Saturday, January 25, 2020

Rosie Crosses The Bridge

Rosie, the cat, knew Essex, Deacon, Sherman and me.  She had plenty of tails to tell about visiting collies.  She got along best with Essex.  The two were not best pals, but they definitely got along.  The calm personality of Essex made all kinds of creatures calm.  She let Deacon sniff her.  Sherman and I loved to chase cats if they ran from us.
Essex and Rosie
Rosie lived over twenty years with Dad's sister.  She was a pawsome house cat and was loved by her family.  She enjoyed looking out the window and chilling out.  She was a house cat and would sleep by her hooman.  Recently, she was starting to have  kidney failure.  She had problems keeping down food and was sick.  So today the vet helped her cross the bridge.  She probably came up to Essex to say hi, but stayed away from Sherman and Deacon.  
Rosie Chilling Out
Her family will miss her.  Dad and I will miss her, when we visit.

Cat Speed Rosie,


Thursday, January 23, 2020

An Interesting Week

It has been an interesting week here in Key West.  

While I was at the Dog Park, a pawson mentioned that the International Space Station was going to fly over around 6:30 PM.  I sat down with Dad and scanned the sky.  Bowser, it looked pawsome flying over Angel Paws folks.  We watched it for a whole six minutes.  

On Wednesday I was reunited with a collie pal that came down to visit.  McGee was here two years ago and returned.  It was two years ago that Sherman and I met McGee.  My tail was wagging when we met.  
McGee in his Collie Mobile
Then today we met up with a sheltie pal named Mac.  I met him last year.  I told Dad he needs to bring his camera, so he can take a pawtograph of Mac.  He looks like a tiny version of Sherman.  

Both McGee and Mac asked about Uncle Sherman.  I relayed the sad news, and they told me they were sorry and hope a new collie comes my way soon.  

We will try to get some pawtographs in the next couple days.  

Dog Speed,


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 in Review

I wish all our cyber-paw pals a Barky New Year.  We hope 2020, "The Year of the Rat" is good to every paw.   2019 had some good memories, but November's bridge crossing of Uncle Sherman will make it a sad year for the tow of us.  We look forward to new adventures and the arrival of a sable Holmhaven puppy in the spring.  We will continue to visit Angel Paws and meeting new friends.

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06 January - Highway 1 near Malibu, California is closed due to mudslides, snow and flooding.

20 January - Sasha, the Rat Terrorist, a Angel Paws Dog Park pal of Essex and Deacon crosses the Rainbow Bridge.
02 February - Heavy monsoon rains cause severe flooding in Queensland, Australia damaging over 3,300 homes.  Around 1,500 of those homes are rendered uninhabitable.

26 February - We receive a pawtastic collie figurine from Angel Dog Sasha's Mom
Collie Figurine
28 February - Our cyber-pals, the Moondance Huskies, in Connecticut return home after a year.  There home was severely damaged in a fire 22 January 2018.

06-16 March - Cyclone Idal strikes Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar over 1200 hoomans cross the Rainbow Bridge and impacts over 3 million hoomans..

12 March - The Department of Justice announces over 50 people arrested in the college admissions bribery scandal.

02 April - Gemini's flexi-leash breaks.

15 April - Notre Dame Cathedral catches fire.

28 May - Dayton Tornadoes - Brudder and cats okay

05 June - Sherman turns eight and we get new dog bowls.
Sherman Eighth Barkday
06 June - 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Dad's Pawther by a D-Day Tank in Normandy
20 July - 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing.

11 August - Lakota of the Moondance Huskies crosses the Rainbow Bridge
01 September - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas

12 September - We meet Lewis & Clarke at Angel Paws.
Lewis & Clarke
24 September - Impeachment Inquires of US President start.

