Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Boondocking and Keeping Dogs Safe

Today I want to talk about how one can live in such a small space as I do, have 3 dogs and appear to be happy. Well, I am happy in 12 foot by 7 foot of space. I have windows all around me that let the sounds of the night in. No not traffic sounds or the sounds of neighbors. I hear bugs and night birds and the wind sometimes and maybe small animals like coons or possoms. Daytime I may be lucky enough to be awakened by a bird singing or like yesterday, a little wren looking in at me off my bicycle which is still on the rack behind the camper. Usually I'm awakened by the dogs who have to go out to pee. 

I travel with a couple of dogs. I welcome anyone to check out my housekeeping skills. My camper does not stink of dog and it is kept clean.I have a few products that help me out, such as foam dog shampoos and febreeze. When possible my dogs get bathes and I wash the bedding every time I go to a laundry mat. Now and again one of the dogs will roll in something, then you will hear all kinds of cuss words pouring forth from my lips.  Between time, hanging sheets or blankets in the sun does wonders. The hardest time to keep the place clean is when I'm living  in humid or rainy areas. 

This post today isn't about collars with name tags or shots for pets. It's about day to day living in wilderness areas with pets.

On keeping my dogs safe, yes this is always a concern. I often am in the middle of no where. That means more likely hood of coyotes or sometimes bigger predators or poisonous snakes.  With my 2 small dogs there is the possibility of an attack from the sky. I worry more about large owls and coyotes at night. If someone has to get up to go out at night, I have to throw on a robe and slippers, grab the combo flashlight stungun, make noise to warn what may be looking for an easy meal of warm soft dog and go out and closely listen to whats going on around me. I am not a brave person at night so I will usually hold my big can of pepper spray when I go out too. I try to park away from brush piles and heavy brushy areas when possible to make it easier to have a buffer zone. So far the worst that has happened is I get attacked by skeeters or noseeums but I always accompany the little ones outside as well as the big dog at night. I suppose dawn and dusk are the times bigger predators come out and I am always aware at those times too.

 No, I didn't say this life is perfect but there is always a way to do it if the time is right in your life. I will admit it would be easier to travel with no dog or just one but I have a dependency on my dogs and enjoy their company and I like to have something to take care of. I also have an early warning defense team to set up an alarm if my perimeter has been breached by by man,  armadillo or snuffling opossum.

These pictures are from a location in Ohio I have been staying at for some time. They only predators that can hurt a dog here are coyotes and raptors.

 Ivy in the first picture just woke up, went out and came back in to watch the cows in the pasture beside my encampment.

Below 2 pictures I thought were so cool. I was still laying in my bed and took the morning sun coming up.  The sheer curtain was tied to the side and just looked pretty to me.

That Queen Ann's Lace teasel and other thistles and wild flowers.
 If there are bugs and mosquitoes the screen door gets closed and the sheer curtain gets dropped. The curtain is good to shield the sun a little too.



  The pond Ivy likes to cool off in.

20 comments:

Nicki Hyser said...

Love this, Diane! I'm posting a link to your blog on mine ... I think a lot of people will be very interested in your adventures! Love you ;) Nicki

Jim and Sandie said...

We always hook the dogs up to go out. At night it's just a collar with harnesses during the day. But I don't trust them to behave. Scooter wants to hunt everything and Skittlez gets so scared she takes off. So wandering is not an option. You're right - it would be easier without the dogs but oh so empty.

Dust of the Sun said...

Absolutely a soul-freeing lifestyle...love it. It sure seems to me that you know what is important in life. Mike in Virginia

Lynn said...

Wow, I could sure learn from you. I travel with a medium sized dog in a 20 x 9 foot pleasure van and think I don't have enough space for a dog. It always seems like she is laying down just where I need to go. I couldn't imagine my life without her though.

Lynn

Jax0327 said...

I am in awe of you! How adventurous of you. I can't wait to hear more about your experiences!

Dragonfly said...


Nicki, thank you so much for linking my post to you blog. I'm humbled you thought it was timely and useful

Jim and Sandie you have been doing this rving with your dogs for a long time. I could learn so much from you.

Mike, glad to hear from you again.

Lynn, so true, its not easy with the dogs but life would not be complete for people like us with so much love to give without them though. It would be a sad life indeed.

Jax I'm often not with internet access and I'm to cheap to buy more than I have so I just try to post a few times a week. Thanks for following me, a life led fairly free like I do comes with sacrifices but I am so much more fortunate than many others.

hitekhomeless (jenn) said...

You also have a nice family. Love them puppies.

There are many dangers to dogs in the wilderness, and like you, I try to keep them safe, but I never considered that what happened to mine was even possible. http://hitekhomeless.net/2015/07/stoned-in

Dragonfly said...

hitekhomeless I read that post, It is funny now but I'm sure it must have scared the heck out of you.

Jane Boswell said...

Ivy looks like a Belgian Malinois. Is that correct? As loyal and protective as they are ... You should be pretty safe with her. Enjoying your blog. God bless you!

Dragonfly said...

Jane, yes Ivy is a low drive Mal. I wouldn't recommend one for everyone. I don't know what I would do if she was high drive.

Anonymous said...

It as nice meeting you and Ivy yesterday. I hope she slept well :)

Hitekhomless(jenn) said...

It as nice meeting you and Ivy yesterday. I hope she slept well :)

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