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Owners traveling with pets have an obligation to clean up after their pet at the RV park. Read what other challenges face RVers with pets. It’s a good idea to immerse yourself every now and then in the world that you routinely write about. Otherwise known as a “reality check”, these real-life excursions confirm that the books and articles you write are still relevant. In my case, I primarily write about camping and RVing with pets.

Granny's Bird House
(573) 364-6435
11020 Dillon Outer Rd
Rolla, MO

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Airedale Antics
(314) 781-7387
7316 Manchester Rd.
Maplewood, MO

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Pampered Paws Grooming
(816) 333-2522
7238 Wornall Rd.
Kansas City, MO

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Stinkies Pet Waste Removal of Kansas City
(816) 322-2328
PO Box 1546
Raymore, MO

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Four Muddy Paws
(314) 773-7297
1711 Park Ave
St. Louis, MO

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Pet Port Exotics
(573) 265-2738
17095 S Highway 68
Saint James, MO

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Miss Autumn's Barkery
(866) 703-6433
1105 Saddlebrooke Ridge
Jackson, MO

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Pets in the City
(314) 772-7387
1919 South 12th Street
St. Louis, MO

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Treats Unleashed
(636) 536-5900
36 Clarkson Wilson Center
Chesterfield, MO

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Blessings Unlimited
(417) 334-9998
432 Devil's Pool Road
Ridgedale, MO

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RVing with Your Pet: Ideas for Making Your Stay at an RV Park a Little Easier With Pets


By Julee Meltzer

Shrinking Dogs and S&H Green Stamps

It’s a good idea to immerse yourself every now and then in the world that you routinely write about. Otherwise known as a “reality check”, these real-life excursions confirm that the books and articles you write are still relevant. In my case, I primarily write about camping and RVing with pets. So for the last two winters, I decided to immerse myself in one of the nation’s most popular RVing destinations (and maybe the most popular RVing with pets destination also)—Florida.

Florida, as many of you probably know, represents the winter getaway for millions of campers and RVers at hundreds of RV parks open all winter long. When the annual migration officially begins after the holidays, sleepy locales like Fort Myers, Orlando and the Florida Keys are quickly transformed into jam-packed RV park winter communities with big-city traffic, crowded restaurants and terrific weather. Thus, as a reality check for camping and RVing with pets, Florida is about as real as it gets.

First of all, someone or something is shrinking the dogs. It appears that the vast majority of RVers with pets now own dogs that weigh less than three pounds. On a typical walk, we routinely encounter miniature poodles, miniature dachshunds, miniature collies, and other dwindling little canines. By contrast, our German Shepherd now seems like a furry dinosaur that trudges through the campground looking for small dogs and other tasty snacks. I’m not sure where all the normal size dogs have gone but the trend is clear. Tiny is in.

On a more ordinary note, I’m still amazed at the level of voluntary compliance with the usual assortment of pet rules at RV parks. For example, most folks keep their dogs on a leash, and the vast majority of campers and RVers still pick up after their dogs when taking a walk around the RV park. They may not stop at stop signs, obey red lights, or call their mothers, but they do pick up after their dogs.

Even so, I’ve often wondered why campgrounds and RV parks don’t offer incentives (like green stamps or little prizes) to people who diligently pick up after their dogs. You would drop your little baggie off at a centrally located redemption center where an appreciative attendant would give you a hearty thank you and a “puppy poop picker-up-er” gold star that you could proudly wear around the campground.

My next observation has to do with the issue of exercise. As full-time RVers, we’ve noticed that very few parks and campgrounds offer fenced-in play areas for dogs. Anyone who has been traveling with pets has probably noticed this. Even though dogs need to run every day to stay in shape and use up excess energy—it’s been months since our dog had any real exercise. We do take our dog for a number of walks every day, but a dog can’t get much exercise while walking with a leash, and that is t...

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