Monday, May 14, 2018

Dora's First Voyage

Today we took Red Head out for a sea trial to check the new bow thruster, shaft changes, and other miscellaneous work. It was pretty exciting to be underway, even if it was just a short jaunt up and down the river. Things went very well with the most exciting part being:  it was Dora's first time underway on Red Head.

Dylan and Dee Dee showed her where to hunker down.

But it was hard to settle down with so many new things to see.

Mom and Dad were very pleased with Dora's performance with the exception of her displaying her baying skills when Mom was below handling lines and Dad was using the remote on the Portuguese  bridge.  She made up for it, though, by whining at the pilothouse stairs to go out and use the poop deck while underway. Now that's a good girl.

Dora did eventually settled down with the rest of the crew.

She even enjoyed chewing on one of her many toys.

Now that is one fine looking crew. We're looking forward to putting many more miles under the keel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Final Forever Home

The whole Red Head crew is excited to be back onboard. It may be a little dusty and disorganized but it's definitely home sweet home.

The kids have been making the best of it as Mom and Dad clean, uncover cushions, and try to put things to rights.

Dora has been turning to Dylan and Dee Dee when she feels uncertain and has been settling in nicely. As for the all important "poop deck", she followed the older crew's lead and used it within the first hour of being onboard. Since then, it has been a bit more hit and miss, with the hits increasing. Fortunately, Mom and Dad decided to leave the carpet coverings on for a while.

It's been many weeks of moving from place to place. Dora is probably wondering how long before we move to the next house. Little does she know that this is her final forever home.

Welcome to the Red Head crew, Dora.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Rainy Days

On rainy days the crew misses going to the dog park. They use the time to catch up on their naps. It could be Dylan nuzzling with Dora.

Or Dylan snuggled with Dee Dee.

Or the trifecta with all three cuddled together. Now that's some kinda sweet.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Good Morning!

Mornings are a special time with the Red Head crew. There's the morning walk and breakfast. That's often followed by a morning nap.

That is until Miss Dora decides she wants to play.

This morning she picked Miss Dee Dee as her partner.

It took a little convincing.

But Dee Dee came around...

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!

Our little Miss Dee Dee is five years old today. She spent her day with Dylan and Dora. It was pretty much a typical day - morning walk, breakfast, dog park. But Dad made a stop on the way home from the dog park. After all, we needed to celebrate our little girl's special day. The crew couldn't wait to see what he got.

Frosty Paws! Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!

The crew wishes it was her birthday every day!

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Been a Whirlwind

It has been a wild time since leaving Panama City Beach. Mom caught the flu from Grandma so we are a bit behind on the pics. There have been Dora firsts and, of course, more dog parks.

A dog park was found not too far from Grandma's house. On the first visit, they were the only ones there. They still managed to have a good time.

After that, we found lots of dog friends.

Dylan showed Dora how to chew a stick.

Dora proved to be a fast learner.

Dee Dee had so much fun she came home with grass stains.

Despite all the fun, the crew finally had to leave for Red Head. But not before we learned there would be a delay getting Red Head back in the water... sigh. Fortunately, we were able to snag another great Airbnb stay.

But first, a stop at another dog park along the way and...

...a night at the La Quinta.

Dora made her first visit to the boat. It's still in the shed and in quite a mess. She didn't seem very impressed but we'll give her some time.

Everyone is settled into what will be our new home for the next couple of weeks. It's pretty cold but this crew can adapt to just about anything.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Goodbye, Panama City Beach


Dylan and Dee Dee arrived in Panama City Beach a little over five months ago and discovered the dog park. 11:15 am quickly became an important time of the day.

The Red Head crew leaves PCB with an extra crew member. Now that's one heck of a souvenir.

The crew has finally departed Panama City Beach, on its way to Grandma’s house and then on to Red Head. It was a long 9+ hour drive not including stops. Probably the longest car ride Dora has ever had. No big deal for Dylan and Dee Dee though.

The backseat was a little tight but the crew settled in pretty well.

 A stop was made at a dog park about half way there.

The crew enjoyed romping with the other dogs. Mom and Dad enjoyed a quiet backseat for the remainder of the trip.

Of course, it couldn't compare with the PCB dog park. The crew said their final good-byes on Monday. It was a little sad for both dogs and people. Cindy is mom to the two German Shepherds.

Wendy tried to arrange a group picture. She's the Golden's mom.

And tried.

And, well, figured that's good enough. It's our time at the dog park that everyone will miss the most. Love you guys!

After an exhausting drive, the crew finally made it to Grandma's house. Dora is learning a whole new set of "No's" but, with the help of Dylan and Dee Dee, she is settling in pretty well. It should be an exciting week with lots of new adventures for the littlest crew member, culminating with Dora arriving at her forever home. Here's hoping she likes the water...

Friday, March 30, 2018

Definitely BFF's

Dora and Dee Dee have come to be best buddies. Who would have guessed our little diva would yield to another princess? They love their morning and afternoon play sessions. They cuddle up for their naps. Mom even caught Dee Dee scratching to get Dora out during one of Dora's crate times.

How does Dylan like all this ruckus? He'll join in the activities.

But he's just as happy to have some peace and quiet from those raucous young'uns.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Safety First

The Red Head crew always observes safety first whether we're cruising the waterways or the highways. Dylan and Dee Dee are always secured to the car seat belt through their safety harnesses when they go for a ride in the car. Mom went to get one for Dora and found that Kurgo had a "new and improved (and much more expensive)" version and decided to try it.

Fortunately, we have no actual experience in a car crash but this harness certainly appears more substantial. Mom ordered two more, now every crew member has one. We tried the harnesses out on our daily trip to the dog park. They're a bit more complicated, which Mom thinks adds to the safety factor.  As a result, it takes longer to hustle the kids into the back seat. Hopefully, everyone will get better at it with practice.

That's a lot of dog! Maybe we need a bigger car...

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Our little diva, aka Miss Dee Dee, is finding that having a little sister around can have it's advantages. For one thing, she doesn't have that frantic Lab food obsession. That means she is prone to leaving crumbs around after her treats. Dora has even left part of her treat to come back to later. Dylan loved that and Dora hasn't made that mistake again.

Dee Dee and Dora have started having a morning playtime. It can get a little rambunctious but then so can Dylan and Dee Dee.

Dee Dee and Dora even became partners in crime when one of them grabbed dad's napkin while he wasn't looking.

Looks like we have a very contented crew.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


The crew is gradually settling into their new routine. No one would say Dee Dee is thrilled but she is becoming more accepting. It's a good lesson for the little diva.

True to form, Dylan is handling the situation with his usual aplomb. He loves to play with her, yet doesn't hesitate to let her know when she has gone too far.

Dora is quickly learning the ways of the Red Head crew, including when Dad has his afternoon snack.

Dora has fierce separation anxiety which she expresses quite vocally. It may have been what caused her to be abandoned - but come on folks, there's better ways to handle that - or it may have been caused by her being abandoned. We'll never know. We've started working with her on short separations. Mom will be heading back to Petsmart this morning as soon as they open to get a Thundershirt. We have friends who have found success. At this point, the car could drive to the store on its own and Mom is almost on a first-name basis with the staff. Have a puppy? Just open your wallet and dump out the contents.

Will this be the new Red Head crew? We'll keep you posted.