Motorhoming | Family Motor Coach Association
Miss Ellie "provides a degree of added security by alerting us to anyone around the coach. She is well-behaved, relatively quiet and friendly."
Owners: Ronda and Fred O'Donnell, full-timers
FMCA membership number: F293801 (joined in 2001)
Pet’s name: Miss Ellie
How often does your pet accompany you on motorhome trips?
Always. We are full-timers.
What type of motorhome do you own?
A 2003 Foretravel U320
What do you like best about motorhoming with your pet?
She provides a degree of added security by alerting us to anyone around the coach. She is well-behaved, relatively quiet and friendly.
Was it easy for your pet to adapt to motorhome travel?
Within days of our adopting her, she made several trips to the vet in our car. The first time we drove the motorhome she was extremely nervous, but within days she was a veteran traveler.
Does your pet have a favorite spot in the motorhome?
When driving, depending upon the weather, she will ride on the dash or on the floor between Ronda and I. When parked, she is under the recliner.
What are your pet’s favorite toys?
When we adopted her, she came with a stuffed pig and a very small basketball. The ball is by far her favorite toy, although it is rapidly falling apart. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find another one.
What is your favorite activity to do with your pet while traveling?
Miss Ellie has a second “outside” ball that she loves also. If we find a place where she can run safely, we’ll throw the outside ball for her. Otherwise, we take long walks.
Advice for other motorhomers who travel with pets or are considering traveling with pets?
The first thought that comes to mind is to be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet. FMCA members are a friendly bunch; their pets should be the same.
Ellie is our third Pomeranian and the one with the most character. Pomeranians are a very loving breed and very trainable. They are a high-energy breed that loves to run or go on long walks in any weather. They are not known to like water but can learn to love it.