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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Big Day

Mom and Dad decided that anyone who was even casually looking for sweet Dora would have found her by now. After all, her picture is more places than the Kardashians. Now it's time to figure out her permanent home. There are a couple of good prospects.

It's time to acknowledge our new responsibility. Dora paid a visit to the vet were she was proclaimed to be in excellent condition. She received shots (ouch!) and tests and came home with a bag full of goodies. The vet thinks she is about 5-6 months old (what we thought) and is foxhound "with a little something else mixed in."

The whole ordeal pretty much wiped her out and she was happy to get back home and cuddle up with Dylan for a bit.

Mom decided to sneak off with Dee Dee to Petsmart to try and find some decent puppy food. Dee Dee was happy to browse the aisles. She received many compliments and even some treats at the checkout counter. Maybe she'll warmup to Dora after all...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Dora Runs with the Big Dogs

Dora spent her second day at the dog park. She definitely has an affinity for the big dogs.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rainy Day, Day 3

We woke to a rainy day which means no dog park. But Dylan and Dora had their own little romp in the living room. Dee Dee seemed perturbed by the whole spectacle.

Mom thinks Dee Dee kinda wanted to join in, but, you know, then she'd have to admit she was interested.

Finally, Dee Dee decided she'd show-off by grabbing Dad's napkin. Dylan and Dora were unimpressed.

All's well that ends well.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dora, Day 2

Dora had a good night in the collapsible crate we always bringing on our travels. She snores as she drifts off to sleep but settles down once she's out. We've spread the word far and wide, being helped by friends and strangers and the local authorities. Another day or two and we'll have to assume she was abandoned. Hard to imagine when you meet her.

Last night she was invited to attend the local neighborhood watch meeting and she was a big hit with several asking to let them know if she's up for adoption. A wonderful woman stopped her car during our walk this morning to inquire about her and let us know they had a video recording of her on their porch early the previous morning.  Her husband caught up with us on bike a bit later and said they might be interested in adopting her. We won't let her go easy but think there is definitely a good home out there for her.

Today she made what may have been her first trip to a dog park. Mom's worries about taking her there were for naught. She loved it and every dog and person she met. Her favorite was a young female Doberman.

They played almost nonstop the entire time.

To be honest, Mom was most concerned about having Dora in the backseat with snippy Miss Dee Dee. But Dylan kept an eye on her.

All is quiet for now. Looking forward to what the rest of the day will bring.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Dog Found!


Life often has a way of taking over and deciding what you will do next. As we were heading back to the house on our early morning walk, the cutest little pup came running down the middle of the street right towards us. She leapt and ran circles around Dylan and Dee Dee. Mom and Dad looked around for an owner chasing after her and saw no one. We checked for a collar, nothing. The crew kept walking as we thought she would soon run off to her home. She didn't.

As we approached the busier through street, with the little angel still in tow, Mom decided we couldn't let her continue running down the street. Dad jerry-rigged a collar and we brought her back to the house.

Dad made signs and Mom canvassed the neighborhood but couldn't find a sole who had ever seen her. A lovely women suggested we have her checked for a microchip. Off we went to the 24-hour vet - things like this always happen on a Sunday - but she did not have a chip. The vet suggested a Panama City Beach site for lost dogs. Dad has been posting her picture everywhere.

On the way home from the vet, Dad insisted on stopping at Petsmart to get her a pink collar and leash and a few other things. Forty bucks later we're heading back to the house.

Dylan thinks having a new play buddy is fun. Dee Dee's not so sure.

Dee Dee decided to growl and snap if the puppy got too close. And god forbid if she tried to get into Dee Dee's bed.

Shhhhh.... Whatever you do, don't tell Dee Dee.

Ahhhh... But Dee Dee just might be coming around.

This afternoon we'll all be walking the neighborhood to see if anyone recognizes her. We'll put some posters up further afield and keep watching the posts. She has such a sweet, loving personality, it's hard to imagine someone not missing her terribly. So you ask what will happen if we don't find her home? Well, Dad just decided she needs a name. It's Dora.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Missing Daddy

Dylan and Dee Dee had a tough day or so while Daddy flew up to Albany to check on Red Head. Mommy could tell they were a bit out of sorts. She found them lying under the winter coat he left.

Or huddled close at her feet while she checked her email. Everyone missed him.

Daddy had to endure a room at the La Quinta all by himself.

This is more like it. Where's the waffles from the Bright Side Breakfast?!

Soon it was time to collect Daddy from the airport and the kids insisted on going along. Besides Mommy promised we'd go to the dog park as soon as we got Daddy. But it was Daddy they were most excited about.

Dylan and Dee Dee are glad to have Daddy back safe and sound.

After all, Mommy is stingy with the plate scraps. But they can always depend on Daddy!

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.