and drove away! It was okay, though, because soon we all met up and went to the doggie park and played.
More happy hours on the patio. Boy, do humans love to sit, drink wine, and talk! Since Barb and Greg didn’t have their grill and all the things we drag around in our rv, they ate supper with us at our place. It wasn’t fair that the humans got hamburgers and all we had were rawhide chews.
One morning we went to the agility fun play area (that’s for dogs like us who don’t really know how to do agility but like to play). Me and Izzy climbed up the ramp and did a few tricks. Tequila couldn’t be bothered – she was too busy lookin’ for lizards (her favorite pastime).
|I just know there's a lizard in there somewhere....|
Friday morning was a very sad day for me. Barb and Greg took Izzy away with them to finish their vacation in other places. I won’t get to see Izzy until next fall when we’re back in Texas. Greg had a selfie-stick, so they took their picture together in the big dog play area before they got in the car. We weren’t allowed to go to the pond that morning. I don’t understand why humans don’t love the wet-dog-pond smell, but Barb and Greg opted not to have that in their car.
After Izzy left, mom and dad took us on the hiking trails here at Four Paws. Here’s a picture of me and dad on the Hansel and Gretel trail:
Mom got a kick out of all the clever signs posted along the trail. Here are just a sampling:
The trail was only a mile and-a-half long, but it was in the woods with some really good smells along the way.
Today was our last full day here at Four Paws. Bright and early we met Birgit and three other dogs and their humans at the Agility Sport field (the one they keep locked up unless you know how to use).
|Birgit (in pink) teaching my parents how to do agility. I didn't need to pay attention, 'cause I've already "got it."|
Tonight mom and dad are going to a “Toothpick Potluck” where all the food is supposed to be able to be picked up by toothpicks. Me and Tequila have to stay home, but I’m sure mom will leave us with some treats while they’re gone. Tomorrow morning we leave here, heading toward some place called Ohio. I’ll let mom and dad update the blogs from there, because no way could it be as awesome a place as 4 Paws Kingdom!
The pet photo of the day is for my mom, since she’s feeling so nostalgic about the whippets, since they loved it here so much. This photo was the original opening photo for the Travel with Whippets blog.
|The Original Traveling Whippets|