In 1960, John Steinbeck converted his truck into a personalized camper. He then named it Rocinante and launched on one of America’s great recorded journeys of a man and his dog. Charley was a 10-year-old French Poodle, and was the partner in many of Steinbeck’s mental conversations during the trip. Millions of readers have lapped up his “Travels with Charley,” and many of those have set out to replicate his adventure.
No Longer an Oddity
While Steinbeck was one of the first to venture forth with his canine buddy in an RV, dogs and RVs are now a common sight across the country. Traveling in an RV provides the flexibility not typically enjoyed through other means of transportation like flying directly to a destination or driving the family car and staying in hotels along the way. After all, in an RV, you can bring just about anything you want – and that includes your dog! Many RVers have even started taking their RVs and their dogs to dog shows, not only to spectate, but also to compete. Many dog shows are located at fairgrounds which also include campsites. This combination makes dog shows the perfect RV travel destination.
Dog shows can be found in just about any state at any time of the year. We have picked a few occurring over the next couple of months that might pique your interest:
- Imperial Valley Kennel Club. A leisurely drive to the west will place you in Yuma, AZ on December 1, 2014 for the Imperial Valley Kennel Club show. This is part of the AKC’s National Owner-Handled Series. This is a great place to be while the snows begin in the northeast.
- Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association of Orange County. You can continue your time in the sun by heading to the Orange County Fairgrounds for the show scheduled December 06, 2014.
- Malibu Kennel Club. Just a couple of days later you can catch another popular show, also at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
- Western Reserve Kennel Club. Set in Cleveland, OH, on December 14, 2014. All AKC-Recognized Breeds will be shown.
- Westminster Kennel Club. This granddaddy of American shows is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The first Westminster show was held in 1877. For 2015, the show is scheduled for February 16 and 17. Live streaming of all breed judging will be available on westminsterkennelclub.org and on the official 2015 Westminster Show App.
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