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Abby went on her second camping trip last weekend. We went to the desert, and camped in the same little trailer we used for her first trip. She loves that trailer. It was parked in front of my house, and after we finished cleaning it, we were walking back into the house, and Abby just sat in front of the it. I called her, and instead of coming, she laid down.

The best part of the trip was meeting another tripawd! We stopped at one camp, looking for friends, and someone told me they’d seen another tripawd the night before.

We found our camp, and one of our campmates pointed at a truck a quarter of a mile away and told me there was a tripawd there.

So I walked over with Abby when I saw him running around. Met the couple who owned him, and heard their story of how Triley lost his leg (a truck).  Yes, his name was Triley. It had been Riley before he became a ‘pawd. The two dogs played rambunctiously until they were both exhausted. Wait. Make that ’til Abby was exhausted. Triley didn’t seem to get tired at all.

I invited them to come by later for a play session with the dogs, but didn’t think they’d take me up on it. The next morning, we were in the trailer with the door open, Abby on the bed. She started growling and jumped off the bed. I got her back up on the bed in a down stay, while I peeked out the door to see what was up. When I peeked around the corner, I encountered Triley, at the door as if to say, ‘Hello, Mrs. Abby’smom, can Abby come out to play?’

Triley really brought out the feistiness in Abby. She was a little hellion with him. It was truly a joy to see.

Later that day we all piled into Lisa’s truck to go to the hot springs. These springs are warm at best, not hot. It had been so hot that I wanted to get Abby into the water. She was not on board with this idea, but tolerated it well.

As soon as her body was submerged, instinct took over and her front paw started slapping the water, back legs paddling. We never let go of her, but let her paddle back and forth between us. When I let her go the direction she wanted, she headed straight for the edge of the pond. Then she’d alternately tear around like a crazy dog, roll crazily and tongue-lollingly in what little grass there was, then hunker down in the grass and just watch.

Then another terrier/dachshund mix showed up, a little brindle guy with big ears, named Elbow. Their eyes locked across the body of a man, sleeping on his back. They both stepped on the man with their front legs to touch noses. Then Abby followed him around like an obnoxious little kid, “Hey! Hey! Whatcha doin’? What’syername? I’m Abby!!!! Look at me!”  He had the demeanor of an embarrassed teenage brother who’s being tailed by his pesky kid brother. She made two new very good friends, got to spend most of the weekend on either her mommy’s or her Mike’s lap. I think probably the highlight, though, was that she got to sleep on the bed with her peeps. Overall, I think she was unsure about some of it, didn’t like some of it, but for the most part had a great time. And it was more worry for me, having her there, keeping her hydrated and cool, but it was such a pleasure to have her there.

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Published in: Uncategorized on July 9, 2010 at12:02 am Comments (10)

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  1. on July 9, 2010 at 3:02 ammajorbubbatank Said:

    Wow, Abby! That sounds like one heck of a camping trip!


  2. on July 9, 2010 at 9:42 ametgayle Said:

    talk about an ‘outgoing’ gal…abby you are amazing. pictures, we want pictures!!!

    gayle and charon

  3. on July 9, 2010 at 6:54 pmanyemery Said:

    What a fun vacation you had, Abby! Meeting other tripawds and swimming in hot springs – pawsome!!
    We agree with Gayle – please post some pics!
    Holly, Zuzu and Susan

  4. on July 10, 2010 at 10:28 amoniongrrrrl Said:

    I am still trying to figure out how this here WordPress works, so I will post some pics. Also, I have videos of Abby and Triley up on Facebook. If you friend me there, you can see them!

  5. on July 10, 2010 at 2:06 pmadmin Said:

    What a fun adventure! It seems you have the blogging thing down just fine. To finish setting up your site, follow the links in your default sidebars, and for additional help, check out our WordPress tutorial videos or search/ask in the Tech Support forum.

  6. on July 10, 2010 at 11:19 pmjakesmom Said:

    Hi Wendy,

    Allie looks adorable… Sounds like you all had a wonderful time camping too!!

    I tried to get into your Facebook so I can see Abby’s pictures and videos but it wasn’t allowing me to ask you to be my friend … I think your profile settings may be set to super private…

    Angel Jake and Wolfie’s Mom

  7. on July 11, 2010 at 9:22 amoniongrrrrl Said:

    Hello there-
    I changed the settings, so hopefully you can friend me now. I think most people have needed my email address, which is oniongrrrl at yahoo dot com

  8. on July 11, 2010 at 11:00 amjakesmom Said:

    Hmmm… ‘oniongrrrl’??? 🙂 Do you like onions? What’s the story behind the name?

  9. on July 11, 2010 at 11:01 amjakesmom Said:

    Yay! It worked! I just sent you a friend request… I wanna see all the pictures of your cutie Abby!!! 🙂

    Angel Jake and Wolfie’s Mom (Marguerite)

  10. on July 12, 2010 at 10:14 amjerry Said:

    Yeay Abby! Welcome to Tripawds! And thank you so much for becoming a supporter, we’re so hoppy you’re here.

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