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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.

Carolina Pet Urns
(252) 903-3356
8402 Temperance Hall Rd
Pinetops, NC

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PetSmart
(252) 451-5200
1462 Jeffreys Rd
Rocky Mount, NC
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-7:00

PetSmart
(252) 451-5200
1462 JEFFREYS RD
ROCKY MOUNT, NC

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William B Umstead State Park
(919) 571-4170
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 15-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Oregon Inlet Campground)
(252) 473-2111
Nags Head, NC
Campground Availability
3-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing

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PETCO
(252) 442-1317
1100 North Wesleyan Boulevard
Rocky Mount, NC
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

Petxotics
(252) 641-5054
209 E Hope Lodge St Ste 209
Tarboro, NC

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Pets Plus
(252) 439-1026
3700 S Memorial Dr
Greenville, NC

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Trails End Family Camping
(336) 629-5353
Asheboro, NC
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Pisgah National Forest (North Mills River Rec. Area)
(828) 890-3284
Asheville, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Taking Dogs on Your RV Trip

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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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