Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Collie Knows

Gemini went visited the vet today.  Dad was worried because he thought she might have collie nose.  We told Dad that "Collies knows all kinds of things."  Dad just shook his head.
Monday - 29 JAN
31 JAN - The Spot Gotten Bigger
Around Wednesday last week Dad noticed Gemini's nose looked different.  It was rough on top.  When Saturday rolled around, Dad knew they were going to the vet.  He set up an appointment on Monday for today.  From Monday till today (Wednesday) the nose looked worse.  Doc looked at her and took a biopsy.  He told Dad it was a bacteria and fungal infection.  We have pills and a antiseptic scrub for her nose.  Gemini will be fine, though she was here typical active self all day.
A Super Blue Moon
As for this morning we got to see a Super Blue Moon.  The eclipse portion didn't show well in Key West, so we didn't see the blood moon part.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sad News From Connecticut

Cyberpaw pals we have sad news to relay.  Our friends at Moon Dance Huskies experienced a house fire on Monday 22 January.  Fortunately the pups and humans made it out safely.  Sadly three of the five cats crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Early that morning their Dog Mom woke up, heard a pop and saw a six foot flame in her bedroom.  Lakota and Crystal made it to safety.  However our cybercat pals OJ, Latte and Beloved ran and hid and crossed the bridge.  Skye welcomed them there, but we are sad to see such young ones cross the bridge.  Here is a link to the story about the fire and a video clip The husky you wee in the video is our pal Lakota being led away from the fire.
Latte and OJ Relaxing
Dad has known Skye's Dog Mom since the days of Essex and Deacon.  All three are Angel Dogs now.  Right now Skye’s Mom is living in a hotel.  The frame of the house is okay as is the roof.  The rest of the house is damaged and they will not be able to move in for quite sometime.  The sled team is the animal shelter and their Dog Mom goes every day to feed and talk to them.  
2012 - A Shaved OJ
Sherman Missing Some Fur - 2012
We get together most Sundays to chat, and it was quite a jolt when we found out about the bridge crossing.  Some of you may remember the great fur growing race between Sherman and OJ during November to December 2012.  We will think of OJ crossing the pond to visit our pal Blue.  Then there were conversations with Anne and Betty's Mom. 

We will miss our cyber-cat pals and their tall tails.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemi

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wistful Dad Thinking Of 2008

Cyberpaw pals, Dad is being wistful.  Ten years ago today Grand Ma (Dad's Mom) crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Neither of us were there, but Great Auntie Essex told Sherman all about that day.  Dad drove three days all the way from Key West to Northern Ohio.  He was tired but arrived before Grand Ma crossed.
Grand Ma With Brudder Steve Circa 1967
Essex told Sherman that Dad was close to her.  Grand Paw was there but worked the night shift when Dog Dad grew up.  Dad didn't see as much of Grand Paw as he would have liked.  Mom was there to raise the children though.  She did the best she could.  Grand Ma wasn't perfect, but she did a good job raising them.  All of the kids felt loved.

Essex and Deacon kept Dad sane the days after Grand Ma crossed.  Doing everyday things like walkies does wonder for a hooman's mind.  Essex talked about how she and Deacon loved the snow and played with their pals Cassie and Hattie.  Sadly all of those pups have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Essex the Snow Princess
Hattie, Cassie, Essex & Deacon Playing 
Deacon In The Snow 
Essex & Deacon Playing
The memories of growing up are still there for Dog Dad.  Most of them are good memories, some are sad.  That is life.  Grand Ma, Grand Paw, Essex and Deacon have all left their footprint and paw prints in Dad's heart.
Paw Prints In The Snow
The two of us are keeping Dog Dad company now.  Licking a face or hand does wonders for him.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Love you Mom.  I'm giving you a hug in my mind.

Dog Dad

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Watching Over Dad

Well cyberpaw pals, our Dad got sick this weekend.  We think it might have been the flu bug.  Plenty of rest, OJ, chicken noodle soup, NyQuil and a strong dose of collies watching him, helped him get better.  Dad was pretty much himself early Monday.

