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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.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation
(508) 636-8817
Westport, MA
Campground Availability
Mid May thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Playground, Volleyball, REC Open to Public

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Meadowlark RV & Mobile Home Park
(401) 846-9455
Middletown, RI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 30-Oct
Services
Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage

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Massasoit State Park
(508) 822-7405
Taunton, MA
Campground Availability
21-Apr thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Forge Pond Campground
(800) 421-7116, (508) 644-5701
62 Forge Road
Assonet, MA
Campground Availability
60 Total Camp/RV Sites, 60 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry,
Recreation
Equestrian Friendly, Nature Trails, Playground,

Pet Cafe of Rhode Island
(401) 954-8459
Providence, RI

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Melville Ponds Campground (City Park)
(401) 682-2424
Portsmouth, RI
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Fishermen's Memorial State Park
(401) 789-8374
Narragansett, RI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Playground, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball

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Westport Camping Area
(800) 421-7116, (508) 636-2555
346 Old County Road
Westport, MA
Campground Availability
25 Total Camp/RV Sites, 25 Electric and Water, 40 Full Hookups, 35 Max RV Length, 4 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Laundry,

Outdoor World - Gateway to CapeCod
(800) 421-7116, (508) 763-5911
90 Stevens Road
Rochester, MA
Campground Availability
150 Total Camp/RV Sites, 150 Electric and Water, 149 Full Hookups, 40 Max RV Length, 110 Pull-Thru Sites, 41 Rental Trailers, 50 Sideouts,
Services
Park Trailers,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Equestrian Friendly, Mini Golf, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

arlington farm & pet supply
(401) 942-6720
5 depot ave
cranston, RI

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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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