Sunday, December 10, 2017

Well cyber paw pals a cold front has moved through Key West and we are loving it.  The temperature is 59 Fahrenheit outside, which is cold for Key West.  It is a pawsome temperature for collies.  We were running around and playing this morning, then more of the same at Angel Paws.

The week was pawsome as Dad didn't go to work.  He spent time with us and did his Essexmas baking.  Five different types of cookies, a flan and an angel food cake.  It kept Dad busy and the smells were pawsome.

Dad will be off between Essexmas and New Years.  We will be looking forward to that. 

We promise to post more soon.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chilling Out

Gemini decided to wear one of Dad's favorite hats.  It keeps the sun out of the eyes.

Things are going okay in Key West.  Brudder Steve called to report that Rocky crossed the Rainbow Bridge.   Never easy on hoomans when fur-ever friend crosses the bridge. 

There is good news in our home.  Dad is taking next week off so he can do his Essexmas backing.  We know all our friends will enjoy eating them.  We told Dad we have an order of cheddar collies.  We will see if he makes them for us.

Dog Speed,

Sherman &  Gemini

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bo & Kira

There are new regular paws at Angel Paws.  The first is Kira, the black German Shepherd.  Kira likes to chase after her ball and rarely plays with the other pups.  She is a good pup that gets along with every paw.
Kira With Her Ball
Then there is Bo the Collie.  You may remember that we met Bo way back in May.  We thought he left, but then this month we started to see him again.  Bo's lean frame and ears reminds Dad of Deacon.  He is quite a handsome collie.

Bo Sure Is a Pawsome Looking Pup
As you can tell he is a lot taller than Sherman.  It took about two weeks before Gemini felt comfortable around him.  Then Gemini tends to be very cautious around new pups.  
Bo Sure Is Taller Than Sherman
Gemini Keeps An Eye On Bo
Dog Speed,

Sherman and Gemini

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

It was a pretty good Thanksgiving.  Dad was off and told us tails of a trip to Ohio by Essex and Deacon back in 2009.  They traveled north to Ohio to see Dad's Pawther, who was born close to Thanksgiving.  The barkday cake had a turkey on it, BOL. 
Thanksgiving 2009
Dad enjoyed thinking of happy thoughts of his family. Then there was the story of Essex and Deacon playing in the snow.  Those two luck pups ate turkey too.  When Dad took them out for a walk in the snow, they both pooped.  Dad claimed it could kill a buzzard from 200 feet away.  BOL.

Dad spent time with friends and us.  As for Sherman's foot, he is doing well.

Dog Speed,

Sherman and Gemini

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sore Spot

Dad took me to the vet Saturday.  He noticed me licking my right rear paw.  When he looked closely, he noticed a sore between my toes.  Dad is putting on my hurt spot.  I told him that I was okay but Dad would have none of it.  Sigh. 

Dad has been a little sad today, so Gemini and I did our best to cheer him up.  Four years ago today Essex crossed the bridge.  When we started to lick his face Dad smiled at us.  Nothing like collie kisses to lift the blues.

Dog Speed,

Sherman

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Collieween 2017

Collieween is Dad's favorite day in Key West.  Unlike many years we had candy left over.  Unfortunately none of them are dog biscuits.  We went through fourteen bags of candy.  Dad bought sixteen.  We were both put into the bedroom.  Something about loosing our minds and barking to much.  Dad smiled a ton because he thought of Collieween's past.  Being with Essex after Herricane Wilma, having his friends over the one year and them making balloon animals and swords, having various friends help give away candy.  We could feel the warm glow of happy memories coming from Dog Dad.

