Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!

It's hard to believe that little Dee Dee is 4 years old. Time goes so quickly.

It seems like only yesterday we brought her onboard at just 7 weeks old. She learned immediately what it takes to be a good crew member. Her dad was very proud.

She's put a lot of miles under her keel since then. Always with her best buddy Dylan by her side.

There's been many adventures.

And, of course, some swimming. Always swimming...

We love our little girl, even as she remains our "problem child." And although Dylan may not always admit it, he likes her too. Happy birthday, princess! Looking forward to many more years of adventures!


Many of you have written to inquire about Dee Dee's colorful leg wrappings. We have been struggling with hot spots on her right forearm for months now. The wrapping served to keep the antibiotic salve in place, as well as, to try and keep her from licking it. Our girl proved too clever for that, as we fought a cycle of "it's almost healed" to "I found it" licking.

So we decided to take advantage of being in Jacksonville to visit one of our favorite vets on the east coast - and our various crew members have been to plenty. Dr. Tom Cox at Timuquana Animal Hospital took excellent care of Dyna 4 years ago soon before she crossed the rainbow bridge. We trusted him to help Dee Dee.

Dee Dee is now on a strong course of oral antibiotics, prescription antibacterial cream, and "doggy Prozac." Yes, after years (4 years?) of joking about our slightly high-strung girl, the jokes have become reality.

Dr. Cox also suggested the long-sleeve t-shirt method to keep her away from the spots. Mom discovered that finding a long-sleeve t-shirt in April in Florida is not easy - turns out they are "winter apparel." Snagged a couple on a clearance rack and then hit the jackpot at the Goodwill.

So now Dee Dee has a small wardrobe of cute tops, including this adorable one for her birthday.

It's been a hard week for her (and for Mom, who has handle this on her own as Daddy was gallivanting around Seattle). The drugs have made her very sleepy, sometimes not even getting up for a piece of ice! But we were told to expect this. Tomorrow we check in again with Dr. Cox and hopefully adjust the meds down.

The good news is she is well on the way to having her arm healed. The t-shirt trick really works - Thanks, Dr. Cox.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fun in Ortega!

Dylan and Dee Dee have settled into The Marina at Ortega Landing and are enjoying their afternoon romps in the field. Dylan has spent lots of time here playing with Dyna and other assorted dog friends. It has become a favorite stop for Dee Dee too.

Today was a special treat as they were joined by the former canine crew from Huckins Yachts. Deb (and hubby Walter) also spoil their crew, so everyone gets along just fine. There were old buddies Ty and Myia (sadly Abby crossed the rainbow bridge since our last visit), and there was newcomer Bailey, a 15 month old female Lab.

It didn't take long for Molly to join the fray and we had an all out Lab-fest going on.

There were big balls. There were little balls.

Dee Dee's favorite was one that squeaked.

Dylan's favorite was the treats.

Dylan loves the treats!

Who are we kidding, all Labs love the treats!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Moving On

Dylan and Dee Dee enjoyed their time at Peanut Island. After all, it did include two of their most favorite things - dinghy rides and beach swimming. Make that three - and their best buddy Gracie.

Now it's time to start heading north. Red Head's crew left Lake Worth last Friday and began meandering up the ICW towards Palm Coast Marina. Dylan and Dee Dee stayed alert watching for dolphins and other various sources of danger.

At times they were called on to help their dad pilot us to safety.

Even in confined quarters Dylan and Dee Dee stayed the course and did their duty.

We stayed at several lovely anchorages between Lake Worth and Palm Coast Marina. Now we're looking forward to a few days relaxing at the dock and visiting with good friends.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tres Amigos Reunion

It doesn't really matter where these best buddies meet, in the Bahamas, at Palm Beach, or on the moon. They always have a good time. Gracie's mom, Marilyn, emailed Dylan and Dee Dee some pics from their reunion two weeks ago on Carolina. The kids wanted to share them.

Dylan was his well behaved self.

And Dee Dee....

Of course, they were all good when the t-r-e-a-t-s came out

Monday Gracie and her people will be heading back north. It's been a great two weeks. Gracie and Dee Dee were swimming mavens.

Dylan focused on destroying every bit of palm tree he could find. Just like old times.

Safe travels Gracie. We hope to see you again soon.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


The winds finally subsided enough to take the dinghy down on Tuesday. The kids insisted that we go find their buddy, Gracie. The whole Red Head crew joined Gracie and her people, John and Marilyn, on the cockpit of Carolina.

Dee Dee managed to make herself right at home.

