Apr 192014

As any of you in multiple canine households know, saving room for the humans on the couch is a rarity. So imagine the hu-dad’s surprise when he walked into the bedroom to discover that Qannik had saved his reading spot for a last chapter or two before bed.

close to bedtime

Hi, hu-dad, is it getting close to bedtime?

saved a spot

Notice I saved you a perfect spot for a little reading before bed.

siblings up

You better hurry before one of my siblings gets up here.

Apr 182014

As we have mentioned before, Sibe Quentin extends from the back of the house into the field. We have a large, secure area to enjoy our mountain weather, but, amazingly, the humans built a “no-dog” zone right in the middle of our yard. Yep, they have their own door in and out of the house to a patio with seating. For some odd reason, they thought it might be more relaxing to have an outdoor grilling and eating area without us. The nerve.

Anyway, this outdoor area also includes a grill. A grill in a fenced-in area surrounded by us. Oh, my, that is what we mean by a grilling distraction. And the hu-dad cranked it up for the first time this season.

peaceful day

A nice, sunny, relaxing, peaceful day.

smells good

Whoa, hu-dad, that smells really, really good.

back turned

And don’t worry about having your back to this crew while you are grilling.

each get a piece

So do we each get a piece?

Apr 172014

We have often told you about how the senior girls – Natasha and Kiska – are in charge of security. But that leaves the question as to the role of the male senior, the Super Q-Tip. As always, pictures are the best way to explain things around Chez Herd.

backyard digging

Queen Natasha is enjoying a little digging in the backyard, when suddenly . . .

security alert sounded

Must stop my grooming – a security alert has been sounded.

Natasha in lead

Natasha takes the lead with her enforcer, Kiska, coming as backup.

time to spring to action

Don’t I look tough? Time to spring into action.

where is Q

Kiska has moved into position, but where is the Q-Tip?


I’m coming, I’m coming.

what happened to Q

The girls seem to have everything under control, but Qannik still hasn’t arrived. What happened?

found a hole

“Wow, I found this cool hole that someone was digging and I just had to check it out.”

Apr 162014

Our weather yesterday was cold, windy and rainy – with a little sleet and snow mixed in just for fun. We wanted things to either get warmer and drier, or the temperatures drop and give us snow. Either way, we expected the hu-dad to do something about it.

wet, muddy and cold

The ski area in the distance may still have some snow on the slopes, but our yard is only wet, muddy and cold.

do something about it

Put down the camera and do something about it, hu-dad.

Apr 152014

With our RV weekend over, we had to return to our regular working duties. We are, after all, a working breed. Our primary task is the supervision of the hu-dad while he does busyness at his desk. And, of course, we have a supervisor’s chair.

supervisor's chair

Our supervisor’s chair is perfectly placed in the hu-dad’s study in front of his desk – and near the wildlife watching window.

stress of management

You can see the stress of management, can’t you?

rotate task

Don’t worry, though, we rotate this difficult task so that none of us is ever over-worked.

Apr 142014

After we posted about our RV trip this past weekend, we had a couple of readers ask about our RV setup for maximum canine comfort and safety. Please join us for a little tour inside the S-RV (Siberian Recreational Vehicle).

front to back view

Looking from the front of the RV, you can see the bunk beds between the main cabin and the master bedroom.

bunk bed crates

We built our own crates in the bunk beds – two on each level.

sleeping here

We are sleeping here. Take pictures tomorrow.

The bunk bed crates are for sleeping only. We would need something more substantial for safe traveling. Besides, we like our travel set up better for more openness:

canine seat belts.

RV furniture comes with seat belts which allows our canine seat belts to be connected.

4 dogs in seatbelts

Two at the dining room table and two on the couch – quite comfortable for riding.

two on cab over

And for the other two? Crates built into the cab over.

traveling and sleeping

These two spots are perfect for both traveling and for sleeping.


And, being snow dogs, we even have a fireplace for maximum comfort.

Apr 132014

We have explained before (here and here) how Typhoon likes to pick-up water bottles during our walks.  Yesterday, we knew he was being very quiet during a walk when we realized he had something in his mouth again – but not a water bottle.

conceal something

Do I look like I might be trying to conceal something from you, hu-dad?

something I found

Oh, this little thing? Just something I found on the trail.

put it down

What do you mean you want me to put it down so you can tell what it is.

baby shoe

See, just a baby shoe. And, no, I have no idea where the baby is.

All mine

But it’s mine! All mine!

As the saying goes, “If the shoe fits Typhoon’s mouth, at least he is quiet.”

Apr 122014

Woo-hoo! We convinced the hu-dad to go RVing at Big Ridge State Park just north of Knoxville, Tennessee. The S-RV (that would be Siberian Recreational Vehicle for our newer readers) needs de-winterizing and cleaning for the season, so the hu-dad decided to do a shake-down weekend. And we convinced him to go to one of our most-liked parks so we can go hiking and visit with one of our favorite rangers (Hey, Ranger Sarah!). We will post more tomorrow, but hu-dad claims he is busy getting things set-up. In the meantime, here we are enjoying one of the best pastimes – hanging out in the campsite!

Hanging out at Big Ridge State Park

Hanging out at Big Ridge State Park!

Chuckling – Notice that the hu-dad has us all set up, but doesn’t even have any of his furniture set up for his comfort. Yes, he has his priorities right – take care of us first!

Apr 112014

The early part of the week may have been raw, cold and wet, but our weather is turning sunny and warm. Might be just the time for planning a weekend adventure.

quiet around here

Sigh. Things are quiet around here.

planning a weekend adventure

Yes, we should be planning a weekend adventure.

weekend trip

Oooooh – I am thinking of a weekend trip!

perfect RV weekend

I like your thinking. A perfect RV weekend!

I'm in

My brother and sister dream up the coolest ideas. I’m in!