Monday, November 4, 2019

Sherman Crosses The Bridge

It is with great sadness the I report my Uncle Sherman crossed the Rainbow Bridge today at the Marathon Veterinary Hospital.  I can imagine him running over to Essex and meeting Deacon for the first time.

As you know Friday we went to Marathon.  On Saturday we visited Sherman and he looked a lot better.  Sunday morning we get a call and Sherman can't move his front paws and the Doc asks to use a catheter.  Dad tells them yes and is then informed more tests will be done Monday.  Dad is worried.  The call comes Monday morning that Sherman is paralyzed and will not recover.  He is eating though.  Dad knows that Sherman will need assistance in crossing the rainbow bridge.  As much as he loves the big guy, he could never keep him bed ridden.

We arrive at Marathon about 3:10 PM.  We are amazed that Sherman is totally alert and clear eyed.  He can move his head, but his legs are not working.  Dad lays down with him and Sherman gives him a ton of collie kisses.  Dad lets him go on for minutes.  He tells Sherman how much we loves him, and that we will miss him so much.  Sherman smiles and licks Dad some more.

Last Pawtograph of Sherman & Gemini Together

The vet comes in and talks to Dad.  She tells Dad Sherman has lymphoma and explains the process of helping him cross over.  Sherman gets a sedative while Dad talks to him and strokes his fur.  At 4:15 PM Sherman crossed the Rainbow bridge and will be missed.  Heaven has gained a gentle giant with a huge heart.
4:15 PM - Sherman Has Crossed The Rainbow Bridge
I'll write more later.  Right now I'll need to keep Dad company and give him plenty of collie kisses.

Dog Speed,


Saturday, November 2, 2019

2 November - Sherman Update

We drove up to Marathon and visited Sherman this afternoon.  He is in much better spirits and looking much better.  He ate food that morning, so the appetite is coming back.  He gave Dad some collie kisses, during the visit.  Sherman moved around some, but tired quickly.  His nose is still dry to the touch, instead of cold and wet.  While Dad didn't talk to the vet, he knows Sherman is making solid progress. We are both hoping for a recovery for the big guy.

We will post again on Monday.

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Dog Dad

Friday, November 1, 2019

1 November 2019 - Sherman Update

Marathon Veterinary Hospital Entrance
It has been over two years since we have visited the Marathon Veterinary Hospital.  Dad was up early in the morning after a rough night trying to sleep.  Marathon is the only 24 hour vet in the Florida Keys and has great facilities.  Dad called them up and the three of us arrived at 6:30 AM.   There would be a big extra charge if it vet saw Sherman before 8 AM. Dad figured they would want to talk to our vet about Sherman's tests earlier in the week.  Our vet didn't open until 9 AM.  Dad asked if we could arrive early as he didn't want to be driving looking into the bright morning sun.  The vet tech told Dad no problem.  

While we waited Dad talked to the two of us in the waiting room for about 90 minutes.  He stroked the two of us, and talked in that calm voice of his.  Sherman told Dad he was a brave boy and would make it through.  The Doc looked at Sherman and our medical records book.  The Vet Tech and Doctor both told Dad more people kept a medical file book.  Sherman left with Doc for blood work and an ultrasound.  

Sherman & Gemini In The Waiting Room
Visiting Sherman In The Back Room
We waited quite some time before the Doc came back.  Dad spent a lot of time talking with me.  I could tell he was worried.  We went for a couple walks too.  Doc said Sherman's liver was in overdrive.  The Doc went over a lot of things.  She didn't want to raise our hopes and told us Sherman's chances were 50/50.  We went to the back room and visited with Sherman before leaving him for overnight care in Marathon.  Dad held it together, but I could feel his voice and emotions coming through.  Dad is stoic like a collie, so this side rarely comes out.  Doc told call if he didn't hear from them by 7 PM.

We left Marathon and got back to Key West at about 11:45 AM.  Dad went to work to keep his mind busy.  This is a typical male hooman reaction to this type of crisis.  After work he visited the folks at our regular vets office to tell them about our Marathon visit.  Then he came back and talked to me and we went to Angel Paws.

Dad called Marathon at about 6:45 PM.  He was told Sherman's temperature was down and he was sitting up at times.  Things are looking better, but Sherman is not out of the woods.  Odds are probably 60/40 in Sherman's favor.  We will hear from the vet around 9 AM and 4 PM tomorrow.  Hopefully, we will hear more good news.

