Jan 302015
 

Long-time readers know that our Head of Security – Kiska – is very serious about her duties. Hu-dad heard her alarm yesterday morning and witnessed her tight security standards.

security alert

Security alert on the North perimeter.

Just outside of this fence line, our property drops down to a ravine where some of our neighbors live – a pack of coyotes. We get along quite well with them and even lead them in song time, but Kiska is quite clear that they should not get too close.

too close

Watching to see how near they forage.

Their hunting trip apparently came a little too close to our secure zone for our Security Chief, so she sounded the alarm.

Back off

Back off! Back off! Back off!

And with warning issued by our enforcer, the coyote pack took off down the ravine in another direction. We might like some singing buddies, but no one enters our field without our permission . . . which is not likely to be granted.

Don't mess with Kiska

Don’t mess with Kiska

P.S. – Sorry, we tried several times to get pictures of the coyotes, but they stayed in the tree line.

Jan 292015
 

The problem for Queen Natasha the Evil is that she has so many royal duties that must be attended. Hu-dad followed her yesterday to document just some of her activities.

fire needs a log

The fire needs another log, Hu-dad.

more snow

We need much more snow, Hu-dad. Get on that.

skiers

Notice that the skiers next door are having a lot of fun because they have more snow. Just saying.

no dinner

I don’t smell dinner cooking yet, Hu-dad.

no dinner

And my dinner is not on the dining room table.

pillow fluffing.

And, finally, Hu-dad, my pillow needs fluffing so that I will be comfortable while you get to those chores.

Queen Natasha the Evil can testify . . . it is so hard to find good help.

Jan 282015
 

As we mentioned yesterday, everyone is acting like this is the first snowfall of the season. Oh, sure, we had snow back in November, but to us, it feels like we have been ages since the last snow. All of us have been out and enjoying it, but there is something about the power of youth . . . Typhoon and snow. May you get half the pleasure out of the pictures that Typhoon has had out of the snow.

zoomie

Hey, it is my eleventy-seven bazillionth zoomie around the yard.

need for speed

I feel the need for speed.

Change of direction

Change of direction.

other dierction

And zooming in the other direction.

can't catch me 1

Can’t catch me this way, Hu-dad.

can't catch me 2

And can’t catch me that way either.

focus

You can’t even focus fast enough, Hu-dad.

Ah, the power of youth. And sheer exuberance. May you have half as much fun today as Typhoon has!

Jan 272015
 

We have been complaining loudly that we have seen very little snow since November. Normally, we would have had several snows by this time of year, but, finally, we have some snow of the ground again. Sure, it was only about 2.5″ and normally we would be unimpressed, but we were happy to have any snow. Hu-dad only took 145 photographs of us (really – 145), so here are a few.

Kiska

Sniff! Snow smells so good.

Qannik

And I thought the snow was never returning.

Natasha

Queen Natasha is like the post office – snow will not keep her from her appointed rounds.

Cheoah

And Miss Cheoah was enjoying testing that new knee (while Hu-dad cringed at every step).

But you all know who enjoyed the snow the most, right? The Little Prince had an absolute blast.

Typhoon

Feels so good!

Frankie

And big brother Frankie really earned his keep.

levitation

Did you know snow had magical powers that create Siberian Husky Levitation ability?

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Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd Update

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Qannik was not willing to be in second place and accelerated into the fundraising lead with $105, though Cheoah is not far behind at $82.

With nearly three weeks to go before Valentine’s Day, there is plenty of time for the rest of The Herd to catch up to the leaders . . . and plenty of time for you to enter the Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd contest. We will announce the winner on February 14, so your Valentine’s card must be received by February 13 in order to be eligible for our drawing – a gift basket from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery!

Remember to mail your Valentine’s card(s) to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835). If you wish, you may also include a donation made payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – over 3 animals every single day of the year – see this article for details).

You can find the profiles of each dog at these links – CheoahNatashaQannikKiskaTyphoon and Frankie.

Jan 262015
 

Living in a house full of dogs, there are so many photo opportunities. Unfortunately, the camera is usually in another room and the opportunity is long gone before a camera can be focused. When good candid shots are not happening, Hu-dad will often try to coax us for a photo session, though he often runs into an unwilling subject.

calling

Why are you calling me into the yard?

Yesterday, we went walking in one of our favorite parks, rode with the Hu-dad while he ran some errands, and had lots of people give us ear scratches. There are no photos of that.

why not

And why weren’t you getting those photos, Hu-dad?

So when we arrived back home, Hu-dad decided to get us out in the yard and get some pictures. Except we were all tired from walking in our favorite park, running errands, and getting ear scratches. So we hung out on the porch while the Hu-dad ran around the back yard making noises and trying to get us to be photogenic.

dinner

Why don’t you put that camera down and fix our dinner?

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Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd Update

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Cheoah has jumped out to an early lead as a fundraiser with $72, outpacing last year’s top fundraiser, Qannik! Frankie is putting the pressure on to repeat as the top Valentine recipient with 46 Valentine’s already in his box!

With nearly three weeks to go before Valentine’s Day, there is plenty of time for the rest of The Herd to catch up to the leaders . . . and plenty of time for you to enter the Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd contest. We will announce the winner on February 14, so your Valentine’s card must be received by February 13 in order to be eligible for our drawing – a gift basket from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery!

