Mar 292015

A late season snow is often referred to as poor man’s fertilizer. Both rain and snow contain trace amounts of nitrogen, but snow settles on the ground and melts slowly, soaking into the ground. Add the fact that a layer of snow can keep young, spring plants warm on a cold night (it was 14ºF (-10ºC) here last night), and a late winter / early spring snow can be very beneficial.

best part

Hey, Hu-dad, you forgot the best part about a late season snow.

The Herd says all of that is interesting. The main benefit of a late season snow is it is pure fun.

play time

Play time! (And, yes, we have already well-trampled the snow)

Any time there is much fun, games, and loud yelping in the yard, you know that brings out the Fun Police in every pack.


Some one is about to yell.

blend in

Seems like a very good time to blend into the surroundings.

There is one dog in the Herd who has no fear of the Fun Police – because she rules The Herd!

games have begun

The games have just begun.


Mar 282015

Around Chez Herd, Hu-dad is forever opening the door to let someone in or out of the house. Of course, sometimes somepup discovers themselves on the wrong side of the door. The good news is their brothers and sisters always look out for them. Ok, well, usually look out for them.

all inside.

Yes, Hu-dad, I think we are all safely inside.

hear someone

What do you mean you hear someone outside wanting in?

constant pain

Oh, him? My little brother munchkin?

wrong side of the door

Come on, Hu-dad, don’t you think things are quiet with him on the wrong side of the door?

Mar 272015

As most of our readers know, Qannik has been on a diet for several weeks now. The next weigh-in is Saturday morning and Q-Tip is wishing hard for a very favorable result so he can go off the green bean diet (where you substitute a portion of green beans for part of a normal meal – bulk without the calories).

next weigh-in

Whoa. Wait. Tomorrow is my next weigh-in?

wishing hard

Ok, I am closing my eyes and wishing hard for a good result.

don't mention steak

I am also wishing hard for a sirloin steak, but I probably shouldn’t mention that.

Mar 262015

All of the Herd respects the leadership of Queen Natasha the Evil, but they also respect the power of Princess Kiska the Enforcer. And when the sisters are together, no one dares to challenge their rules. They are quite the sister sister combination.

sister sister

Queen Natasha the Evil and Princess Kiska the Enforcer patrolling Sibe Quentin together.

sister sister

They are the formidable sister sister leadership pack.

observing from a safe distance

Observing from a safe distance seems like a smart plan.

On the bright side, when the sisters are patrolling the perimeter together, the entire Herd feels quite safe.

Mar 252015

Whenever we catch puppy-in-perpetuity Typhoon engaged in deep thinking, we know that something big is about to happen. Let’s check in on the munchkin now . . .

Why is Mother Nature so cruel?

Why is Mother Nature so cruel?

why can't snow stick around?

Why can’t snow stick around in the pleasant spring weather?


Come on, Hu-dad, answer please!

Mar 242015

Our weather forecast for Monday was cloudy with rain returning. Nothing like returning from an S-RV weekend to some rainy, cloudy weather, and we were prepared for the worst. Imagine our surprise when we woke up to some unexpected sunshine.

sun feels good.

Ahhhhh. That sun feels so good.

When you get surprise sun, you must sunbathe in it. We all scrambled outside and spread out in strategic sunning spots.


Qannik’s snoring could be heard from inside the house.

But you know no matter how nice things are, there is always that one who has to find something to complain about.

a little warm.

Whew. That is getting a little warm.

Mar 232015

We had a terrific weekend RVing and hanging out in the campsite. And, don’t get us wrong, we all had a blast, but Cheoah has a specific message.

hanging out in a campsite

There is nothing quite like hanging out with your brothers and sisters in a campsite.

more comfortable

But I am not ashamed at all to say that this couch is much more comfortable than some grass.

no place like home

Ahhhhh – There is no place like home.

Mar 222015

As we mentioned in Friday’s post, we had had a rainy, gloomy week, but noted that the weekend weather forecast called for some beautiful weather. The forecasters were spot on, so we are so glad that we took the S-RV out for a weekend camping trip. After a day of being on the move, settling into our campsite yesterday evening was very relaxing. So, with a little apology to Sir Elton John, Saturday Night’s Alright . . . For Camping.

Kiska relaxed

Kiska is quite relaxed after Saturday evening dinner in the campsite.

Not that she was alone.

Not that she was alone.

camping with your pals

Nothing like camping with your pals.

Mar 212015

If you talk to enough RV’ers, you quickly learn that they have varied opinions about the best campgrounds and best campground amenities. Many of the RV resorts have cable television, swimming pools, and other entertainment activities. We, however, prefer state parks because they offer hiking trails, wilderness, and camping sites more comfortable for us (and our neighbors).

best amenities ever

This campground has the best amenities ever!

All of us, however, were especially excited by the greeting committee as we set up our campsite at Big Ridge State Park. To say we were excited to say hello would be a massive understatement.


Nobody here but us chickens.

For some odd reason, Hu-dad just keeps talking about Foghorn J. Leghorn and warns us about being a Barnyard Dawg. Yes, yes, Hu-dad is so old that we included links for our younger readers.


You will next hear from me around sunrise.

busy as a hen.

Things to do. You know, I am busy as a hen.

So we now give this campground our highest possible rating. This was an amenity that we didn’t even know existed.

KFC delivers

Did you know that KFC delivers?

Mar 202015

Do you know how to respond to a Queen’s command? You obey it, of course. Especially when it comes from Queen Natasha the Evil.

rainy day

What a rainy, dreary, foggy, cold day.

Our temperatures yesterday hovered just above freezing. It rained steadily. And waves of fog rolled across the mountain. All in all, just one of those really dreary days. We were all going stir crazy when the Queen suddenly issued her edict.

RV Weekend

I demand an S-RV weekend!

Hmmmm. An S-RV (Siberian Recreational Vehicle) weekend. What an excellent idea. Bags packed. Dog food loaded. S-RV ready for launch.

no grumbling

I didn’t even have to grumble to get my way.