Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good Bye Lady II

We just got a sad call from Georgia.  We could hear the strain and sorrow in the voice.  Lady II has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Her Dog Mom is having a problem posting to their blog, so we will do a short post for her now. 
Lady II
Essex knew Lady II well.  During drives to Ohio, the pack would stop to visit their pack in Georgia.  Lady I and II lived in Key West, and got together with Essex and Deacon at Angel Paws several times.  The first time was in 2007, shortly after we started our blog. 
Lady I, Deacon, Essex and Lady II at Angel Paws
In fact Dog Dad was thinking of adopted Lady I, but their Dog Mom adopted her before Dog Dad had a chance to go see her at the SPCA.  Know then Lady II did not have an easy life early on.  She did find a really pawsom home in the end.  We can think of very few better homes. 
Lady II, Santy Paws and Lady I
We feel very sad for their pack.  Their Dog Mom has a very big heart and we know this is very hard on her.  If you get a chance stop by and visit their blog and drop their pack a kind word.  Here is the link to their blog  Hopefully, their Dog Mom can get her blog working to do an even better post soon. 

Dog Speed Lady II.  We are sure that Deacon is waiting at the gate to greet his friend.

Furever your friends,

Essex, Sherman and Dog Dad

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bad Sprain

Well, I'm getting extra attention from Dog Dad.  I was broadsided and tumbled at Angel Paws by another dog while I was doing fence patrol.  I came up limping but seemed to be okay.  We went for our morning walk and I limped initially, but seemed to be okay. 
Giving Dad A Sad Look
The Paw On The Left Is Swollen
After our walk, treats and daily heart worm pill;then I laid down to rest.   Dad looked at my leg and noticed that the top of the foot looked bigger. He felt it and there was swelling.  He petted me and said that I'll have to be taking it easy the next couple days, sigh.

Dog Speed,


Saturday, November 24, 2012

North and South E-Barks

We got a couple notes this Thanksgiving from two of our pals that have moved.

First Sherman's bestest paw-pal Leo is doing fine.  Leo lives in Maine and experienced his first meeting with snow a couple weeks ago.  Then earlier this week, his Dog Dad arrived at Leo's new home where he was staying with his Dog Mom.  Leo was happy, barking and jumping like a crazy dog.  We can understand that feeling.  Leo said when he went to one of the dog parks, he saw a dog that looked like Sherman.  As he got closer, Leo realized the pup was a lot smaller than Sherman.  
Leo Barked That Snow Is Cold
He Looked Like A Small Sherman

Then we got a note from Gino, who moved a couple years ago.  Gino is now living in Gitmo and has a nice size yard to run around in.  His hoomans are doing well and we hope he'll e-bark us some pictures.

2009 Paw-to-graph of Gino
It sure is grrreat to hear from our pals, but we really wish they were here with us. 

Dog Speed,

Essex & Sherman

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Hope every paw in cyber-paw land has a most excellent Thanksgiving.  Both of us talked it over and told Dad we needed to spend some time at the Angel Paws Dog Park.   We remember Thanksgivings past.  Essex talked about one in Ohio back in 2009.  Essex, Deacon and Dog Dad visited Grand-Paw to help celebrate his 91st Barkday.  A special plus was that it snowed Thanksgiving day.  That really perked Sherman's interest as he really wants to see snow.

Essex & Sherman Discuss Thanksgiving Plans
Essex Remember Thanksgivings Past
Sherman Wishing All A Pawsome Thanksgiving
The below picture is from Essex's puppy days and is the perfect picture to represent Thanksgiving.

Pawfect Thanksgiving Pawtograph

From our pack to yours Happy Thanksgiving.

Essex, Sherman & Dog Dad

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sherman Report - 18 NOV 12

Harrroo folks, it is me Sherman. 
A Sullen Sherman
I'm healing okay.  The scab is now gone and Dad sez my bald spot feels like a baby's bottom.  The fur is coming in on some of the side, the part I went after is coming in much slower.  Sigh. 
Sherman's Scab Is Gone
Essex and I are really happy right now, because Dad took off the entire week to spend with us.  Though he claims it is to do work around our den (aka the house).

Dog Speed,


Monday, November 12, 2012

Honoring Canine Soldiers

We were searching the Internet and found out that a Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is being made.  Now there are cities, cemeteries and military bases throughout the US that honor our canine paw-fathers with statues and monuments, but none are national monuments. 

During the Rose Bowl Parade on 1 January 2013 a floral replica of the monument will be in the parade.  That is one float we are looking forward to seeing.  Later that day the float will be parked by the real monument.

The actual monument will have a present day soldier and four dogs.  The dogs are a Doberman, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois.  The eventual home of the monument will be Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.   That is the place where the Alamo is located. 

Here is a link to the Associated Press Report on the monument and a second link to about the monument that is taking donations for the monument.   Both sites have pictures of the monument and the second link has interesting reading about the True Dog Faced Soldiers and their service in the United States Military. 

For instance by late 1944 there were seven primary breeds of dogs chosen for military service.  One of those breeds was the Collie.  Collies were trained as messengers because we were fast, alert, had excellent endurance and easy to work with.  We knew that, but it was nice having Dad read it to us.

Dog Speed,

Essex & Sherman 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sherman Is Healing

Hi, cyber-paw pals.  I got to go to the dog park yesterday, boy was I happy.  None of my pals were there, but it was fun to sniff the grass and walk around. 

Dad told me that I'm healing nicely, even though it will take time to loose the scab and grow fur.  I haven't had to wear the cone since Thursday.  It doesn't smell as bad and the wound is dry.  I'm getting better and Dad is smiling at me.
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Dog Speed,


Monday, November 5, 2012

Cone of .....

Okay, Dad is upset with me.  I am stuck wearing this cone when he goes to bed or goes to work.  Thursday Dad noted a little spot and put some otomax on it that night and in the morning.  When he got back from work Friday, I made it into a huge spot.  Boy was he grumpy.
Listening for Space Aliens
Saturday morning off to see the Doc Waddell, our vet.  No openings, but there is one Monday.  So Dad got a cone for me.  I was a bit upset about it, but Dad made sure I wore the cone.  We went to the park Sunday and we saw a bald eagle in a big tree in the field across the street.  Sigh, Dad forgot his camera.
My Fur, They Shaved Me
Big Ouchie
We see Doc on Monday and Dad sighs relief as there is no infection.  They cut hair and shave the spot, putting a huge visible spot on my rear flank.  As we are leaving the Vets, Dad tells me no dog park.  I'm like come on Dad, but he is adamant.  No park for four or five days, that side has to heal.  Sigh, there is no winning when Dad gets that look in his eyes.

Dog Speed,

Sherman  (AKA Grounded in Key West)