Just over 3 months ago I left Vermont for my new life on the road. I’ve now traveled over 5,000 miles with my 4 greyhounds and we’ve loved every minute of it. Well maybe not every minute but so many that the hard ones don’t even matter.
Take for instance my first try at work camping. I found a listing to help out at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville, Pa. I would get a free, full hook up site and pay. It wasn’t far from where I was staying so I thought I would try it out. What a nightmare!
The 14 hour days were brutal! However, the final straw was when the director of the fair board said I wasn’t allowed to walk my greyhounds anywhere at all. I was expected to keep them right at my trailer for 8 more days and they were just supposed stand there and go to the bathroom and not have any exercise at all. Now I had already been there for 5 days and no one said a word. And this guy was parked right next to me! It wasn’t until he was riding around in a golf cart with someone else that he had to flex his director of the board muscle and make me “obey”. When he ran into me again on my dinner break he was so mad he was shaking. I guess he hadn’t had many women disobey him. So I ended up packing up and leaving that night.
I was lucky enough to be able to go back to Nittany Greyhounds (even after Addie had one of their pet chickens for breakfast one morning) and stay there longer so it all worked out. I did learn a lot, like to ask more questions and look up the rules myself and not rely on others to know the rules of the place I’ll be working at.
Staying at Nittany Greyhounds for a little over a month gave me time to really get to know everyone and help out around the kennel. I went to a meet and greet, helped out volunteering and helped out with groups of volunteers from Penn State. I got to meet 6 new greyhound arrivals from Florida and met some new adopters when Happy went to his new home. I also attended their 20th anniversary picnic which was held at the beginning of August. You can learn more about Nittanyy Greyhounds at www.Nittanygreys.org.
I also learned a lot about electricity and generators as I was trying to get my trailer ac to run off of generators. I ended up buying a companion generator to mine to make it work but it took several visits and many calls to generator service people, friends and rv service people to get to the bottom of it. I’m sure I still have many lessons to learn but I like the challenge and find it interesting so that helps.
The biggest thing I’ve experienced since launching on my new adventure is the hospitality and generosity of people that I only know from Facebook. I’ve stayed in parking lots, front yards and driveways of friends in several different states and have had offers from others for when I come through their neck of the woods. It really restores your faith in humanity meeting so many people willing to help you out in whatever way you need.
I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of many people along the way. It’s been a very heart warming journey.