There is an ongoing thread in the Living The RV Dream Facebook group about RV parks that do not allow pitt bulls, Rottweilers, and other dog breeds that are considered aggressive. I wasn’t surprised that the thread got a lot of comments and raised a lot of emotions, but it also revealed just how short-sighted some people are about their dogs.
First of all, I love dogs, okay? Well, except for yappy little mutts, who really are barking rats. But a well trained, well mannered dog is a joy to be around, and while we have made a decision not to have any more pets at this time in our lives and careers, I have loaner dogs all over the country that I can stop and visit with to get my puppy fix. And yes, I’ve heard all of the arguments about that fact that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. And yes, I have also heard all about how pitts, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and German Shepherds get a bad rap. I used to raise and train German shepherds, and while I have known some absolutely wonderful Dobies and Rotts, you cannot convince me that there is a better, more faithful, more intelligent dog breed in the world than a quality shepherd.
But all that being said, I totally understand why many RV parks do not allow such breeds. First of all, right or wrong, they do have bad reputation in the minds of many people. So no matter how much of a lovable mutt it might be, a lot of people look and see a killer animal just waiting for the chance to maul their kids. That fear doesn’t make for a good camping experience and they may leave and/or not come back.
Furthermore, a lot of insurance companies will not allow certain breeds of dogs in the RV parks they cover. One of the requirements the companies that insured our Gypsy Journal rallies had was no “aggressive” dog breeds, and they specified several, including those listed earlier, as well as Chows.
People argue that the RV parks should find new insurance companies, and that not all RV parks have these rules. As to finding a new insurance company, what if they can’t, or can’t find one they can afford? And yes, some RV parks do allow any kind of dogs. I don’t know who they are insured with, if they are insured at all.
Another argument is that RV parks should allow guests with dogs to sign a waiver guaranteeing the dogs are safe. Just how long do you think that will keep the RV park from getting sued if that dog does bite somebody? You can’t turn on your TV without having some ambulance chaser urging you to call them so you can sue somebody. Like I said, some pets owners are very short-sighted when it comes to reality.
The long and short of it is that we all make choices that affect our RV travels. I choose to have a 40 foot diesel pusher with two slides, which means there are some campgrounds I can’t fit into. It’s the same thing with dogs. If you have what is considered an aggressive breed, or just a big dog that an RV park doesn’t allow on their grounds, that’s the price you pay to take your pet with you in your RV. Don’t blame the RV park owner for your choices. And if you prefer to take your business elsewhere where your dog is welcome, that’s the price he pays for the choices he makes for his business.
On another topic, Bib Difley has a troubling blog on RV.Net about HR5204, the latest attempt by bureaucrats to limit or charge for access onto public lands that belong to all of us. Check it out and take action.
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Thought For The Day – The only difference between a writer and someone who wants to be a writer is discipline.