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Like us – our dogs enjoyed a relatively secure and predictable existence. Yet at the same time, they also suffered from a detectable degree of boredom. For example, even though they had a large, fenced-in back yard, neither of our dogs wanted to stay out there. In fact, our youngest dog spent most of his time digging under the fence in an endless attempt to escape from his suburban lifestyle.

MILITARY PARK (Shady Oaks Family Campground-Charleston AFB)
(803) 566-5270
Charleston, SC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Saltwater Fishing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Play Equipment, Tennis, Sports Field

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Givhans Ferry State Park
(843) 873-0692
Summerville, SC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Botanical Dog
(843) 864-9368
334 East Bay Street,#186
Charleston, SC

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PETCO
(843) 566-9590
5900 Rivers Avenue Suite E-2
North Charleston, SC
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm

PETCO
(843) 852-4129
975 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

MILITARY PARK (Short Stay Rec Area-Charleston Naval Sta.)
(800) 447-2178
Bonneau, SC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf

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Annamarie Johnson Artworks
(843) 345-2360
1390 Cortez St
N. Charleston, SC
Products
CAriCAtures of people and pets
Hours
as well as logo and misc design services. I also offer rescues and shelters across the country artwork that they CAn purchase and sell to generate funds or use for events."

PetSmart
(843) 821-7043
470 Azalea Square Blvd
Summerville, SC
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-7:00

PetSmart
(843) 573-9220
2076 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Old Red English Bulldogs Kennel Inc.
(843) 688-5098
PO BOX 1086
Moncks Corner, SC
 
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Running with the Pack


Julee Meltzer

Over the years, we’ve observed that when you leave the congenial world of RVing, people tend to view full-timing with a fair amount of skepticism and apprehension. Perhaps there’s something about the nomadic lifestyle that makes some folks feel uneasy. I don’t know. But clearly, one of the most illuminating comments we’ve heard about full-timing has to do with our pets – specifically our dogs. Every so often, after people find out that we live in an RV with our pets, their comment is, “We could never do that to our animals”.

The first time we heard that remark, we were a little surprised. After all, we’ve always considered ourselves to be animal lovers as well as sensible pet owners. So when someone suggests that we’re subjecting our pets to an inappropriate lifestyle – we get a little annoyed. But rather than shoot the messenger, I’ve decided to discuss the issue openly to see if, in fact, there is something morally wrong with imposing our nomadic lifestyle on our pets.

Before we became full-time RVers, we lived in a large house in a residential neighborhood on the coast of Maine. Back then, our two dogs spent most of their time inside the house, sitting by our side. It didn’t matter whether we were in the kitchen or in the living room. Wherever we were, so were they.

There were two activities that our dogs truly enjoyed. The first were walks. The second were rides in the car. As a practical matter, our dogs usually had three walks per day which consisted of a leisurely 15 minute stroll around the block. During these walks, our dogs would analyze shrubs; check out interesting smells; and investigate a wide array of suburban artifacts for recent activity. If they were lucky, they would get a chance to surprise a neighborhood cat. In the winter, the walks were often very brief because of the bitter cold.

On summer weekends, we would frequently take our dogs to a park or the beach. If there was no one around, they would run without leashes. Our dogs love the water and are happiest when they are up to their bellies in water and mud.

Like us – our dogs enjoyed a relatively secure and predictable existence. Yet at the same time, they also suffered from a detectable degree of boredom. For example, even though they had a large, fenced-in back yard, neither of our dogs wanted to stay out there. In fact, our youngest dog spent most of his time digging under the fence in an endless attempt to escape from his suburban lifestyle. Similarly, when they weren’t going on walks – our dogs spent a lot of time sitting around and moping. After a while, they even stopped chasing the cats.

That was four years ago. Today, our dogs spend their time living and traveling in a 34-foot motorhome. In truth, I’m not sure whether they even remember what it’s like to live in a regular house. Yet in some ways, very little has changed for our dogs since becoming full-time RVers. They still spend the maj...

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