Monday, January 20, 2020

Gracie



Even the most casual follower of TakingPaws will have seen many pictures of Gracie and the crew romping on the beaches of the Bahamas. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Gracie have spent countless hours swimming after the bumper, taking dingy rides, and gazing at each other across the bow. They were quickly dubbed “The Three Amigos.” There have never been better buddies.

Just before Christmas, we received the sad news that Gracie had crossed the rainbow bridge. It left a huge hole in our hearts. Last weekend Gracie’s people came to Key West for a visit. We enjoyed good food, some Dark ‘n Stormies, strolling through the downtown, and, of course, reminiscing about Gracie. So many good times, so many wonderful memories.

We miss you sweet girl.







 


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

She’s Still Havin’ Fun


Dora has still been making her daily trek to the dog park. It doesn’t really matter who turns up, she still has fun. The past few days she’s been playing with Dory, a guest at the hotel.
And if no other dogs arrive, she finds other ways to entertain herself...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Seriously?!?!?!?


What did Mom just say? She asked for just one dog to be injury free. Dora cut her paw at the dog park this morning and is now in a sock like Dee Dee. Dora doesn’t need a cone, yet. Although we do now have three cones onboard. But it looks like Mom will be playing nursemaid to the entire crew for a while. Sigh...

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Really!?!?!?



Two out of three of the Red Head crew are wearing cones of shame. We tried to avoid it - we really, really tried.  But Dylan started scratching at his incision in the middle of the night. And Dee Dee kept getting her sock off to chew on her paw. They have no one to blame but themselves...


That leaves only Dora cone-free. If she ends up in a cone Mom will be taking a long vacation...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dylan’s Terrible Day


Dylan had a growth behind his ear that had been problematic. Today he was scheduled for surgery to have it removed. It required putting him completely under which was a bit concerning for a 12 and a half year old dog. He has a pretty big incision along with medication for the pain. But that’s not why his day was so terrible...


Prior to surgery, Dylan couldn’t eat anything after bedtime and his surgery wasn’t until 11 am. That meant over 12 hours without food or treats. An empty food dish, now that is truly horrifying.


He came through with flying colors and was even released early. Dylan is happy to be back on the boat with the rest of the crew.


But best of all, Dad gave him some food. Of course, Dee Dee and Dora thought that was pretty unfair.

We're all glad to have it behind us. There’ll be no dog park until the stitches come out but Dylan will definitely be getting some extra love (and maybe even some extra treats, after all, he does have some making up to do).

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year?


Poor Dee Dee. It’s hard to have a happy new year while wearing the cone of shame... The poor girl has been struggling with a hot spot on her paw. After weeks of effort it’s not getting better. Her mom  was forced to resort to “the cone.” Mom is hoping she won’t need it for long.

The Red Head crew is hoping you will have a terrific new year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Once again Santa got his naughty and nice lists mixed up and brought the kids presents.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora got gingerbread treats.

They love treats!

There was a toy Santa.

Dylan and Dora enjoyed a good tug-of-war. Dylan can still hold his own against a young pup.

But the most popular toy was the new Nylabone.

Everyone wanted to play with it.


Dora was not happy when Dee Dee stole it from her. How early does Santa start next year’s naughty and nice list?

The Red Head crew wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Key West!


The Red Head crew has settled nicely into Key West. Dylan and Dora head off to the dog park every morning, while Mom takes Dee Dee on a long walk.


Dora is loving her dog park friends.


There’s so much to do.


Then the crew gets to relax on the back deck.


With so many boats and people passing there’s never a dull moment.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Red Head Has Arrived


After 59 hours, the Red Head Crew docked at Stock Island Marina, Key West, just in time for the sunset.


Tomorrow we hit the new dog park. Perfect!

Monday, November 25, 2019

One Cold Crew


Red Head started pulling anchor before it was first light. Good to be underway after weather delays and then a few more days while Mom and Dad got over colds. The plan is to do a double overnight ending up in Key West Wednesday or Thursday. Perfect conditions so far.


But it was COLD when we got up this morning. In the 40’s at 5 am. Only slightly better with the sun behind clouds. Dora has been huddled under a blanket since she finished her breakfast around 5:15.


Even Dee Dee wanted to be under cover. The whole Red Head crew was looking for some warmth.


Except, of course, Dylan who is never cold. We really need to get south. ☀️☀️☀️☀️

Thursday, November 14, 2019

It’s So Embarrassing

Time for a confession. Mom has privately mocked dogs who run around in little outfits. How silly. OK, there was that time when Dee Dee had to wear little t-shirts, but that was for medicinal purposes.


Now there is Dora who is cold if the temps drop out of the 70’s. It’s really no wonder when you look at Dora’s practically naked belly...


Compared to Dee Dee’s furry one.


Mom broke down and bought Dora a winter coat. She loves it. But it stops here. There will be no frilly tutus or cowboy outfits worn by the Red Head crew.

Apologizes to all the fur deprived pups out there.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sharing


Today Dee Dee and Dora did something unusual - for them. They nicely shared a toy. The two girls sat side by side while they worked diligently to eviscerate a poor stuffed puppy.


Just in case you believe Mom simply got a lucky shot, she took a video. What good girls!

Monday, October 28, 2019

On The Move


Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora left Morehead City almost a week ago. It’s been pretty much constant movement since then. We started with an overnight run to Beaufort, SC. Overall it was a good run except for the start and finish. The first two hours out were quite bumpy and the final run into the inlet had 3-4 foot beam to seas. Dylan and Dee Dee showed thier salt by curling up into corners.


Dora hasn’t quite figured out lumpy seas yet but eventually did curled up with Dee Dee. There were several anchorages, some calm, some bumpy. The hardest part was too many days without a walk - that goes for Mom and Dad, as well as the crew.


Today we pull into Brunswick, GA. As we entered the St Simons Sound Inlet, Dora discovered a stowaway. Fortunately, there was a gate to separate them.



Then the crew got to see the salvage operation on the car carrier that grounded a while back. The whole Red Head crew is looking forward to some downtime at Brunswick. Dad will do some projects and Mom and Dee Dee will be taking a trip to help tend to Grandma.

Friday, October 18, 2019

C-C-C-C-Cold


The Red Head crew woke to 61 degrees in the galley. For this crowd, that’s cold. Dylan and Dee Dee don’t mind, they’re built for it. But poor Dora, with her almost naked belly, is not.


We’re waiting in Morehead City while yet more bad weather passes by. The crew had a bit of excitement when a large Nordhavn pulled down the narrow fairway and into to a slip just down from Red Head.


Dee Dee and Dora made sure they knew who owned the dock.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Spark Plugs


Yesterday a Dad changed the spark plugs on the dinghy. Friday the Red Head crew plans on going offshore overnight. That meant that Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora had to help a Dad test out the dinghy by taking a ride. They love dinghy rides. 💕

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Outta Here


The Red Head crew woke yesterday to quiet winds and calm seas. We pulled anchor and headed to Morehead City.


It was a great day. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora even spied some dolphins.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Stir-Crazy


It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Red Head crew. First, they were at Atlantic Yacht Basin for a week or so, with few options for fun, waiting for a window to move to River Dunes. Then severe weather offshore created high winds causing Red Head to tuck into an anchorage a couple hours away from River Dunes. After days stuck on onboard, Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are going a bit stir-crazy. So are their mom and dad. There’s a chance the crew could leave tomorrow as the winds are settling. Everyone has their fingers crossed.