Friday, April 30, 2021

Kennel Cough Kaput

Well cyber paw pals Normandy is all better.  He is no longer honking like a Canadian Goose.  The worse part about all of this is that we haven't been to Angel Paws for almost two weeks.  Dad told us we have some more time before we can go.  Guess we just have to enjoy an evening walk.  Sigh.

We found out that our pal, Loki, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 16 April.  Sherman  had meet Loki, and told me he was an awesome pup.  Loki was 8 years old, just like Sherman.  He was a pawtastic pup and will be missed by his hooman.
Loki & Enu With Dog Mom & Santa Paws - 2020

Sherman, Gracie, Loki & Loki's Dog Mom  - 2015

Bowsers, Normandy and I would have loved to hear stories about Uncle Sherman.

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Kennel Cough

Norm started coughing Tuesday after coming back from Angel Paws.  Dad had a hard time sleeping because he would start coughing every hour to hour and a half.  So Dad took vacation and set up a veterinarian appointment.  First he tried our regular doctor, the only due surgeries on Wednesday.  Then he tried the vet on Big Coppit.  They weren't taking new patients but Dad could come to the emergency clinic when it opened at 5:30 PM.  Dad called the veterinarian at Marathon and they could see Norm at 2:30 PM.  We made the drive up.  I was nervous when we got there.  Probably memories of Sherman crossing the Rainbow Bridge.  Dad did the best to comfort us.  Sitting on the floor, talking to us.  

Marathon Veterinary Hospital
When the Doc came into to see us, Norm laid down and didn't want the Doc to use her stethoscope.  Dad helped get Norm up.  After the Doc left he got up.  Dad kept telling him that he was a Silly Boy.  A many many moons ago before Deacon came to live with Essex, Essex caught kennel cough when Dad went to Ohio.  Norm's coughing reminded Dad of that time long ago.  He was right.  

Dad both got medicine.  Dad figuring one could pass it to the other.  Norm got pills to settle his cough too.  Dad had a restful night sleep last night.  He found out today, that Kennel Cough is making its rounds in Key West.  He found out that five other Key West dogs have Kennel Cough.  Our good pals Kai, Max and Chachi were among them.  From what Dad told us, it will be at least two weeks before we can visit our beloved Angel Paws.  

Norm Says "Get Up Dad, It's Walk Time"

Dog Speed,


Monday, March 22, 2021

Giving Dad A Scare Friday

We gave dad a good scare Friday.  He accidently left the gate open and we went exploring.  Dad figured that out after he took a shower.  Dad went down the various streets calling our name and whistling the "Lassie" tune to no avail.  He kept this up for over an hour.  He asked people walking down the street, riding bicycles and the garbage men (it was trash day) with no luck.

He said a prayer to God and the Great Dane fur our safe return.  He turns the corner and see the two of us wondering back home at the side of the road.  He gets the two of us and put us in the back of the collie mobile.  Then he gave us a big hug.  Dad wasn't angry, he was really glad to see us.  

He gave us our treats, told us we were getting a good brushing when he got back and went off towork.  When he got back, Normandy got a good brushing.  Then we went to Angel Paws.  Gemini a brushing on Saturday.  Below you can see all the seeds of the weed in our fur.  We would like to have another adventure, but don't think Dad will give us the chance.

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Miles Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

 One of our good pals crossed the rainbow bridge last night.  dad got a frantic call from his hooman saying Miles was having problems breathing and had thrown up.  Dad gave him the phone number to the vet in Marathon and his pal give Miles' Dad a 24 hour vet number at Big Coppit Key.  His human traveled quickly, but Miles crossed the bridge during the ride up.  We were sad to hear the news of his crossing.  We are sure that Essex, Deacon and Sherman greeted him as he crossed the bridge.
Miles -2012

Miles at Our House - 2014

Miles & Uncle Sherman - 2014
Miles was a pawsome pup that stayed with us several times when his hoomans couldn't take him on a trip.  Better to stay with pals, than at a kennel.  He stayed at the our house so he knew Essex, Sherman and myself from those stays.  Miles met Deacon and Normandy if he walked by Angel Paws with one of his hoomans.  
Gemini & Miles - 2018
We liked him a lot.  When Miles visited our home, he would go to Angel Paws.  At our house he would jump up on the window ledge to look outside.  He played more with Essex and Sherman when he was a pup, than he did with me.  

We know his hoomans will miss him badly.  I was hoping that he could tell Normandy tales about Essex and Sherman when he could stay with us.  Unfortunately, the trip his hoomans planned was cancelled by COVID.

Dog Speed Miles,


Sunday, February 28, 2021

28 February 2020

We've been meaning to post, but kept on finding other stuff to do like going to Angel Paws.

