Ever since I came to live in my forever home, in August 2013, I have had tons of fun with my mom and dad, Wendi and Bobby. They have taken me places, allowed me to try new things and basically spoiled me. Being a terrier-beagle mix from the Humane Society, I must say I never dreamed of such fun. But the most recent adventure I had wasn’t with Mom and Dad. It was with my Aunt Randi and Uncle Shaun (whom I love to pieces!). When Mom and Dad went away to their blogging conference earlier in September, I went overnight camping for the very first time!
I have been to Uncle Shaun and Aunt Randi’s campground before, but never by myself without Mom and Dad. And never overnight. It was a whole different adventure to be there and stay all night. While I am prone to wander away when not tethered to a tree or porch or something, I do love to lay outside. My cousin, Admiral Nelson, who is a border collie, has a lot more freedom than I do, but I’m O.K. with that. I at least got to watch him play frisby in the huge field across from the camp site. (That is where Uncle Shaun and Aunt Randi’s camper is, for those of you unfamiliar with camping terminology.) Nelson loves to play frisby. I don’t get it, but then I’m not a border collie either. I’d much rather sniff around and see if I can follow a scent somewhere.
Another cool thing about the campground is that there is so much to see (and smell)! Aunt Randi took me and Nelson for a walk around the pond. There were ducks and geese there. I like to follow their scent, but I don’t like swimming, so once they get in the water, I lose my interest in them. There’s always something else to follow.
There were lots of people at the campground. We went to visit some and hang out at their camp site in the evening around the fire. We went to Brian and Beth’s place one time and then Rob and Renee’s another time. I really enjoyed this. Mostly I liked it because I got to hang out on Uncle Shaun’s lap. I love that guy!
Not only did I get to be with the people by the fire, but I also got reacquainted with some of the dogs I have met in previous visits to the campground. This includes Bailey. She is a black labrador. She is nice, if not a little crazy. She would try to steal Nelson’s toys and take off running. For a lab, she is pretty fast. I also met three dachsunds, Oscar, Sally and Paisley. I always find it interesting to not be the smallest dog around. Believe me, even when I am the smallest, I hold my own around the big dogs.
When I got real tired, Aunt Randi put me inside the camper while everyone else stayed outside. I honestly didn’t mind. Their camper is real nice. They have a great couch and I enjoyed just laying around on it.
Since Aunt Randi was going to be performing at a Rainbow Bridge Walk on Sunday, she had to practice her song. She practiced in front of me. She’s got a beautiful voice and plays the guitar really nice, too. I didn’t know what she was saying, but I’m sure she was a big hit.
The best part of camping, though, came at night. Once Uncle Shaun and Aunt Randi came to bed, I got to lay right between them, just like do with Mom and Dad. I’m the perfect size for this kind of cuddling (too bad for Nelson, he is too big and furry to really enjoy this feature of the camper).
I have heard Mom complain about camping when she was a kid. She hated it, she says. The way she talked about it, made me a little nervous. She made it sound like some horrible thing, with bugs and being too hot or too cold (depending on the time of day) and all kinds of torturous things. But now that I’ve been there myself, I think camping is awesome! I love laying outside in nature under a tree and watching the world go by. I can really relax there and get away from the pressures of city life. I wonder if I’ll get to go out there again sometime. I sure hope so!