The Family – Mandy and Anya

A few years after Diva passed away, we wanted another toy fox terrier. We found one on the Petfinder.com website and I drove all the way to the Humane Society in Inverness, FL to pick her up. She was as cute as could be.

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Where’s dinner?

As I was signing the paperwork, the lady pointed to another small dog and said, “She is bonded to this sweet little girl, Anya, and they have become quite a pair.” She told me that Anya had been at the shelter for 10 months. Apparently, no one wanted her because she wasn’t pretty – she had unusual coloring and one odd-looking eye. Of course, we decided to take her as well. As I started to leave, the lady looked at the dogs and said, “Come on girls, it’s your lucky day!” And, as you can see below, it was. They went from a cage at the pound to lounging in the sun.

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Neither dog knew how to walk on a leash, so the process began to train them for their upcoming RV trips.

Mandy and Anya have turned out to be sweet dogs, although little Mandy can be a bit spunky. She does not share her master well. Anya is an all-around well-balanced girl and she has assumed the role of mommy in the family.

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The Family – Rico the Psychohuahua

Rico is THE BOSS. After all, he is a chihuahua.

We got Rico from Underdog Rescue in Bradenton, Florida who rescued him from a high-kill shelter in Central Florida. He was found on the streets when he was about a year old. He must have been through a lot of trauma because he had night terrors for a year after we got him. Binski seemed to know his new friend was scared and he helped him feel at home.

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When we first got him, he was fussing with another dog. I decided to pick him up and put him in another room to show him who was boss. Big mistake. Needless to say, I learned quickly who was the boss.

Rico is the smartest dog we have. And he is very spoiled. When he eats, which is only once a day and never before mid-afternoon, he requires an audience. Every meal is a command performance; the other dogs have to be there to watch. He could be an ad executive because he knows how to advertise. When he has a treat, he perches it in the most conspicuous place. This one was just sticky enough to cling to the side of his bed.

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Rico has been a challenge but, after four years, he has calmed down and is learning to trust. He shows me he loves me by snuggling next to me and by running to me when he is scared. Rico “takes care of us” – at home he makes sure all of us are in the door before he will come in. And he goes from room to room to check on us. He has found his family.

Like any self-respecting chihuahua, Rico likes to lounge in the sun. He prefers a patch of dirt outside but a pillow near a sunny window will do in a pinch.

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It’s good being king!

 

 

The Family – Binski

Little Binski is the lover in the family. His real name is Dobbin but we call him Binski (long story). We got this little rat terrier as a puppy and spoiled him rotten.

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When he was a puppy he tormented Cody but they became inseparable.

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Binski is a cuddler and likes to sleep under the covers. Apparently, he was taken away from his mother too soon and he still nurses on his blanket. He is really a baby. When he is hungry (which is always) he stands on your feet to remind you it is time to toss him a treat.

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At about six years old, he developed glaucoma. We tried prescription eye drops but could not control the pressure. So, sadly, we had to have his eyeball removed. The surgeon did a great job. Even with just one eye, he has a great sense of direction and can almost always guide me back to the RV. And as you can see by that doggy smile, he loves those walks.

 

Dedicated to Cody, 1999-2015

Doggystylerv.com is dedicated to handsome Cody who was one of our original traveling companions. When I first saw this cute rat terrier puppy, he peeked up shyly at me, looked away, and looked back again. Our eyes met and that was that.

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Cody was foremost a gentleman. He was kind and he turned out to be a patient “daddy” to our new puppy, Little Binski, who liked to gnaw on his ears.

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Cody was a member of our family for almost 16 years when he got thin and finally went blind. That really frustrated him. Still, he trusted me to take him on sniffy walks on our RV trips. On our last trip he was waiting inside near the RV door when I brought Binski back from a walk. As I opened the door, he started to fall down into the stairwell. Fortunately, I reached out in time and his paw landed on the palm of my hand. He didn’t fall, but it was a sign that it was time to go. I knew if I waited much longer he would injure himself and have to suffer. And I sure did not want that for him. So, when we got home I called our vet for the dreaded conversation. Dr. Swerida came to our house and examined him. He noticed a growth on his side and explained that Cody’s time was coming to an end. Still, I wasn’t sure what to do. Finally, I held Cody and whispered in his ear as the vet put the needle in. Cody’s head fell limp and, with that, our precious time together was done.

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We really miss our co-pilot, Cody. But he is with us in spirit.

Doggystylerv.com – The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us! We’re about to set out on another RV trip and we’ll have some fun adventures to share with you.

We’ll show you some of the best sniffing spots in Florida and neighboring states. And we’ll give you suggestions on ways to keep you and your pets safe, comfortable, and feeling like royalty when you’re on the road!

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