28 September - We get a Dog Ramp for the Colliemobile.
Dog Ramp
10 October - Wild fires start in Riverside and Los Angeles counties, California burn over 12,000 acres

23 October - Wild fires start in Sonoma county California burn over 77,000 acres

04 November - Sherman crosses the Rainbow Bridge.
Sherman & Gemini
12  November - Denny of the Cowspot Dogs crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

18  November - Dad receives stuffed lassie toy from sisters.
Stuffed Lassie Toy

26 November - 6.4 earthquake in Albania kills over five hoomans and injures over 3,000.

27 November - Reilly the Cowspot Dog crosses the Rainbow Bridge.
Reilly and Denny
06 December - Dad jury rigs the mixer so he can finish Essexmas baking.

15 December - Kodiak (the Golden Retriever) of Sir Oliver crosses the Rainbow Bridge.  Sherman and Essex met Sir Oliver in 2013.
Kodiak and Sir Oliver
16 December - Kenzie and Remi come to live with Cowspot Dogs' pawrents, helping fill a huge hole.

Kenzie and Remi (on top)
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As you can see it was quite a busy year.  I need to post some pictures of our Angel Paws dog pals.  We have two pals named Dorey and Brady.  They show up quite often at the park.  Their Mom is from Ohio like Dad.  Dorey is a rescue from Hurricane Dorian.  I am looking forward to a new Holmhaven collie puppy joining our pack this year.  We will keep you posted after the pup is born.

Barky New Year to all,


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last Post of 2019

It has been a strange Essexmas and New Years Eve without Uncle Sherman around.   I miss not having him around to play with at home.  Dad tries, but he is not very good at dog games.

Angel Paws has been hit and miss.  One day there are ten pups and other days it is just me and Dog Dad.  Dog chums have come and left Key West this year.  Others regulars rarely come to the park now. 

Dad is reminiscing right now about 31 December 2003.  That is the day that Great Great Auntie Essex came to live with Dad.  It was an event that furever changed his life.  At Angel Paws Dog Park, he was telling Rambo's Mom about Sherman, Deacon and Essex.  It all started with the story of fence patrol.

We will post more tomorrow as we look back at 2019.

Dog Speed,


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Essex-mas 2019

I awoke today to Dad telling me Merry Essexmas. I got a long walk, extra treats and cheese.  That and plenty of attention from Dog Dad. 

Essexmas baking was interesting this year.  The piece that kept the mixer on the stand broke.  Dog Dad jury-rigged the mixer with outstanding results.  He took some string, made a loop and tied it to the kitchen cabinet handle and put the handle in the loop.  It worked pawsomely. 
Jury-Rigged Mixer
Dad will be looking at getting a new mixer.  The old Sunbeam Mixer was his Mom's and is from the 50s or 60s.  That mixer has made a lot of cookies, cakes and mashed potatoes.  Dad would think of Ohio and his pawrents when he used the mixer 

As fur me, I am paying extra attention to Dad, since Uncle Sherman crossed the bridge.  Dad doesn't go back to work until 6 January, so I plan to enjoy having him around.

Merry Essexmas


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thank You and Happy Turkey Day

We wish a Happy Thanksgiving family, friends and cyber pals.  Dad went to a restaurant with two of his pals and had some turkey.  He didn’t bring any home for me though.  Dog Dad said something about Essex and Deacon eating turkey and having extremely fowl and runny dog poop.  Sigh.

Dog Dad and I are thankful for having you around this month.  There were many kind emails, cards and posts sent to us.  Your acts helped us get through the Rainbow Bridge crossing of Sherman.  We received cards from Dad’s brudder, sisters, our vet’s office in Key West and the vet’s office in Marathon.  Dad's sisters sent him a small stuffed animal collie named Lassie.  It reminded Dad of his childhood and was even made the year Dad was born.  Then there emails from Aspen’s pack, Angel Dog Jake & JH Pawrents, Gracie’s Pack, Navy’s Pack, Magnum’s and Samson’s Pack. Chloe’s Pack, the Moondance Huskies, and Lil and the Holmhaven Collies.  Sky’s and Tonks’ pawrents posted on face book and a sent us the comments from Angel Paws Dog Park pawrents that we are no longer in Key West.  If we missed anyone, we apologize.  Your words meant a lot to me and Dog Dad.
Rainbow Bridge Cards Fur Sherman
Lassie From Sisters 
Young Dad With Stuffed Animal Lassie Dog
Thank you, Dog Speed and Happy Turkey Day to all.