Our home is getting back to normal.  Dad took last week off and avoided downtown and Fantasy Fest.  We prefer the dog park to downtown.  We helped Dad clean up around the house some and watched "Band of Brothers" on TV.  We count our blessings after Herricane Irma.  Outside of the yard, things are pawsome.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Friday, October 13, 2017

Early October Adventure

We are doing well cyber pals.  Things quickly progressed in getting better, but there were some hurdles.  
Leaning Pole Is Not A Good Thing
As Dad was cleaning up in one the back yard on the 28th he brushed up against a pole and felt his skin tingle.  He looked up at the pole and noticed it was crooked.  Yep, electric current.  He called the Electric Company, when they didn't show up he emailed them a picture on Sunday 1 October.  Dad went to work on the second, when he came home he noted the electric company had disconnected him.  He called and the told him that he needed to get an electrician, because the problem was at his end. He got hold of one and the told they might make it late Tuesday, but more likely Wednesday morning.  
They Pushed The Pole Over
A Broken Bracket
Dad got a room at the lodge and we stayed there Monday and Tuesday night.  They didn't have a room Wednesday night.  The electricians came over at 8 AM and were done by 11 AM.  They called the electric company and Dad waited a couple hours before calling them.  When he talked to the electric company Dad was told it would be 2-3 days before he would get power.  His heart sank.  He figured it was cool enough that he would sleep in the house and went out to eat.  When he was coming back he was following an electric company truck.  The truck pulled up and we had power by (:30 PM.  We were a happy pack.  

Yard cleanup is going well.  It will take some time.  There is a lot more light and you can see things we never noticed before.  We are seeing pups more often at Angel Paws, so we are happy.

Today Dad is happy, but wistful.  It would have been Essex's 14th barkday today.  He thinks about her and Deacon at times.  He misses them both, but he smiles when he sees us.  We think both of those two Angel Collies protected our home and our pack.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Busy Days

Dad has been busy the last couple days.  His neighbors gave him a hand in cutting the Brazilian Pepper Tree  to pieces.  You can see the crushed shed.  The shed is as flatter than roadkill on a busy street.    If you look at the front yard, there is a big pile of tree limbs.  Maybe somepaw thinks there is a beaver living in Key West.   
Pawsome, The Tree Is Gone
There is plenty more to do.  Dad works outside for a while, then comes in and does some indoor things.  .

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cleaning Up After Irma

Cyber-Paw pals, our home is in great shape.  One of the wirlybird turbine ventilator fell off the roof, the fan slats on the side of the house is out of wack and one of the screened windows on the porch was messed up.  Considering Dog Dad was convinced we were returning to a foundation slab, we are very happy and very lucky.  Our next door neighbor, who  is part of the Emergency Operations Center for Monroe County, put the wilrlybird back in place.  
The Fan Slats Need Adjusting 
Side of House Looks Good
A Clear Shot
The yard is a another story.  One of the palm trees fell down, parallel to the hedges.  The two Brazilian Pepper Trees fell.  One of them crushing the first shed and damaging the fence.  Dad felt an electric current on the fence on the opposite side.  Plenty of yard work to do.  
Palm Tree Fell Down Parallel to Hedges
A Crushed Shed 
The Lawn Mower Survived!!
Dad was looking for the clippers and found them today.  He left them on the ground by the deck.  He cleared some of the tree and rescued the lawn mower.  It looks like the lawn mower survived the tree falling on the shed.  Dad will be busy cleaning up after Irma.  We think plenty of praying by family and other pawsons helped, and that the spirits of Essex and Deacon herded Irma away from our home.  We feel so very lucky.
View From The Deck, Two Sheds Are Behind The Tree
Can't See The Sheds From Ground Level
The Back Shed Is Intact!!
Dog Speed and pass the motrin,

Sherman, Gemini and Dog  Dad

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Collies Return To Key West

We are back in Key West.  

The house is in grrrreat shape.  The spirits of Angel Collies Essex and Deacon must have protected our home.  

The yard is a disaster.   It may be awhile before we have a yard that we can roam in.  Dad will have a lot of work to do.

While we enjoyed visiting our pal Gandalf, we are happy to be home.  We would talk longer, but we are very tired from the long drive.

