Tuesday, October 16, 2018



The Red Head crew decided to hunker down at AYB in Chesapeake, VA to let Hurricane Michael pass through. It was a tropical storm when it came through in the middle of the night. There was lots of noise and rain but little damage.

Dora now has a real storm under her belt. She slept through it...

Unfortunately, the crew’s home from last winter, Panama City Beach, did not fair so well. Everyone watched the news and saw pictures of the destruction of familiar places. The kids worried most about their friends from the dog park.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are sending their warmest wishes to all the dogs and their humans at the Frank Brown Dog Park. We hope you weathered the storm and will recover quickly.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

On The Road Again

The Red Head crew left Solomons this morning to begin the slow ramble south. Everyone was happy to be on the move again. Each crew member found the perfect spot.

Dee Dee positioned herself in the shade with a cool breeze.

Dora found the sunny spot.

Handsome Dylan, always taking his rank of 1st Mate very seriously, settled in at the helm.

Red Head officially begins her winter 2018-2019 cruise. Looking forward to new adventures with our expanded crew. Dylan, Dee Dee and Dora hope to meet you along the way!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Catching Up

The Red Head crew wishes to apologize for being remiss in keeping up the blog. Mom and Dad have been busy with "boat stuff" and, until Siri is able to understand dog, the crew must depend on Mom to do the typing.

It's been a pretty dull time for Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora. Mostly, they've been hanging out at Mid Shore Electronics while Dad had the helm electronics redone.

Dee Dee had another run in with a hot-spot on her arm. Fortunately, Mom saved Dee Dee's "t-shirt wardrobe" and it was quickly resolved.

The kids did have a dinghy ride while at Mid Shore.

They had to help Dad try out the new chartplotter he had installed. The crew was way more interested in the sites than a silly chartplotter...

It has been very hot here on the Chesapeake Bay, so the crew has spent lots of time relaxing in the air conditioning. Such a hard life.

After spending some time at Zahniser's (they missed the end of season doggy pool party by a week or so, drats!), the crew made the trek across the creek to Calvert where Mom and Dad will be attending another Krogen rendezvous - Dylan's 8th, Dora's 1st. It's not the best event for the crew as Mom and Dad spend more time off the boat - sans kids, gasp!

But they do receive lots of attention and "everyone" has been wanting to meet Dora. Friday there's a dog parade - what could go wrong there?

Mom and Dad are already making plans to make-up for their weeks of neglect. Just look at those pitiful faces.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dora?

When Dora found the Red Head crew, it was determined that she was somewhere around 5-6 months old. That would put her birthday sometime in September or October. Yesterday we celebrated Dora's 1st birthday. How did we know it was her birthday? Well, here is her dad's logic:  September 9th is 9/9. In German, that's "No, No!" Leading him to determine that must be her birthday.

Dad also decided that, in celebration, the whole Red Head crew would get mini cupcakes. He actually got the crew to sit/stay...

For a few seconds, anyway. Notice the single good crew member who waited to be released? Dylan's a good boy.

Whatever day Dora came into the world, the Red Head crew is happy to have her onboard.

Happy Birthday, Dora!

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Results Are In!

Dora's DNA tests results came in today.  Surprise! She's a hound (a Treeing Walker Coonhound to be specific) with a bit of terrier thrown in. It certainly explains a few things. Mom and Dad had to look up this coonhound breed as they had never heard of it. Here's some of what they found:

"They bay their own distinctive howl to let the owner know the quarry has been cornered." Dora certainly has a distinctive bay.

"Their tracking sense is so strong that they are unable to follow commands when they are trailing a scent" Explains why Dora is never left off-leash.

 "Their curious nature means that they have a tendency to stand on their hind legs to investigate a small child or small dog being held in the arms of an adult." Teaching Dora not to jump on guests has been most challenging...

"Agile, energetic, loving, intelligent, confident and even-tempered dogs." A great description of Red Head's youngest crew member.

Saturday, September 1, 2018


Red Head has spent the past two weeks hanging out in Baltimore. It's been many years since we were last here. Dylan is the only current crew member who has been here before and that was on aCappella and he was with Dyna. 8 years...

The crew has been enjoying their time in Baltimore. There's a dog park about a mile away. It's been so blink'n hot and humid, that the crew has been going early in the morning. That's the temperature in the galley when we returned one day at 7:30 am!

Some mornings it is just the Red Head crew. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora can fill a dog park all on their own.

Most mornings, there are other playmates. Dora still has a propensity to play with the biggest dog in the park.

Mom and Dad have enjoyed the restaurants and visiting with good friends and family. The crew has even made some new friends. Shauna and Matt took a great picture of Dora, notice the photo-bomb in the window.

