Sunday, August 28, 2016

Storms, Mosquitoes and Crocodiles

This is a week of too much to worry about.

First there was Invest 99L, which is now Tropical Depression Nine.  Was it going to become a herricane?  We were worried Wednesday through Friday last week and we helped Dad herd things into the sheds, so there was nothing for the wind to pick up.  Well, the center is to the south of us and isn't a tropical storm yet.  So a big sigh of relief.
Tropical Depression Nine Projected Path - From NOAA
We have been reading a lot about Zika in the newspaper.  There have been two cases reported in the Keys and there have been a lot of cases reported in Florida.  Zika is not a new disease, it was first discovered way back in 1947 in the Zika Forrest in Uganda.  .

Next we read in the paper about a four-foot American Crocodile off one of the sea walls in Key West.  Then he heard there are other crocodiles in the Keys.  Dad is thankful neither of like swimming in water.  He doesn't expect to run into any crocodiles during our walks.  He sure wish they all had a ticking clock, like the one in the Peter Pan. 

Dog Speed,

Sherman and Gemini 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cassie Crosses the Rainbow Bridge 19 August

We got word from Ohio on Friday that our pal Cassie crossed the rainbow bridge.  Gracie watches over her hoomans now.
Five Collie Sunday, 30 September 2007
Cassie, Essex, Deacon, Hattie, Lady
Cassie and Deacon - 2007
Dad first met Cassie way back on 26 September 2007.  They walked over to Grand Paws and Grand Maws house to say hi.  Essex, Deacon and Dad came out to meet them.  The two packs became good friends.  A the time of the first meeting, Cassie was only three years old.  That Sunday, 30 September there was the famous "Five Collie Sunday."  It was a Sunday to remember.  
Cassie, Essex, Hattie and Deacon - - 2008
Cassie -2008
Joy and sadness has been seen by the two packs.  Hattie and Deacon crossed the bridge in 2011.  Gracie Lou and Sherman came to live with the hoomans that year.  Essex crossed the bridge in 2013 and Gemini came to live with me in 2016.  Fortunately Gemini got to meet Cassie this summer.  She knew our smell and welcomed us.  We both listened to her weave tails about Essex and Deacon.  
Gracie Lou and Cassie - 2011
Cassie - 2016
We are sad to hear Cassie crossed the bridge, but there are so many happy memories that thinking of her brings to our pack.  We can see he playing with Hattie, Essex and Deacon across the rainbow bridge.  All of them will be waiting for their hoomans.  

Cassie loved and was loved by her hoomans.  There is nothing more important to a dog.

Dog Speed Cassie, you will be missed.

Sherman, Gemini and Dog Dad.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Last Day of July

Bowsers, what a day.  We were half way through our morning walk at O'Dark thirty and Dad hurried us out for our walk.  Half-way through our walk, there was a steady sound of rain.  It came down quick and hard.  There was no place to dash too, and we were all wet.  Then we got busy doing things around the house, before visiting friends and going to the dog park.  When we got back our answering machine was full.  We will check it in the morning.
Lazy Sunday Morning
Talking of friends, there are new regulars at the dog park.  Below are a picture of some of our new pals.  Gemini is the one that is very active playing.  Sherman mostly barks at trailers and bicycles passing by.  Then he comes by and lays down by Dad.  
Gemini, Sora & Skye
Gemini and Sherman Watch Pocket and Shadow
Gemini Barks at Shadow and Lunchbox
We are way behind reading our cyber-paw pal posts.  This week will be spent reading dog blogs.  

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Busy July

It has been a busy July.  Seems like the time just slipped away.  

Dad had a sleep study done on 30 June, so we had the house to ourselves until he got back the morning of 1 July.  We greeted him, and he spent the entire day with us.  Dad is picking up a new machine tomorrow to help him sleep better.

Fireworks went off on the 4th of July.  Both of us stayed closed to Dad and climbed up on the couch with him.  We were not in a panic, but neither of us liked the firecrackers going off outside.  Dad laughed at us, but he gave us plenty of loving.  So we were in good shape.

On 9 July we both went to see our vet Dr. Waddell.  Gemini had a fecal test, while Sherman got a thorough look over and then got some shots.  He was a real trooper through the whole event.  The vet tech put her head on him, and told Dad he was just a giant teddy bear.  That made Dad smile.  Gemini whimpered a little because her Sherm had left the room.  She needed more coaxing to go along with the vet tech.  The good news is both of us are in pawsome health.  Come October, Gemini will have her full vet visit.

At work today a man approached Dad and asked if he remembered him. It was my old pal Gibbs' Pawther.  Dad and I always wondered what happened to Gibbs as he disappeared from the park in December of 2011.  His Dad left town and the just recently came back to Key West.  I was only a pup when Gibbs left.  Being a bulldog, he doesn't do well in the heat, so I probably won't see him until October, when the weather starts to cool down.  I wonder if we will recognize each other.
Sherman and Gibbs Playing Circa November 2011
Dad said we did a pawsome job keeping him busy today.  It wasn't until he was about to go to bed, he remembered it would have been Deacon's 10th barkday today.  He took a moment and talked to Deacon's spirit, thanking him and Essex for watching over the pack.  Then he gave both of us a great big hug and a treat.

Dog Speed,

Sherman and Gemini

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Magnum & Samson

I got a note from my cousin Magnum, wishing me a happy Barkday.  Magnum was born a day after me and we played a lot together as pups at Holmhaven.  Magnum has grown up to be a handsome boy.  He is hoping to make it down to Key West in early October.  I made sure to give Dad a big nudge.  It will be so pawsome if we can get together.
Magnum - One Year Old
Magnum at Holmhaven 
Magnum lives with Samson, who is another Holmhaven Collie.  Samson came back to Holmhaven and Magnum convinced is pawrents to adopt him.  Samson is about two years older than me.  Samson reminds Dad of his angel dog Deacon, who came back to Holmhaven before coming to live in Key West.
Cousin's Magnum & Samson Resting
Dog Speed,

Gemini & Sherman

Monday, June 27, 2016

Gemini is One

I awoke this morning to Dad singing Happy Barkday to me.  We had a pawsome walk in the morning.  When Dad got home, we went to Angel Paws.  Unfortunately, we had the park to ourselves.  I did enjoy a some extra cheese and a Frosty Paws treat.  
Gemini by the Water Bowl at Angel Paws
Gemini Presents a Striking Profile
I enjoyed the day with my Sherman.  I even got him to play with me today.  Dad says it is amazing that I am a year old.  Below is my puppy picture.  Dad isn't sure exactly which one is me though.

Dog Speed,


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Heading Home

We are starting the journey south to home today.  We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the cooler temperature and played a lot.  Our pals Gracie and Cassie were a  lot  of fun to spend time with. 
Sherman, Gemini, Gracie and Cassies Ears
Sherman, Gemini,  Gracie at play
Cassie Resting
Our Pal  Gracie
When we came here Gemini ran behind the flowers.  When we left she had more pals.
Gemini behind the flowers
Gemini Exploring
Hi Dad