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Missing Dad

Dear cyber-paw pals, we are having fun with our pal Gandalf, but we are waiting for the return of Dog Dad.  Dog Dad intends to pick us up Saturday and be back home the same day.  We will be definitely will be happy to be back home.
Sherman, Gemini and Gandalf 
While it is nice to visit a paw pal with a big back yard, there is nothing like being home.  There will be definitely plenty of things to take care of in the coming days.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Monday, September 18, 2017

Maria & Angel Paws Update

It looks like Maria will be well to the east of us.  When we saw the five day forecast there was a ripple of relief through our pack.  We hope Herricane Maria does little damage to those that are in her path.


A paw in Key West told us the fence around Angel Paws is intact.  The big Australian Pine and both Mahogany trees were uprooted by Herricane Irma.  We will miss or shade trees.  When we get back to Key West, we will have to check out Angel Paws.
NOAA Imagery of Angel Paws.
Irma knocked over our shade trees.
Dog Speed

Sherman & Gemini

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watching Maria In The Tropics

Bowsers, just when we were starting to relax, another evil tropical storm is on the horizon.  This one is Tropical Storm Maria.  We are worried, but the path is to far out to say how it will impact Florida.  We are trying to bark it away from Florida.  Sigh.
Maria, please go north and visit the Atlantic Ocean
Wish we could post pawtographs, but Dad left his connection between the computer and the camera.  We are having a blast playing in Gandalf's enormous back yard.  That yard is the size of Angel Paws.  
Dog Dad's place of work will be out of Miami for awhile.  He told us that while he is in Miami, that we will be staying with Gandalf's pack.  We thought about arguing with him, but we know he is right.  This will be tough because we don't like being away from Dad.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Friday, September 15, 2017

Grrrreat News

We received a call this morning and this evening.  The first was from Dad's neighbor Bob.  Bob walked or property noted one of our roof turbines flew off, and that at least one of our sheds were crushed by the other neighbors Brazilian Pepper trees.  The rest of the house looked good.

Then his neighbor Frank from across the street called.  He relayed that the house looked good, one of the gutters were missing, the one palm tree fell down, the PVC pipes around the house looked good too.  He said his house took minimal water, which means there was no flood water in our home.  The electricity was on as our AC was running.

We are all happy.  Dad even did a funny dance.

Dog Speed,

Sherman and Gemini

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

12 September 2017

First we are all okay.  Power came on about two hours ago.  We can feel Gandalf's home cooling off.  Which makes for two happy collies and a Dog Dad.  We appreciate everyone prayers and concerns.  The good will of people is a contrast to many other things going on in the world.
Our House Still Has a Roof
As for our house it still has a roof, which is a good thing.  We are trying to figure out where one of the palm trees disappeared to in the front yard.  We can see the shadow of one but not the other that is in the front yard.  Use the following link to access NOAA imagery of Key West and some of the rest of the lower keys.  https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/irma/index.html

While we will be sad to loose some things, it is only things.  We have each other, which is the important things.  

We are sure there are a thousand questions, we have them too.  We can see the imagery of our house, but we have no idea what the inside looks like.  Dad expected to see only the foundation, so he was amazed to see the roof.  Dad is unsure of what work will be doing as well.  

We would try to send pawtographs, but Dad can't find the camera thingy that attaches to the puter.  

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini and Dog Dad

Monday, September 11, 2017

11 September 2017

We still have power.  Expect to see things to get worst around 2 AM.   Hopefully we can still post later in the day.  If not we will ask one of Dad's siblings to post on the orange and yellow orange back.

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

Sunday, September 10, 2017

10 September 2017

We are expecting a long night.  There will be Herricane winds tonight, so we will probably huddle with Dad during the night.  The entire pack will be tired tomorrow morning.

We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

Saturday, September 9, 2017

We Are Doing Okay

We'll cyberpaw pals we are hanging in there.  We wish we were further away, but we were worried about being in traffic and getting hit by Irma.  Being in Eustis, don't have to worry about storm surge.

If you want to follow the storm there is post called Orion Rising that Essex and Deacon wrote.  That post will allow you to follow those hurricane weather tracking sites.

Our host is our pal Gandalf, who has stayed with us in Key West.  It has been fun visiting him.  Above are the three of us resting together.

