November 04, 2011

My Bloodhound Makes Me Wonder about RV's

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First of all the title does not mean I am thinking about giving up my bloodhound nor my plans of RVing fulltime. All it means Sadie is having "one of those days". Our daily routine is getting home from work, letting them outside (today was beautiful), by the time they are finished dumping their tanks they are use to having their food and water poured and ready for them to eat. They come back in, eat while I check my email. Then about 30 minutes later we take our daily walk through the hayfield and back, usually about 30 minutes. Today must have been heavy rabbit scent because all three went crazy with their noses to the ground pulling me as I held their two retractable leashes. If I would have had been on skis they would have been pulling me across the grass at a pretty good speed. Winston is leashless here but will no problem using a "dually" on one leash with the other basset.

Well today, Sadie the bloodhound seems to have a little cabin fever, she wants out, then wants in. A little obnoxious. Anything from checking to see what's on the counter to eat, trying to get the bassets to play with her and giving every place in the house an inspection with that nose of hers. She is a smaller size bloodhound due to poor breeding I think, yet is she 73lbs and does not know how strong she is. Winston can hold his own, standing 13" high and packing 57lbs. Heidi is just content to hang out on her pile of mexican blankets next to my desk while I am on the computer.

Today was one of those day's that Sadie felt she didn't get enough to eat .... or the food is so good she can't get enough of it.  Not 10 feet away from me while Im on my computer, she is trying to get the lid off the container I keep the dog food in. She HAS BEEN successful before at this and ate so much one night when I didn't know it, I was concerned she was going to bloat. She has been known to slide open closet doors to get to my spare food that is in bags, chew open the bag and make it her own disposable dog dish. So to say the least, she still has a lot of puppy in her at the age of 3.

An hour later both Winston and Sadie find a place to sleep. It is that hour of being obnoxious when I wonder about a Bloodhound / RV mix.  Are they made for one another or will it be a problem? It is usually just that first hour or two after I get home from work where she is pretty active and excited. On weekends when I am around, she is a little different. Based on all three hound's daily schedule, I have no doubt they will work in an RV. The majority of their days, 7 days per week, they love to sleep. The times I am home during the week, they sleep all day, a little food in the afternoon, a walk and they are good to go. Of course it might be different for her since I will not be gone 9 hours per day once I make the transition to the RV.

It's days like these if an RV will be right for the bloodhound. 22 hours per day, laidback and a couch potato, but at times 1 - 2 hours can make you wonder.

There is a good discussion going on about the difference of Class A and C's on the RV Forum, linked to the left side of my blog.  A lot of good information in there from people that have been on the road a long time to the newbie such as myself.

I'm still "feelin" a small Class A (30'-32').

I am planning on next Friday driving up to the Indy area to look at different RVs and hopefully test drive some.

I was thinking today....RVing and Workcamping as an option if I didn't want to wait the 2.6 yrs to go fulltime.  I will spend some time this weekend reading about workcamping. In the meantime I have a bunch of new websites/blogs to read in a few minutes that I find from reading other blogs or ebooks. I have made folders within my "RV Info" folder, to keep any ebooks I like, or blogs or websites that have good reference material.

I think it might be time to start downsizing and just for fun try selling somethings on ebay or Craigs list.  I am familiar with eBay but have never tried Craigs list. I thought Craig's list might be better for selling some desks, chest of drawers, bookcases, mowers, tools .... things I was wanting to get rid of anyway even if I stayed here.

Have a great Friday night where ever you might be.

12 comments:

  1. I'm thinking that bloodhounds are a little like salukis in that they need their exercise. BH's probably more on the scenting, salukis more on sighting. Maybe you could train her on a bicycle so she can get a little of the running exercise part, then long walks on the flexi would suffice for her scenting. But having said that, when I was fostering Big Red (a young male BH), using the bike with him would have been out of the question unless he got leash trained first. Which rescue didn't want me to do as it interferes with their training on search & rescue.
    Your other challenge will be in food cabinets & such though. You might have to get an RV big enough to crate her for when you are gone from her for her safety. Bloat isn't fun, been there, done that with an Afghan Hound.

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  2. I'm thinking that bloodhounds are a little like salukis in that they need their exercise. BH's probably more on the scenting, salukis more on sighting. Maybe you could train her on a bicycle so she can get a little of the running exercise part, then long walks on the flexi would suffice for her scenting. But having said that, when I was fostering Big Red (a young male BH), using the bike with him would have been out of the question unless he got leash trained first. Which rescue didn't want me to do as it interferes with their training on search & rescue.
    Your other challenge will be in food cabinets & such though. You might have to get an RV big enough to crate her for when you are gone from her for her safety. Bloat isn't fun, been there, done that with an Afghan Hound.

