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.

Oct 202014

Whenever the Hu-dad fires up the grill, the grill helpers quickly appear. You know, just in case something might be dropped and need to be cleaned up.

smell of a grill

Sniff. Mmmmmmmm. I love the smell of a grill in the evening.

coking our dinner

You’re cooking our dinner, right, Hu-dad?

Oct 192014

When you are the youngest dog in The Herd, you have one question on your mind at all time, “Is it play time yet?”

Whatcha doing?

Hey, Frankie. Whatcha doing on the picnic table? Wanna play?

we can run

Come on down, big brother. We can run and play and run and wrestle and run . . .

come on

Cheoah can’t play for weeks so you get me 24/7. Aren’t you lucky?

play time

Oh, boy, oh, boy, it’s play time!

ready to rumble

Get ready to rumble!

Oct 182014

After yesterday’s post about the exploding bed, Qannik was asked if his dorkiness wasn’t an act. So, today, he wants to demonstrate his serious stalking skills.

stalking his prey

The mighty hunter is stalking his prey.

quarry hiding in fear

The hunter knows that his quarry is hiding in fear.

Kiska's bed

Even if the target is only Kiska’s bed, the hunter stays focused.

too graphic

Our apologies, but the rest of the hunting scenes are just too graphic for a family blog.

Oct 172014

After several days of rain, the sun was finally peeking from behind the clouds. Hu-dad took advantage of the drier weather by hanging up some of our dog beds outside (something about removing some sort of smell he noticed). imagine his surprise when he looked outside to discover one of those great unexplained mysteries.

what happened?

What happened to my bed? My poor bed exploded.

Someone has been shredding a bed.

Hu-dad! Come quick! Someone has been shredding my bed!


Yes, Hu-dad, what would you like to discuss?

mess someone made

Why, yes, this is quite a mess someone made.

Gotta go.

Things to do. Gotta go.

Looks like Kiska gets a brand new bed this weekend!

Oct 162014

With Queen Natasha the Evil still in recovery from her TPLO surgery, Kiska is working solo handling all of the security details.

perimter secure

Fence perimeter secure. Check.

small critters

Scanning for small critters in the field.

next sector

Hustling to the next sector.

security is exhausting

Security is exhausting work.

As the Queen’s right paw, Kiska has long handled security detail. But when she has sounded the alarm, Natasha has raced down to take over defense measures (which, of course, primarily involves being loud). Right now, Kiska’s back up consists of Qannik, Frankie and Typhoon – and Kiska does not seem to be impressed with their abilities.

Hang in there, Kiska, Natasha will be back soon.

Oct 152014

With apologies to Edward Bulwer-Lytton and, more well known, Charles Schultz and Peanuts . . . it was a dark and stormy day. We had over 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) of rain and wind gusts up to 38 mph (61 kmph), so we spent most of the day inside.

So let’s tally this – two siberian huskies recuperating from TPLO surgery and four siberian huskies bored from the stormy weather. To say that Hu-dad had a most unproductive day would be an exaggeration.

At least he had time to take a few photographs.

too much for a Typhoon

When it is too stormy for a Typhoon, you know it is stormy.

Sibe Quentin

Remember all of our colors from our Saturday photograph?

stripped trees

Look at the difference just 3 days later. The rain and wind stripped many of the leaves from the trees.

tree of life

Even the giant Tree of Life was being blown around by the winds.

rain chains

Our rain chains were certainly busy with all of the rain.

not a day for man nor beast

Certainly not a day for man nor . . . Herd.

Oct 142014

Yesterday marked the four week anniversary since Natasha’s surgery and today is the one week mark since Cheoah’s surgery. Thus, it is time for our weekly TPLO Recovery update!

only one week

It’s only been one week?

Cheoah is progressing very well one week post surgery. She has started trying to use the leg (which we don’t really allow with the sling as a support). She has finished with her pain medicine and doesn’t seem to have any discomfort. Hu-dad says the only problem is that she snores loudly and screams even louder when she wants something.

soooooo tired of this crate

Can I get out yet? Can I get out yet? Can I get out yet? Can I get out yet? Can I get out yet?

Natasha has a full range of motion in the leg and wants desperately to use it. She is still using the sling, of course, but Hu-dad has noticed a distinct effort on her part to make the bathroom breaks in the yard as long as possible. Hu-dad accuses her of trying to sniff every blade of grass in Sibe Quentin.

bathroom habits

Can we PLEASE stop posting about my bathroom habits?

Oct 132014

Yesterday, we showed you some photographs of our fall colors. Of course, when photographing canines, you always have some outtakes – those pictures that just don’t quite make the cut. Here are a few more pictures of Kiska and Qannik around the yard.


Not sure what arty thing Hu-dad was going for with the angles, but Qannik patrolling the perimeter.

And remember that picture of Kiska we used yesterday? Well, here is what happened just before and after that shot:

my shot

Get out of my picture, Q-tip. This is my shot.

Kiska's coat

The serious look from yesterday.

How was that?

How was that, Hu-dad?

And, of course, Typhoon wanted to know why he wasn’t in the pictures . . .

Take a picture of me.

Take a picture of me. Come on.