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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Dome Rock Pack Reunites for RTR 2012

Last year bonds were formed and Stumpy's posse, the Dome Rock Pack paw-teeeeed 24/7 at RTR2011.  the pack reunited for RTR 2012

Make no mistake, the RTR is a dog friendly event. The interaction between the pack members is one of my favorite things about this gathering. (Yes, I love all you people, but the dogs really complete the event.) I was REALLY looking forward to Stumpy running wild with her buddies. When we first pulled in my heart sank. I saw more than one dog on a leash and immediately thought, "ACK! How on earth am I going to convince Stumpy that she will not be able to run wild with her posse.

Fortunately, that was not the case. There were a few dogs there, that for whatever reason were restrained. (I appreciate responsible humans that know and understand their dogs' behavior and/or limits and act accordingly! xox THANK YOU!!!)

Again, I use the excuse of the new camera, broken laptop, the (insert as many four letter words, as many times as you want) sloooooooooooooow netbook and blogger issues for the lack of pictures and the quality of the photos I post, here. I've even resorted to recycling pictures from last years post!

Stumpy's nemesis, Rain arrived on Tuesday. A cattle dog stink eye stare down ensued, immediately.
Rain really matured over the year and was able to meet and hold Stumpy's gaze. There was no winner.

Returning pack members included:

Homer, our handsome host

Izzie left early last year, so I had no pictures of him. Izzie was rescued, as a very sick puppy, from the streets of Mexico and is living happily ever after.

Dina handled crowd control and security, both canine and human, much to Bri's dismay. I think she did a great job!

Kelly, the matriarch

Rain was everywhere! She  provided hours of entertainment with her many talents. Some of which I captured on video. But, I have no idea how to transfer the new camera's video format to the computer or YouTube.



Tony was there to make sure everyone got enough lovin'

Mia's here!

New pack members included ( I apologize for not knowing everyone's names)
A couple of Labs, at least one is a service dog.

2 Italian Greyhounds and a Whippet, named Wicca



Tawny, a pit bull mix, an English setter, a beagle and  two chihuahuas were among the dogs that are not pictured. I estimate over 20 dogs in our encampment. There were a couple of little squabbles, but amazingly all the dogs get along, in their own way.

It's interesting to note that almost every traveler's dog, that I have met, is a rescue or shelter dog. Another thing to love about people on the road!


Stumpy didn't have her own chair this year (HORRORS!) She became one of those people who show up at a camp without chairs and steal whatever is available. 

  Meet and greet

Mia spent a couple days at Stumpy's house while her partner went to work
 She made herself right at home!

This year rehab/boot camp began early, before we left camp!
Rain! Over here!

I can't help but believe that Stumpy is looking forward to seeing her posse, again, just as much as I am looking forward to seeing members of my RTR family at RTR 2013, if not before. Who knows where???

I included other bloggers' posts, about RTR 2012, in my previous entry. Here are some more:
Desert Fun


  1. Wow, I didn't realize how many dogsters there! Nice post Cyndi...

  2. They looked like they all had a swell time. Rain looks like Stumpy's twin. I love the pic where they are sitting side by side. Whos who? LOL

  3. What a fun post. We had several dogs in our group gathering but mine would be the ones on leashes. They do not understand the idea of getting along with other dogs. They are alpha and will do whatever to establish this fact. Even though they are smaller than almost every other dog out there.

  4. Gotta be good people with all them dogs!

  5. I love it! You are quite the story-teller! Great post.

  6. Bri, I am sure I missed seeing/meeting a few others!

    Michelle, I'm sure the dogs have just as much fun as the two-leggeds!

    Jim and Sandie! Our RTR dogs are great and respected those dogs on leashes, too! I think small dogs are protective of their space with good reason.

    Bob, I believe that! Most especially because all the dogs were very well behaved. That speaks volumes about the humans!

    Diana,Thanks! That's very high praise!

  7. Cyndi, what a great post! The pics are a wonderful reminder of the RTR and your captions are a crackup. Thank you so much for posting these, it was such a nice trip back to that gathering. I miss you all, two legs and four...

  8. Wow, looks like you guys had a bunch of fun! Hope to see ya next year. I'll be there with Patchy and Deb God willing!

  9. Kathy! Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to seeing you next year, if not before, out there somewhere...

    Guy, Looking forward to meeting you, Deb and Patchy for sure, next year!

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  11. 2completespirits.comOctober 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Oh my gosh, it's sooo great to scroll through the pics and see frineds we've made along the way AND the babies (dogs)! I recognize almost all of them, so great. Can't wait to meet up in Quartzsite to make more friends and memories! Thank you!

  12. 2CS, We're looking forward to meeting you and yours in Q, too!