Thursday, October 8, 2015

A good day

First - we want to say a HUGE thank you for all the POTP you have been sending our Mom - we appreciate it so much and know for sure it helps - thank you thank you thank you. Paws crossed the changes to her pain medication seem to be helping and today she actually had a good day - one where we were able to get out and enjoy some sunshine. We headed off to MY Fort Caroline Cowspotdog Park and had a nice walk among the palms trees. We also stopped to check out the old oven that was built at the Fort Caroline by the Timucuan Indians - Mom said she would like it in our back yard as it would be awesome for making some fresh bread or even wood fire pizza. We also stopped to watch one of the freight ships being pulled  down the St John river towards the open ocean - it had 3 tugs boats pulling it and Mom said it must be fully loaded to need that many.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Windy Wednesday

We are just giving a quick update - Mom spent the weekend in the ER after another severe bout of pain but on Monday visited the pain clinic where they changed her medicine and we have our paws crossed this will help. She did manage to take us to beach for a few minutes last week when Hurricane Joaquin  was close by - it was a grey and windy day but we enjoyed it anyway. We miss you all so much and hope you won't forget us and hope things will soon get back to normal.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A timely reminder

Mom just can't seem to get a break at the moment - on top of the pain she has been coping with from intestinal adhesion's - last night she had to go to the ER for a painful rash she has on one side - from her back around to the front of her ribs - it turns out she has Shingles. Please - if you are 55 and older make sure you get the Shingles vaccine (you can get it any pharmacy along with your flue shot). Mom asked about it last year at Walgreens in Arkansas and they told her she had to above 55 (which turns out to be a falsehood as anyone above 50 can get it) Sadly both Mom and Dad were planning on getting it next week when she they went for their flue shot but fate had other plans.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Selfie

We are sorry we haven't been around much and hope to catch up with everyone when Mom is feeling better. If you can spare some POTP for her it would be much appreciated.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Avast me hearties

Ahoy all you land lubbers. Shiver me timbers if it isn't another 'talk like a pirate day'. Captain Reilly Black Beard and Long John Denny here to let you know we will be cruisin the shores lookin for any unprotected buried treasures - so hand over all ye treats and bones or we will be having you walk the plank or swinging from the yardarm!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"S" is for silly

I am not a happy chappy at the moment - for some reason the "S" key on my Yaptop has decided not to work properly.  I can be typing away and look up to check what I have written only to find a whole paragraph of goobly gook because all the words that use them - are missing the "s" letters (Mom chuckles when she reads what I have written as it can make for some interesting and funny words when the "S's" are missing.) Mom has cleaned the keyboard using a soft brush and condensed air..... she even went online and found out how to remove and replace the key so she could check there wasn't anything caught under it - can you believe she implied there was probably dog hair caught under it and that was what was causing the problem. Alas the silly "S" continues to work intermittently and adding to the problem now the letters are stating to disappear from the keys - just like what happened to Ernie and Frankies keypad - our letter "T' is also fading away.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Broken Toe

Last Tuesday Dad took his daughter for one last walk to the beach before she headed back to Wisconsin. Now Dad doesn't often watch where he is walking and Mom is ALWAYS telling his to be careful but Mom wasn't there and you guessed it - he stubbed his toe on the boardwalk. He said it hurt a bit but didn't really bother him. On Wednesday he flew to Pennsylvania and on Friday he flew to New Orleans and his toe okay. But today for some reason all his toes and the top of his foot swelled up and lots of bruising appeared across all his toes and Mom finally dragged him to the ER to get it checked out. They poked and prodded and took some X-rays and it showed his toe is broken. So now he is hobbling around wearing an orthopedic boot and will be for the next couple of weeks. Of coarse that Dweeb brother of mine Denny thinks the boot is some kind of monster and every time he sees it barks and growls at it. I guess we will just have to do some extra walking on Dads behalf  :)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Great Escape Snow Freak Saga

We have been reading all about the "Great Escape Snow Freak Saga" today. It seems that while moving from Ohio to Pennsylvania Frankie and Ernies Snow Freak collection escaped and have been causing havoc all over the world. Now personally we would love us some snow freaks as we have been hot all summer we would be happy to cool down the house with some snow freaks. We heard they are pretty sneaky though so we used our special stealth mode which makes us nearly invisable and tried sneaking up on a few to catch them. Sadly the minute we wrap our paws around they start melting !

Friday, September 11, 2015

We will never forget

Fourteen years ago on September 10th Mom arrived in the USA for the very first time. Dad was waiting for her at San Fransisco and they then flew to Detroit where Dad was working. The next day something that none of us will EVER forget happened.

Today we say a special prayer for all those that lost their lives on that day, for all the families that lost loved ones. We also want to give HUGE and heart felt thanks to all the medical staff, firefighters, first responders, military, ambulance drivers, police and all the search and rescue dogs who worked so hard to help in what ever way they could.  

