Saturday, February 17, 2018

What's That!

Be honest. Aren't you just a bit curious what they are smelling? It is so intense. Doesn't it have to be something amazing? Ever had the urge to get down there and take a sniff? Go on, the kids won't tell.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Westminster Dog Show

Dylan and Dee Dee are getting ready to watch the final night of the Westminster Dog Show.

Dee Dee is pretty sure she's going to be Best in Show!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Just Another Day...

We know that the kids' blog has been pretty boring for their followers lately. Maybe it highlights why we like life onboard so much... But for the kids, all is good. They have their routine and if you own dogs then you know how they love a routine.

We all wake up at 6:30 when the school bus, which stops directly in front of the house, releases the air-brake - "Swoosh" is the new alarm clock. Then there's the walk around the block, breakfast, tussle and nap until it is dog park time, more nap, dinner, cuddle with Mom and Dad, bed and treat - then repeat.

The kids sure do love their dog park time.

Mom and Dad may be antsy to get back onoard, but Dylan and Dee Dee are happily settled in.

While there's not much new and exciting going on, you've said you miss seeing them. So, per your requests, they will make an effort to put up a picture or two more often. Hope you like sleeping dogs and dog parks. We have lots of pictures of those...

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Only those who have never owned a dog, or maybe have only owned one dog, would ask the question, "Are you going to replace your dog?" No dog can be replaced because each one has a very unique and special personality. They are no less individuals than people.

We have certainly seen that in the five very individual Labs that we have owned over the years. Each one has its likes, dislikes, quirks, and endearing qualities. You only need to observe Dylan and Dee Dee at the dog park to see they each have their own very distinct personalities.

Dylan is our friend and lover boy. He likes making friends and playing with other dogs. Dylan will often pick a special friend to play and tussle with, or they just lick each other faces.

He's happy in a crowd and can be found running with a pack of friends. He can best be described as a social butterfly.

Dee Dee, on the other hand, is typically off on her own sniffing and exploring. She's far more likely to approach people than dogs, looking for praise, a pet, and maybe even a treat.

She even tries to coax admirers into the park just so they can provide her the adoration she deserves. Dee Dee might be described as a loner, at least when it comes to other dogs. Mom suspects she believes she's actually a people and above the dog nonsense.

So to answer your question. No, Tucker didn't replace Duke and Dylan didn't replace Tucker and Dee Dee didn't replace Dyna. And lord knows, no one could replace Dee Dee! Each one is special in their own very unique way. And that is why we keep loving the "next one."

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Dylan and Dee Dee had a great holiday visit with their grandma but came back to frigid temperatures in Florida.

That didn't stop them from making their daily trip to the dog park. Mom and Dad just bundled up.

It's been cold - in the 20's and 30's. We can hear our Maine buddies scoff. It doesn't phase the kids or their dog park buddies. They have their cold weather wear. Mom and Dad's are now in the hands of lucky Goodwill recipients. Warm socks, insulated boots, heavy gloves - how were we to know we'd want these again one day?

Dreaming of the Bahamas and looking forward to warmer days coming.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Goin' on a Toot

Dylan and Dee Dee are great travelers. It doesn't matter if it's by boat or car, they just love goin'. We'll be heading to grandma's house for Christmas next week. It'll be a long day - nine hours of driving. With their dad out of commission, Mom will be doing all the driving with more breaks.

It's fine with the kids. Mom sets up a comfy spot in the back seat complete with soft rugs to lay on and toys to play with.

They don't even mind wearing their safety harnesses, well not too much.

They generally sleep for much of the ride. Mom and Dad can't complain about the kids when we travel. They're pretty much perfect - even Dee Dee!

So how do you get such terrific travelers? You gotta start them out young.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We're Back

It's been a stressful time for Dylan and Dee Dee. Their dad had to have some shoulder surgery late last week. That meant they were back to relying on only Mom, who decided taking them to the dog park might be too much. It turned out that the weekend was cold, windy, and rainy, so the park would have been out anyway.

Poor Dylan and Dee Dee had to suffer through 4 days of no romping, no running, no sniffing their friends... well, you know.

Dad has been progressing quickly and decided it was time to get back to the dog park. He's a bit gimpy but still able to help some. But really, isn't the most fun just watching them?

Dylan and Dee Dee were happy to be back. There was so much to catch up on.

They romped and ran and sniffed.

It just doesn't get any better than a good day at the dog park.

Well, there might be just one thing better...

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Private Dog Park

Dad had to leave for a couple of days to check on the progress of Red Head. At the last minute it was decided that he would drive himself the hour and a half to the airport. Turned out to be a smart move when his return flight was delayed by over 9 hours. It saved Mom from having to make an extra back and forth trip to handle the kids.

The bad thing was Mom didn't have a car to take the kids to the dog park. She's a bit uncertain how taking them by herself would have worked anyway. Someone (who will remain nameless) gets VERY excited when she (did I just give it away???) knows we're at the park.

A second extra long walk didn't cut it. So Dylan and Dee Dee just created their own dog park. We know the pictures are a little blurry but there was lots of activity going on...

It was pretty fun but everyone is happy to have Dad home and be back on schedule.

Friday, November 24, 2017


Dylan and Dee Dee have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend.

They have their two servants, um, they mean, their Mom and Dad, to ensure they are warm and safe and well fed. "Well fed" being the operative term.

Dee Dee did her best to convince her daddy that she was in fact not "well fed" and so deserved a bit of the Thanksgiving feast.

Dylan tried his best as well. Not to worry. The kids received their own feast and the entire Red Head crew had a great Thanksgiving.

Dylan and Dee Dee wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving! We hope to see you on the water soon.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Day In The Life

Dylan and Dee Dee have settled nicely into their new winter home. The best part is they now have a real routine, unlike the constant change of the boat. If you've had the pleasure of sharing your life with a dog, then you know how they adhere to routine.

What does their typical day look like?

Up between 6 and 6:30 and out the door for a walk. It’s a nice neighborhood so there are lots of choices.

Sometimes we go left, sometimes we go right, and sometimes we go straight.

Then it’s one of the two best times of the day - breakfast.

After all that excitement, it’s time for a nap.

The days are usually quiet with Mom and Dad working. Occasionally there is a UPS delivery. One time Dad had to sign for a package.  That was great.

Mom and Dad often go for a walk on the beach after lunch - sans kids. No pets on the beach but Mom and Dad also appreciate some alone time. It’s fine because Mom always gives a treat before they leave. They’re always so well behaved when there’s a treat.

In the late afternoon comes the big highlight of the day. The dog park!!!! It’s a short ride to one of the best dog parks the kids have seen.

They romp and play for an hour or so.

Then back home for dinner! The second favorite time of the day. And, of course, another nap. Who could blame them after all that excitement.

Some snuggle time in the evening and then bed for the final treat of the day. After such a busy day they sleep soundly until it’s morning and they get to do it all over again. It's a tough life but someone has to do it.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Panama City Beach

The crew has finally made it to their winter home in Panama City Beach. They had a brief stop to be spoiled by their grandma and then arrived on Friday. It was a lot of time in their new car but Dylan and Dee Dee handled it with their usual aplomb.

Yes, that's right. Dylan and Dee Dee have a brand new Subaru Outback. And they think they would make the perfect spokesdogs - forget that "cute" puppy they've been using. Plus they would be happy to do the commercials just for treats. Lots of treats.

The best thing about their new car, they can drive to the dog park. There's a terrific dog park just a few miles away with great dogs and people.

They think they're going to like it here.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

You're Making the Crew Blush

Dylan and Dee Dee are blushing from all the attention their recent hiatus from their blog has created. And the kids are certainly not new to lots of attention. Many have written concerned that they are no longer doing their blog but they want to assure you that is not the case.

They blame it on their mom who has been slacking off lately. After all, what else does she possible have to do other than to see to the needs of her crew?

Dylan and Dee Dee have been enjoying some time in Portland while Mom and Dad sort through some boat projects, Garmin responsibilities, and life decisions. Mom and Dad bought them a car and found them a dog park. Life was good but was getting a little cold.

Next thing the crew knows we're bringing the boat to Albany, NY. What?!?!?

Red Head will be spending the winter there while she receives a spit and polish - new paint job, new bow thruster, and a few other things "since she's already out of the water." How will the pampered crew survive a cold Albany winter you ask? (That's Daddy hauling the anchor one cold morning.)

They won't. Red Head will spend the winter there. The crew has rented a house in Panama City Beach. They'll be heading south shortly with a brief stop at Grandma's. This will allow them to help Mom and Dad finish the Garmin transition and enjoy some time at the beach. Dad already found a nearby dog park.

How will this salty crew do living on land for the winter? Stay tuned.