First Time Camping from a Dog’s Perspective
There is a lot of activity going on around the house. Clothes are being gotten out of drawers, which kind of makes me nervous. I remember that when suitcases come out, I usually get left behind. Everyone is very excited though and they keep asking me if I’m ready to go camping.
I’m not sure what camping is, but I’m always ready to go. You see, I used to live in an animal shelter, which was okay. Everyone at St. Francis was very nice, but it still wasn’t like a real family. Two weeks ago, things turned around though. I was adopted by the best family! They are very active and do lots of fun things.
I saw Dad grab my bed from in front of the fireplace and take it outside. My sister Rhiannon grabbed my cat sister MIA and took her outside. Then Mom grabbed my leash and said to come on. Oh boy, I get to go camping! (whatever that is)
The House/Car (RV)
In the driveway was the biggest car I’ve ever seen! It looked like a house, even on the inside. It had a couch and a table and a bed in the back room, but also two seats in front like a car. I’m not sure what it is, but everyone seems happy so I run inside.
I jump up on the couch behind Dad’s seat so I can see. We back out of the driveway and here we go. On the way, we stopped at this place with a red sign. Mom and Dad went inside and when they came out, they had bags with French fries in them. I even got my own bag of fries. I love this magic place. Maybe this is the camping place…
About an hour later, we stopped again and just Dad got out. He came back quickly then drove a very short distance. Everyone got out and started doing lots of things outside. The most amazing thing was, the car/house started getting bigger! Now it really is like a house.
So, This is a Campground
We all go outside and my family takes me for a long walk. I see lots of trees and other car/houses like ours. There are lots of kids playing too. I love kids! We walk down to a trail that goes through the woods. Oh boy, there are squirrels in the woods and they are my favorite. Maybe it’s because I’m part hound dog.
After our walk, everyone sat outside and I got to sit too. They tied my leash to the picnic table and I sat out with them. If this is camping, I really like it.
Growing Pains/Puppy Problems
Everything was going well until I saw another squirrel. I just can’t help it. When I see them, I forget everything else but getting that squirrel! I took off after it and pulled so hard, I broke my leash. My family took off after me but I’m too fast for them to catch. I like this game! Forget the squirrel, let’s play catch the Scout.
I have been through puppy training classes and I know I’m not supposed to run away. I’m still a puppy though, so I forget what I’m supposed to do sometimes. Dad sounds kind of mad now. Maybe I should go back. I think it’s getting close to my dinner time.
I got yelled at and had to stay inside while Mom got another leash. While I was inside, MIA, my cat sister, told me if I misbehaved while camping, I wouldn’t get to go anymore. So this is camping! She told me that the car/house was called an RV or camper. She also said that her older dog brother Charlie, got too old to go camping and then he didn’t get to go any more. Maybe I should behave better. I like camping and don’t want to stay home.
The next day we spent almost all day outside. I took lots more walks on the trail and even got to go to the dog park. I’m don’t like to climb and play on the stuff like the little dogs do. I like to sniff around for rabbits and squirrels.
In the evening, my family left for a few hours. I was tired from being outside and walking all day so I took a nap on the couch. It seemed like in no time at all they were back. We went back outside and dad had a fire going. They were eating something so I went to check it out. Mom gave me a cracker, yum! Camping is the best.
A little later it was time for bed so I curled up on the couch bed with Rhiannon. I woke up in the middle of the night and really needed to go. I’m not sure what to do though. Everyone is asleep. I didn’t want to disturb them so I hiked up my leg and went on the wall by the people bathroom door. Ahhh! My ears! This horrible siren went off and it hurts my ears!
Dad jumped out of bed and started yelling at me. I knew I was in trouble but at least he made the loud noise finally stop. Maybe I should have woken someone up. Whatever I peed on, I made it really mad. I guess I better not do that again. MIA also gave me another warning about misbehaving while camping.
The next we day played a little outside, then packed everything outside away into the camper. The walls closed it up small again and we drove away. I got back up in my co-pilot seat so I could help dad drive. I don’t like the traffic, it makes me nervous.
I LOVE camping! You get to be outside a lot, take lots of walks, and best of all spend tons of time with your family. Even my cat sister loves to camp. I hope we take more camping trips. I am so lucky my family found me.
Until the next trip,
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