Jul 282014

Weekends are the perfect time for hikes on all of the trails near us, but our selection dwindles in late summer as the heat builds.  We look for high altitude trails where the air will be cool.  Saturday was a perfect day to hike Richland Balsam which had temperatures in the low 60′s.

Typhoon pleased

Typhoon looks quite pleased that we made it to the top of Richland Balsam.

expressing an opinion

Kiska seems to be expressing a different opinion.

Toward the end of the loop trail, there is a place to come out above on overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It is always amusing to listen to the people below wonder how all the “wolves” suddenly appeared above them.

Q-tip enjoys

Q-tip enjoys hearing all of the comments from below.

best wolf imitation

And does his best wolf imitation.

Jul 272014

Living in a tourist area, we have numerous parades and festivals.  One of the biggest is Folkmoot, an international folk festival celebrating musicians and dancers from around the world.  Folkmoot 2014 – the 31st annual festival – started July 18 and closes today (July 27).  Yesterday was the Parade of Nations, a colorful affair.

Because of the crowds, we stayed at home and relaxed, but the hu-dad went and took pictures for everyone to enjoy.  Of course, he got asked dozens of times where we were, so we all know who the real celebrities are.  Humor him anyway and enjoy the pictures.

keep the house safe

Enjoy the parade, hu-dad, and bring us back some pictures. We will keep the house safe.

waiting people

All of those people waiting for the parade to start. We could have entertained them by letting them give us ear scratches.








Russia (and we really think they needed some Siberian Huskies for additional authenticity).




Hawaii (representing the USA)



left us alone

Yep, hu-dad left us all alone in the house.



Don’t worry, we will be marching down Main Street next Saturday in our own parade!  Yes, it is the 9th Annual Downtown Dog Walk raising money for our great friends at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.  If you are anywhere near, please come to downtown Waynesville, NC, Saturday, August 2, at 10 am, and cheer all of the dogs!  Or sign up and join the parade!

Jul 262014

After our post yesterday, many readers asked us what the nature of the crime was that resulted in both Cheoah and Typhoon being tethered.

numerous charges

The charges were numerous.

Excessive Zoomies Inside the House

General Mayhem and Havoc

Failure to Yield When Told To Stop

nothing until

Those were nothing until . . .

Trampling on the Hu-Dad While He Is Resting on the Couch

Excessive Wrestling On Top of the Hu-Dad

so many rules

So many rules. So little time to break them all. (And, yes, the hu-dad has been brushing me every day. Why do you ask?)

Fortunately, we have the best Attorney At Claw.  Apparently, she set the standard for bad behavior and likes to remind hu-dad regularly that Typhoon does not come close to causing the mischief that she did.

out of order

Hu-dad. you are out of order. Besides, I am proud of them.

Jul 252014

Every good criminal needs an accomplice.  And if you are a criminal that gets caught, at least you have someone who can share the consequences.

tethered again.

Oh, sure, this is a common occurrence. Typhoon is tethered again.

not alone

But he is grinning because he is not alone.


It has been a very long time since I was tethered.

so worth it.

But it was sooooooo worth it.

Jul 242014

A Siberian Husky fur coat is an amazing thing, beautiful and soft.  And sheds like nothing imaginable.  Thus, we get lots and lots of brushing from the hu-dad.  Most of us love to be brushed, can’t wait for our turn, and don’t want the brushing to stop.  Of course, waiting patiently is not our biggest strength.

no complaints

Keep brushing, hu-dad. I don’t want to hear complaints about your arm is tired.

my turn

Don’t listen to him, hu-dad. It is my turn.

or else what

Listen, Frankie, move it or else.
Or else what?

Game on!

Game on!


You two go right ahead. I am still sulking that I got brushed AGAIN today.

We did say most of us like being brushed.  Typhoon is a notable exception.  Of course, he is currently blowing coat, so daily brushing is not optional for the Little Prince.  And, yes, he sat in his crate and pouted after the brushing.

Jul 232014

It was the end of another work day and the hu-dad was looking for a quiet reading spot to catch up on a few things.  We tried to help.

quiet reading spot

The chaise lounge looks empty and would be a great quiet reading spot.

interrupting nap time

Kiska complained that hu-dad was interrupting her nap time.

scratch my ears

Hey, hu-dad, you could scratch my ears.

get bored

Qannik waits patiently, knowing that Natasha will wander off shortly.

perimeter patrol.

Soon enough, she is off to do a perimeter patrol.


Ooooooooh. Bug ! ! !

fluffy white dog

Now that they are both done, how about some ear scratching for a fluffy white dog?

stop reading and start scratching

I’ll make faces at you until you stop reading and start scratching.

Resist this face.

Go ahead. Resist this face.

Needless to say, the hu-dad melted and Q-tip received a nice, long ear scratch.

Jul 222014

One minute, you have everything under control.  You are getting your way.  And, then, how the tables turn.

Cheoah out for a stroll

Cheoah is out for her casual stroll through Sibe Quentin and decides to head back for the porch.

pouncing on return

Unfortunately, the Little Prince thinks the best game is pouncing on anyone returning to the porch.

ignoring the taunts

Don’t you just love the look on Cheoah’s face as she tries to ignore the taunts?

placed in time out

How the tables turn when Typhoon finds himself surrounded and placed in time out.

never grow up

“So, Frankie, do you think he will ever grow up?”
“Nope, never.”

Jul 212014

You know Typhoon as the impish Little Prince, always into mischief.  But he has been hiding something and, today, we reveal Typhoon’s big secret.

still in Jeep

Back from another great day of hiking and every other pup is out of the Jeep and playing in Sibe Quentin.

just jump down

So all I have to do is jump down and run to the yard.

Why don't I just jump down?

So why don’t I just jump down?

seen how far?

Have you seen how far down it is?

get me out of here

Now, hu-dad, put that camera down and get me out of here.

We can’t explain it.  The same dog who is perfectly comfortable walking along the back of the couches will not, for some odd reason, jump out of the Jeep.  He waits until the hu-dad offers his arms and then leaps into those arms.

Of course, there is an alternative explanation.  As the Little Prince, he may expect chauffeur service in exiting his limousine.


Jul 202014

We had another rainy, foggy, cool day.  We all have our opinions about this, but we decided we would share Kiska’s Weather Thoughts.

Hu-dad is responsible

Hu-dad, you are responsible for this weather.

no fun

And this soupy, foggy mess is no fun with my frizzy hair.

go find us better weather

So go find us some better weather.

wake me

Wake me when it is here.

Jul 192014

Yesterday was rainy, foggy, and cool.  Hu-dad thinks we were conspiring for a little team play.  What do you think?

Look at the weather

Sigh. Look at that weather.

surprise the juniors

Let’s team up and surprise the juniors. They will never expect it.

Meanwhile, . . .


Sigh. What should we do?

surprise the senior team

Let’s team up and surprise the seniors. They will never expect it.