Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Puptricks 2017

Happy St. Puptricks Day to all.  It is Gemini's turn to wear the silly green hat.  We are having a pawsome St. Puptricks Day.
Happy St. Puptricks Day
There is a lot to celebrate today.  We came on this pawsome article about those evil screwworms in cyber-paw space.  After reading it, our entire pack started to dance and sing this song.

"Ding-dong the screwworms are gone.  Which screwworms?  The wicked screwworms. 
Ding-dong the wicked screwworms are gone. 
Wake up, you sleepy dog, rub your nose, get out of bed.
Wake up, the evil screwworms are dead!
They've gone were the goblins go below, below, below, yo ho.
Ding-dong the merry-oh, bark it high, bark it low.
Let them know

The Evil Screwworms are gone!"

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tourist Guide

We were two happy collies at our home.  Dad's sister Becky came to visit.  She came in on the 2 March and left 7 March.  Dad took vacation while his sister was in town.  We had two hoomans to watch over, which was pawtastic.  
2 March - Resting Before Visitor Arrives
The week started rough for Dad as he got a huge bump on his neck on Tuesday, 28 February.  It didn't hurt so he gave it day to subside.  He ended up seeing the doctor on 2 March before Becky arrived.  The doc gave Dad antibiotics.  The silly thing started leaking late Friday and Dad saw the doctor Monday.  He lanced the spot and drained out the puss.  Becky played Mom asking the doctor all kinds of question.  The area is healing and getting smaller.  Doc told them it was a cyst.
Dad's Cyst
The week promised to be windy, so the hoomans went on a glass bottom boat tour on Friday morning.  As it turned out that was the only time the boat went out while Becky was here.  High winds kept the boat from going out.  
Six Toed Cat Tracks
Sleeping Six Toed Cats
On Saturday they went on the sight seeing trolley and visited the Mel Fisher Museum, the Little White House and Hemingway's house.  When they came back in we gave them a thorough sniffing as they smelled like cats!  Sunday they went to church, saw the Southern Most Point and visited the Butterfly Museum.  Dad got a blister on his foot. BOL.  Then came Monday and Becky saw the Botanical Gardens and then went to the Doctor with Dad.
Becky Taking a Pawtograph 
The Flamingos Were Loud
Wonder If Any Teenage Mutant Turtles Crossed Here?
Becky left Tuesday morning.  Dad straightened up the house and our world returned to normal.  It was good having visitors.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sherman Is Doing Well

I am happy to report that Sherman is doing pawsome.  Rather than the typical one big meal, we got two smaller meals on Friday.  Sherman ate all his food and didn't throw up.  Dad is thrilled to see the happy intelligent eyes when Sherman looks at him.  When he got up the last two mornings Dad gave Sherman a big hug.

The only bad parts are that Doc told Dad that Sherman had to take some pills and needed take it easy.  So I went to Angel Paws, while Sherman had to watch the house Thursday-Saturday.  I did a pawtastic job of barking that to.Sherman..

Both Dad and I are happy to have Sherman back to his normal.  Sherman gave Dad's face a pawtastic tongue bath.  Yep our Shermie is well.     

Dog Speed,


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sherman Vet Visit

When Dad woke up at O'Dark Thirty, he saw a tired Sherman that was up for a walk..  Uncle Sherman uncharacteristically didn't set the pace and was slow.  About 2/3 of the way through the Sherman decided to rest.  When we got home, Sherman still wasn't hungry or thirsty.  Dad told me we were definitely going to see Doc Waddell.   Dad went to work but came back early, because he just kept thinking about Sherman. Sherman was still not himself. A couple hours later, we got in the Collie Mobile and headed off to our vet.

Doc Waddell checked Sherman out.  He felt his tummy, did blood tests and took his temperature.  Doc said Sherman was running a temperature of 104 F, which made Dad worried until he found out dogs normally have a temperature of 102 F.  We found out the blood test showed no surprises.  Sherman got an x-ray, which we will see the results tomorrow.  Sherman was dehydrated, so he got an IV for fluids and a shot of medicine to break the fever.  While Sherman wasn't with us I whined and carried on.  I even jumped up on Dad and told him I was worried.  Dad did his best to console me, but I was worried.  When Sherman finally got out of the back room, my tail wagged.  Dad got some pills to give Sherman too.
They Gave Sherman a Cute Bandage
Doc told Dad to get some soft food to make a broth for Sherman tonight. That will hopefully get his tummy back in action.  Dad has to watch Sherman's water intake and make sure he takes it easy.

After we got home, Dad spent some time with both of us, then I got to go to Angel Paws while Sherman stayed home.  I played some, but I thought about our Sherman.  When we got home, I went up to him to make sure he felt better.  Sherman looks a lot better and we'll be keeping a close eye on him the next few days.

Dog Speed,


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Worried About Sherman

Dad and I are worried about Sherman.  When we woke up this morning to go for our walk Dad noticed that one of us had thrown up our dinner.  Dad fed us a 6 PM and went to be around 9:30, so he wasn't sure who it was.  We got done with our walk and Dad showered.

He got out the treats and noticed that I gobbled it down, while Sherman wasn't real interested.  Sherman slowly ate his two treats.  This worried us because Sherman usually is quick to eat treats.  When Dad got back home from work, Sherman seemed a little slow, Dad saw he vomited up his treats too.  When he offered some cheese, Sherman refused.  Dad felt Sherman's tummy and it was soft.  Dad called our vet and has an appointment for tomorrow.
Sherman is Not Acting Normal
Sherman is drinking water (good sign) but isn't hungry (worries Dad).  We went to the park, Sherman seems sluggish but chased after a trailer at a slower pace.  Dad is going through his mind things that have went on.  On the 14th he gave both of us some Drontal Plus because he noticed what looked like little rice grains in Sherman's stool.  That is a sign of tape worms, so we both took that pill after Dad checked out cyber-paw space to see if Drontal was bad for collies.  Dad is discounting the pills because that was eight days ago.

