Sunday, January 17, 2021

800th Post

Bowser, it is hard to believe that we made it to 800 posts.  We are glad to announce on this special post, that our beloved Angel Paws has reopened.  Once more the collie paws touch those howled grounds.  We were happy to see the park.  Yesterday, it was only us and Ruby.  Today, Norm's favorite pal, Luna, was there.  So lots of chasing and playing.  Dad didn't spend as much time as usual because the football games were on.  Below are some pawtographs of us and some of the things that are in the park.
Gemini Sitting Pretty
Normandy Exploring 
The entrance to the park has gravel instead of dirt.  So it looks a lot nicer.
Gravel Path and Inside the Pen
New Sign
Probably the most important thing they added to the park is a place fur P-Mail.
A Place Fur P-Mail
Below are some of the agility set.  Dad will have to bring some treats to see if we will do any of them.






Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Monday, January 11, 2021

Angel Paws Closed This Week

 We came into Angel Paws today and saw this sign.  Our beloved park is  closing for the week.  They are doing some renovations at the park.  While we are happy about the renovations, we will miss going to Angel Paws.  

Angel Paws will be closed Tuesday and reopen Saturday
The past month there have been a lot of pups at the park.  Dad is socially distancing from the other hoomans, while we play.  Norm will play with the other pups, while Gem will bark at every paw.  We with both bother Dog Dad when it is time to go to the park.  Below are two pawtographs taken at Angel Paws.  The first one we are all playing.  Gemini barks at everypaw, while the rest of us play.  Axel will play with us sometimes.

Gemini, Axel, Normandy, Luna & Bear

Axel
Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Friday, January 1, 2021

2020 in Review

We wish all our cyber-paw pals a Barky New Year.  We hope 2021, "The Year of the Ox" is a whole letter better than 2020.   It was a year dominated by COVID, pawlitics and far to many bridge crossings.  Gemini look forward to teaching Normandy the way of the collie.  Since we returned to Angel Paws in August there have been a lot of new friends we have met.  

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11 January – China reports first death from a mysterious outbreak in Wuhan

20 January – McGee arrives in KW for the Winter

McGee
23 January – International space station flies over Angel Paws

25 January – Rosie, the cat, crosses the rainbow bridge

Rosie

05 February – US Pawsedent acquitted of impeachment charges

12 February – Gemini spends day with McGee and his Pawrents

Gemini & McGee

17 February – Rocky comes to live with Dad’s sister in Cincinnati

Rocky

19 February – England, Prince Harry announce the will be leaving roles as royals

26 February  Loki (Gemini's brudder) & Raven (Gemini's niece) e-bark us from Connecticut

Raven & Loki

02 March – US reports the first 3 COVID bridge crossings

09 March – Our pal Gracie crosses the rainbow bridge

Gracie at Angel Paws - 2015

12 March – March Madness cancelled (NCAA Basketball Tournament) due to COVID

21 March – Our Pal Aspen E-barks us

Aspen Enjoys Snow
24 March – McGee leaves KW to go home

03 May – The first of many California Wildfires

11 May – Normandy is born

Normandy 

26 May – McGee’s Dog Dad crosses the rainbow bridge

McGee's Dog Dad

27 May – A return to Angel Paws

12 July – Normandy comes to Key West

Gemini & Normandy

23 July – Major League Baseball Starts

29 July – Normandy’s first vet visit

22 August – Chloe’s Dog Dad Visits Us

Chloe's Dog Dad with Gemini & Normandy

27 August – Normandy’s first visit to Angel Paws

Zeus & Normandy

12 September – Tropical Storm Sally rains on us

18 September – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg crosses the rainbow bridge

08 October – President Tyler’s Grandson crosses the bridge

31 October – A quiet Collieween

03 November – US Pawsidential elections

08 November - Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, crosses the rainbow bridge

09 November - Tropical Storm Eta passes KW

21 November – Enu comes to live with Loki in Panama City

Enu

14 December – First Pawson in US receives COVID vaccine

30 December Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, crosses the bridge

31 December Sportmix,Dog Food recalled - 28 pups cross the rainbow bridge

31 December US reports over 341,000 have crossed the rainbow bridge due to COVID

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2020 has been a very strange and sad year.  There have been some bright spots with Normandy joining the pack and a lot of new friends at Angel Paws.  Normandy has gotten big.  Hard to believe he was so small only five months ago.

