In case you are new to my blog, I want you to know that my husband, Bill, and I, retired last May.  Sold our family home, and most of our possessions, bought a 39′ motorhome, and are now full-time RV’ers.

We travel during the summer months, but we enjoy Arizona (my home since 1952) in the winter. We are currently park hosts at San Tan Mountain Reserve Park in Queen Creek Arizona, working a couple of shifts a week in exchange for a place to park our motorhome during the winter months, with full hook-ups, and even propane…

We are happy here, and love that the park has over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails throughout the park for everyone to enjoy…

Of course, there are some rules that go along with enjoying the park…Like, bikers yield to everyone, hikers yield to horses.., And at all times, EVERYONE STAYS ON THE TRAILS… Also, IF you choose to bring your dog/family pet with you on your hike, you keep them on a leash


The following pictures are difficult to look at, but I feel the need to be share, and to get the following message across, at least to my readers as to why it is so important to FOLLOW THE RULES of the park you are visiting… The rules are there for a reason….One rule wasn’t followed this past week, and caused a rescue, and a LOT of stress to the park hosts and staff here at San Tan…

This past week we had a visitor from Florida come to hike our trails… He had his little dog with him and the dog had never been exposed to our desert environment… He let his dog off the leash as soon as he was out of sight of the visitor center, and when he went off the trail, (not allowed) to take a picture… His little dog followed suit…

This is what ended in a rescue effort by our staff to get the little dog, place him in a plastic container, so the owner, who was crying and saying “if someone hadn’t come to help him he would have had to “leave his little dog there…” OMG who does that??? Our staff was able to rescue the little dog, and educate the dog’s owner to go to the Vet and see what could be done… We are still awaiting response to see if that dog could be saved or if it had to be put down…

Again… WARNING!! The following pictures are difficult to look at, but if it keeps one person from thinking their dog is “ok” off leash”, just know that this is what we deal with here at San Tan on any given day… Can you find the little dog in this picture?

Cactus dog1

Well, this is what our park staff had to rescue one day last week… Of course this left our staff members that dealt with this completely unnerved to say the least, and wondering how anyone who says they love their pets could ever let this happen to them…

cactus dog 2

Rules are there for a reason…. Please keep your pets safe… They depend on YOU!!!

As always, I welcome your comments.

Stayed Tuned!




4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 20:20:54

    I am so sorry to see these pictures. I feel people should have some reasonable intelligent, but in this case I see there was a lack of it. So glad someone was able to help the poor dog and he will be ok thank God.


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 17, 2016 @ 23:04:18

      Thanks for your response Aunt Ellen. Yes, all we can hope for is that the little dog could be helped at the vets… However, especially with out of state guests here at San Tan Park, we don’t usually hear the end result of the rescue..We are all holding good thoughts that that little dog did survive. Love and hugs to all. XoXo


  2. gotham girl
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 23:46:05



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