I am crazy dog lady. Yes, I’m proud to say that I am a crazy dog lady. I’ve had dogs for over 10 years now in my home and I can’t imagine my life without them. To any dog lover who is reading this post, I’m sure you’re nodding your head in agreement with me when I say that they are my children just as much as my human children are.
I think that our biggest challenge when we transition to living in a RV, is going to be getting our dogs adjusted to their new lifestyle. I’d like to talk a little bit about each of our four pets, one by one, so you can learn a bit about their personality and also get to understand some of the challenges that we may be facing.
Dog #1: Our First Born, Ruby
Ruby is a black and tan Chihuahua. Ruby is queen of the household. She is the dominant female of the pack, and nothing phases Ruby. Each time I had a child she was gracefully accepted each of them. Ruby has been by my side for 10 years now and she is my best friend to this day. We are inseparable and I simply adore that dog. Perhaps because she was our first born and we lavished her with attention, but she is by far the most well behaved of the four. She’s also the mama of Floyd, our second Chihuahua. Ruby will have no problem transitioning to a RV lifestyle. She may not like being crated, but she was raised in a crate, so being the obedient, wonderful doggie that she is, I’m not concerned about our Ruby.
Dog #2: Floyd
Floyd is dog number two, Ruby’s son. Floyd has always been neurotic and a real mama’s boy. As long as he’s with his mom, he’s okay. My biggest concern with Floyd is he has an enlarged heart, which is a recent diagnosis. We haven’t really been able to control it that well with the current medication that he is on. He does get very stressed out when he’s out of his home comforts. He doesn’t need very much.
He’s not into treats, he’s not into playing, as long as his mother is nearby, he’s a happy boy. I don’t think the transition to the RV is going to be too bad for him, as long as he can sleep with Ruby and be near her, he’ll be fine. The only issue with Floyd is he cannot walk on a leash for extended periods of time so, mama might have to buy herself a doggie stroller for Floyd.
Dog #3: Jack
Our third baby is Jack, aka Jackie Boy. My beautiful boy Jack was a surprise addition to our family. He was a rescue that my dear friend Sandy brought to my home. We had no intention of getting another dog, but Jack walked into our home and we feel in love within five minutes and he never left. Unfortunately Jack has had a ton of health problems over the last year. After a huge weight loss and depression, he recently got diagnosed with diabetes and is currently on daily insulin shots.
He seems to be happy enough but unfortunately he recently just went blind. While he’s not completely blind, he is quickly getting blinder by the day and although it’s extremely distressing for me, I can’t speak for Jack. There are moments when I know that he doesn’t like it, but most of the time he’s a chilled guy. He’s the one I’m worried about the most. I worry for his safety and I worry that he will be in an unknown environment.
Dog #4: Saige
Our crazy fourth dog is called Saige. Again we had no intention of getting a fourth dog, but I blame my champion-rescuer friend Sandy, yet again for presenting this gorgeous puppy to us and we simply couldn’t say no. At the end of the day, four Chihuahuas don’t even make up the size of a German Shepherd, so what’s one more when you already have three. Saige is a terrorizer.
She spends her days getting into everybody else’s business. Trying to knock Ruby off her alpha spot in the heist while failing miserably. Demanding attention from anybody and everybody that will give it to her and generally being the puppy of the family. She is hilarious. I honestly don’t know how she’s going to behave when we put her in a RV. We have a lot of training to do with her. She doesn’t have any experience on a leash. We are committed to training her on a leash in oncoming months.
I’m also curious whether I should get dog insurance. I have looked it up and the cost to insure the dogs will run abut $1800 a year. I’d love to hear from any of you reading this if you think worth getting them insurance. I know that Jack and Floyd won’t have their existing conditions covered by insurance but I’m thinking that the cost of that care in the US is pretty expensive. So there you have it. That’s our family of Chihuahuas, I look forward to hearing your comments.