Thank dogness, Dad was well enough to take us out for our walks.  We would have been really sad if he couldn't do that. 
Sherman Just Sniffing
Gemini - A Long Cool Collie Getting A Drink
We are enjoying the cool weather.  Lots of running around at Angel Paws and our yard.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 In Review

To all of our cyber paw pals a Barky New Year and a pawtastic 2018 “The Year of the Dog.”  We hope that 2017 brings a lot less Herricanes.

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05 February - New England wins first overtime Super Bowl.

Gemini, Sora and Sky

Jenna and Odie
25 August - Herricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas.

10 September - Herricane Irma hits the Florida Keys.
We Stayed At Gandalf's Home During Herricane Irma
20 September - Herricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico 

23 September - We return to Key West.

                 - The Las Vegas shootings

16 October - Herricane Ophelia makes land fall in Ireland.

30 November - Brudder cat, Rocky, crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

31 December - Post Number 700.
                    - Our Pal Navy arrives in Key West

Sunday, December 31, 2017

700th Post

This is our 700th  post and we will celebrate it by talking about an event that significantly changed Dog Dad’s life fourteen years ago.  31 December 2003 is the day Dad drove north from Key West and was adopted by Essex.  She was the last of her litter to be adopted.  Dad is convinced he got the best puppy from that litter.  He had contacted Lil at Holmhaven Collies earlier that month and found out she was still available. 
Essex Holmhaven Puppy Pawtograph
Essex Investigating Her Home
Essex Walking Around Her Home The First Time
Essex Sleeping On Her Back
Dad drove three and a half hours north to Holmhaven.  When he arrived Essex came over and chewed on his shoe lace.  Dad gave her a belly rub and she was smitten with him.  Dad and Essex got in the collie-mobile and Essex panicked.  She wanted to stay with her brother Buddy.  She climbed up Dad’s arm and cried for about ten minutes.  Dog Dad kept stroking her and spoke in calm steady voice.  Essex relaxed to that voice.  Half way to Key West Dad stopped so Essex could go potty.

Essex fell asleep and awoke when the truck stopped at home.  Dad let her investigate the yard and a strong bond grew between the two.  That night Essex woke up Dad to go to the bathroom by licking his foot. 

Essex changed Dad’s life so many ways.  Angel Paws Dog Park was built the month Essex arrived in Key West.  Dad and Essex discovered it a couple months latter.  There are so many pups and hoomans Dad has met over the years.  Some were met at Angel Paws, some due to the Key West Collie blog, others were pups from Holmhaven Collies, and then there was a place called Dog’s With Blogs.  In 2007 the collies joined Dog’s With Blogs which was kind of like Camelot.   Essex and Deacon sadly saw that group fade away several short years after it started.  Fortunately the chat room remains and the Collies still chat with our pal angel-dog Skye and some other pups on most Sundays. 
Angel Paws
Essex Created A Dirt Path From Fence Patrol

There are sad and happy memories.  Dad has visions of Essex on fence patrol and dirt path she created along the fence line.  He remembers Essex staying by his bed when he was sick, her gentle lick, her sleeping on her back and how they watched out after each other.
Essex And Deacon 
Deacon's Holmhaven Puppy Pawtograph
Sherman At Holmhaven
Essex and Sherman Shortly After Leaving Holmhaven
Sherman and Gemini Leaving Holmhaven
Sherman and Gemini Playing In Their Yard
Later Deacon came to live with them and crossed the rainbow bridge far too soon.  Sherman came to fill the hole in Dad’s heart after that crossing.  Little Gemini took her time arriving after Essex’s crossed.  It was worth the wait.  Essex and Deacon definitely left there are paw prints in Dad’s heart.  Sherman and Gemini are putting paw prints there too.  God bless the collies.  Dad thanks them for adopting him and knows they made him a better hooman. 

February 2008 - Essex and Deacon Paw Prints in the Snow
Dog Speed

Sherman, Gemini and Dog Dad

Friday, December 29, 2017

29 December 2018

Everything has been quiet at Angel Paws.  We are waiting to see our pal Navy at the park.  In the meanwhile we see Kira, Anubis and Bo at times.  Gemini doesn't play much with any of those pups.  Instead she gets the zoomies and plays with Sherman.
We will be in the DWB chat room on New Years Eve, bringing in the 2018.  Our pals Skye and Betty's Mom will be there.  Pee-mail us if you want to join us and we will send you the link.

Dogs Speed,

Sherman & Gemini