Meet McNally, our rescue puppy!

After the loss of our dog Bailey, right before we hit the road in our RV, Eric and I were unsure if or when we would adopt again. We’ve talked about it off and on but decided the right dog would show up when we were ready, whenever that would be…

True confession, over the last 6 months I’ve done research on different breeds and randomly browsed rescue shelter websites, but would end up closing the tabs saying “we’re not ready…”. Eric would suggest we swing by a shelter almost every week (seriously), but we would then decide it may not be the best idea.

Plus we wanted to make sure Duckie and Kobe would be cool with adding another member to our tiny home. (They told us they were cool with it.)

Duckie looking out RV window

Then, while parked here at the RV repair shop, a photo of a pup caught my eye and I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Here we are, parked at an RV repair shop, during a pretty stressful time filled with a lot of unknowns, yet there was something about this pup we couldn’t ignore.

Within a few hours, little McNally was a member of our family and a part of this crazy, RV life. We named him after the Rand McNally maps, and I think the name fits him perfectly. We know his mom is a Chihuahua, but don’t know about his dad. What we do know, is he’s awesome and makes our adventures so much more enjoyable.

We're now traveling in our RV with two cats and a recently adopted rescue pup, McNally, who we named after the Rand McNally maps.

We’ve had him for 3 weeks now and we can’t imagine our lives without him. Kobe and Duckie are good with him too, although they’re not in snuggle status yet, haha. They basically tolerate him and let him know their boundaries, but they do all lay next to one another during the day and all sleep in the bed with us at night. I’ll take that as a good sign.

He brings so much joy to our lives, and the puppy messes, chewing, and challenges are so worth it. I honestly believe he was meant to be our dog all along.

Video: Meet McNally, our rescue puppy!

We put together a little video of him, which you can watch below.


I like to think our pets pick us, and what’s crazy is we had an opportunity to adopt a Bassett hound a couple months ago, but something just didn’t feel quite right. It was a puppy that showed up at an RV park we were staying at in North Georgia, Mountain View Campground.

He was just wandering around with no tags, and seemed to be pretty friendly. The owner’s of the RV park had called local shelters and posted photos of him on their Facebook page, but when they didn’t hear anything they asked if we wanted to adopt him.

At first I thought this must be a sign. We had been thinking about adopting and a dog just so happens to show up at an RV campground we’re staying at. Yup, sounds like a sign to me! There was just one thing… Eric and I had this feeling that something wasn’t quite right, although we couldn’t exactly put our finger on it at the time.

While he was young, less than a year old, he wasn’t exactly little and when we tried to bring him around our cats, we didn’t feel all that comfortable. He also reminded us a lot of Bailey, which is what made us fall in love with him so quickly, yet brought up insecurities since she had aggressive tendencies. We felt horrible, and incredibly guilty, but told the owner’s of the campground that we didn’t feel comfortable adopting him. We had to go with our gut.

As it turned out, he did have an owner, so we’re happy to say he’s back home with his family.

This experience taught us to trust our instincts and that we would prefer to adopt a younger puppy. We knew this would make both us, and our cats, feel more comfortable.

I guess the moral of the story is to trust your gut and don’t let guilt or anything else force you into making a decision you’re not comfortable with or ready for. I’m not just talking about adopting pets either, but with any decisions you may be struggling with in your life.

And on that note, here are a couple super cute photos of McNally 🙂

We're now traveling in our RV with two cats and a recently adopted rescue pup, McNally, who we named after the Rand McNally maps.

We're now traveling in our RV with two cats and a recently adopted rescue pup, McNally, who we named after the Rand McNally maps.

We're now traveling in our RV with two cats and a recently adopted rescue pup, McNally, who we named after the Rand McNally maps.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading more posts about our pets moving forward, and seeing more of McNally in our future hiking videos.

If you have any questions, comments, or tips, be sure to leave them in the comments below!

We adopted McNally from Breeder Release Adoption Service in Colorado (they’re also in Arizona and New Mexico) and highly recommend going through them if you’re looking to rescue a new companion! They’re really good people, and it’s easy to see how much they care about the dogs they take in.

When we adopted him they gave us a blanket that was made from an awesome group called Wrapped in Love. They make and donate blankets to rescue shelters, which I think is a really cool idea, and are always looking for volunteers.

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