Florida Camping

The State Parks

Most of our doggy adventures are in Florida’s state parks. And we are lucky to have so many of them to sniff around in. According to tripsavvy.com 50 of Florida’s 161 state parks offer camping facilities.

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Lake Manatee State Park – I could swear I saw a squirrel!!!

During the warm months, June through October, sites are generally available. However, during “season” which is December through early April, when the “snowbirds” are here, it’s nearly impossible to get a reservation. Like everyone else, I have to book sites 11 months in advance, and be one of the first on the ReserveAmerica website to get them!

In the parks in winter, we see as many license plates fom the northern states as from Florida. Lots of folks visit us from Canada, some of whom are tenting in temperatures in the 30s. Of course, we’re freezing but I assume it’s relatively cozy for them compared to where they live.

God Bless A/C – Camping in the Florida Heat

If you camp in Florida in the summer, try to book a shaded site if you have pets, just in case the a/c goes off for some reason. The summer sun here is brutal and the inside temperature can escalate in minutes.

If you’re not hooked up to shore power, be sure your generator is in excellent working order to power your a/c. In fact, in the summer the a/c is my biggest worry since I do have to leave the dogs alone from time to time. When it’s hot I try not to be away for more than a few hours at a time. It’s a bummer, but their safety comes first.

We’ve all seen the flickering lights and heard that gasping generator sound when something cycles on that draws extra power. In my current RV my generator has shut down when my refrigerator compressor cycled on. It has even decided to shut down when I’ve put out a slide.

Yes, I know that in a perfect world my generator should easily be able to power my refrigerator and my a/c. But what I’ve decided to do is run only my a/c on the generator. I keep my refrigerator running on propane so there is no extra draw or cycling while I’m away that might cause that finicky generator to shut down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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