We love Baltimore and plan on not waiting so long to visit again. But now it's time to move further south in the Chesapeake Bay. Red Head is getting an electronics refit and the crew is looking forward to the upcoming Krogen Rendezvous.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Mom and Dad are often asked, what type of dog is Dora? While it's pretty obviously she has a lot hound in her - you should hear her bay - there's definitely something else there. She looks a lot like a foxhound but she's not quite big enough. Maybe mixed with a beagle???

The crew has been toying with the idea of doing a DNA test to find out a little more about her background. Not that anyone cares what breed she may come from. She couldn't be loved more, even if she came from royalty.

Over the weekend, Mom ordered a Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test. There are lots of different tests one can buy but Karen's niece used this one on her rescue dog and recommended it, so, why not? It arrived today.

There's a couple of swabs with detailed instructions for retrieving the DNA from her cheek. The test has to be done 2 hours after any food or treat, so we need to wait because Dad fed her some of his chips from lunch.

Then the box turns into its own return package. Wait a few weeks and we'll be able to look up her results online.

Dylan and Dee Dee want to run a pool but will only accept treats, no money. They don't have any pockets to put the cash in anyway...

We'll pop the package in the mail tomorrow. Then the whole crew will wait with bated breath for the outcome. Whatever the results, one would be hard-pressed to find a better crew than this.

We'll keep you posted.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Long Day

Mom and Dad decided to try something different for Red Head’s cruise down the New Jersey shore. It’s never been a favorite passage. The plan was to leave the Sandy Hook anchorage and go nonstop to the Cape Henlopen anchorage in Delaware. It’s a 125 nm passage. If the crew could leave at dawn, then Red Head could be in by dusk. A long day.

The crew was awakened at 4:30 am, happy to receive breakfast early. Dee Dee and Dora quickly settled on the pilothouse settee.

While Dylan chose to settle in front of the starboard side door to catch some breezes. Mom and Dad started hauling the anchor and left the anchorage as the sun rose.

For Dora, it was another first. Her maiden voyage on the ocean. She loved sniffing the ocean air. It was a good trip, although a bit bouncy in the middle of the day. So how did she do?

Why, she handled it with aplomb!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


The crew had intended for today’s blog entry to be about throwing off the lines and heading down the Hudson River. While everyone enjoyed the time at Shady Harbor Marina, the crew was itching to move on to new adventures. 

They wanted to tell you how Dora had finished going through heat. Mom and Dad had gotten through a dozen items on their project list. Maybe show some more of those cute cuddle pictures. But things went a little differently. 

Ever since Dora made her way to Red Head’s roof during a past docking at Shady Harbor, she has been tethered in the pilothouse whenever the boat is docking. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t needed any more since Dad constructed gates to keep her contained on the pilothouse level when underway.

Plus, she has pretty much chewed through the leash that was being used. But tethered she was...

As is typical, she cried when her dad left the pilothouse with remote in hand to undock. At some point, Dora became quiet and an unfamiliar alarm sounded but then stopped. Hmmmm, strange.

Mom finished clearing the deck of lines and fenders, then took over at the helm so Dad could make his log entries and put away the remote. Pretty much like any other docking. Then Dad said, “Uh-oh.”

He had discovered what caused the alarm and Dora’s silence. She had consoled herself by chewing on the remote’s cable.

This is not a remote where one can just run into Radio Shack and buy a replacement - wait, are they even in business??? In fact, it is one of the most expensive pieces of electronics on the boat. Of course, we only have one - Mom and Dad had been talking about getting a backup but, well, refer to the previous sentence.

Fortunately, Dad had a summer job in college at a board manufacturer and learned to be a soldering expert.

It took most of the morning but he was able to splice the cable, all 21 wires. She may not be pretty but she works.

Fortunately, Dad has a soft spot for the littlest crew member. She managed to survive the ordeal. But Dora honey, don’t push your luck. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Not Much...

Many of you are wondering what has been happening with the Red Head crew. Not much, really

The kids enjoyed their week at the farm. Dora even touched noses with a llama - of course, Mom didn't have her camera.

Red Head went back into the water last Friday - right on schedule - to the crew's joy and amazement.

A quick trip had the crew back at Shady Harbor Marina by Saturday. Since then it has been lots of bad weather - rain, winds, and general yuck - that has kept the crew mostly boat-bound.

 They've slept.

And they've played.

But the big news of the week is that Dora has gone into heat. She's handling it like a little trouper. Her dad is staying ever vigilant. Mom and Dad have been anticipating this. The plan is to have her spade in the fall and it is best that she go through one heat beforehand.

Sweet boy Dylan has been comforting her with his special cuddles.

As for Mom and Dad, they have been using the time to get some projects off the list. If the weather keeps up, they may actually finish the list. But only if Dad stopping adding to it...

Update 7/28: After some trial and error - dog diapers used on Dyna and Dee Dee were too large, Pampers size 4 was too small - Pampers size 6 appears to be just right. Hopefully, no more droopy drawers on little Dora. But even more hopefully (is that a thing?), she will be done soon.