Remember to mail your Valentine’s card(s) to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835). If you wish, you may also include a donation made payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – over 3 animals every single day of the year – see this article for details).

You can find the profiles of each dog at these links – CheoahNatashaQannikKiskaTyphoon and Frankie.

Jan 252015
 

Saturday was another one of those clear, cool days (without snow, again, we should add), so sunning was the best game in town. Nothing like some quiet time in the yard . . . until the puparazzi intrusion.

sunshine

Ah. Sunshine. Glorious warm sunshine.

stupid puparazzi

Was that a camera click I heard? Stupid puparrazi.

go away

Maybe if I close my eyes, he will go away.

Jan 242015
 

Our winter here has been very mild. We received a couple of snow falls back in early November, but have only received dustings of snow since then. Several times, Hu-dad has told us we should wake up to some snow, but they have all been broken promises. So when he told us we should expect some snow on the ground Friday morning, we had our doubts.

standing in snow

Does this look like I am standing in snow?

And those doubts were accurate. Oh, sure, we had frozen precipitation, but the wrong kind.

ice

Our ice coated rain chains tell the whole story.

Snow, Hu-dad. We demand snow.

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We have started receiving Valentine’s cards and will provide our first update on the Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd contest soon.

We will announce the winner on February 14, so your Valentine’s card must be received by February 13 in order to be eligible for our drawing. Remember to mail your Valentine’s card(s) to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835). If you wish, you may also include a donation made payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – over 3 animals every single day of the year – see this article for details).

You can find the profiles of each dog at these links – CheoahNatashaQannikKiskaTyphoon and Frankie.

And one lucky winner will be randomly selected from all of the Valentine’s received to win the grand prize from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery!

Jan 232015
 

As all our readers know, we have many nicknames for each member of The Herd. One of Typhoon’s is the Little Prince. Do you wonder why?

world revolve around me

Do I look a like I expect the world to revolve around me?

I heard that

I heard that, Hu-dad.

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We have started receiving Valentine’s cards and will provide our first update on the Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd contest soon.

We will announce the winner on February 14, so your Valentine’s card must be received by February 13 in order to be eligible for our drawing. Remember to mail your Valentine’s card(s) to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835). If you wish, you may also include a donation made payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – over 3 animals every single day of the year – see this article for details).

You can find the profiles of each dog at these links – CheoahNatashaQannikKiskaTyphoon and Frankie.

And one lucky winner will be randomly selected from all of the Valentine’s received to win the grand prize from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery!

Jan 222015
 

Sure, it may look like we have the easy life. Couches. Fireplace. Big yard. Brothers and sisters for playtime. But the reality is that we work very hard.

call of duty

Cheoah answering the call of duty.

Work, you say? What possible work do we do? Just look at all of these photographs on the blog and ask yourself if we don’t look like professional models.

in order

Just checking to make sure that everything is in order for this photo shoot.

And we do mean professional. As in we get paid. Check this out.

treats in order

Pumpkin treats are in order. Let the photo shoot begin.

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Yes, those are our favorite pumpkin treats from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery! They are the sponsor of our basket for grand prize of the Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd, so we want to make sure you know that they ship all over. You, too, can demand their treats!

We will announce the winner on February 14, so your Valentine’s card must be received by February 13 in order to be eligible for the prize. Remember to mail your Valentine’s card(s) to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835). If you wish, you may also include a donation made payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – over 3 animals every single day of the year – see this article for details).

You can find the profiles of each dog at these links – CheoahNatashaQannikKiskaTyphoon and Frankie.

We will provide the first update later this week on Valentine’s received so far.

Jan 212015
 

Do you want to know the secret of still life photography? Hu-dad says the first requirement is to have stationary objects; thus, he has no experience in still life photography. The fun of action photography is you rarely get the photograph you want.

security patrol

Kiska on security patrol

Take the above picture. Hu-dad was watching us in the backyard and saw Kiska on her regular security patrol. What could be better than pictures of Kiska’s focused face as she took on her most serious task? So he snapped the first picture . . . and she heard it.

at least 15 minutes.

Oh, Hu-dad. We haven’t seen each other in at least 15 minutes.

Uh, Kiska. Serious face. You know, critical task. Nothing can distract you from your duties.

expect belly rubs

I expect belly rubs.

Sorry. There are no more pictures. Hu-dad was busy.

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Remember to mail your Valentine’s card(s) to your favorite member of The Herd (To: Dog’s Name, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC  28751-1835). If you wish, you may also include a donation made payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (who saved 1,231 dogs and cats in 2014 – over 3 animals every single day of the year – see this article for details).

One lucky reader will be selected from all of the Valentine’s mailed to win a beautiful gift basket from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery! The basket last year was overflowing with awesome treats, chews and toys. We get our own freshly baked Pumpkin Treats from them – which they will gladly ship to wherever you are. We will announce the winner on February 14, so your Valentine’s card must be received by February 13 in order to be eligible for the prize.

You can find the profiles of each dog at these links – CheoahNatashaQannikKiskaTyphoon and Frankie.

We will provide the first update later this week on Valentine’s received so far.