Gemini and Dog Dad

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sherman - 5 June 2011 - 4 November 2019

Sherman At Holmhaven
Sherman & Essex Playing
Sherman & Leo
In Our Back Yard With a Sandy Nose
Sherman & Karma At Angel Paws
Giving Dad a Loving Look
Sherman Experiences First Snow
Sherman & Gemini Playing At Home
Sherman & Gemini Sharing the Dog Bed
This took longer to write than I wanted.  Helping friends move and a lot of other things happening.  Sherman was one heck of dog. 
What was my Uncle Sherman’s story?  Sherman was born on Sunday, 5 June 2011.  He came to live with Dog Dad and Great Great Auntie Essex due to the tragic Rainbow Bridge crossing of Great Uncle Deacon on 27 May.  There was an immense hole in Dad’s heart. Sherman filled that hole and then some.  He was one of two sable boys in the litter.  His brudder Duke went to live in North Carolina and Sherman came to Key West on 6 August.  Dad, Essex and Sherman intended to visit our cyber pals Jake and Just Harry that day, but there was a terrible thunder storm in the area.  To avoid driving three hours in heavy rain, the pack drove back to Key West.   

I first met Uncle Sherman on 4 September 2015.  I was smitten with him and followed him around the yard at Holmhaven Collies.  My other three sisters were not as interested in Sherman.  We became a bonded pair when I came to live in Key West.  Anytime we went to the vet, I would whimper when Sherman left the room.  He was a gentle giant, that loved being around dogs and hoomans.  Sherman and I would play in the yard and living room.  Sherman would lay on his back and I would pounce on him.  He was a special dog and many hoomans knew him from our walks or time at Angel Paws.


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Dog Dad here:  I will think of Sherman sleeping either by the bed or right outside the bedroom door.  Many of those times either his nose or paws would be under the rug.  In the house he would stay right at my feet when I sat on the couch, or by the sliding glass doors.  When fireworks went off, he was a Velcro Collie.  If a treat was involved Sherm was close by. At Angel Paws I will think of him doing fence patrol after Essex crossed the bridge.  Sherman the pup was bounced by Essex whenever he tried to help her with fence patrol.  During morning walks, he would bounce like a jack rabbit and bark at one part of the walk.  That was where a dog escaped his yard and ran up to us.  Essex was unfazed and Sherman hid behind her and Dad.  Sherman never forgot that, and when he got bigger he would started bouncing as approached that place.  He seemed to be saying  “I’m a big dog and not a little puppy anymore mister.”  He loved chewing on water jugs and was a very social puppy. 

At the park I will think of Sherman playing with his best pals Leo and Karma.  Sherman was an enthusiastic face licker.  I won’t miss having to watch Sherman when there tennis balls around.  Sherman was not gentle in taking a tennis ball away from a person.  He would growl at the other pups too.

Sherman was called Sherm, Shermee, Shermster, the Speaker of the Park, Big Guy and Silly Boy.  He crossed at middle age, and I had hoped he would be with the pack for several more years.  The spinal lymphoma and his front legs being paralyzed force a difficult decision.  As he was being helped across the Rainbow Bridge, I stroked him and talked to him.  His mind was there but the body was failing.  In many ways I wanted to keep him alive, but I could never put him through that.  I loved him to much and had to the right thing.  Sherman left a paw print in my heart and I miss my Silly Boy.
Miss you Sherm. 

Dog Dad