Some of the hardest things I had to “give up” when I made the decision to become a full-time RVer were:
- The spare bedrooms
- The guest bathroom
- The utility room
- The garage & backyard
However, it’s probably not for the reasons you might expect!
You see, when I was doing animal rescue work in Waco, my charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 1,375 square feet was usually occupied by numerous foster pets who rotated in and out on their way to a Forever Home of their very own.
(Pictured: Tip of the iceberg of the pets who came through my home.)
My guest bedrooms were turned into a “recovery wards” for rescued shelter cats & kittens; the guest bathroom and utility room were great for ringworm kitties; the garage and backyard were great holding areas for lost dogs waiting to be reunited with their families.
Literally HUNDREDS of foster/rescue/found pets came through my home on a temporary basis.
I knew that being in a 31-foot Puma, rescue would be a little more challenging, and on an as-needed/emergency basis only!
As it happened, on Thurs., Aug. 14, I met this little puppy at the RV park’s swimming pool. We was a tail-wagging, belly crawling love bug.
He looked well cared-for and was already neutered, so I was *really* hopeful that an owner would be looking for him.
Found Dog notices were posted, I took him to the local SPCA for a microchip scan (no chip), and a neighbor posted to an online community site.
Sadly, as it often happens, no owner ever came looking…
Luckily, I heard about a lady who lives nearby who said she might be interested in adopting him, after she returned from an out-of-town trip. So, I decided to hold on to the puppy – who was given the name “Skippy Frito” – instead of surrendering him up to the already-overcrowded SPCA.
Necessary adjustments were made to keep him cool, comfortable and safe here in my RV for about 6 days. He was a fabulous dog, hardly ever barked, slept all night, and was curious and gentle around my cats.
Since he was already neutered (yay!), I ran Skippy Frito up to the local vet for a full set of vaccinations, including a current rabies shot.
(Pictured: “Skippy Frito” sporting a new collar and new rabies tag. Who wouldn’t come looking for this handsome spud?!)
Last Thursday, Aug. 21, the lady and Skippy Frito met. ((LOVE)) It was an instant match! Skippy Frito (aka “Skip”) got his very own loving Forever Home! And, as a bonus, he’s close enough to visit! At least until I head on down the road to the next place…
As a side note, people keep asking, “What kind of dog is he?” We think he’s got some Lab, some Terrier, and short little Corgi or Basset legs. What would be your guess as to his breed(s)?
Happy Forever, Skippy Frito. ♥
Make it happen, Amy O.
Amy O’s “2014 Rescue Stats”
- Rescued Dogs: 2 – Beaux (Floyd), Skippy Frito
- Rescued Kitten: 1 – Sweet Pea
- TNR Cats: 1 – Calico
- Transport To Wildlife Rescue: 2 baby rabbits