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As a fulltimer RVing with two dogs and three cats, I’ve often been asked why I choose to travel with so many four-legged friends. After all – they ask, wouldn’t it be a lot easier and more convenient to RV without pets? Most of the time, I quickly dodge the question with a bad joke “Yeah but who would drive?” It has been estimated that approximately 75% of all RVers take their family pet camping with them. Why do so many of us travel with our pets? Here are ten good reasons.

Santa Fe National Forest (Black Canyon Campground)
(505) 753-7331
Santa Fe, NM
Campground Availability
15-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Bandelier National Monument (Juniper Campground)
(505) 672-3861
White Rock, NM
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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'Happy Meows'
(505) 508-5753
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Pet Suites & Critter Sitters
(505) 424-7387
1 Mariano Road
Santa Fe, NM

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Mis Amigos Pet Care Center
(575) 388-4101
11745 Hwy 180 East
Silver City, NM

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Cottonwood RV Park
(505) 753-6608
Espanola, NM
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Laundry

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Riana Campground (COE - Abiquiu Reservoir)
(505) 685-4371
Abiquiu, NM
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Fetch! Pet Care of East Albuquerque
(866) 338-2463
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Dragonwycke Ranch
(575) 758-8060
Highway 285 Mile 382
Tres Piedras, NM

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FPC of Albuquerque & Rio Rancho
(505) 715-6194
320 Terra Vista Trail SE
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Private Boarding, Day and Evening Care, Puppy and Special Needs Pet Care, Pet Taxi, Home Care, Yard Poop Scoop Cleanup, Other Specialty Services

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Reasons to Bring your Pet

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Ten Good Reasons to Bring your Pet Camping


By Julee Meltzer

It has been estimated that approximately 75% of all RVers take their family pet camping with them. This means that conservatively, over 20 million people hit the road with their pets each year. While many of these pets are dogs, more than a few RVers with cats, birds, rabbits, horses, and even lizards.

As a fulltimer RVing with two dogs and three cats, I’ve often been asked why I choose to travel with so many four-legged friends. After all – they ask, wouldn’t it be a lot easier and more convenient to RV without pets? Most of the time, I quickly dodge the question with a bad joke “Yeah but who would drive?”

But in all seriousness, it is a reasonable question and therefore deserves a thoughtful answer. Why do so many of us travel with our pets?

#1 - We’ve always taken our pets.
Nomadic people have been traveling with their pets since the beginning of time. In fact, when early man sat around a crackling fire under the stars, his trusty dog was always at his side. Moving ahead a few years, my family always took Bingo, the family dog everywhere. I figure – why fight history.

#2 - Less guilt.
The official reason we travel with our pets is that they’re part of the family. After all, when we go on a vacation, we don’t leave the kids at home. We bring them. The real reason? If we don’t take them, they give us this pathetic look that makes us feel so guilty – we can’t enjoy the trip. So now you know why you have to take them.

#3 - Most campgrounds like pets.
The majority of campgrounds welcome pets. In fact, some are starting to offer special provisions for people with dogs. For example, some campgrounds schedule informal dog hikes where RVers and their dogs can get to know one another.

#4 - Pets are good company.
Pets don’t usually say a lot, but they’re good listeners. Plus, dogs and cats are always there when you need them. For instance, whenever I’m cooking a chicken dinner – my dogs and cats are always right there to lend a helping hand.

#5 - Pets keep you active.
It’s hard to become lazy or bored when you have a dog. In fact, a recent survey concluded that people with dogs walk twice as much as people without dogs. So who needs a treadmill in their RV?

#6 - Pets help to keep you safe.
Dogs quickly learn that an RV is their home away from home. As a result, they’ll often guard it with their life. Even small dogs help to prevent crime. After all, it’s always easier to vandalize or break into an RV that doesn’t have a dog. Plus, pets guard against other unwanted visitors as well. Because of our cats, there hasn’t been a single insect in the RV, let alone a mouse.

#7 - Pets help you to meet people.
Dogs are terrific icebreakers. If you want to meet other people – take your dog for a slow walk in a busy campground. Best of all, you’ll get to meet other RVers that like animals. See…that’s two things you already have in comm...

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