In her book, “Simplify Your Life,” Elaine St. James reminded us that “…pets don’t simplify your life.” She goes on to say, however, that “…a well-trained dog, while not simple, can be a true joy to have in your life.” We have Ty, an eight-year old black (well, mostly grey) pug. And Ty is coming with us for the summer adventure.
He’s already had his first trip in the fifth wheel – when we took our “Maiden Voyage.” He’s figured out that his kennel will be outside, his bed will be inside, he will sit on whichever rocker doesn’t have a towel on it, and he will sleep on our bed. What he hasn’t figured out yet is that he’ll need to be restrained while he’s outside. Campground rule – all dogs must be on leashes – and the campground host has to set the example. We’re scheming on a system of ropes rather than chains. When we figure it out I’ll take a picture and post it.Ty has always liked camping. He’ll get several walks a day, since we can’t just send him out into the back yard. He likes other people and really likes other dogs, so he should be a great addition to the Hoop Lake welcoming committee.
We’ll be traveling into several towns on our days off, so I researched which hotel chains allow pets. Turns out that Choice Hotels – which includes brands such as Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, and Clarion Hotels – are all pet-friendly. At least, that’s what I read on their web sites. We’ll be sure to sign up for their rewards program.