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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Oh, the misery...

Red Head pulled into the well at Scarano on Sunday ensuring she would be hauled Monday morning. After a few snafus, she was blocked on the hard and being inspected. Some tapping, some scraping, and a hole the size of a dime was revealed. Today the repair begins.

Mom was tasked with managing the dogs. It was hot, really hot, and humid. She found an old picnic table in the shade of the building.

The crew made the best of it.

However, by noon it was in the full sun, so Mom decided to get the rental car and crank up the A/C. Much better.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora finally made it to their new digs just in time for supper. It’s a studio apartment located on a farm. There are lamas...

and donkeys. And even some chickens.

The crew has a little fenced in yard where they are making their own private dog park. And when they become bored with each other, there’s plenty of other things to bark at.

Everyone is hoping for a quick repair but for now the crew is resting in the A/C while they wait for Dad to return from the boatyard.

Monday, July 9, 2018

It's deja vu all over again...

Red Head left Sag Harbor yesterday to head back to the Hudson River. There is some water coming in through the hull. Nothing serious - if you talk to Karen’s mom make sure not to use the word “sinking” - but it was decided it wouldn’t just heal itself and would probably get worse, so the crew is heading back to the boat yard.

This morning we made our way through New York Harbor. It was 8:00 am and rush hour was in full tilt. There was a strange roaring sound followed by a seaplane flying low overhead which landed in the harbor.  It was followed by a half dozen more.

Seems to be how some commute.

The crew is making the best of it. Dylan and Dee Dee helped Dad at the helm.

While Dora just took it all in.

We’re not complaining. It’s a beautiful trip up the Hudson River. Plus, the crew will get some more dog park time.  Hoping for a quick repair and then we’ll decide what our new plans will be.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

First Swim

The firsts just keep on coming. Today Dora had her first actual swim at a beach near Sag Harbor. She finally went in after Dee Dee to get the bumper.

Swimming is an important acitivty for the Red Head crew.

And it looks like you'll be seeing many more dog swimming pics! Stay tuned.