Sunday, June 18, 2017

Boatyard Dogs

Red Head pulled into Yacht Maintenance Company in Cambridge, MD last week to have a valve cover replaced on an engine along with getting an estimate for painting the whole boat. The crew was greeted by the two boatyard dogs on staff, Moose, a yellow Lab, and Bo, a Lab Beagle mix (adorable). This was Dee Dee's first encounter with a boatyard dog and she was enamored by the two "bad boys."

Moose pretty much took up residence outside Red Head crying and pacing until he could be with his new found love. It was shaping up to be a true "Romeo and Juliet" romance.

But Dee Dee quickly rebuffed his "advances."

So Moose turned his attentions to Dylan. The two appeared to be evenly situated on the dominance scale so they spent their time trying to figure out who was on top - as only dogs can do.

Much fun was had until Dylan and Dee Dee decided it was darn hot and they wanted to go back into the air conditioning. These two spoiled dogs wouldn't last long as "boatyard dogs"...

While Bo found other things to do, Moose kept his vigil outside Red Head.

Mom feared he would get heat stroke - it was blink'n hot - and was happy to see him finally take up his post a bit away in the shade.

But all it took was opening a door or even looking out the window and Moose was back. A very sweet boy.

The crew had three days of romping and fun with their new friends. Dylan and Moose mainly worked on the "who's the top dog" thing.


While Dee Dee and Bo chased the ball.

Bo loves the ball.

Then Dee Dee discover "boatyard toys." Mom wouldn't let her bring it onboard.

Bo still wanted to play with the ball.

It was finally time for the Red Head crew to continue north. We left early but not before Moose had taken up his post.

It was so sad to leave. Faithful Moose cried to his dad. Mom was a bit afraid he might jump in to follow.

He ran down the docks following us until we were out of sight. Don't worry Moose, we'll be back.

Monday, June 12, 2017


If you don't have patience when you start boating, you'll learn to have lots of it if you want to keep boating. Delays are a way of life. There's weather and maintenance problems and sometimes you just decide to stay a little longer because you like it. Those are the best times.

Fortunately, Red Head's crew does pretty well on the patience scale. A comfy bed and a favorite toy keeps them happy.

And of course, they always have each other.

It has been a long week for the crew on Red Head. There was engine work being done before we made our way north and on to Maine. If all had gone as planned we would be leaving New Jersey by now... sigh.

Unfortunately, the engine gods had other plans. After several failed attempts to leave Deltaville, we finally threw off the lines last Friday.

Dad was looking forward to trying out the new anchor. Three anchorages and she didn't budge an inch. Dad's happy.

Sure, we're running "a bit late" but that's alright. The kids don't mind. They take it in their stride.

If they only had that kind of patience at supper time. That's hard...

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Handsome Birthday Boy!

Today is Dylan's 10th birthday. 10 years!

We can't believe it has been that long since we brought home that little bundle of pure joy. He was lucky to have his grandma, Dyna, there to help show him the ropes.

There have been those that claim he was a bit of a devil as a puppy but his mom sure doesn't remember that. No matter, there was always Dyna there to keep him in line.

Mom remembers the little doll who won first place in a photo contest.

For 6 years, Dylan and Dyna had fun whether on land...

or at sea.

And of course, there was always swimming.

Four years ago Dylan helped Dyna cross over the rainbow bridge. Would he ever have another buddy as great as she was?

The jury is out on that one.... Just when Dylan was becoming a mature young man, Dee Dee came into his life.

Dee Dee does keep him on his toes. And keeps him young.

Dylan's adventures continued, now with Dee Dee at his side. There was the Great Loop

And coconuts in the Bahamas.

Dolphin watching.

Dinghy rides.

And don't forget the swimming!

It's been 10 years chock-full of fun and memories.  There has never been a more loyal or affection buddy. We love you Dylan and look forward to many, many more memories.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Little Fashion-Plate

Dylan and Dee Dee apologize for the delay in their blog entries. Unfortunately, they depend on Mommy doing the typing and she has been crazy busy.

But not too busy to help Miss Dee Dee expand her t-shirt wardrobe. The long-sleeved t-shirt recommendation from Dr. Cox in Jacksonville, FL has been working great. So much so that Mom had to go in search of some additional t-shirts to keep up.

Off we went to Gloucester, VA to scour Walmart and TJMaxx. But alas, it turned out to be no easier here than in Florida. We finally scored at the Veteran's Thrift Store.

 A little bit of tailoring by Mom and she now has an extensive wardrobe.

Dad was a little upset that one of the t-shirts had cats on them. But Dee Dee seems to take it in her stride.

As for Dylan, he thinks the whole thing is silly. What next? Braiding hair and trying on make-up. Girls!

Saturday, April 29, 2017


The crew was ready Thursday morning to throw off the lines and head towards the Chesapeake. Harnesses were on, Mom was ready with the lines, and Dylan and Dee Dee were in their "ready-to-go" places.

Then Dad says, "We can't leave." Turns out when he went to do the final engine room check, something our conscientious captain always does, he found diesel spraying from the port engine...

The Caterpillar mechanic was here on Friday morning and there are high hopes we can try again on Tuesday. Fingers and paws crossed.

So Dylan and Dee Dee are enjoying a few extra days here at Ortega Landing Marina. It gave Mom a chance to consult with primo Dog Mom JoDee on some ideas for helping Dee Dee.

JoDee reminded me of the benefits of raw marrow bones. Dylan has had them in the past but, since Dee Dee came onboard after Mom and Dad stopped eating meat, she has never had one. Fortunately, the nearby Publix had two packages. Per JoDee's instructions, we let them play with the bones for a bit and then took them up for more play tomorrow.

Dylan knew exactly what to do and wasted no time digging in.

Dee Dee was more timid and had to do some exploring first.

Finally, Dad stepped in to offer encouragement and Dee Dee started to get the hang of it.


The best way to see the difference between Dylan (dive in and ask questions later) and Dee Dee (I'd like to know what I'm eating) is via a video.

And the best news, there's plenty left for tomorrow