Barky New Year to all,

Gemini & Normandy

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Our Pal Loki Has A Brudder

We received news from our pal Loki that a handsome 9 year old collie boy named Enu joined his pack.  Enu's owner crossed the Rainbow Bridge recently and Enu was searching fur a new family.  Enu was lucky enough to come live with Loki.  Uncle Sherman had told me Loki's Dog Mom was pawsome. We've never seen a collie with so much white in the face.  He is a handsome feller.




On 21 November Loki & his Mom drove to the Tampa area to meet Enu.  The two got along pawtasticly.  We are sure Enu will have a pawsome time living in the Panhandle of Florida.  Here are some pawtographs of their first meeting.

Loki is on far left, Enu is on the far right
Loki is being petted & Enu is mouthing him
Loki is behind the white collie & Enu is on the far right

Their pack even sent us some Essex-mas pawtographs.  We are happy that Loki has a brudder and some one to spend quality collie time with.

A pawsome Essex-mas pawtograph


Hope everypaw had a pawsome Essex-mas and that 2021 is much better than 2020.

Happy Collie Days,

Gemini & Normandy


Friday, December 25, 2020

Essex-Mas 2020

We woke up today to Dad giving us a big hug and wishing us Merry Essex-mas.  The weather cooled down quite a bit and we love it.  Dad took us to the dog park later in the day.  We got extra hugs and dog treats, so all is well.  Dad was off Thursday, so he spent extra time with us.  

Norm and Gem Ready For Angel Paws 
It has been a strange year.  Gemini has done a good job training Normandy.  The two of them get along pawtastic.  They frequently sleep near each other.  Dad loves to watch us chase each other in the yard or at Angel Paws.  Normandy is just a bit taller than Gemini.  He can't sleep under the bed anymore.


Merry Essexmas,

Gemini and Normandy


Monday, November 30, 2020

End of 2020 Herricane Season

Well, cyber paw pals 30 November is the last official day of Herricane Season.  It has been a very busy year for herricanes.  We went into the Greek alphabet fur the second time ever.  We kept dad safe and sane during this busy year.  We even helped keep him company during this pandemic too.  Hmmm, wonder if the word pandemic is derived from Pandora.  You know that lady that opened that box full of bad things.  
Normandy Is Taller Than Gemini
Gemini Resting On The Couch
The good thing about this year has been the arrival of Normandy.  He likes to lick Dad's feet, especially when he tries to sleep.  He fits in well with the pack and loves his Aunt Gemini.  

We have some good news from our pal Loki, up in Panama City.  We will post about that in December.

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day - 2020

To everypaw that ebarked us, thank you.  We are doing well.  Tropical Storm Eta was kind to us.  We figured we would get all kinds of rain, but it was fairly dry.  The winds were not bad either.   We watched a lot of the weather channel with Dad.  Dad didn't take us out for morning walk on Monday.  We got to run around in the yard.  Dad was worried about a getting caught in a rain squall and in a big burst of wind.  When he looked at the yard late Monday, there was some palm fronds to pick up and the yard was a bit wet.

Norm Chilling Out During Eta
We got an email from our the pack up at Holmhaven.  They were very wet, but the flooding from the rain did not get into the horse stalls.  All the collies, horses and hoomans there are safe.  That made us all smile.  

As for Veterans Day, we went to Angel Paws for a short time.  We were the only ones there.  After about ten minutes, the rain started coming down.  We played a bit in the rain.  Then a wet Dog Dad and collies got into the collie mobile.   

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy