Saturday, March 23, 2019

Just Walking



Dylan is getting some dry patches from the saltwater, despite a good fresh water rinse and weekly bath with medicated shampoo. Today, we took a break from the beach and just had a long walk. Bad news, no beach time. Good news, no rinse off or ear drops. The kids hate ear drops...

Friday, March 22, 2019

Beach Fun

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora love the beach - each in their own way.
Dee Dee only wants to swim to retrieve the bumper.
Dora loves to dig in the sand, don’t know why...
Just give Dylan a good stick or a coconut and he’s happy. Not a bad life for the Red Head crew.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Beach Treasure



Trips to the beach always include several toys for retrieving. But nothing beats found treasure. Dee Dee and Dora found a hunk of plastic floating in the water. Dora even swam out to retrieve it - alas, Mom had her camera in her pocket. A hunk of found plastic sure beats expensive throw toys...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lucky Dogs



The Red Head crew woke to rain but no wind. By 9:00 am the rain had stopped and Mom and Dad decided to take the crew to the beach.


Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora sure are lucky dogs!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Stormfront

A few days ago, the Red Head crew started watching an approaching storm. It was looking like lots of rain and some high winds. Yesterday boats started pouring into the marina as every bit of dock space was filled with people looking for safe harbor.


By late morning the storm clouds gathered off the marina. By lunch the wind and rains had come. Alas, it was not to be a beach day today. Probably not tomorrow either... ☹️


Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are hunkered down until the storm passes.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Beach Queen



While the entire Red Head crew loves the beach, Dee Dee is the beach queen.


No one plays as hard or takes the job of swimming for the bumper as seriously as her.


No one has as much fun.


Dora would like to follow in Dee Dee’s footsteps, if only it weren’t for that swimming part...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Getting Braver?



Dora still isn’t convinced about this swimming stuff. She really prefers to have her paws firmly on the terra firma.


But Dora also likes fighting with Dee Dee for the bumper.


How far will she go?


She still doesn’t want four paws off the ground.


However, Dora is getting braver, pushing a bit further into the surf. She may end up a swimmer after all.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Ultimate Prize



Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora vie for the bumper.

Friday, March 15, 2019

What a Brat



Dee Dee swims the distance to retrieve the bumper.


Dora waits to waylay Dee Dee.


Then Dora makes the steal.


What a little brat...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

50 Tosses



Dee Dee definitely channels her great grandmother Dyna when it comes to swimming. Like Dyna, Dee Dee will retrieve the bumper until she drops - if we let her. Her dad decided 50 tosses is about her limit. Occasionally, she will start to slow down sooner.


But we’re pretty sure that most days, whether it’s 50 or 500 tosses, Dee Dee will keep retrieving.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Next Generation



As the elder statesmen of the Red Head crew, Dylan has been passing along his coconut prowess to Dora. She has been a willing student.


Of course, she also has to add her own special take on coconut play. Once Dora found the small nut in the center, she went all badass on it. Or as her Dad stated, “Psycho, crazy.”


You can judge for yourself.


Dora kept it up for about 30 minutes, until the surf started to breach her hole to China. Hey, coconuts, you’d better watch your step!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Kokonut King



When it comes to coconuts, Dylan is the king. Let him show you how it’s done.







Friday, March 8, 2019

A Wolf?



Or just Dee Dee on the chase for the bumper? You decide.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Playing in the Shallows

It was quite windy on the east side of the island this morning, so the Red Head crew decided to go back to Bardot Beach on the west side. The water was flat calm.


After a few bumper tosses, Dad noticed some large stingrays gathering close to shore. You can see one in the upper right of the above picture. We weren’t afraid of the stingrays, but were afraid of what the crew might do if they saw them.


We decided to simply toss the bumper closer to shore were it was quite shallow. Dee Dee and Dora still had a great time.


That was until Dad spotted a shark circling. When you have crew members this sweet, you don’t want to take any chances. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora took an early walk back home.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Drink n’ Drift



Last night, Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora went on a Drink n’ Drift. On previous trips to a Great Harbour Cay, it was one of Dylan and Dee Dee’s favorite events.


It was Dora’s first Drink n’ Drift. She was very excited, especially when she saw her new best friend, Diane, two dinghies over. But she did eventually settle down.


As for Dylan, he handled it like the experienced cruiser that he is.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sweet Dylan

Dee Dee and Dora seem to dominate the kids’ blog. It’s always the bad child who gets the limelight.


Dylan is the good child and loves his beach time too.


Of course, being the senior member of the crew, he likes a good nap afterwards. What a good boy!

Monday, March 4, 2019

One Year



One year ago Dylan and Dee Dee set out on their 6:30 am walk around the neighborhood in Panama City Beach. They started their walk as a crew of two but finished it as a crew of three. That morning Dora came into our lives. Nothing has been the same...

We love you girl!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Anticipation



Dee Dee waiting for the bumper toss.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Visitors



Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora had some visitors. What appeared to be a momma and a baby manatee hung out in the harbor for quite a while.


The crew was fascinated.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Jumpin’

Dylan and Dee Dee’s best buddy, Gracie, is the world champion when it comes to jumping the waves. The Red Head crew sure misses you sweet girl!


It’s not surprising Labs learn to handle the water and waves. Water is bred into their veins. Dee Dee loves jumping the waves.


So does Dylan. 


Dora has taken a little time but she is also learning to handle herself in the sea. Who knows maybe there’s a bit of Lab in those veins. Or maybe she just has some great teachers. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tethered

For those who have followed the blog for some time, you might remember that Dee Dee, in her youth, had to be tethered at the beach. She seemed to think she could swim to Portugal.


Dora is following in Dee Dee’s footsteps but she has decided maybe she can run down the beach to Portugal. Dad has decided to tether her instead.


It’s not slowing her down a bit.


She’s even taking a lesson from Dee Dee on handling waves. Air Dora?