Today is Dyna's 14th birthday. That's, well, really old in dog years. The hearing is shot. The back legs are weak. Sleeping is the favorite pastime. But let Dylan bark about some looming danger or Mom and Dad grab the leash and she's right there. Dyna ain't gonna miss any of the action.
It's been quite a year since Dyna celebrated her 13th birthday. She spent a leisurely summer back at her land-based home in Castine, Maine.
She ensured the boat and its crew came through Hurricane Irene unscathed.
The biggest change for Dyna came in September. She had life saving surgery in Richmond, VA to help her breathing. Although she is no longer allowed to swim, she still is up for a good romp in the dog park.
She put a few more overnight passages under her belt. Checked out new marinas and anchorages and always found the breezy spot on the boat.
And of course, helped keep a watch on the dolphins.
Thanksgiving was spent with family in Tennessee.
A quiet Christmas onboard but there was no way she was sharing her Christmas treat.
Most of the winter was spent at Ortega Landing in Jacksonville, FL were there were plenty of dog friends.
And even more dog friends.
She supervised aCappella's electronics refit and even endured a week in a La Quinta hotel.
No wonder this old girl gets tired sometimes.
As we started heading north, another generation of Dyna offspring entered the world as Dyna's great-great granddaughter had her own litter of 7 puppies. What is cuter than a puppy?
A few more stops at marinas and anchorages heading north including several days at Dowry Creek Marina...
and this season's cruising has come to an end. Dyna supervises the projects needed to be done before aCappella can be given a rest for the summer.
Soon Dyna will travel back to Maine for a few months of R&R while she dreams about her next adventures.
Happy Birthday, Dyna!