Friday, February 24, 2012

Return to Angel Paws

After a week of away from my beloved Angel Paws Dog Park, I have returned.  I loved being back.  I saw a lot of my friends, except for my best buddy Leo.  Leo and I play really ruff and that worries both of our parents.  So if we see him or a couple of other dogs I play ruff with or wrestle with, we will head home.  Sigh.

Sorry, no pawtographs.  Dog Dad forgot the camera. 


Monday, February 20, 2012

Mercury and Friendship

Today we took a journey in the WABAC machine.  We went back fifty years to 20 February 1962.  It was a time of great adventure and promise.  A time of "Friendship 7" and a man named John Glenn.  Dad is only four years old and living in northern Ohio.  He is sitting watching the black and white TV.  At 9:47:39 a.m. EST the Atlas Rocket roared into outer space.   The nation held its breath as an astronaut named John Glenn circles the earth three times.  As the capsule reenters the atmosphere there is a problem.  Walter Cronkite talks to the nation as events unfold.  After 4 hours, 55 minutes and 30 seconds the capsule lands in the Atlantic Ocean just north of the Dominican Republic.  John Glenn has become the first American to circle the Earth.
John Glenn Enters Friendship 7
Friendship 7 Lift Off
The risks were real.  The pride of being an American was there as well.  It was a time of great challenges.  It was a time when heroes were not athletes, they were men that were called astronauts, men that wore cumbersome shiny suits.

Mercury Stamp
As we journey back to our own time, we can see a look in Dad's eyes.  A reminder of a time when we tried to do things together.  A simpler time of three TV stations and shiny heroes.  A time we strove to do great things together.
Sherman's Cone Reminds Dad of Astronauts
Houston can you hear me

Essex & Sherman

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sherman Doing Well

Dear Cyber-Paw Pals, I am doing well.  Though I wish Dog Dad would take me to Angel Paws.  He is telling me Friday.  Dr. Waddell said 4-5 days, so Dog Dad makes it a week.  Sigh.

The pictures were taken Friday, when I returned home.  In the first picture you can see that I am out of it.  Doc gave me some good drugs.  You can see where they cut my handsome fur, so they could stick the IV in my leg.  Sigh. 

The last shot is of my shaved belly.  I was lucky only one incision was necessary. 
Back home, you can see my shaved front leg
The IV was attached here
Shaved belly
Tomorrow, I'll let Dad take a picture of me in my e-collar.  We will be using the WABAC machine to go back in time.  Do you know when in time we will be going?  Dad promised that we'll have a blast. 

Dog Speed,


Friday, February 17, 2012

Good News From the Vet

We got a call from our vet's office at 12:54 PM, Sherman had a successful operation.  Only one incision had to be made to find his hidden dog-hood, not two.   After Dog Dad put down the put down the phone, he shouted out the good news and startled me.  Dad will go to pick up Sherman at 4 PM.  For the next several days Sherman will be a "Cone Head."

Dad getting a bit worried.  He had dropped Sherman off at 8:30 AM.  I came along to give my Great Nephew moral support.  We thought Sherman was the only surgery today, so Dad was starting to worry when the call hadn't come.  Actually, there was another operation in front of Sherman.  That he is okay, makes the Key West Collie pack , our friends at Angel Paws and cyber-paw pals all very happy.

We appreciated everypaws comments.  Your support eased Dog Dad's mind.  We will be sure to have pictures of Sherman in his "Cone-Head" costume.

Here are some pictures of Sherman playing with Tonks yesterday.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Tonks at Play
Sherman and Tonks see something
Sherman this Morning

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sherman To Get Fixed

Sherman talks to Dad
I am going to get fixed Friday.  Dad had a talk with me about it, because he is a little worried.  You see I have something called cryptorchidism.  That means my testicles haven't dropped.  Dad has been hoping they would descend, but no such luck.  
Dad read up on it and dogs with crytorchidism that aren't fixed run a high risk getting cancer.  Then again because this isn't normal, Dad worry.  I licked his face and told him all will be okay.  I am a brave collie boy.  I will not like having to stay away from Angel Paws while I heal.  It is my favorite place.  Sigh, there will be no playing with Leo for awhile after tomorrow.  

Dad always does what he thinks is best, even if it doesn't make him feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  This is one of those times.  Think of me, tell Dad not to worry and that I'll be okay. 

Dog Speed 


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Red has a Hero Cousin

Red's Dad, Joel, bred Labrador Retrievers for a long time.  Every once in awhile he gets some good news. Recently he has been thumping his chest like a proud Dog Dad.  A family in Kentucky sent him a e-mail.  It turns out that Molly, their yellow Labrador Retriever was awarded the Kentucky pet hero of the year in February 2011.  Molly, woke up her family and the escaped a house fire. 
Here are a couple links if you want to find out more.
Newspaper Article about Molly
TV story about fire
TV story about award

Yes, we know this is a year later, but all of us just found out.  We know Joel was proud that a dog he bred received such an outstanding award. 

As for us, all is going well.  During our walk this morning, Dad noticed that Sherman lifting his leg.  It sure is silly that hoomans feel something like that is so important.

Essex & Sherman