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

9 September Update

We are using a friend computer because our mouse has locked up.

There is much debating on what to do.  Will let everypaw know our final decision.  Dad is calm, but we can tell he is worried.  There are no real good decisions as he is worried about getting stuck on the road.

We pray for everyone in Florida and hope all our pals are stay safe.

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini and Dog Dad

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eustice FL

Cyber-Paw pals we arrived in Eustice, Florida early this morning. We are staying with our friend Gandalf and his family.  It was an eleven hour drive with very few stops.  Dad drove the entire night, leaving home at night and getting here in day light.

We will continue to monitor Herricane Irma and try to make informed decisions.  We are not worried about storm surge but worry about the wind.  If we go on the road we worry about gas and getting stuck on the road. 

We are all worried, but trying to put ourselves in the safest position.  What ever happens, we have each other.

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini & Dog Dad

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Evacuating For Irma

We have been super busy helping out Dad.  We are evacuating for Irma and praying that we have something to come back to.

The plan is to leave Key West early Thursday morning and arrive at Mount Dora that evening.  Dad was hoping to evacuate to Valdosta, Georgia but all the hotels were sold out.  Dad will take what he values most, his collies.  We will have dog food, human food and water.  He will take some pawtographs he values and hopefully all his important papers.  He figures he will inevitably not take something.  

He is going to use some of his plastic garbage cans and put things he would like to take, but doesn't have room for.  

We will try to post tomorrow, but will intend to post when we get in Mount Dora. 

Dog Speed,

Sherman, Gemini and Dog Dad  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Praying for Texas Coast After Herricane

We are praying for the folks on the Texas coast.  Dad  talks about Herricane Wilma, and I remember the stories Auntie Essex told me.  It took quite a some time before life got back to normal.  There was sand covering some streets, the roof collapsed on K-Mart, a lot of stores had to get repaired, supplies at home depot were scarce with all the herricanes in 2004 and 2005.  Essex told me about their walks and yards looked like something out of a story about the Appalachians because of all the things being thrown away.  The storm isn't fun and recovery is slow an painful. Lord help the folks in Houston.

We are closely watching Herricane Irma in the Atlantic.  Irma is already a major herricane and looks like it will go into the Caribbean.  We look forward to the end of the 2017 Herricane Season.

Dog Speed

Sherman & Gemini

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Odie, Jenna & Sky Cyber Collie Pals

We want to introduce to you some Cyber Collie Pals.  Their Dog Mom has been a fan of our blog for several years.  Recently they convinced their Dog Mom to send some pawtographs to us.  We of course wanted to share the pawtographs.

First there is Odysseus, who answers to the name Odie.  Way back in 2010 Angel Collies Essex and Deacon met a white tri-color headed collie named Benjamin.  It sure looks like Odie loves his home.  
Odysseus (Odie) 

Below is pawtograph of Jenna and Odie waiting for breakfast.  They sure are patient.   Both of them have ears up, just like angel collie Deacon had.  We imagine like Deacon both of them have a big loving heart.  Jenna looks like a white collie with sable markings.
Jenna & Odie
Last is Sky, a pawsome looking Blue Merle.  He looks as happy as Jenna & Odie.  You can tell by the smiles that these Collies love their hooman.  We appreciate the pawtographs and hope that you all keep your Dog Mom safe and give her plenty of loving.
Sky is a Handsome Blue Merle

Dog Speed

Sherman & Gemini

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A New Collie Mobile

Things around Angel Paws have been slow and things around the home hectic.  Early this month the Collie Mobile decided to start acting up.  Our old Collie Mobile had a wrench light come on.  It would stay on for a couple seconds and the car seemed to shift funny.  Then the engine light decided to stay on and the thermostat light went on for awhile.  While the vehicle was only seven years old, Dad was worried about the lights and Herricane Season.  He wanted to make sure the Collie Mobile could take us to safety if a Herricane came our way.  He thought about for about ten minutes and decided to get us a new vehicle.