Sherman showed some energy at Angel Paws and is drinking water, so Dad is comfortable with the wait.  However, not eating and throwing up concerns Dad.  Unlike Great Great Auntie Essex, who would at times not eat and would even refuse a treat, Sherman has never refused a treat.  So Dad is worried but not in a panic.

We'll see what Doc tells us tomorrow.

Dog Speed,


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Doing Well

It has been awhile since our last post.  We've intended to post, but then something would come up.  That and nothing exciting has happened lately.  Except for maybe gnawing on our Sunday bone.
Gemini Looking Pretty
Our pal Navy has been hit and miss at the dog park. Sometimes there have been several pups at Angel Paws and other times it is just us. 
Gnawing On Our Sunday Bone
At home Dad is trying to clean up the house and yard.  His youngest sister is coming to visit in early March.  It should be fun as Dad is taking vacation and we love having company over.

If we can remind Dad to bring his camera along, we'll get some pawtographs of the Dog Park.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Somebody's Hero

As we were on our O'dark thirty walk this morning a friendly Australian Cattle Dog decided to follow us the next street over.  Dad noticed didn't see any lights on, a hooman looking for a pup or a collar on the pup.  The pup kept following us, which made us worry.  As we made the final turn towards home, the pup was still following us.  So Dad has us go through the gate into the yard and shut the gate after the pup followed us in.  Dad gave the pup some water and a treat.  The he got into the collie mobile and drove around our walking area hoping to see a hooman looking for their pup.  He met the newspaper man, but he didn't remember a Australian Cattle Dog on the route.
Gemini and Our Visitor 

Dad kept the windows down listen for a voice calling a pup and eyes open.  He saw a person walking but they didn't know the pup.  Dad climbed into bed thinking he would go see the vet to scan for a microchip in the morning.  Then he heard the pup bark.  He wondered if the person passed by calling or had just got home.  As he drove down the street the pup followed us from, he saw a person get off a motorcycle.  He opened the window and asked the lady if she knew anyone that had a Australian Cattle Dog on the street.  She gave a startled look and told Dad it was her pup.  Dad said he was the next street over and would wait outside his house for her, while she got her leash..  

Dad got back home, let us outside in the back yard, and we ran around with the pup.  The lady down the street, Dad waved, she saw her pup and came into the back yard.  She was so thankful, and we barked happily to see another hooman.  The pup was exited to see her.  She petted all the pups, asked what our names were, said what pretty pups we were.  We were in heaven.  She told Dad she was visiting a friend and the pup must have escaped from the fenced in yard.  Dad nodded and said those things happen, thinking about Sherman's 2016 adventure.  We were sad to see her go, but the big smile on Dad's face warmed our hearts.  He said he appreciated our help in getting the pup to follow us into the yard.  We went back inside our home  and Dad tried to get to sleep, but couldn't.  

So yes, we were somebodies hero today.  Dad is yawning as he tries to watch the football game.  We think sleep is getting the upper hand though.

Dog Speed,

Sherman and Gemini

Friday, January 6, 2017

Prayers for Ft. Lauderdale

We have been watching the local news today.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the five people killed, eight injured and all the people trapped at the airport.  Dad has flown out of that airport a number of times and Stevie-Grrrr Wonder has too.  Dad remembers Stevie-Grrr Wonder loosing his airplane ticket at that air port before Essex came to live with him.    Below is a link ab article on this sad event:

It is possible some of our cyber-pals or people we know were at that airport.  There are lot of people we know in that area.  The news coverage reminds Dad of the Oklahoma City Bombing.  He was visiting friends near 45 minutes south of there when that happened.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 in Review

To all a Barky New Year and best wishes for 2017 "The Year of the Rooster."  The year started out much less scary than 2016.  So lets look back at 2016.

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01 January - Sherman's Adventure

11 January - Red Crosses the Rainbow Bridge
Red - December 2014
14 January - Navy adopts Red's Family
15 January - A muddy Gemini
15 February - Truck stops for Gemini

19 February - Gemini is spayed.
Gemini Wearing the Cone with Sherman
22 February - Collie Home gets new fence.

03 March - Gemini returns to Angel Paws.

16-21 March - Miles and Copper stay over our house.

22 March - Terrorist attack in Brussels

16 April - Pope Francis visits refuge camp in Greece

12 May - We report some paw stole the Angel Paws Fence

17 May - We visit Angel Paws and it has a new green fence.
Checking Out Angel Paws New Fence
30 May - 10 June - A trip to Ohio
Gemini in a Pawfect Pawtograph
15 June - Alligator kills small boy at Walt Disney World in Florida

19 June - Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA Championship

01 August - CDC announces travel warning to Miami, Florida due to Zika

19 August - Cassie crosses the Rainbow Bridge
01 October - Gandalf departs Key West to live in central Florida
04 October - Herricane Matthew and Screwworms

03 November - Indians lose World Series Game 7
Sherman is Sad the Tribe Lost
08 November - US Presidential Elections - We pray with Dad for the country

14 November - Super Moon
Super Moon
08 December - John Glenn Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

24 December - We have our first Oplatek Wafer
Oplatek Wafer