Dogtor B, an ex-shelter dog, became a therapy dog in October 2016. In 2020 he moved from Florida to New Zealand. He loves to talk about his endeavors, his brother Sky, and life in general as an American expat in New Zealand.
Happy Holidays from the New Sea Land. We just came back from a visit to Taranaki. Surf Highway 45 on the west coast of the North Island is known for its spectacular beaches. There sure was lots of sunshine and sand. We swam, we ate, we slept, and we snacked some more. We are hoping that next year will feel like da sunny beach for everyone all year round.
It’s the last day of the year today so went to the beach to blow out the old and let the new in. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021. May you find many treasures, friends, and jolly adventures all the way to December.
Sky for sure is getting around. The other week I showed him da big city Apalachicola. I had been there before but it was all new for Da Sky. Sky was a rock star; he got to greet people left and right and kept wagging his tail. He even walked as if he owned the city. That’s pretty good for a newbie.
The coffee shop
Forrest Gump’s boat
I decided to show Sky my favorite nooks and crannies in da city. Forrest Gumps’ shrimp boat was still there but my other hangout, Oysterbones, was gone! Therefore no additional yummies for us pooches. Luckily we had packed plenty of supplies for this trip so we didn’t go hungry. We found out later that Oysterbones had only moved a couple of blocks further down the road. Oh well, we will have to go back soon then. Our next stop was the Chocolate & Coffee Company shop. This was just for the humans. There was lot’s of chocolate we couldn’t eat but hey sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit for the sake of something greater. A visit to Margaritaville seemed to fit the bill.
The new doggles
All you need is sand, sand, sand!
Of course, no coastal road trip is complete without a stop at the beach so that’s what we did before we went home. It turned out that Sky, just like me, doesn’t like water. Good boy, Sky! The humans were a tad disappointed; they love the water. I never understood the attraction. It’s wet, it moves, you get cold, what’s the point?! On the other hand, the beach itself is a super sandbox. Sky got some goggles as his blue eye is a bit light sensitive. I think he needs to order a visor because those goggles kept falling off his face. You can’t dig like that.
Come visit the forgotten coast
Port St. Joe Marina
A stranded boat
We saw a lot of debris from Hurricane Michael (October 2018) that hasn’t been dealt with yet due to a lack of funds. And we didn’t even go to the places that were hit worst of all such as Mexico Beach (FL). We are wondering if this means that the forgotten coast really has been forgotten. We hope not because it is a wonderful place to visit!
You thought all the wet stuff was behind us, right? Well, so did I. Apparently, we forgot about the beach. The beach is actually fun as long as you don’t get saturated with the wet stuff. We go to the beach a lot in the winter and fall, but we hardly go in the summer. It’s Florida you know. If we go in the summer, we go at night when the sand is cool and still a bit wet. I love to play in the sand and look at sunsets.
I have been going to the beach since I was a youngster (12-17-15). Click on the photo to watch my video
The sand is fun (1-1-16)
I like to just sit and enjoy the scenery (11-23-16)
And reminisce about the day (2-5-17)
Phew, I made it through the wet stuff alright; onwards to the dry matter,