Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 2014 - Angel Paws

Things are going pawsome at Angel Paws.  I have met new friends.  One of them is Kiwi, who is full of bounce and gets after me to play.  Bella the Boxer shows up sometimes as well.  My pals Red and CC are back for the winter.  I can definitely tell these two twelve year old Labradors have slowed down.
Having Fun at Angel Paws
My Pal Kiwi
Kiwi and Tonks 
CC Sniffing Around
When our visit is done, Dad drives us home in the Collie Mobile.  When he saw me today he just laughed at me.  I looked so happy and content in the back of the truck.  
On the Way Home in the Back of the Collie Mobile
Dog Speed,

Sherman

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December Seventh

Today is one of those days that Dad always remembers and stops a moment to pray.  Ever since he was a little boy he remember December Seventh.  Essex told me that both Grand Maw and Grand Paw told Dad that they remember where they were the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked. They remember the speech given by FDR.  Here is a link to FDR's speech declaring war on Japan.   A lot of things changed in the world that day.  Over the course of the next four years many young men and women would cross the Rainbow Bridge.
The Battleship Arizona
After Dad left Ohio, he got to travel to Hawaii and see Pearl Harbor.  He visited the Arizona Memorial.  Dog Dad can remember where he has been and doing on previous December Sevenths.  He thinks of how different the world would have been if it never happened.  May we never forget those who gave their lives to protect our country and may the Lord give our leaders the wisdom that has eluded so many of the worlds past leaders.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Dog Dad

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Battle Buddy

I was surfing the cyber-paw space this week and stumbled on an article titled "They Showed His Dog Leaning Against A Door, And Then It All Made Sense To Me."  As we read the article, I could see Dog Dad nodding his head in agreement.  The article was about Service Dogs for Military Veterans.
Sherman With A Special Report 
As we explored further, we found the site for the "Battle Buddy Foundation."  We read the information on the site and I noticed Dog Dad smiling at me.  We know lots of veterans and Dad could easily relate to the article from the people he knows.  We both think it was a pawtastic idea.  Dad knows that a regular dog like me helps him a lot, and he could imagine what trained dog could do for a person with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

We don't remember reading about this in any of our cyber-paw pals blogs.  We hope you enjoy reading about Battle Buddy and find this to be as interesting as Dog Dad and I.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Dog Dad

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We hope everyone had a pawsome Thanksgiving.  I was happy to spend some extra time with Dad.  I had to laugh at him today.  He was making pumpkin muffins and had the batch in the oven.  As he is cleaning up, he notices a can on the counter.  He looks at it and realizes he didn't add the pumpkins puree to the mix.  BOL, all he did was say "Nuts" and shake his head.
Barky Thanksgiving Every Paw
Good news, Dad told me he is off tomorrow, so I am happy.  This year I am thankful for having Dog Dad to take care of and for Grrrreat Auntie Essex teaching me "The Way of the Collie."  While I miss her, I am hopeful that next year will bring a tri-color collie puppy into our home.  None are born as of yet, so we don't know when the pup will join us.

I am happy that there are more pups coming to Angel Paws.  The Snowbirds in there RVs are starting to come down, which means more pups at the park.  My good pals  Red and CC are back.  There are a couple of other pups that show up a couple times a week like Bella the Boxer.  There are others that come once a week or so.

Dog Speed,

Sherman

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kiana Crosses the Bridge

I am sad to tell you that my paw pal Kiana crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday.  Kiana was about ten and a half years old.  For over six years she took medicine to help control epileptic seizures.  She was a pawsome Siberian Husky with an extremely friendly personality.  About two months ago her hoooman parents found out she had cancer and wouldn't be much longer with them.  Her hoomans prepared themselves and tried to do lots of things with Kiana.  When the time came yesterday, Tonks accompanies Kiana to the vet and stayed with her as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  The below picture was taken at the vets office. 
Kiana and Tonks Touch Paws for the Final Time
Great Auntie Essex and Uncle Deacon first met Kiana and Tonks way back in early 2011.  The Huskies and Collies quickly became good friends.  I first met them as a puppy when I came to live with Great Auntie Essex.  We had lots of fun at Angel Paws Dog Park and at each others houses.  Dog Dad and I know her hoomans made the right decision.  A very good paw pal has went to run with Great Auntie Essex and Uncle Deacon.  Dog Speed Kiana, Dog Speed.
Kiana at Angel Paws- Early 2011
Left to Right - Tonks, Kiana, Brooke and Me
Kiana at My House - 2013 
Furever your paw pal, 

Sherman

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Remembering Essex a Year Later

Dad has been in a wistful mood all day.  He is thinking of her, Grrrreat Auntie Essex, it has been a year since she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When he remembers her, memories of Uncle Deacon and his hoooman Mother and Father come to mind.  He speaks to me of all of them.  About fence patrol, Essex's gentle kiss, the first time she met his parents, then how she and Deacon met them.  If he thinks about it wrong, I can see a little dampness around his eyes.  They all meant so much to him, just like I mean a lot to my Dad now.
On Fence Patrol 
The Watchdog, Always Ready to Sound the Alert
During our time at the park, I did a little fence patrol for Dad and that made him smile.  He mostly thinks of great adventures and speaks of happy times.  Things all of them taught him.  He mentioned Essex by name during our walk and more then once he mentioned her nickname "Res" during the day.
Essex and Deacon Resting 
Sleeping Belly Up
He comes over gives me a gentle smile and great big hug.  I lick him.  He will be okay.  There are paw prints and foot prints in the heart.  He tells me how much he learned from Essex, Deacon and his pawrents.  That he is learning from me.  He kisses me on my forehead.  I smile.
Paw Prints in the Snow
I'll take care of you today Dad,

Sherman


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Prairie Dogs?!?

Dad and I have been busy trying to do all kinds of things, but haven't  caught up.  I've been collie-vising while Dad has been doing the work.  Dad you missed a spot.

At the park we noticed a strange little critter near our park.  Our pals Tonks and Kiana saw it too.  Dad told them it looked like a prairie dog, but we all knew Key West isn't Prairie Dog Country.  Later Dad saw Montana and Dakota's Mom and she confirmed it was a prairie dog and there were more.
A Strange Critter 
A Key West Prairie Dog!
Some squirrel brain must have let them go, which makes Dad mad, because they don't belong here.

As for a puppy, that is a long way off.  No pup is born yet and our breeder Lil doesn't know when the next litter will be due.  When we get news we will let every paw know.

Dog Speed,

Sherman