Dog Speed,


Paw Ssss:  We appreciate all your prayers and wishing us well.  It means a lot to us.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

October 2019

We finally got Dad to post.  Things have been busy here.

Gemini's annual vet check up was early this month.  She passed with flying colors.  During that visit we me a basset hound named Chloe and her Dog Dad.  We talked for awhile.  The man asked if the people at the vet if they knew anyone that needed a dog ramp.  They asked Dad if we wanted it, we wagged our tails and we now have a ramp.  Dad needs to do some training because we don't want to use it.  
Gemini Is Not Sure About The Ramp
We had lots of visits to Angel Paws.  That always makes us happy.  Dad was home the previous week and did lots of cleaning around the house.  The place still looks like a disaster area, but we will keep after Dad to clean more.

This Monday Sherman threw up in the morning, then again when Dad got home and before bed time.  He didn't want to eat either.  Then he threw up Tuesday.  We visited the vet Tuesday.  Sherman got some fluids and tests done.  Wednesday, Dad talked to the Doc, then stopped by to pick up some antibiotics for Sherman.  The last three days Sherman has been given boiled chicken and rice to eat.  All three days Dad has had to force feed him.  If he doesn't want to eat tomorrow, Dad will get an ultrasound done in Marathon.  Sherman is slow and the not eating has Dad an Gemini worried.  Sherman is attentive, but is slow and has very little appetite.  The fact Sherman is letting Dad brush him, shows he is not feeling well.  He always gives Dad a quick ugly face during brushing.
Dad Fixed Chicken & Rice For Sherman
Sherman got to spend time in the living room this Collieween.  He is usually really barky, but he was too tired to bark.  Gemini spent time in the bedroom.  Part of the way through Collieween, it rained.  We had a good rain fur about fifteen minutes.  It seems that the Trick-or-Treaters melted away.  So the second time ever Dad has left over Collieween Candy.  The other time was after Herricane Wilma.  

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lewis and Clarke

Cyber Paw Pals, we have pawsome news from Angel Paws.  We just met two new pups that arrived in Key West.  There names are Lewis and Clarke.  Lewis is a nine year old male smooth collie.  Dad furgot to ask her humans what breed Clarke was, but she looks like a miniature schnauzer to us. 
Lewis and Clarke Explore Angel Paws
We were just getting to leave Angel Paws and we noted a collie.  We stood up and looked at Dad.  We sniffed each other and the two explorers sniffed around Angel Paws.  We are looking forward to seeing the two of them over the next several years. 
Lewis Stops Over to Say Hi
Clarke Visits Her Hooman
It sure is great to have another collie pal.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Gemini's Fourth Bark-Aversary

Dad sure has a pawsome memory.  He woke up this morning, kissed me on the nose and said "Happy Bark-Aversary Gemini."  I wagged my tail as we got ready for our early morning walk.  I got an extra treat as he went off to work.  When he got back we got our Dad's Home Treat, then Dad gave us some "Frosty Paws" peanut butter and cheese ice cream.  After we got done eating Dad talked to us about him bringing me home and my first day at my home in Key West.  We talked about that he chose me because I followed Sherman around when they came down to visit me. 
Gemini Is Done With Her Frosty Paws  

I tilted my head and thought about coming home with Sherman.  I smiled at Dog Dad as memories came flooding back. 
Sherman Explaining the Collie House Rules
Riding to With Sherman to Key West
While I enjoyed visiting Gandalf two years ago, I rather spend that time at my home than evacuating for a herricane.  The photos for Hurricane Dorian made me sad for all the hoomans and animals there.  While I enjoyed visit, I rather be home than visiting.  I love my pack, our home and Angel Paws.

Dog Speed,


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Grey Dorian

To all our pals in cyber paw land, we are doing well.  We watched Herricane Dorian carefully and Dad constantly had on the weather channel.  The storm churned and it made a turn.  Hopefully it will keep turning and go into the Atlantic and leave every paw alone.  We barked so much we must have made that herricane turn.  Dad is happy and relaxing.  We could feel him worrying earlier during the week.  After all Irma visited us Labor Day two years ago.  All our pals have been in our prayers.  Stay safe every paw.
NOAA Chart of Dorian
Earlier this month Sherman and Dad celebrated his eighth barkaversary of arriving in Key West.  We had some frosty paws to celebrate.  Dad needs to get the camera fixed, so he can take pawtographs for our posts.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini