Campground Behavior

What would you think if you were camping beside this?

Several people yesterday asked how we were received in campgrounds when people see all of the Siberians hanging out.  We love the way Kasha the Dainty Great Dane worded it, “What kind of reaction do you get from people at the campground when they see the herd all hanging out by your RV? Just wondering if it’s a look of fear or what? I’m only 1 doggie and lots of time people will see me and cross the road to get to the other side to get away from me…it’s kind of funny. I love all hoomans but lots of them just see BIG DOG.”  It is a terrific question.

The reality is that when we first start unloading The Herd from the RV, we usually receive a look of pure horror from the people in the next campsite.  They expect that they will hear barking and bad behavior all day and night.  Without fail, within a few hours, our neighbors have come over, introduced themselves and commented about how well behaved The Herd is (I know, I know, that totally ruins the reputation, but the hu-dad says we can be hoodlums at home, but insists on well behaved in public).  It happened this weekend and we ended up having a great conversation with our neighbors.

Most RV surveys will tell you that 60% plus of all RV owners travel with their pets – mostly dogs.  In fact, many people – our hu-dad included – got into RVing specifically so that they can travel with their dogs.

The rules of good neighbors in RVing are simple with dogs.  Dogs should not be allowed to bark all the time (which explains our hu-dad’s no singing rule).  Dogs should ALWAYS be on-leash or under complete control.  Waste should be immediately picked up and properly disposed of.  And dogs should never be left unattended.  So, we like camping because it means we get lots and lots and lots of the hu-dad’s attention.

We will end with an email we received from our neighbors during our last beach RV trip.  Our hu-dad is very proud of us for this one.  “We are camping next to y’all and must say that you have the most beautiful, well behaved dogs that we’ve ever seen. You are setting a great example for others.”

Hope to see you in a campground some day.  We promise to be good.

23 Comments

  1. Samantha on November 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    It sounds like you would be great neighbours on a camp site.
    I prefer to be parked near well behaved dogs than unruly children, we have more problems with those over here on some sites than we do any dogs.

    Ours love going on their holidays with us too. We always take them with us, it is a lot fun bringing them with you isn’t it. 😀

  2. Wild Dingo on November 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Ya know… I love the rules… i loves me the rules… really. but NO husky singing at all? oh that is just a shame. that’s the best part of owning a husky and mine doesn’t even “woo”… tho thankfully a pack of malamutes and huskies taught Loki to Woo and sing so at least i have him. No barking, sure. but the occasional “woo-ing?” sigh. that’s just wrong. so wrong. 😉
    I think i would love to be next to a herd of singing huskies. ok, maybe if they sang for just 5 minutes…

  3. The Luke on November 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    We know this about you and your Hu-Dad! We also understand the difference between reality and REP!

    Just sayin.

    wif love from the Luke [#7]

  4. Huffle Mawson on November 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    You may be very well behaved, and we all applaud you for that, but the hu-dad is TOTALLY ruining your reputation by writing stuff like this. Just saying.

  5. sikumarie on November 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Party manners are SO important for the civilized pup. It is crucial to know when to party hearty and when to exhibit a bit more decorum.

  6. Sonic on November 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Maybe you guys should be called the Gently Rumbling Herd instead then! Cos when your hu-dad introduces you guys as the “Thundering Herd”, other humans will get the wrong impression.

    Sonic

  7. Sagira on November 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Way to go. The herd has wonderful manners! 🙂

  8. The Army of Four on November 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Way to go, you guys! You’re great ambassadors of the breed. Just … remember to really mix it up once you get home, OK?
    Tail wags,
    Storms

  9. The OP Pack on November 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    We bet that note makes you feel very proud. Good job. Wonder what would happen if we let Ciara spend a campout with you:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  10. sychoberians on November 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    We would be happy to run into the herd at a campsite, looks like more fun than a barrel of Huskies.

    Remy and Flash

  11. Bobo and Meja on November 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    You all should be vewy pwoud of yerselves! Good doggies!!!

    Bobo and Meja

  12. Amber & Nala on November 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Good job you guys! That’s impressive that you get so many compliments for your behavior! That means more camping trips for you! 😉

    Kisses,
    Nala

  13. Anna the GSD on November 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Traveling rocks! Mom said her and dad want an RV so we can all travel together more easily and comfy. I think more people should travel with their critters, it’s fun for all!

    And with a set up like that, I want to be one of your roadies!!

  14. Khyra on November 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Woo are furry welkhomed to set up at Khamp Khyra anytime!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

  15. HoundDogMom on November 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

    We would love to camp next to the “Herd”. Maybe hu-dad can teach us not to sing so loudly in public. We think it is amazing how you are all lined up on that rope thingy you use. We would be a tangled mess for sure. The Hounddogs

  16. HUSKYS RULE on November 1, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Way to go herd…you are role models for all of us!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  17. Mimi & CC Cabana on November 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

    That’s awesome. It always feels good when our dogs are praised. If only I could get my regular neighbors to follow your campground neighbor rules!

  18. KB on November 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Was Rusty included in the “well-behaved” category? 🙂 I bet that he was – tell him that I was kidding.

    I know that initial look of pure horror because we get it with 2 dogs. I couldn’t agree more whole-heartedly with your rules. But, I must admit, R occasionally emits a bark before we can suppress it.

    I’m so impressed with the Herd!

  19. Mogley G. Retriever on November 1, 2010 at 9:27 am

    We are sure you fellows are well behaved. All snow dogs are smart and they know when to voice and when to just chill.

    Mogley G. Retriever

  20. Houndstooth on November 1, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Hee hee! So it’s all a lure to get other people hooked on the breed and then they get a dose of reality when they get home with them? *grin* Actually, I agree with you, we insist on very good behavior when we’re out away from home, too. I don’t appreciate other people letting their kids or dogs go wild when I’m out, so I have to ensure that we’re not disrupting anyone while we’re out, either!

  21. Kari on November 1, 2010 at 6:48 am

    You guys sound like the perfect camping neighbors!

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

  22. norwood on November 1, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I’m gushing for woos. Role models, thank you
    norwood

  23. 24 Paws of Love on November 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

    So how do you get them not to sing in public???

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