Saturday, August 29, 2015

Erika Fizzled

Well folks all that barking worked better than I thought.  Erika just fizzled.

I actually think Great Auntie Essex, Uncle Deacon and my Pal Jake the Weather Dog must have pulled some strings from across the rainbow bridge.

Right now I can hear the rain and lightning, so I am right next to Dog Dad.  The good thing is the rain will make the grass grow at Angel Paws.  A tropical wave will make us all wet, but this is a lot better than all that wind.
NOAA Weather Graphic - Erika Went Poof
Dog Speed,


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Meeting Gemini

When I turned on the puter this morning I noticed a message from Gemini via Lil.  The e-mail time stamped 6:58 PM 25 August which stated stated "She's yours.     Lil."  Dad and I did a happy dance and then went for a walk.  We chatted about our trip up north to visit the Gemini and her three tri-color sisters.  

Dog Dad and I traveled north to meet the four tri-color collie girls on 8 August.  Familiar smells came to my nose and my tail wagged and I barked as we got close.  When Dad and I got there, another nice couple was looking at Gemini's two sable sisters.  Lil introduced me to the hooman couple and told them Gemini's sable sister should be the same color as me.  Dad and I talked to them for a little while outside of the barn.  Then Dad went into the horse stall to meet Gemini's litter mates.  All four tri-color girls were taking it easy and resting during that warm Florida afternoon.  They had the shade of the barn, but you just want to nap if you are outside during a Florida summer afternoon.  

After about ten minutes Lil suggested that the girls come out into the yard.  I was happy to see Dog Dad but wanted to be Joe Cool around Gemini.  Two of the girls came out and were happy to be in the yard.  One went exploring.  The other came up to me as I walked by and started following my tail.  That was Gemini introducing herself.  She told me that Great Auntie Essex had told her all about me and Dog Dad before she was born.  A couple minutes later Lil came by with the other two tri-color sisters.  One liked being in her arms getting belly rubs, the other said hi to me and then went exploring.  

If you guessed Gemini was collie girl number one, you guessed correctly.  Dog Dad said if he went by the pawtographs, he wouldn't have thought Gemini was collie girl number one.  He knew it was Gemini when she introducing herself.  We had to wait for some test results before we would post which of the four was Gemini. Lil wanted to make sure Gemini was in good health. 

On the way back Dad talked about when Essex, Deacon and myself coming back to live with him in Key West.  Essex was the last of her litter chosen.  Great Auntie Essex was a very smart, loyal and in tune with Dog Dad.  He told me he was convinced she was the best pup of that large litter.  She crawled up his arm and cried as she left her birth place.  She later curled up in the front seat and fell asleep.  Uncle Deacon was brought back to Holmhaven by a really nice lady, then a man came by to pick him up but brought him back the next day.  Dad picked Uncle Deacon up a couple weeks later. Deacon was happy to be coming to Key West.  During a herricane evacuation Uncle Deacon introduced Great Auntie Essex and Dog Dad to the first family he lived with.  We exchange Christmas cards and an infrequent letter with them.  Dad identified me, Sherman, by looking at pawtographs of me an my brother.  The day he picked me up was stormy around my birthplace.  I give collie kisses when ever Dad gets close to my face.  Gemini, she just came up to me and said I will be coming home with you. 
Gemini in the Grass at Our Birthplace
Yesterday at the dog park, Dad went for a quick visit to the grocery store while one of our friends watched me.  I just went and laid down near the gate when I noticed Dad left.  I was happy and gave him a waggy tail when he came back inside the park.  He wanted to buy some extra water bottles and food in case Tropical Storm Erika decided to visit.
Waiting For Dog Dad
Dog Speed,


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Watching Erika

It is August and we are watching the weather channel.  This time it is Tropical Storm Erika.  Dog Dad and I just don't trust those tropical systems.  The first time I watched the weather channel was Herricane Irene back in 2011 when I was just a pup.  I managed to bark that one away from Key West, but I didn't have enough bark to chase it away from the East Coast.

Hopefully, the storm will be weak or stay away from us.  We prefer both.  We miss the herricane reports from Jake and JH.  JH hasn't posted in a year, sigh.

As for me I will try once again to bark away the storm.  Just like I did with Great Auntie Essex back in August 2011.  Will the collie effect work once again?  Below is a picture of me from 2011 giving a special report about Herricane Irene.

Dog Speed,

Me Giving My First Special Herricane Report back in 2011

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Angel Paws and an Update

Things have been hopping around Angel Paws lately.  One day there was twenty pups at the park another day nineteen.  A lot of chasing and hoomans watching their pups.  I need to get Dog Dad a little more camera happy.  It is tough when all the pups are running around though.
Getting a Drink at Angel Paws
Tonks Is Watching Something Interesting
Skye Looking Pawsome
We did go north to meet Gemini Saturday.  The drive north was okay, but the drive back was long due to an accident on route one between Florida City and Key Largo.  When we started to get near where I was born, Dad noticed I was excited.  Dad told me Great Auntie Essex got excited like that too.  We just remember the sights and smells.  We met some hoomans that Gemini's brudder is going to adopt as his family. I did a lot of exploring around the yard.  I even met one of the horses that was there when I was a puppy.

Dad and Lil talked while the four little collie girls introduced themselves.  After about a half hour Dad and Lil went inside Lil's home.  I remembered that place and made myself right at home.  All the other adult collies asked me how I was doing.  We found out the Teacher that  Essex's brudder Buddy adopted had a pup choosing her pack from Gemini's litter.  One of the adult pups is going to live with Uncle Deacon's first family.  That made Dad and I both smile because they are pawsome hoomans..

We tell you which pup is Gemini in a later post.  (We are waiting for the pups eye exams. There is a thing called collie eye, which pups will go blind from.)

Dog Speed,


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sherman's Four Year Bark-Aversary

Bowsers, folks it is hard to believe that it has been four-years since I came to Holmhaven to live in Key West.  I have brightened Dad's day many a time since then.  We have been through good times and bad.  Through out it all we love each other.  I can still remember him picking me up and driving back to Key West with Great Auntie Essex.  That day we were supposed to meet Jake and JH, but a heavy thunderstorm stopped us.  Boy did it rain hard and the lightning was pawtacular.  The drive back to Key West was dry and uneventful.
My First Pawtograph with Essex and Dog Dad
Great Auntie Watching Over Me On That First Day
A Pawsome Gotcha Day Pawtograph
When I cam to live with him, Uncle Deacon had crossed the rainbow bridge a little over two months earlier.  I lifted up Dad's heavy heart with crazy collie puppy antics.  A couple years later Great Auntie Essex followed Uncle Deacon across the bridge.  I kept Dad company and made sure he didn't get the blues.  I find that some well placed collie kisses makes Dad smile.  We kept each other happy.
Sherman - Four Years Later
This Monday, we had a heavy rain storms in Key West just after Dad got home.  There was some big boomers, so I stayed right by Dad's side.   The streets outside flooded and after the rain stopped we had a short walk.  We didn't get to go to Angel Paws because of all the rain, but the walk was pawsome.
We Got 3.14" of Rain Monday
As for Angel Paws, there have been lots of pups there lately.  There was twenty pups there Tuesday and nineteen Wednesday.  Lots of new paw friends.  I have some pawtographs of new faces for a later post.  Dad and I will be traveling north to meet Gemini on Saturday.  We bark a little with us, then we will return home.  Gemini will be coming back to live with us on 4 September, if the Great Dane wills it.  It will be pawtastic to be a two collie pack again.  Dad is alright, but he just doesn't play dog games very well.

Dog Speed,


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Vet Visit - 2015

Cyber-Paw pals I had my annual check up at the vets office today.  Doc said I was in pawsome shape and my teeth were really clean.  Dad thinks maybe the rib bones from the grocery store helped keep my teeth in pawsome shape.  I tested negative for parasites, which made Dad smile.  I weigh 79.3 lbs.

I was a bit timid at the vets office to Dad's surprise.  He had to get me started to go to the back room with the ladies.  They told him once I went back with them, I was pawsome.  Then when Doc was looking at me, I tried to get in the corner by Dad.  The thing I don't like about the annual vet visit is that I don't get to go to Angel Paws that day.  Doc tells Dad I should take it easy after getting my shots.  Doc said all of Dad's collies have had pawsome temperaments.  To which Dad remarked myself, Essex and Deacon were all related.

The last two days Angel Paws has been rocking.  Thursday there were 19 dogs at the park and the next there were 20.  It was a lot of fun chasing and barking.  Hopefully a lot of paws will be there Sunday.

We will hopefully be traveling up to Fort Lauderdale next weekend to visit Gemini.  That is all dependent on the weather.  I can't wait to smell the familiar surrounding of where I was born.  I wonder if the other pups there will remember me?  Gemini is still to young to leave her Mom.  Gemini will come back with us on 4 September.   Her first vet visit is scheduled for 8 September.  I will go with her for moral support.

Dog Speed,