We both love Angel Paws.  Today we started whining and barking at Dad.  It was a bit early, but we wanted to make sure he got his behind in gear.  The dog park seems to be less busy during the weekends.  Norm loves playing with the other pups. Norm is confident and out going.  

Well we have plenty of things to help Dad with.  

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Sunday, January 17, 2021

800th Post

Bowser, it is hard to believe that we made it to 800 posts.  We are glad to announce on this special post, that our beloved Angel Paws has reopened.  Once more the collie paws touch those howled grounds.  We were happy to see the park.  Yesterday, it was only us and Ruby.  Today, Norm's favorite pal, Luna, was there.  So lots of chasing and playing.  Dad didn't spend as much time as usual because the football games were on.  Below are some pawtographs of us and some of the things that are in the park.
Gemini Sitting Pretty
Normandy Exploring 
The entrance to the park has gravel instead of dirt.  So it looks a lot nicer.
Gravel Path and Inside the Pen
New Sign
Probably the most important thing they added to the park is a place fur P-Mail.
A Place Fur P-Mail
Below are some of the agility set.  Dad will have to bring some treats to see if we will do any of them.

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Monday, January 11, 2021

Angel Paws Closed This Week

 We came into Angel Paws today and saw this sign.  Our beloved park is  closing for the week.  They are doing some renovations at the park.  While we are happy about the renovations, we will miss going to Angel Paws.  

Angel Paws will be closed Tuesday and reopen Saturday
The past month there have been a lot of pups at the park.  Dad is socially distancing from the other hoomans, while we play.  Norm will play with the other pups, while Gem will bark at every paw.  We with both bother Dog Dad when it is time to go to the park.  Below are two pawtographs taken at Angel Paws.  The first one we are all playing.  Gemini barks at everypaw, while the rest of us play.  Axel will play with us sometimes.

Gemini, Axel, Normandy, Luna & Bear

Dog Speed,

Gemini & Normandy

Friday, January 1, 2021

2020 in Review

We wish all our cyber-paw pals a Barky New Year.  We hope 2021, "The Year of the Ox" is a whole letter better than 2020.   It was a year dominated by COVID, pawlitics and far to many bridge crossings.  Gemini look forward to teaching Normandy the way of the collie.  Since we returned to Angel Paws in August there have been a lot of new friends we have met.  

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11 January – China reports first death from a mysterious outbreak in Wuhan

20 January – McGee arrives in KW for the Winter

23 January – International space station flies over Angel Paws

25 January – Rosie, the cat, crosses the rainbow bridge


05 February – US Pawsedent acquitted of impeachment charges

12 February – Gemini spends day with McGee and his Pawrents

Gemini & McGee

17 February – Rocky comes to live with Dad’s sister in Cincinnati


19 February – England, Prince Harry announce the will be leaving roles as royals

26 February  Loki (Gemini's brudder) & Raven (Gemini's niece) e-bark us from Connecticut

Raven & Loki

02 March – US reports the first 3 COVID bridge crossings

09 March – Our pal Gracie crosses the rainbow bridge

Gracie at Angel Paws - 2015

12 March – March Madness cancelled (NCAA Basketball Tournament) due to COVID

21 March – Our Pal Aspen E-barks us

Aspen Enjoys Snow
24 March – McGee leaves KW to go home

03 May – The first of many California Wildfires

11 May – Normandy is born


26 May – McGee’s Dog Dad crosses the rainbow bridge

McGee's Dog Dad

27 May – A return to Angel Paws

12 July – Normandy comes to Key West

Gemini & Normandy

23 July – Major League Baseball Starts

29 July – Normandy’s first vet visit

22 August – Chloe’s Dog Dad Visits Us

Chloe's Dog Dad with Gemini & Normandy

27 August – Normandy’s first visit to Angel Paws

Zeus & Normandy

12 September – Tropical Storm Sally rains on us

18 September – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg crosses the rainbow bridge

08 October – President Tyler’s Grandson crosses the bridge

31 October – A quiet Collieween

03 November – US Pawsidential elections

08 November - Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, crosses the rainbow bridge

09 November - Tropical Storm Eta passes KW

21 November – Enu comes to live with Loki in Panama City


14 December – First Pawson in US receives COVID vaccine

30 December Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, crosses the bridge

31 December Sportmix,Dog Food recalled - 28 pups cross the rainbow bridge

31 December US reports over 341,000 have crossed the rainbow bridge due to COVID

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2020 has been a very strange and sad year.  There have been some bright spots with Normandy joining the pack and a lot of new friends at Angel Paws.  Normandy has gotten big.  Hard to believe he was so small only five months ago.

Barky New Year to all,

Gemini & Normandy