We rented a Jeep for a week so we could go to Angel Paws and Dad could go to work.  The Jeep was okay.
The Rental Jeep
Dad decided to get a GM Arcadia because his brudder-in-law retired from GM. He told the salesman he wanted a light color car, with a light interior, cloth seats, cruise control and Sirius Radio.   With the heat in Florida a light car is much cooler than a dark vehicle.  Dad remembers sitting in leather seats once and having a big red spot during his BC (Before Collies) years.  The cruise control and Sirius radio are for long distance driving.  The Arcadia is a good vehicle, but Dad tends to get attached to his vehicles so he misses his Explorer.  Dad is getting used to the little differences between a GM and Ford too.
The New Collie Mobile an Arcadia
As for us, we lie around in the AC and take it easy.  We see some pups off and on at Angel Paws.  There is no steady group that shows up though.


We will try to post later in the week.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Busy Week

The last couple days have just flown by us.  We were going to post yesterday, but didn't.  Stories to relay.

Cousin Clyde had an operation on his back leg yesterday.  He is home and recovering.  The operating vet said Clyde was in good condition.  He needs rest to recover and to follow an exercise routine to recover.    The Doctor thinks Clyde has several good years left in him.  Clyde is happy to be home with his hoomans.  We sure hope is around several more years, because we loved hearing stories of Essex and Deacon.
Clyde is Recovering From Leg Surgery
We received a P-Mail from Gemini's sister Shannon at Holmhaven.  She had puppies in May and one of her son's will be staying at Holmhaven.  That is him below, he sure is a handsome fella.  The thought of him being at Holmhaven makes us smile.
Shannon's Son
Meeting pups at Angel Paws have been hit and miss.  Sometimes there are pups are there, other time no paw.  We didn't get to go yesterday because it rained.  We got a walk instead, sigh.  Dad did tell us stories about Uncle Deacon and Essex, because it would have been Deacon's eleventh barkday on 12 July.  We kept Dad busy, so he didn't dwell on Deacon.  Many of the stories Dad told us made us laugh.  We both wish we could have met Deacon before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Angel Collies Deacon and Essex Watch Over Our Pack
Yesterday got busy with Dad working, the computer having problems downloading pictures since the up grade to windows 10.  Then Brudder called and then his sister called about Clyde.  Before you knew it the day had  passed.  We both fell asleep next to Dad's bed, happy to be home with our Dad.

Dog Speed,

Sherman & Gemini

Monday, July 10, 2017

New Pals

We've met a couple more new pals.  We always enjoy meeting some paw new.  First there is Bear a Malamute-German Shepard mix.  When Dad first saw him, he thought of Johnny Quest's dog Bandit.  Bear is much bigger than Bandit.  Bear is about three months old and is almost as big as Gemini.  He will be a huge dog.  Bear is bouncy fun loving pup.  He took a liking to Dad right away.  Wonder Woman is a Golden Retriever pup.  She is active just like Bear.  Gemini taught Bear how to drape the front paws over the bench.  It made us all chuckle.  and Bear.  They are quite a two-some.  Wonder Woman is a Golden Retriever that 
Bear
Wonder Woman
Sherman, Gemini (black patch), Wonder Woman and Bear
Bear, Sherman and Wonder Woman Plan Their Next Move
Bear and Gemini
Diesel is another dog that came to the park that day.  He is a muscular dog and can't move very fast.  He reminded Dad of a body builder.
Diesel
Dog Speed,

Gemini and Sherman

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gemini Is Two

When Dad got out of bed he started singing Happy Barkday to me.  I am now two years old.  The two of us got some extra treats before Dad left for work.  When he got home, Dad hugged me some more.  Then he put out our dinner.  Then he put this silly hat on my head.  Sherman told me it is a tradition in out home. 

Gemini Wearing the Barkday Hat
After wards it was off to Angel Paws.  I got to romp around with a new chum named Maverick.  It is the second time Maverick has been there, so I am not real sure about him.  Maverick is six months old Golden Retriever - Irish Setter mix.  We hope to see more of him at the park.
Maverick
Dog  Speed,

The Barkday Girl, 

Gemini Octavia