Monday, September 7, 2015

Showing her the sights

We have been having lots of fun showing Dad's daughter all of MY wonderful parks and filling her in on the rules of being a bark ranger. This morning we got up super early at 6.00 am to be ready for the sunrise at 7.00 am but alas there was no pretty colors today. We did however have  a long leisurely walk and we showed Valerie how to do some sand art. Valerie spent a long time looking for shells but one thing our beach just doesn't have is shells. Mom looks for them all the time too but has never found any either. Mom is hoping the next time we have a big storm some will wash up. Now of coarse you can buy bags of assorted shells in just about every other shop but they all been been bleached and cleaned so much they have no sea smell left and mom says what good is a shell that doesn't smell of the sea. We hope you are all had a wonderful weekend.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A visitor

Dad's daughter Valerie (Jackie's Mom) is coming to visit us for the long weekend so we won't be around much as we will be showing her the sights. For those that don't know Jackie.... he is a little dorky (dachshund x yorkie) that Valerie rescued from the shelter and he lived with us on and off over a few years until his Mom moved to Wisconsin. Sadly Jackie couldn't come as his Mom is flying from Wisconsin to Florida so he will be staying with his Aunt. He is the sweetest little guy and both Mom and Dad have a real soft spot for him.....he loves nothing better then snuggling and cuddling. We wish he could of come for a visit too - maybe next time he can. Have a wonderful long labor day weekend for everyone here in the USA and if you are traveling be safe.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Meeting Manny

Today we visited MY Ed Austin Cowspotdog park where they have the awesome leach free dog zone and for a moment we thought we had traveled through  a time warp and ended up in France - because look who we met - Easy!  But then we found out it wasn't Easy at all - his name is Manny and he is a big old baby dog. He snuggled up to MY Mom wanting pats and tummy rubs and when she sat down he tried climbing on her lap and nearly squashed her :) We had lots of fun walking around the park together and even Dweeb seemed to like him.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back on Patrol

I have so many parks to take care of it was hard deciding which one to go to first - but Mom said - lets go in order of how we first found them - so today we headed off to MY Fort Caroline Cowspotdog Timucuan Preserve. This is the park where I became an official Florida bark ranger. Now we must apologize for the photo's being a little dark - we are still getting the tail end of Tropical Storm Erika so we have lots of grey skies and rain fore casted for the rest of day.

Our first stop was the little Timucuan Indian hut - we are happy to see it survived the winds and rain. Next we checked out the Bark Rangers board - do you see us on there - we are at the very top on the left side - we are after all 'top dogs'.

We couldn't get down to see the actual fort today as my staff were busy trimming some broken trees and mowing the lawns so instead we headed off down the pier to take in the view of the St John River. Mom loved seeing this sign about the manatees and always hopes we we will see one - but so far they remain pretty elusive. Mom says we were very brave boys as this is actually a floating pier so it moves as you step on it. And the last pictures are for Aunty Yamini - we saw these boats way over the other side of the river at the dock yard - we wondered if they ever make their Scotland. Sadly we couldn't see the boats names to we could check on where there have been.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Walkies - here we come

I must admit my bark ranger duties have sadly been neglected the last couple of weeks but I do have excellent staff so I know they have been keeping running while I have been looking after Mom. Today Mom went to see and orthopedic surgeon and had a cortisone shot in her knee  so now she should be able to walk a little easier. Mom has been having shots in her knees since her early 20's and they always work well. The big decision now will be which park to visit first - maybe we convince the Mom to visit all of them - we have a lot of catching up to do :)

Friday, August 28, 2015

It's national bow tie day!

It is national bow tie day and most of you know - we DON'T do clothes but we make an exception for a nice bow tie. Here is one of our favorite bow tie pics.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Update

Some of you may have noticed we haven't been around a lot the last couple of weeks this is because  Mom hasn't been very well and has been in a real lot of pain. She has been going back and forth between specialists and they have finally decided the best option for her is to have surgery to insert a pain pump in her. It is about the size of a little pacemaker (about 2 inches round) and will be put under the skin on her side with a catheter that goes directly into the spine where is can deliver a small amount of pain medication at a constant level to the nerves. Unfortunately Mom has three different things going on at the same time which is why normal medicine hasn't been helping her and this will be able to address all three.  It will be a few weeks before they can do the surgery and then she will need a little time to heal afterwards. They do say once Mom has this done she should be able to resume a normal life again but until then we will be reading all the bloggies but just won't be posting much ourselves. Of coarse we will be there nursing Mom every step of the way as we all know that we doggies are the best medicine after all :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The new flashy beast

Smile for the new camera :)
For some reason Mom has gone EVEN MORE photo crazy since we moved to Florida - she is always snapping away at all the different plants and birds and scenery we see. Sadly for us - it also means she has lots more places to pose us in - sigh!  And do you know - we don't even get treats for all that work!

Of coarse Mom in all her befuddled wisdom decided she needed a better camera  but Mom isn't into all this fancy camera stuff and pretty much just wanted a point and shoot camera with a few extra goodies. She  also didn't want to pay a years worth of treats for one and most importantly it had to be light because Mom has the arthritis is her fingers and can't hold heavy things for very long. So began the great hunt - she researched, she read reviews and watched heaps of YouTube videos - she visited stores to pick up and hold the cameras and she even stopped people at the park with fancy cameras to ask them questions. But finally she found the perfect one - referred to as a 'bridge' camera it bridges the gap between a point and shoot and a fancy camera. What Mom got was a Canon Powershot SX60HS with 65x Optical Zoom. It only weighs 22 ounces and take awesome pics. Now Mom is still learning the ins and outs of this camera but she found the most excellent tutorials on YouTube that show exactly how to use this specific camera. So without further ado - here are a few it the pics Mom has taken using it.
Cormorant drying off his wings
Lonesome Seagull