Saturday, May 8, 2021

A New Chapter Begins

Life is a series of chapters. We have certainly had many; small and large, conventional and offbeat. But through it all there has been one constant, our dogs. Our life has been filled with 6 wonderful, loving, funny, happy dogs. Each one has a unique personality which brings depth and joy to our life.

We have loved chronicling our life of dogs. We have tens of thousands of pictures of them and a few of us. They started with film and moved on with new technologies.

The TakingPaws blog’s first entry was August 27, 2008 with our crew of Dyna and her grandson Dylan. Dyna crossed the rainbow bridge in 2013 and Dylan is a now himself a senior citizen. Our canine crew has ridden the “blog era” to fame, becoming far more recognizable than their mom and dad. We have loved blogging about the crew’s adventures and have met so many great people along the way. 

The Red Head crew has now begun a new chapter. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora became the new owners of a beautiful home in Key West. Along with their staff of two (better known as mom and dad) they will be spending the fall and winter lounging by their pool and wandering the streets of this funky town. That doesn’t mean they have forsaken Red Head. She will continue to be their home as they travel north for the summer. So you can see they continue to live the hard life.

All of these changes have led to a hard decision. This will be the Red Head crew’s final TakingPaws entry. It has been a wild and wonderful ride but it is time to move on. 

As many have noted, the crew has been rather sporadic during this past year+ of COVID, so we will leave you with a digital collage of the past few months. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora hope everyone remains well as we emerge from this unusual time and they thank you for your many years of support and kindness. You can still keep an eye out for them on the waterways.


The crew settled well into life at Titusville to wait out the pandemic. They played during the day. And cuddled at night. Meanwhile, mom and dad found themselves browsing Zillow. 

In late February, the crew piled into a rental car to help with the inspection of a Key West house. Dora thought it was perfect. 

It was a very long day but the crew did great. They signed on the dotted line.

Red Head was moved north, out of the hurricane zone, where she awaits the crew’s return.

After stuffing a rental van to the gills, the crew took off for their new home. It was close but there was room for Dee Dee and Dora on the two bucket seats, while Dylan lounged in his bed on the floor.

Dee Dee immediately discovered the pool. She would stay there 24/7 if she could. 

Dora explored every nook and cranny.

Dylan hung around the pool remembering his glory days.

They seem to like it here and are doing very well settling in. 

Dee Dee discovers the hot tub.

Dora discovers the sunny spot. She dislikes the pool. What a princess.

But it all leads to a quiet evening.

After many weeks getting the house together and the successful completion of mom and dad’s COVID vaccine, the crew had their first houseguests, Aunt Kristin and Uncle Wayne!!! Everybody had fun. They are now greatly missed.

In a few weeks the crew will head back to Red Head but there’s still plenty of time to play and relax in their new home.

Peace and happiness. It’s been a hell of a ride.


M/Y OLOH said...

We'll just have to get more updates in person. And what is that delicious drink you all seem to be enjoying at the bar??? Hmmm.....

Cheers to all!

MV Red Head said...

If you like, we’ll teach you how to make it next time we see you... πŸ˜‰

M/Y OLOH said...

That would be very nice. We thank you in advance πŸ˜‹

Kristin said...

Aunt Kristin and Uncle Wayne miss this very special family ♥️πŸ’™♥️πŸ’™♥️ We’ve enjoyed the stories and laughs in TakingPaws, on Red Head —- and whenever and wherever we meet. New adventures await us in Key West and the flamingo rooms!!!! Xoxoxoxo

MV Red Head said...

The flamingoes await. 😘

Bob said...

Thank you for all your posts - Best wishes for a wonderful future. Take good care of those wonderful K9 best friends you have - they are so lucky to be a part of your family.

Lawrence Leonard said...

Congratulations on your new home. You've become temporary C.L.O.D.'s! Elaine and I are so glad you will still enjoy summers on M/V Red Head. Who knows? We may even see you when you're up North. We wish you, your family and your beautiful, beautiful kids all the happiness and good health this world has to offer. Safe Travels!
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence

Diane said...

I have enjoyed your blog for several years. Thank you for taking the time to showcase your wonderful fur kids. It’s such a joy to see them living the life!πŸ’•πŸΆπŸ’•πŸΆπŸ’•πŸΆπŸ’•