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Short Timers

It’s almost time for the Red Head crew to leave DC. Everyone has had a great time here at the Capital Yacht Club. Mom and Dad because they were able to visit lots of new places in DC and places they hadn’t been to for a while. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora because they were able to have that routine dogs love.

The morning starts with Mom taking Dylan for a long night walk on The Wharf.

That’s followed by Mom taking Dee Dee on a long walk.

Around that time, Dad takes Dora on a long walk to the dog park where she hopes to find her new best buddy, Stella. If not, she can always chase a squirrel instead.

The new DC Wharf is lovely with so much to do right here and a short walk away on the DC Mall. Everyone on Red Head is a little bit sad to go but the crew has new adventures waiting.

She’s (approximately) 2!

We still don’t know what day Dora was born. Her dad choose 9/9 as her special day. His explanation is here. It doesn’t matter. Today is the day we celebrate our littlest crew member. She had a good day. Dad took her to the dog park and then there was a little birthday party on Red Head.

No birthday party for a 2 year old would be complete without cupcakes with sprinkles.

Yum!

Happy birthday sweet girl!

Stella’s Back!

Dora’s best dog park buddy, Stella, has been gone on vacation with her people. Dora sure missed her.

Well, Stella is back and the girls are making up for lost time. Dad captured it on video.

Somebody’s Watching

Mom noticed Dylan was being watched from one of the high-rise condos we pass each morning. When the little cutie was still there when Dee Dee walked past, Mom snapped a pic. Wonder who has to clean the nose prints off that window.

What About Dylan and Dee Dee?

Dylan and Dee Dee may not join Dora on her dog park trip but they are still enjoying visiting DC. So what is their routine?

Mom heads out early before the heat really kicks in. First, she takes Dylan for a walk along the waterfront at The Wharf. There are long piers to visit, side streets to explore, and lots of people saying how cute he is. Note the Washington Monument in the background.

Then it’s Dee Dee’s turn. The kids let Mom know when it’s time to get out of the heat and back to the blessed A/C on the boat. This morning things had cooled after a fierce storm last night so the walk was longer than it has been.

There are plenty of trees and posts and planters so Dylan and Dee Dee can send and receive their pee-mail.

There are even fire hydrants.

Of course, Dora thinks it is all terribly unfair that she is left behind. No worry, her dog park time is coming.

After the Dog Park

The Red Head crew arrived in Washington, DC a few days ago.  The newly rebuilt wharf is wonderful.

The first thing Dora’s dad did was find the nearest dog park. Dora doesn’t mind the walk to and from the park in the sweltering heat. But she is much more subdued afterwards.

Stopping is the problem…

Red Head was splashed this week, but not before there was one last issue. After having the mufflers and exhausts on both engines worked on, a leak was discovered in the port muffler when Dad powered up the engines.

Red Head had to be towed from the haul-out well to the dock by a boatyard skiff – actually, two skiffs, one in front and one in back. While it was impressive to watch them get her underway, it was more impressive to watch them bring her up to the dock and stop her – with no damage to the people or the boat. A quick repair followed and she was ready to set off.

There’s been several days of cleaning boatyard slim off Red Head, a final run to the grocery store, and general tidying up. Tomorrow the crew looks forward to throwing off the lines and heading out.

Something Nice?

When you have 3 dogs, it’s hard to have anything nice.

Since our summer plans were disrupted, Mom and Dad decided to tick off some additional items on the project list.

They had previously picked out some lovely vegan leather fabric for new settee cushion covers in the salon. The local canvas shop was able to fit in the job and the new cushions arrived last week. It was $$$ but everyone was pleased with the results.

Especially the Red Head crew. Dee Dee wasted no time reclaiming her spot.

While Dylan and Dora quickly joined in. Mom thought this was just a little too nice for this gang.

She quickly created a bottom cover using some outdoor canvas and well placed Velcro. Hopefully it’ll keep the settee “nice” for a little while. But honestly, a good crew beats a nice settee anytime.

Hot Dog Park

The brutal heatwave has subsided to just a heatwave. That means Dora’s dad can bring her to the dog park again.

Dora certainly won’t let a little hot weather stop her fun. Looks like she found herself a suitor.

Better Coffee

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora’s mom didn’t think it was possible to enjoy her morning cup of coffee more. Then their dad got her this cool mug for her birthday.