Wednesday blew like stink, so Thursday was our first trek to Peanut Island. The kids didn't waste a minute making up for lost time. After 3 days in a row, we now have an official routine.

The views may not be quite as spectacular as Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas. But for Dylan, Dee Dee, and Gracie, the swimming is just fine.

Monday, March 13, 2017

On The Road Again

Dylan and Dee Dee are happy to have finally thrown off the lines and headed back out on the water. Destination, Lake Worth.

This seasoned crew fell right into the routine. They even heard from their very best Bahamas buddy, Gracie, on the radio who is arriving today as well.

It'll be "Bahamas lite" as the three of them tear up the beaches at Peanut Island. But really does it matter where the beach is located? Swimming is swimming. And it's that much sweeter with your best buddy. Tomorrow, let the fun begin!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mutiny Averted?

Due to some unanticipated work on Red Head, the crew is finding itself still tied to the dock at the Hinckley yard in Stuart. We hope to be leaving shortly and heading south. But first there is some unfortunate news that Mom and Dad must break to the crew. The question was how to do it without inciting a mutiny.

First, make sure they are well rested - when are they not?

Then feed them their favorite meal - pretty much anything you put in their dish.

Next, lavish them with attention - especially belly rubs.

Finally, distribute some t-r-e-a-t-s.

Then the moment of truth. "Dylan, Dee Dee, Red Head's crew will not be going to Great Harbour Cay in the Bahamas this winter." (More treats and belly rubs.)

Mom and Dad explained that there were a lot of things going on now so the decision was made to simply head to Lake Worth, FL where we will anchor off of Peanut Island. We even showed them that it got 5 bones on the bringfido site. Not sure that convinced them.

So we pulled out the big guns. We would be meeting their much cherished Great Harbour Cay buddy, Gracie, (and her crew John and Marilyn) where we will swim at Peanut Island every day! Who could forget the fun they've had with Gracie?!

Hmmmm... Looks like they may be pacified for now. We'll still be keeping extra treats and belly rubs close for a while. Can't afford to have the crew mutiny. How would we run the boat without them?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Put It to the Test

This past week the new carpeting on Red Head was completed. Dylan and Dee Dee are happy to have the boat back to normal but will miss seeing Todd every day. Todd really likes dogs.

Now for the test. Can this carpet handle Labrador fur, I mean, those thousands of fibers of love and joy?

Here is a shot of the old dark brown wood floor in the salon a few hours after the Roomba finished.

This is a shot of the salon carpeting 48 hours after the last Roomba run. Pretty impressive.

Now Mom and Dad aren't foolish enough to believe that the crew sheds any less on the carpet than the wood floor. They're just happy not to be reminded. We'll still be running the Roomba pretty much every night but now if we forget - no one will know...

Except, of course, for Miss Dee Dee.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Well, We Never...

This week Dylan and Dee Dee have suffered more injustices. They were banished to the master stateroom while the new carpeting was being laid in the salon. OK, so maybe there are worse things than lying around on a soft bed, sniffing smells through the screen door, and getting an occasional belly rub. But they just couldn't help but wonder what great things were happening that they weren't a part of...

They passed the time with a little tussling.

A little goofiness (yes, that's a word, we Googled it).

In the afternoon they helped Daddy do some projects on the back deck. OK, maybe they just sat on the back deck while Daddy did some projects but there was lots of moral support going on.

They are scheduled to finish laying the carpet tomorrow. Then the crew can get back to their regular routine. That sure makes Dylan happy.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Little Chaos

No, we are not referring to Miss Dee Dee...

The kids have been living with much activity on Red Head for many months now. They've handled it well, even when they were forced to walk the scary plank. But most of the disruptions have been happening below decks and have had little impact on Dylan and Dee Dee's day to day life. This week that changed.

If you follow the kids' blog then you know that we have been planning a bit of interior design work. There were some new chairs and lamps but nothing of much interest to Dylan and Dee Dee. On Thursday Todd arrived to begin installation of the new - Yellow Lab compatible - carpet.

The first task was to remove the old carpeting and make the templates. The wall to wall carpet in the staterooms was pulled up. Dylan and Dee Dee saw their bed disappear as the floor was cleared of various items.

In the salon, the rugs, furniture, and yes, even their dog beds were piled around to provide access. With the templates now done, we all look forward to the new carpeting being placed.

How did our long suffering crew manage during this process?

They barely squeaked by....

PostScript:  The Kids' Reward

As a reward for the extreme fortitude that Dylan and Dee Dee have shown, Mom and Dad brought down the dinghy and took the kids for a ride. Of course, there was swimming involved. It's always a good day when swimming is involved.