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