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  3. Have you considered renting a motorhome and going on a vacation? With three pups, it will be a bit difficult, but there are companies that rent Class Cs. (http://www.cruiseamerica.com/rent/our_vehicles/) I think camping world rents As, too, but I don't know their policy regarding dogs. At least you could come to a conclusion about which type you want.

    My labs adapted very well to our big class A. Jack was an exceptionally large lab at 92 pounds (not fat) and Lizzie was smaller at 70 lbs. They also adapted very well to my little trailer. Now, of course, I only have Jack and he loves to be "on the go".

    When we are traveling, he loves a new place to walk each day. I think it's a great life for a dog. His schedule completely changes.

    Are you planning on pulling a toad? I can't remember if you said they like riding in a car. Jack loves the truck so he gets to explore a lot. If riding in a car doesn't bother them, I think your pups will take to an RV very well. Just my 2 cents.

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  4. Have you considered renting a motorhome and going on a vacation? With three pups, it will be a bit difficult, but there are companies that rent Class Cs. (http://www.cruiseamerica.com/rent/our_vehicles/) I think camping world rents As, too, but I don't know their policy regarding dogs. At least you could come to a conclusion about which type you want.

    My labs adapted very well to our big class A. Jack was an exceptionally large lab at 92 pounds (not fat) and Lizzie was smaller at 70 lbs. They also adapted very well to my little trailer. Now, of course, I only have Jack and he loves to be "on the go".

    When we are traveling, he loves a new place to walk each day. I think it's a great life for a dog. His schedule completely changes.

    Are you planning on pulling a toad? I can't remember if you said they like riding in a car. Jack loves the truck so he gets to explore a lot. If riding in a car doesn't bother them, I think your pups will take to an RV very well. Just my 2 cents.

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  5. hobopal ... That is what I am planning to do. If I wait too much longer it will be "winter" camping and I don't want to do that. Thanks for the rental site. At this time I am not planning on pulling a toad. They do love to ride in the car, but locally they all ride inside my old Chevy pickup truck. As much as they like to ride, I see no problems with them traveling.

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  6. hobopals ... I checked out that site and its going to work out well. The place I pick up the RV is a town I am familiar with, south of Indy. They do allow pets and for a weekend, very reasonable price and there is a campground about 30 miles south of me. So by the time I round trip to Indy to the state park, it will be within the 300 mile limit for normal mileage fees.

    Thanks....btw....great dogs pics on your blog.

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  7. My take is that it's all about WHERE you go. Our own doggie is very active and we figured that one out very quickly. If you focus on good, outdoorsy spots (National Forest, State Park, BLM etc.) then there'll be plenty of space for the hounds to run and play around. In a private park both the pets and us get cabin fever reeeeal fast, but we're always happy and relaxed in the great outdoors.
    Nina

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  8. My take is that it's all about WHERE you go. Our own doggie is very active and we figured that one out very quickly. If you focus on good, outdoorsy spots (National Forest, State Park, BLM etc.) then there'll be plenty of space for the hounds to run and play around. In a private park both the pets and us get cabin fever reeeeal fast, but we're always happy and relaxed in the great outdoors.
    Nina

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  9. Wheelinit ... That is my plan for location. Boondocking first. National parks forest 2nd, and RV parks as a last resort. Sadie only gets wild after I have been gone all day, today she is the perfect dog.

    Thanks for following my blog.

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  10. Walden Creek Rv SteveNovember 6, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    I sold my house 2 years ago in Texas and bought 34 ft Dutchstar by Newmar= no regrets-- For me the biggest mistake I would have made is buying an Rv without a slide out! I would not have been comfortable! I am cheesehead from Wisc and enjoy my Badgers and Packers- big screen tv with fireplace (electric) keeps me comfortable- The other big factor is were to put the RV- I settled on Melbourne Florida- veru inexpensive! Walden Creek Rv Steve

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  11. Steve ... First of all thank to the Badgers for pounding Purdue yesterday. If yo see my email you can tell where my allegiance lies. Grew up in Indiana a Packer fan in the 60's and still continue that.

    That is what I keep thinking, that I need an A for the additional room and 1 slider at a minimum since I will be bringing my 3 hounds with me. I don't know, an A just looks like there is more room than a C. Still looking and checking both classes. How big is your tv and how did you modify it to fit? I have seen some ways of doing that on a forum that I follow.

    Melbourne is a nice area, I have relatives that live in the area of Palm Bay. Thanks for the comments and I hope to see you here again.

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  12. to reply to your question- check out Walden CreeK rv blog (tv etc)

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