Susie is Richard's trusty sidekick. She's been through two near life-ending
experiences with Richard, which you can read about in The
Coast Guard is my Savior
and That Sinking Feeling,
This is the way Susie rides all
the way to the keys, 6.5 hours every trip, with her arm on the armrest looking
to see where we are going!
Susie is getting to know her
new friend, the manatee. These guys love fresh water. All you have to go is
whop the water with a hose, and if there is a manatee within a mile he will be
there in no time for a drink.
Susie is just about the
friendliest dog you'll ever meet, even up close and personal.
Whenever Richard goes
overboard for rock or sand, it takes a leash to keep her in the boat. Otherwise
she'll be in the water, snapping at the bubble's coming up from Richard's
regulator. When Richard is down, she constantly keeps an eye on his bubbles.
Note the diving flag in the picture -- it's seen better days after thousands of
It's an 18 mile drive from the shop to the launch site. About a mile from the
marina, Susie can smell the ocean. As you can hear in this video,
she gets pretty excited