Oct 302014

October has been beautiful. Lots of sunny skies, warm weather, and changing leaves. Perfect for hanging out in the yard. But yesterday began the transition to November – cloudy, cool, rainy. Smart dogs found the perfect ways to spend the day.

view from Sibe Quentin

The view from Sibe Quentin – lots of cloudy skies, valley fog, and drizzly rain.

smart dogs

Smart dogs like Qannik and Kiska enjoyed the shelter of the covered porch for naps.

crashing on the couch

Frankie thinks he played it smarter by crashing on the couch all day.

power of youth

Typhoon demonstrates the power of youth by sitting outside in the drizzle. Ok, so maybe youth triumphs over smart sometimes.

Oct 292014

Big brothers have a special role, guiding their younger siblings through life, listening to their problems, and protecting them when appropriate. But the patience of a big brother can be really tested with certain younger siblings.

does he ever shut up?

Does he ever shut up?

Something says Frankie will be very happy to have Cheoah back and entertaining Typhoon.

Oct 282014
Feels Good

Woooo – this feels good.

Time for our weekly TPLO recovery update – and the picture above says it all. Yes, that would be Queen Natasha the Evil walking without the dreaded sling. Her x-rays looked very good and she is entering the next phase of rehabilitation. We are starting with a daily short walk (about 10 minutes) which we hope to expand to twice daily walks in a few days. As the muscle begins to rebuild, those walks will gradually get a little longer. In about six weeks, we will x-ray again to see if she can begin some off-leash, but supervised, time in the yard.

So we still have lots of crate rest, but at least that is being separated by real – if short – walks.

Stretching the legs

Stretching the legs.

Cheoah also continues to do well and is soooooo looking forward to her x-rays in three weeks that will hopefully begin her time without the sling.

I wanna go for walks.

I wanna go for walks, too.

All in good time, Cheesewhiz, all in good time.

Oct 272014

We know we would not shock any of our readers if we said that Typhoon has a wild hair. Of course, we don’t mean the phrase where he went and did something crazy. We mean he really has a wild hair.

what is Hu-dad rattling about?

What are you rattling about today, Hu-dad?

single black whisker

Oh. You mean the single black whisker among all of my white whiskers.

just being a teenager.

Just being a teenager and doing something crazy with my hair.

Oct 262014

As part of her TPLO recovery, Natasha’s walks are away from the rest of The Herd so that no one tries to instigate a play session. Not that some greetings don’t happen through the fence.

early evening walk

Typhoon spies the Queen out for an early evening walk.

long time

Long time, no chat, Queen.

emulate lessons

I have been trying to emulate all of the lessons that you taught me.

get well soon

Get well soon, Queen!

Natasha has always treated the youngest member of The Herd well, probably because he is as impish as she was as a pup. You couldn’t really see it in the pictures above, but they did play bows to each other through the fence. Trust us, that is not a normal greeting for the Queen to everyone else.

Oct 252014

When it comes to fuzzy belly rubs, the all-time expert must be the wooly-coated Miss Kiska. She flops upside down with a loud crash and humans ignore her command for belly rubs at their own peril.

belly is ready

My belly is ready. Get rubbing.

Of course, in a multiple dog household, there is always someone who wants to intrude into belly rub time.

belly rub time

Oooooooh, belly rub time.

back off Q-tip

Back off, Q-Tip, this is my time.

Oct 242014

End of the week. End of the week. Yes, it is Friday in the office and it has been a long week. Oh, sure, the Hu-dad tries to get a lot of work done in his study, but he has two full-time companions now that Cheoah and Natasha are both recovering from their TPLO surgery.

snore loudly

What do you mean I snore loudly?

Cheoah is quite the snorer. She can get the Hu-dad really tickled while he is working because of all of the snoring. Oh, sure, he has worked in plenty of offices through the years where co-workers may not have been the most industrious, but he doesn’t remember anyone who snored this loudly in an office.

talk too much

But when I am awake, the Hu-dad complains that I talk too much.

Long-time readers will remember that we used to call Cheoah the “I wanna” dog. Why? Because she would constantly vocalize her “I wanna’s” at a very loud volume. Let’s just say that her vocal demands have returned with a vengeance.

difficult patient

And you thought I was going to be the difficult patient.

Oct 232014

Ever have what you think is going to be a perfect photograph, only to discover that all you captured was a photo blooper?

Tree of Life

Frankie and Typhoon enjoying the Tree of Life.

Because the ashes of Rusty and Kodiak are spread around its base, the Tree of Life is special to us. It is also a focal point in the center of Sibe Quentin and often featured in our photographs.

Hu-dad was sitting on the picnic table and realized that Frankie was about to frame himself perfectly in between a split in the trunk of the Tree of Life. Hu-dad focused the camera and waited for Frankie to move into position. In a split second, Hu-dad took this picture.

private moment

Oh, you said cheese. I thought you said pee.

So much for the perfect photograph.

Oct 222014

We have hit a stretch of perfect fall weather – cool, sunny and beautiful. Time to hang out in the yard under the Tree of Life and enjoy nature. Of course, it is always easier to relax when you know someone has got your back.

hang out in the yard

What a perfect day! Let’s go hang out in the yard!

Tree of Life

Laying in the sun under the Tree of Life.

got your back

Go ahead and nap if you want, Frankie. I’ve got your back.

Oct 212014

Another week has passed during our double TPLO recovery. Natasha has now passed the five week mark while Cheoah is at her week 2 anniversary.

give it to me straight

Give it to me straight, doc!

In a visit to the surgeon yesterday, Cheoah had her sutures removed. The doctor is very pleased with her progress thus far.  Much like Natasha at that stage, Cheoah’s knee is feeling good and she wants to use it, but she has four more weeks of closely supervised bathroom breaks while supported on the sling. The rest of the time is spent in crate rest. Trust us when we say Cheesewhiz can be quite vocal about her discontent of being crated all of the time.

The good news is that she finished her last medicines today, so she is medication free from now on.

Natasha napping

Natasha napping in her crate.

Natasha is entering her last week of sling supported walks. Next Monday, she will have x-rays done to confirm that the bone has healed sufficiently to begin walking exercises to rehabilitate the muscles. We are all quite excited to hit that milestone next week.